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On Saturday, the Mizzou Tigers faced off against the Ole Miss Rebels in the much anticipated SEC matchup. After South Carolina upset Georgia, a Tiger’s win would result in them being ranked first in the SEC East and possibly a CFB top 25 ranking. However, this task would not be easy, as the young Ole Miss team has shown moments of promise in their games against some strong SEC opponents.

After a slow first half, the score was tight at 12 to 7, Mizzou leading. The Tiger’s quickly changed, outscoring the Rebels 23 to 7 in the third quarter. Ole Miss cut the deficit in the fourth by putting up 13 points, however, it was not enough to defeat the Tigers with a final score of 38 to 27.

The Rebels true freshman, John Rhys Plumlee had taken over at starting QB the previous two games for Matt Corral, who suffered from bruised ribs after playing California. Now, Corral is back to playing, but the Rebels are taking an unconventional, two quarterback approach. Plumlee showed some promise for the Rebels as he rushed for 143 yards and threw for 103 yards with two touchdowns. Corral threw for 133 yards.

Kelly Bryant showed no signs of injury after going down in the Tiger’s previous game against the Troy Trojans as he threw for 329 yards and one touchdown. Larry Rountree III lead the Tigers with 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Johnathan Johnson had eight receptions and 110 yards and Tyler Badie had three receptions and one touchdown.

The Tigers next contest is in Nashville, Tennessee as they plan to take on the 1-5 Vanderbilt Commodores.