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August 30, 2013

Scott's 75-yard TD, Ole Miss beats Vandy 39-35

— NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze may have a highly-rated crop of freshmen to coach. Senior Jeff Scott made sure his new teammates left their first college game as winners.

Jeff Scott ran 75 yards for a touchdown with 1:07 left, and Mississippi rallied twice Thursday night to beat Vanderbilt 39-35 in a wild season opener for both teams.

Vanderbilt went up 35-32 on a 34-yard TD pass from Austyn Carta-Samuels to Steven Scheu with 1:30 left. But Scott beat the Commodores for a TD and the fourth lead change.

"We stole one tonight," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. "We didn't necessarily play that well, particularly defensively in the second half. But one of the staples of our program since I've been here is that you play for 60 minutes and you do not blink and you play until the whistle blows at the end of the game."

Vanderbilt had a final chance to extend the Southeastern Conference's longest winning streak, but Cody Prewitt intercepted a pass off Jordan Matthews' hands with 26 seconds left. That allowed the Rebels to snap a three-game skid to Vanderbilt, the last a painful 27-26 loss in Oxford last year.

"I knew we had to make something happen," Scott said. "Last year, it was very painful. They came back. It was basically the same situation. We didn't want to go through that again and feel that pain. We can't. It is a long ride back home."

Bo Wallace keyed the Rebels' rally from 11 points down, running for two touchdowns and connecting with highly touted freshman Laquon Treadwell for the 2-point conversion.

The Commodores gave up 29 points in the second half, their most since allowing 20 to Florida in their last loss Oct. 13. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Vanderbilt before its first sellout in a home season opener since 1996 against Notre Dame.

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