On a day when his iconic number 10 was retired, legendary Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning was honored in a big way Saturday as the #12 Rebels (6-1, 3-1 SEC) put together a dominant 31-17 Magnolia Bowl victory over the LSU Tigers in front of 64,523 fans, the 6th largest crowd in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium history.
The Rebels finished with a balanced 470 yards of total offense. Matt Corral completed 18 of 23 passes for 185 yards through the air and threw his only touchdown pass to Casey Kelly. On the ground, Snoop Conner led the Rebels with 117 yards on 14 carries while Corral, Henry Parrish Jr. and Jerrion Ealy each scored a rushing touchdown. Dontario Drummond led Ole Miss in receiving with 93 yards on 8 catches.
Defensively, Ole Miss forced 3 turnovers and came up with 5 sacks between 5 different Rebels. Mark Robinson once again led the Rebels with 12 tackles, followed by Chance Campbell’s 10 tackles. In total, Ole Miss surrendered a season-low 77 yards on the ground while their offense eventually overcame a slow start.
Ole Miss head football coach Lane Kiffin addressed the media following the win. Hear what he had to say right here. Video is courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.