Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels dominated James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions on their way to the first 11 win season in school history. By half time, Ole Miss had surpassed the season average of yards given up per game by Penn State.
Sure, the Nittany Lions were missing some very key pieces on the defensive side of the ball, but even their normal starting corners were not going to stop perfect back shoulder throws from Jaxson Dart to Tre Harris. It was definitely a game planning issue on James Franklin’s part. No amount of opted-out players were going to make up for how Lane Kiffin schemed Caden Prieskorn open all game.
What a display the offense put on as the three headed monster of Tre Harris III, Quinshon Judkins and Caden Prieskorn gave a very scary preview of what this offense will be capable of next season. The transfer tight end set an Ole Miss bowl record with 10 receptions to accompany 136 yards, 2 touchdowns and a two point conversion. He should have had three touchdowns if the referees were halfway competent early on.
Jaxson Dart kicked off his 2024 Heisman campaign with an impressive showing despite getting hobbled early. He finished with 379 yards in the air with 3 touchdowns. He added another rushing touchdown as well as a massive first down reception on fourth down. With the weapons he will have at his disposal next season, Dart is going to leave Ole Miss as one of the most decorated to ever do it.
The fourth highest ranked SEC team destroyed the third best team in the BIG 10, sending a gentle reminder to everyone that “It just means more.”
The victory puts an official wrap on the 2023 season and with the 12 team playoff on the horizon, this Ole Miss program is unfamiliar territory heading into 2024 as far as expectations go. Enjoy basketball and baseball, the Grove Bowl is just around the corner!