Matt Corral threw for yards and a touchdown to lead No. Corral continued to build a Heisman Trophycompleting 20 of 27 passes, including six completions of plus yards.
Freeze coached the Rebels from to considerable success, including two victories against Alabama, before being forced to re amid scandal. It was discovered during a lawsuit against the related to an NCAA investigation that Freeze made phone calls to a female escort service while on work-related travel.
Kiffin avoided controversy throughout the week, too, maintaining his admiration and personal friendship with Freeze. Dannis Jackson had six receptions for a game-high yards, including a yard touchdown catch. John Rhys Plumlee added seven receptions for yards for an Ole Miss receiver corp that has been banged up.
Ealy rushed for yards in 10 carries and added another 4-yard touchdown run as the Rebels built the insurmountable first half advantage. Liberty was led by Malik Willis, who ran for a 3-yard touchdown and finished 16 of 25 for yards, but threw three interceptions.
The Flames had total yards, primarily in the second half, including seven rushes for yards, with a yard touchdown run by Shedro Louis. If we had done that in the first half, it might have been a different game.
But, if, if, if. Liberty: Any upset hopes were erased by halftime.
Willis threw two interceptions and was sacked seven times in the first half. The Flames also missed a field goal and had a penalty that eliminated a scoring opportunity.
The Flames played better in the second half, but it was too late to really challenge their SEC opponent. Ole Miss: The Rebels rebounded well from a disappointing road loss at Auburn.
Ole Miss provided adequate depth answers to an expanded injury list of top personnel. Jackson had a breakout performance at wide receiver with several players down. Now what?
Corral and Willis are drawing plenty of NFL interest. There were 21 credentials, representing 17 teams for Saturday's game.
Both junior quarterbacks could declare for the next draft and are potential first-round picks. Six teams with two losses apiece are ranked between No. Ole Miss is the third team in that logjam at No. Rogelio V. Mississippi won Top shopping picks.
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