GAMEDAY College Football

Mississippi 27, Liberty 14

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By CHRIS BURROWS
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. - Matt Corral threw for 324 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 15 Mississippi past Liberty and former Rebels coach Hugh Freeze 27-14.

Corral continued to build a Heisman Trophy resume, completing 20 of 27 passes, including six completions of 20-plus yards.

The Rebels (7-2) raced to a 24-0 halftime lead, highlighted by a 70-yard touchdown run by Jerrion Ealy on the game's second play.

Freeze coached the Rebels from 2012-2016 to considerable success, including two victories against Alabama, before being forced to resign amid scandal. It was discovered during a lawsuit against the related to an NCAA investigation that Freeze made phone calls to a female escort service while on work-related travel.

Ole Miss was also hit with severe NCAA sanctions for recruiting and academic violations that happened under Freeze.

Freeze downplayed his return with media during game week and the less-than-capacity crowd didn't have much reaction to his return to Oxford.

Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin avoided controversy throughout the week, too, maintaining his admiration and personal friendship with Freeze.

Dannis Jackson had six receptions for a game-high 126 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown catch. John Rhys Plumlee added seven receptions for 110 yards.

Ealy rushed for 115 yards in 10 carries and added another 4-yard touchdown run as the Rebels built the insurmountable first half advantage.

Liberty (7-3) was led by Malik Willis, who ran for a 3-yard touchdown and finished 16 of 25 for 173 yards, but threw three interceptions.

The Flames had 457 total yards, primarily in the second half, including seven rushes for 101 yards, with a 28-yard touchdown run by Shedro Louis.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter LibMiss
Miss TD 14:26 Jerrion Ealy 70 yd run (Caden Costa kick) 0 7
Miss FG 1:22 Caden Costa 43 yd FG 0 10
Second Quarter LibMiss
Miss TD 13:13 Jerrion Ealy 4 yd run (Caden Costa kick) 0 17
Miss TD 1:27 Dannis Jackson 40 yd pass from Matt Corral (Caden Costa kick) 0 24
Third Quarter LibMiss
Lib TD 10:31 Shedro Louis 28 yd run (Brayden Beck kick) 7 24
Miss FG 6:49 Caden Costa 38 yd FG 7 27
Lib TD 1:08 Malik Willis 3 yd run (Brayden Beck kick) 14 27
Team Stats
  Liberty Ole Miss
First downs 30 20
  Rushing 17 5
  Passing 10 14
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-12, 33% 2-9, 22%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 55-284 28-142
Passing Yards 173 324
Return Yards 66 25
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-26-3 20-27-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 9--55 2--14
Punts 3 3
Punts-Average 41.3 39.7
Fumbles Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-59 9-79
Time of Possession 39:35 20:25
Liberty Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Willis 16 25 173 0 3
J. Bennett 0 1 0 0 0
Ole Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Corral 20 27 324 1 0
Liberty Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Louis 7 101 14.4 1
J. Mack 19 98 5.2 0
M. Willis 27 71 2.6 1
T. Green 2 14 7.0 0
Ole Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ealy 10 115 11.5 2
S. Conner 7 19 2.7 0
M. Corral 6 9 1.5 0
H. Parrish Jr. 3 7 2.3 0
J. Plumlee 2 -8 -4.0 0
Liberty Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Douglas 5 56 11.2 0
K. Shaa 3 30 10.0 0
B. Brumm 2 27 13.5 0
J. Huntley 2 25 12.5 0
S. Louis 1 15 15.0 0
D. Stubbs 1 13 13.0 0
C. Daniels 1 7 7.0 0
J. Mack 1 0 0.0
0
Ole Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Jackson 6 126 21.0 1
J. Plumlee 7 110 15.7 0
B. Sanders 2 64 32.0 0
J. Ealy 4 24 6.0 0
S. Conner 1 0 0.0
0
Liberty Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ole Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Finley 2 19
J. Jones 1 0
Liberty Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Morgan 2 96 48.0
A. Alves 1 28 28.0
Ole Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Brown 3 119 39.7
Liberty Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Stubbs 1 2 2.0
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Springer 1 6 6.0
Liberty Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Louis 3 56 18.7
C. Stone 1 8 8.0
Ole Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Liberty Missed FG
Player Length
B. Beck 38
Ole Miss Missed FG
Player Length
C. Costa 41




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