GAMEDAY College Football

Mississippi 43, Louisville 24

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA - Matt Corral threw for 381 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, Snoop Conner ran for a pair of scores and Mississippi romped to a 43-24 victory over Louisville even without head coach Lane Kiffin.

Despite being fully vaccinated along with everyone in his program, Kiffin tested positive for COVID-19 and was not be able to accompany the team to its season-opening game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Ole Miss did just fine with its quarantined coach watching from Oxford, piling up 569 total yards.

Corral completed 22 of 32 passes, including a 6-yard touchdown to Dontario Drummond. The Ole Miss quarterback also ran 6 yards for a score, while Drummond finished with 177 yards on nine receptions.

Conner had TD runs of 1 and 11 yards, barreling right over a Louisville defender on the second score. Jerrion Ealy also powered over from the 1 and Caden Costa kicked three field goals.

Kiffin said everyone on his staff would have a role to play in his absence though much of the attention was on offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, who calls the plays for a group that averaged nearly 40 points a game in Kiffin's first season.

The Southeastern Conference school showed no signs of letting off the gas in 2021. Ole Miss led 26-0 at halftime before a sparse crowd announced at 30,709; the upper deck in the 71,000-seat stadium wasn't even used.

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham ran for two TDs and passed for another, but all came in the second half with the outcome no longer in doubt.

Cunningham was held 17 yards passing in the first half to cap a brutal opening weekend for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The league went 0-4 in non-conference games against Power Five opponents, including Miami's 44-13 loss to top-ranked Alabama in the first Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game of the holiday weekend on Saturday.

In addition, No. 10 North Carolina was upset in a conference game by unranked Virginia Tech, while Georgia Tech and Duke suffered embarrassing losses to Northern Illinois and Charlotte, respectively.

Four players - two from each team - were ejected from the game in the first half for targeting.

Ole Miss lost linebackers Mark Robinson and Lakia Henry, while linebacker Monty Montgomery and defensive lineman Tabarius Peterson were tossed for the Cardinals.

Peterson was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit while blocking on a kickoff return.

Showing some lack of discipline without its head coach, Ole Miss was warned and then given a 5-yard penalty for sideline interference when players kept running on the field after big plays.

Of course, Kiffin's team had plenty to celebrate.

Mississippi athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter LouMiss
Miss TD 11:55 Jerrion Ealy 1 yard TD run (Cale Nation Kick Failed) 0 6
Miss FG 2:25 Caden Costa 47 yard field goal 0 9
Second Quarter LouMiss
Miss TD 11:25 Matt Corral 6 yard TD run (Caden Costa Extra Point) 0 16
Miss TD 7:12 Snoop Conner 1 yard TD run (Caden Costa Extra Point) 0 23
Miss FG 0:00 Caden Costa 22 yard field goal 0 26
Third Quarter LouMiss
Lou FG 12:35 James Turner 38 yard field goal 3 26
Miss FG 8:22 Caden Costa 38 yard field goal 3 29
Lou TD 1:58 Braden Smith 4 yard TD pass from Malik Cunningham (James Turner Extra Point) 10 29
Fourth Quarter LouMiss
Miss TD 14:11 Snoop Conner 11 yard TD run (Caden Costa Extra Point) 10 36
Lou TD 8:58 Malik Cunningham 1 yard TD run (James Turner Extra Point) 17 36
Miss TD 7:11 Dontario Drummond 6 yard TD pass from Matt Corral (Caden Costa Extra Point) 17 43
Lou TD 3:58 Malik Cunningham 9 yard TD run (James Turner Extra Point) 24 43
Team Stats
  Louisville Ole Miss
First downs 22 34
  Rushing 8 13
  Passing 10 16
  Penalty 4 5
3rd Down Efficiency 6-16, 38% 2-9, 22%
4th down efficiency 3-5, 60% 3-3, 100%
Rushes-Yards 39-155 41-188
Passing Yards 200 381
Return Yards 180 25
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-38-1 22-32-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-5 2-13
Punts 3 2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-74 14-125
Louisville Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Cunningham 22 37 191 1 1
B. Smith 1 1 9 0 0
Ole Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Corral 22 32 381 1 0
Louisville Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Cunningham 18 79 4.4 2
J. Mitchell 12 49 4.1 0
H. Hall 6 16 2.7 0
T. Cooley 3 11 3.7 0
Ole Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Conner 8 60 7.5 2
M. Corral 12 55 4.6 1
H. Parrish Jr. 8 38 4.8 0
J. Ealy 12 37 3.1 1
Louisville Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Ford 4 50 12.5 0
J. Johnson 6 40 6.7 0
J. Watkins 4 35 8.8 0
T. Harrell 1 20 20.0 0
A. Huggins-Bruce 2 18 9.0 0
J. Marshall 1 15 15.0 0
M. Cunningham 1 9 9.0 0
J. Mitchell 1 8 8.0 0
B. Smith 3 5 1.7 1
Ole Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Drummond 9 177 19.7 1
J. Mingo 2 55 27.5 0
J. Ealy 3 51 17.0 0
B. Sanders 2 34 17.0 0
J. Pearson 1 27 27.0 0
J. Rhys Plumlee 2 16 8.0 0
C. Rogers 2 14 7.0 0
H. Parrish Jr. 1 7 7.0 0
Louisville Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ole Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Prince 1 15
Louisville Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Vassett 3 133 44.3
Ole Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Brown 2 80 40.0
Louisville Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Smith 1 1 1.0
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Louisville Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Hall 7 169 24.1
M. Burkley 1 10 10.0
Ole Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Mingo 1 -1 -1.0
D. Drummond 1 0 0
K. Bullock 1 11 11.0
Louisville Missed FG
Player Length
Ole Miss Missed FG
Player Length




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