Rapid Reaction: Ole Miss doesn't impress, still picks up comfortable win over Vanderbilt
For weeks, Lane Kiffin has been lamenting the fact that his Ole Miss Rebels look good, but not great.
That was once again an accurate description of the Rebels on Saturday night in their final home game of the year against an overmatched Vanderbilt team.
Yes, QB Matt Corral and the Rebels picked up a comfortable 31-17 win over the Commodores in Corral’s last home game of his awesome college career, but it wasn’t as clean or as dominant as Kiffin, Corral or any other Ole Miss player would have liked.
Corral had a solid game, throwing for 326 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He also ran 7 times for 29 yards.
Here was one of the touchdown passes, which Dontario Drummond took to the house on a nice run after catch:
Corral ➡️ Drummond pic.twitter.com/SLKov0aQeo
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 21, 2021
But, beating Vanderbilt by only 2 scores at home isn’t exactly an inspiring victory. The Rebels kept their New Year’s 6 bowl hopes alive, but it was anything but a convincing win.
To quote late Raiders owner Al Davis, though … “just win, baby!” The Rebels are doing that, and that’s all that matters.
On Thursday night, tough, a much tougher test awaits. That’s when the Rebels will head to Starkville to take on rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.
With the way Mississippi State QB Will Rogers is playing these days, that will not be an easy game, particularly if the Rebels continue to look less than 100% like they did against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.