Quarterly Report

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Ole Miss' 42-17 pasting of Tennessee Saturday in Oxford:

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The Vols got off on the wrong foot (literally) when Chad Cunningham's opening kickoff dribbled out of bounds, giving Ole Miss the ball at its 40-yard line. Four plays later the Rebels led 7-0, thanks to a 15-yard run by Dexter McCluster. Tennessee pulled even when Jonathan Crompton hit Jeff Cottam from 16 yards out to cap a three-play, 51-yard drive but Ole Miss answered with a 73-yard TD drive. McCluster got the TD on a 23-yard run out of the Wild Rebel formation, giving Ole Miss a 14-7 lead.
KEY PLAY

Ole Miss' second TD drive was sustained when Ferbia Allen made a leaping catch of a Jevan Snead pass on third-and-one at the Rebel 38-yard line. Without that lunging grab, Ole Miss punts the ball away. Instead, it scored four plays later to go up 14-7.

KEY PLAYER

McCluster. He scored on runs of 15 and 23 yards and also had an 18-yard reception in the quarter.

KEY STAT

Ole Miss outgained the Vols 141 to 50 in yards and piled up eight first downs to UT's two.



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UT 7 Quarter 1 00:00 14 UM

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Tennessee tied the score at 14 when Crompton hit Denarius Moore from 25 yards away to cap an 11-play, 70-yard drive. Ole Miss answered with an eight-play, 75-yard march capped by a 32-yard run by McCluster - again operating out of the Wild Rebel formation. The Rebels missed a chance to extend the lead when Joshua Shene missed a 28-yard field goal just before halftime.
KEY PLAY

Shene's missed field goal. That kept the Vols within a score and kept Ole Miss from riding a surge of momentum into halftime.

KEY PLAYER

McCluster (who else?) He carried seven times for 97 yards in the quarter, caught a four-yard pass and scored the period's only touchdown.

KEY STAT

At the half Tennessee had 133 yards of total offense as a team. McCluster had 188 all-purpose yards as an individual.



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UT 14 Quarter 2 00:00 21 UM

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The Vols closed to 21-17 when Daniel Lincoln hit a 27-yard field goal on the opening possession of the quarter. Tackle Wes Brown intercepted at the Ole Miss 43-yard line but UT turned the ball over on downs at the Rebel 38. Ole Miss then went 62 yards in 13 plays - Brandon Bolden scoring from a yard out to bump the lead to 28-17.
KEY PLAY

There were two key plays in the quarter and both went against Tennessee. The first came on second-and-three at the Ole Miss 5-yard line with UT trailing 21-14. Montario Hardesty was thrown for a five-yard loss and UT settled for a field goal instead of a game-tying TD. The second key play came after Brown's interception. Down 21-17 and facing a third-and-two at the Ole Miss 35-yard line, Hardesty was dumped for a two-yard loss. UT turned the ball over on downs one play later.

KEY PLAYER

Bolden. He picked up six yards on third-and-six at the UT 8-yard line, then got the key touchdown from a yard out two plays later.

KEY STAT

Tennessee limited McCluster to 28 yards on seven carries in the quarter but managed just 3 points and fell further behind.



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McCluster sealed Tennessee's doom with a 71-yard touchdown run on the third play of the quarter that boosted the lead to 35-17. Lincoln had a 46-yard field goal blocked, then Ole Miss added a 4-yard TD run by Bolden with 2:31 remaining to secure the final margin.
KEY PLAY

McCluster's TD run. The Vols still had some hopes - however faint - of rallying up to that point.

KEY PLAYER

McCluster. He was the whole show for the whole game.

KEY STAT

McCluster ran for 25 times for 282 yards, most allowed by a Tennessee defense in program history.



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UT 17 Quarter 4 00:00 42 UM

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Game #: 1165
Site: Oxford
Date: Nov. 14
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Kiffin and for the Rebels - Nutt


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