Rebs struggle again, but this time win

NEW ORLEANS – Ole Miss once again struggled but this time came away with a win as the Rebels took measure of Tulane 27-13 Saturday night.

In a repeat of last Saturday, the Rebels played well early but poorly late. The Green Wave had 184 yards of offense in the second half along with 13 first downs. Ole Miss, meanwhile, had 103 yards of offense and just three first downs.

Ole Miss had outgained Tulane 271 yards to 128 in the opening half. But the Rebs only managed 58 yards rushing in 23 attempts. Ole Miss had 13 first downs to Tulane's 6.

Jeremiah Masoli took the reigns at quarterback after Nathan Stanley had a sore shoulder during the week and was stellar. The Rebels led 14-0 early.

Ole Miss scored on the opening drive of the game as Masoli kept it on fourth and 1 at the 1-yard line for the score. Bryson Rose was good on the extra point. The drive consumed 2:56 in seven plays and covered 42 yards as Jesse Grandy had given his team great field position with a 51-yard return of the kickoff.

Jeremiah Masoli

The Rebels added another touchdown before the home team got on the scoreboard. Brandon Bolden rushed for 16 yards to cap an 11-play, 78-yard drive with 3:19 to go in the first quarter. Rose was good and Ole Miss led by two scores.

Tulane put together a nice drive for a field goal midway through the second quarter, a 77-yard drive that resulted in a 19-yard field goal by Cairo Santos. A Ryan Griffin to Payten Jason pass to the 1-yard line brought up fourth and goal, but the Green Wave coaches decided to settle for the field goal and take points.

Ole Miss came right back and added a field goal of their own, an impressive kick of 41 yards by Rose with 2:24 to go before halftime. After the Green Wave failed to move it, Ole Miss got the ball back with 1:32 to go and in two plays had more points. On the drive's second play from his own 30, Masoli hit a streaking Markeith Summers for 70 yards and a score. Rose was good, and the half ended with UM up 24-3.

Masoli was a sensational 12 for 15 in the first half for 213 yards and both a passing and a rushing touchdown.

Markeith Summers

The Green Wave came out rolling in the second half. Their first drive got down to the Rebel 5-yard line but a mishandled pitch was recovered by Ole Miss' Jason Jones, thwarting the score.

Tulane got points on its next possession, an 84-yard march in 12 plays, capped by a 1-yard run by Orleans Darkwa. Santos' point after made it 24-10.

Ole Miss experimented with Stanley and couldn't move it. The Rebel defense held TU, and on the first play Masoli was intercepted. Tulane moved from its own 31 but could only get a field goal. Santos was true from 38 yards to cut the UM lead to 24-13 with just over 10 minutes to go.

A late field goal of 29 yards by Rose was the result of another 70-yard bomb from Masoli to Summers. But the 27-13 lead for UM proved to be the final margin.

Some of the stats that leaned so heavily in Ole Miss' favor in the first half evened up by game's end. Tulane led in first downs (19-16) and in rushing yards (94). Ole Miss had the edge in total yards (374-312) and time of possession (31:12 to 28:48).

Masoli ended the night 14 for 20 for 281 yards, a rushing TD, a passing TD, and an interception.

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