Commodores run over Ole Miss, 31-17

NASHVILLE-- Cassen Jackson-Garrison rushed for 119 yards and 3 touchdowns and Earl Bennett caught 11 passes as Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss 31-17 in a Southeastern Conference game. The win over the Rebels was Vanderbilt's second in the last three years.

The Commodores wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they drove 55 yards in 7 plays for an early touchdown. Chris Nickson dove in from 3-yards out to put Vanderbilt up 7-0 with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter. Nickson was injured on the play and left the game for one series before returning later.

Ole Miss struck but with an 8 play, 53-yard drive that culminated in a Joshua Shene 34-yard field goal.

After holding Ole Miss on a fourth down, Vanderbilt drove 80 yards in 10 plays scoring on a Cassen Jackson-Garrison 8-yard run to extend their lead to 14-3.

Vanderbilt botched a field goal attempt with 30 seconds remaining in the first half.

Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams completed a 36-yard scoring pass to Mike Wallace that narrowed the Vandy lead to 14-10 with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter.

Bryant Hahnfeldt's 24-yard field goal put Vanderbilt back up by a touchdown with 14:51 remaining in the game.

Vandy's D.J. Moore intercepted an Adams pass to set up another Jackson-Garrison score, this time from 9-yards to give the Commodores a 24-10 advantage with 12:58 remaining.

On the next drive Ole Miss' Brent Schaeffer completed a 54-yard bomb to Mike Wallace to bring the Rebels back to within a touchdown at 24-17.

Curtis Gatewood's big sack on an Ole Miss fourth-down conversion attempt gave the ball to Vanderbilt deep in Ole Miss territory with less than 3 minutes remaining. Jackson-Garrison then rumbled in for his third touchdown of the day to give Vanderbilt a 31-17 lead with just 1:47 remaining.

Ole Miss' Adams completed 10 of 17 passes for 154 yards, an interception and a touchdown. Vanderbilt's Nickson completed 17 of 25 passes for 200 yards.

Vanderbilt improves to 2-1 (1-1 SEC) with the win. The Commodores get a bye week next weekend before hosting Eastern Michigan in two weeks. Ole Miss drops to 1-2 (0-1 SEC). The Rebels host Florida next week in Oxford.

Mississippi linebacker Tony Fein, left, pulls down Vanderbilt running back Cassen Jackson-Garrison (22) during the first quarter of a college football game in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/John Russell) Top Stories