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Rebels Defeat Kent State 38-17 to Move to 3-1 on the Season

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor
adam.brown@hottytoddy.com

Scottie Phillips dives into the end zone for an Ole Miss touchdown. Photo courtesy of Joshua McCoy Ole Miss Athletics.

The Ole Miss Rebels weathered two rain delays and a strong performance by the Kent State Golden Flashes to win 38-17.

Ole Miss (3-1) scored on its opening possession of the game as quarterback Jordan Ta’amu connected with running back Scottie Phillips on a 38-yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 advantage.

Kent State would answer in the second quarter with a touchdown pass of their own as quarterback Kavious Price found Jo-el Shaw for an 18-yard reception.

Both teams would go into the dressing rooms knotted up at 7-7. After the break and the first rain delay of the game, an offense explosion was about to insue. Ole Miss took the ball on the opening kickoff of the second half and scored on a two-yard scamper by Phillips to take a 14-7 led. Phillips finished the day with 19 touches for 112 yards and a touchdown.

The Golden Flashes cut into the led with a with a 32-yard field goal. Ole Miss did not wait long to respond as they reached pay dirt on a 41-yard pass to D.K. Metcalf to make the score 21-10. Metclaf finished the game with five receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Kent State drove down the field again and put the ball in the end zone as quarterback Woody Barrett would score his team’s last touchdown of the day on a four-yard dash.

Ole Miss’ field goal kicker Luke Logan scored the last three points of the quarter for the Rebels.

Prior to the last rain delay of the game, Ta’amu extended the Rebels lead to 31-17 on a four yard run into the end zone. Ta’amu finished the game throwing for over 440 yards in the game with three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing) and an interception.

The Rebels freshman Isaiah Woullard dashed in for a touchdown from seven-yards out.

Ole Miss rushed for 209 yards, passed for 442 for a total of 651 yards in the win. The Landshark allowed Kent State to gain a total of 390 yards on the day.

Next weekend, the Rebels step back into conference action as they travel down to LSU to tangle with the Tigers. Kickoff is slated for 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.


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