NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Vanderbilt's Cassen Jackson-Garrison ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns, and Chris Nickson threw for 200 yards and ran for 55 more, as Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss 31-17 on Saturday night at Dudley Field.
The Commodores jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead which they never lost. Jackson-Garrison's 9-yard scoring run with 12:28 left in the second half, set up by D.J. Moore's interception of a Seth Adams pass, staked Vandy to a comfortable 24-10 lead.
The Rebels bounced back on the ensuing drive after a fake punt kept a drive alive on a fourth-and-3 play from the Ole Miss 40. On the next play, backup quarterback Brent Schaeffer heaved a 54-yard touchdown down the right sideline to Mike Wallace.
Vandy then embarked on an 11-play, 51-yard drive to try to ice the game, but Bryant Hahnfeldt missed a 24-yard field goal.
However, the Commodore defense held the Rebels to a four-and-out on the next drive. VU took over at the Rebel 13, where Jackson-Garrison ran for six on first down, then seven more to get to the end zone on the next play, providing the final margin.
Earl Bennett added 100 yards receiving for the Commodores (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference). Ole Miss fell to 1-2 and 0-1 in the SEC.