The Rebels found success in the run game early against the Commodores as they took a 10-6 lead going into the locker room.
For the second straight week John Rhys Plumlee started as quarterback for the Rebels. Plumlee used his speed against the Commodores to open the game. He carried the ball eight times for 113 yards and one touchdown in the first quarter.
The Mike McIntyre Landshark defense was led by Benito Jones and Lakia Henry who both got home to the Commodores signal caller, Riley Neal. Neal finished the half passing for 105 yards through the air.
Plumlee finished the half with 67 yards through the air and a 123 yards on the ground. The Hattiesburg native connected with Elijah Moore four times for 40 yards.
Vanderbilt’s offense was held to only 20 total yards in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Commodores started moving the ball on Ole Miss and got on the scoreboard with field goals off the foot of Ryley Guay.
Ole Miss finished the half with 223 yards of total offense and 156 on the ground. The Commodores had 151 total yards.