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(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: (5) Ole Miss 52, Southeastern Louisiana 6
Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - Jevan Snead threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns, as the fifth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels rolled to a dominating 52-6 win over FCS opponent Southeastern Louisiana.
Snead completed 16-of-28 passes and was not intercepted for Mississippi (2-0), which has achieved its highest ranking since 1970. Brandon Bolden added 105 yards on the ground on 13 carries, as the Rebels recorded 258 rushing yards.
Jesse Grandy, Enrique Davis and Cordera Eason each scored a touchdown on the ground for Ole Miss, while Pat Patterson had four catches for 79 yards and a score. Shay Hodge and Andy Hartmann both had a touchdown catch, and D.T. Shackelford returned an interception for a touchdown.
Brian Babin completed 17-of-26 passes for 188 yards with an interception for Southeastern Louisiana (2-1), which was facing its highest-ranked FBS opponent in school history. Jasper Ducksworth led an anemic rushing attack with 36 yards on 11 carries, and Simmie Yarborough had nine catches for 60 yards in defeat.
Ole Miss took the opening drive 82 yards in nine plays. Davis capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown to put the Rebels up less than four minutes into the contest.
Neither team scored again until the first play of the second quarter, when Snead hooked up with Hartmann on a five-yard scoring play to cap a three-play, 31-yard drive that was aided by a fumble recovery deep in Southeastern Louisiana territory.
The Rebels' lead was stretched to 17 on the team's next drive, as Joshua Shene connected on a 42-yard field goal with 10 1/2 minutes to go in the first half. Just before halftime, Mississippi drove 81 yards in eight plays, and Snead found Hodge from four yards away for a score and a 24-0 halftime lead.
Jeff Turner's 28-yard field goal put the Lions on the board early in the third quarter, but an eight-yard touchdown run by Eason and a 29-yard touchdown reception by Patterson gave Ole Miss a commanding 38-3 lead heading to the fourth.
Turner doubled the Lions' point total 5 1/2 minutes into the fourth with a 32-yard field goal, but the Rebels poured it on in the final moments on Grandy's 46-yard scamper and Shackelford's 58-yard interception return for a score to account for the final 52-6 margin.
It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools...The Rebels have an eight-game win streak and opens up their SEC schedule next week against South Carolina...Southeastern Louisiana is at South Dakota next week...The Lions had 86 yards rushing.
09/19 23:46:25 ET