FINAL: Vanderbilt dispatches Rebels
Sept. 18, 2010
Caldwell, who replaced Bobby Johnson after he surprisingly stepped down in July, is the first Vanderbilt coach to win his road debut since 1975.
While the Commodores were making the most of their opportunities, Ole Miss couldn't avoid crucial mistakes. The Rebels dropped two touchdown passes, missed a field goal and lost a fumble in the fourth quarter that set up Vanderbilt's final touchdown.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli completed 19 of 35 passes for 190 yards, but threw two interceptions. He rushed for 104 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown run. Korvic Neat scored the team's first touchdown on a 4-yard run.
The Rebels lost despite outgaining the Commodores 385-300. They completed only 5 of 18 third-down opportunities.
It's been a rough start to coach Houston Nutt's third season with the program. The Rebels won 18 games and two Cotton Bowls over the 2008 and 2009 seasons, but have started with two home losses this season.
Ole Miss lost to Jacksonville State 49-48 in double overtime in the season opener. It was the first loss to a Football Championship Subdivision team in school history.