By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Southeastern Louisiana Lions 40-29 inside the Vaught Saturday afternoon.
Ole Miss (2-1) was able to move the ball on the ground and hold the Lions out of the end zone to secure a second straight victory for the red and blue.
“It’s good to get a win. (We have to) give a lot of credit to them,” head coach Matt Luke said. “We knew going into in that they had some skill players.”
Freshman running back Jerron Ealy had a career day in a Rebel uniform. He racked up 273 yards from the scrimmage to eclipse the Ole Miss all-purpose rookie record with 172 yards in kickoff returns and 95 yards rushing and 6 receiving.
“I’m really proud of Jerrion. The difference in the game was a big run and the kickoff return for a touchdown,” Luke said.
Senior tailback Scottie Phillips had 26 touches for 103 yards and found pay dirt once.
Ole Miss’ quarterback Matt Corral finished the game with 239 yards through the air and two touchdowns.
Southeastern Louisiana moved the ball on the Rebels defense gaining 309 yards in the air.
“(The Lions) had some quick guys,” defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre said. “They made some nice catches.”
The Landshark defense-for the second week in a row-has been able to keep its opponent’s rushing attack to under 70 yards. The Lions gained 66 total yards on the ground.
“Our energy at the end was big for us as they kept fighting and made some stops for us in the second half,” MacIntyre said.
Ole Miss returns to the gridiron next Saturday morning as they play host to the California Golden Bears. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. on ESPU.