Rebels Roll

Ole Miss finally put it all together. The Rebels scored on the game's opening kickoff and never looked back in a 48-13 non-conference victory against UAB.

The Rebels (4-2 overall, 1-2 SEC) were cruising by halftime, leading 27-0 at intermission, and kept pouring it on throughout the remainder of the game.

"Our guys came out and executed," said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. "This was a good win for us."

An 88-yard kickoff return by Jesse Grandy set the tone for the Rebels, although it took a quarter for the offense to get going. With Joshua Shene's extra point, the first of six he would make on the night, the Rebels led 7-0 just 13 seconds into the game.

Grandy hauled it in at 12, hurdled a Blazer at his own 30, and raced the rest of the way for one of the most exciting plays of the season so far.

But it would be nearly four minutes into the second quarter before the Rebels got more points. A Tyler Campbell punt of 46 yards to the UAB 1-yard line set things up for the Rebel "Landshark" D to stuff the Blazers at that point. On fourth down, the visitors were still at their own 1.

Trey Ragland punted 34 yards to Dexter McCluster who returned it 19 yards to the UAB 16. On third and 14 from the Blazer 20, Jevan Snead hit a wide-open Lionel Breaux across the middle, and the junior raced into the end zone untouched. Ole Miss led 14-0 with 11:09 to go before halftime.

"I'm extremely proud of our offense," Snead said. "We came back and really got things rolling. Everybody stepped up and did a good job."

The Rebels got the ball back in four plays, thanks to another stop by the UM defense. At their own 19, Ole Miss moved in for another touchdown in 10 plays. For most of the way, it was the Rodney Scott show as the Rebel freshman running back got the call six times, including on the final play, a toss sweep right for a yard and a touchdown. A bad exchange from center to holder didn't allow Shene to kick the point after, and the score was 20-0 with 5:16 left in the second.

The Rebel defense forced another punt, and the Rebel offense answered once again with Scott again getting the TD call, a beautiful 25-yard run up the middle for six, and Ole Miss led 27-0 with 1:46 left on thc clock. That's the way things stood at halftime.

Ole Miss had 238 yards in the first half, 135 on the ground and 103 through the air. UAB amassed 162 yards, all but 20 of it on the ground, with 96 of those rushing yards by quarterback Joe Webb.

The Rebels' Scott had 51 yards rushing in the half, and the two TDs were the first in his college career for the Cross City, Fla., native.

Shay Hodge continued to be a favorite target of Snead with five receptions. Snead was 9-for-14 for 103 yards and a touchdown at the break.

After the Rebel defense stopped the Blazers on the first series, the Rebs got six more in a hurry. On the first play of their first possession, Snead hit a streaking Markeith Summers for 65 yards and a touchdown. Shene was good for a 34-0 UM lead, and all that remained of this one was how much the Rebel margin of victory would actually be.

Ole Miss' Andy Hartmann hauled in a Snead pass out of the backfield for a 2-yard reception and a touchdown with 2:39 left in the third and a 41-0 Ole Miss lead.

Early in the fourth UAB finally got on the board with a 2-yard run by Webb.

Leading 41-7, backup quarterback Nathan Stanley drove Ole Miss downfield for points, the big play a 38-yard pass to Jesse Grandy that set up a 22-yard pass from Stanley to Andrew Harris for a score. It was the first TD pass for the redshirt freshman Stanley and the first TD catch for the sophomore wide receiver Harris.

Stanley finished 6-of-9 for 98 yards and a touchdown.

UAB (2-4 on the year) added two JOsh Zahn field goals late - 43 and 34 yards - late for the final tally.

Ole Miss had 501 yards of total offense in the contest. Snead was 15-of-22 for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Scott was the leading Rebel rusher with 57 yards and two scores.

Ole Miss hosts Arkansas (3-3 overall, 1-3 SEC) next Saturday morning.


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