Corral accounts for 7 TDs, the 17th Rebel beat Tulane 61-21
Oxford, Ms. – Matt Corral set a school record for seven touchdowns in less than three quarters as he defeated No. 17 Mississippi Tulane 61-21 Saturday night in a game that started nearly two hours late due to inclement weather.
Corral ran for four touchdowns—9, 15, 15 and 6 yards—and passed for three touchdowns, finishing in 23 of 32 for 355 yards. Corral had 12, 50, and 45-yard touchdown passes to Dontario Drummond, Jonathan Mingo and Braylon Sanders, respectively.
Corral was lifted after directing three drives to score early in the third quarter to build a 61-21 lead, capped by the last two touchdown rounds. The Rebels finished 707 yards of total attack, 403 from Corral, at a pace worthy of consideration in the Heisman Trophy.
The Rebels (3-0) responded to the weather delays efficiently, scoring six of the seven opening possessions, including landing distances of 19 and 11 yards by Henry Parish, Jr. and Drummond. Jerrion Ealy led the Ole Miss rushers with 15 holders for 103 yards.
Michael Pratt led Tulane (1-2) with 166 yards on 10 of 18 passes, including 39 and 22 touchdown passes to Shae Wyatt and Tyrick James, respectively. Cameron Carroll added a yard touchdown run, but the green wave couldn’t match the early pace, trailing 40-21 in the first half.
Tulane: The Green Wave was resilient in defeats on the road to opponents ranked No. 3 in Oklahoma and No. 17 All Miss. However, impressive efforts must translate into victories quickly if Tulane is to become a serious contender for the American Athletic Conference title. Safety Macon Clark had a high level of 13 interventions.
Ole Miss: With an open week imminent, the win completed a flawless performance in September. The Rebels were undefeated, ranked and improved defensively and displayed a distinctive reel-type offensive unit that collected 158 points and 1,906 yards in three games. Drummond had a touchdown pass in eight straight games and the Rebels set a school and SEC record for first touchdown in a game with 41.
The repercussions of the opinion poll
A win would allow the Rebels a chance to climb up in the poll this week, but a leap into the top 10 next week is unlikely.
Tulane athletic officials, Chris Maitre and Lorne Robertson, took the initiative to provide a food break during the lightning delay of about two hours. The duo received a transfer by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, who drove the pair to a nearby restaurant that prepared food for the Tulane players.
Tulane: The Green Wave will play their first home game of the season against UAB next week. Hurricane Ida forced the team out of New Orleans and into Birmingham for several weeks.
Mississippi: The Rebels will try to conquer Alabama for the first time since 2015.
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