The refs blew the call, and Ole Miss lost to Vandervilt, 36-29, in overtime.
The Rebs’ opening drive stalled after a lone first down, and the Landshark defense held Vandy to a three-and-out on the Dores’ ensuing drive. Ole Miss’ answered with a field goal on a stalled red zone drive (sigh), then again forced a Vanderbilt punt that forced the Rebel offense to begin again but from inside their own five yard line.
Ole Miss appeared to score touchdowns on consecutive plays, but both outcomes were overturned after review and the Rebs had to settle for another field goal (another sigh). A.J. Brown did though manage to rip off an 84-yard TD run on the Rebs’ next offensive drive. That brought the score to 13-0 midway through the second frame.
Vandy’s pursuant drive flamed out after an impressive Landshark D showing, and the Commodores had to settle for a field goal. At that point in the proceedings, Ole Miss’ normally Swiss cheese defense was playing well above their average and forcing punts.
It was all going well, and then Vanderbilt blocked an Ole Miss punt that went out of the back of the end zone, which resulted in a safety. VANDY GOT A FIVER to bring the score to 13-5 Ole Miss advantage late in the second quarter.
Vandy eventually answered with a touchdown to bring the score to 13-12 Rebel advantage by halftime, and that lead was preserved by an Ole Miss interception on the Dores’ final drive of the first half. At recess, the Landsharks held a one-point advantage.
The third quarter opened with both teams issuing scoring drives which brought the score to 19 all at the end of the period. Vandy then dropped a touchdown pass to take a 26-19 lead, but the game was not over at that point.
No. Hero Damarkus Lodge hauled in a beauty of a one-handed touchdown catch to even thing up with 10 minutes left in the game. That feat there tied the score at 26 apiece, and, well, off they were again.
Ole Miss tied the affair at 29-29 late in the fourth, and Vanderbilt couldn’t score on regulation’s final drive, so the proceedings went to overtime.
Vandy won the toss and scored a touchdown on their first drive of overtime.
So what did we learn from Saturday’s game?
Vanderbilt’s in a down year, especially on offense, and especially at quarterback.
Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur can’t hit his targets. Either that or he’s not communicating with his catchers well enough, because he missed a notable number of throws — like, egregiously — in the first half that otherwise would have led to sizable gains over even touchdowns for the Vanderbilt effort.
If Shurmur can’t throw against this Ole Miss defense, such as it is, he’s dead in the water. The Landsharks in 2018 are terrible, and Kyle Shurmur made them look competent. Woof.
Fuck these Refs. They stole at least seven points from Ole Miss and they should be sanctioned. Fuck these refs.
We have nothing else to say here.