OXFORD, Miss. (Wofford SID) – On Saturday afternoon, the Wofford College football team was defeated 38-13 by Ole Miss at Vaugh-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels scored on their first five possessions of the game and held the Terriers to a field goal in the first half. Wofford scored twice in the fourth quarter, a touchdown and field goal, for the final margin.
Both teams are now 1-1 on the season. The Rebels are ranked #18 by the Associated Press. Wofford was led by Brad Butler with 59 rushing yards, including a touchdown, and 4-of-7 passing. For Ole Miss, Chad Kelly was 20-of-27 passing for 219 yards and three touchdowns. Akeem Judd had 64 rushing yards, while Damore’ea Stringfellow had 40 receiving yards.
“I felt like we could have done a lot of better,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We did not get our guys ready, and that is my fault. I thought we created an opportunity for ourselves, but we were our own worst enemy. You have situations where you are expected to play at a certain level and expected to do a certain thing, and we were just not where we needed to be. I do not think that Ole Miss had a great day. We should have been able to do better. It comes down to coaching and that is on me. We are going to work really hard to get over the hump. We are really close.”
The Rebels had the ball first and gained three first downs before kicking a 40-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead just 1:57 into the contest. Wofford went three-and-out and punted on their opening drive. With the ball back, Ole Miss went on a 13-play drive that covered 81 yards and was capped by a five-yard touchdown pass from Chad Kelly to Markell Pack. The Rebels had a 10-0 lead with 7:11 left in the first quarter.
On the second possession of the game for the Terriers, the team gained three first downs before a personal foul penalty drove the team back 15 yards. A punt by Brian Sanders was downed at the eight-yard line. The Rebels then went 92 yards in eleven plays and scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chad Kelly to D.K. Metcalf for a 17-0 lead at 13:50 in the second quarter.
With the ball back, Wofford had a first down runs by Will Gay and Chris Martin. A run by Brad Butler resulted in a first down as he fumbled the ball out of bounds. Lorenzo Long added a first down with a five-yard run by Hunter Windham moving the ball inside the red zone. Chase Nelson gained a first down with a nine-yard run. The drive ended with a 29-yard field goal by David Marvin for a 17-3 score with 4:38 left in the first half. Wofford took 17 plays and used 9:07 to cover the 70 yards on the drive.
Ole Miss used a 62-yard kickoff return to begin their next drive at the Wofford 37-yard line. After a two first downs, a six-yard touchdown pass from Chad Kelly to Quincy Adeboyejo made it 24-3 with 1:36 remaining in the first half. Wofford had one first down by Brad Butler before a fourth-and-six was converted by Lorenzo Long for a first down to end the half.
To open the second half, the Terriers had a pair of first downs before facing a fourth-and-one that Brad Butler converted with a two-yard run. A personal foul on Ole Miss gave Wofford another first down, but a failed attempt on fourth-and-two gave the Rebels the ball back at 8:05 in the third quarter. Ole Miss drove 77 yards in eight plays and scored on a four-yard run by Jason Pellerin. The Rebels led 31-3 with 5:07 left in the third quarter. On the next possession by Wofford, they went three-and-out and punted.
The next Rebel drive began at the 16-yard line and they went three-and-out and punted. Wofford picked up a first down on a reception by R.J. Taylor, but were forced to punt. Brian Sanders had a 55-yard punt that was downed at the two-yard line with 14:05 on the clock in the fourth quarter. The Rebels went three-and-out and punted back to the Terriers, who took over at the 41-yard line. A first down pass to Lennox McAfee set-up a 17-yard touchdown run by Brad Butler. Wofford trailed 31-10 with 10:27 left in the game.
The Rebels took advantage of a short kickoff and needed eight plays to score on a 12-yard pass from Jason Pellerin to A.J. Brown for a 38-10 lead at the 6:16 mark of the fourth quarter. On the next drive by the Terriers, Brandon Goodson led the team to a pair of first downs, including a 32-yard reception by Cole Cleary. David Marvin kicked a 50-yard field goal to end the drive and the score was 38-13 with 2:28 left on the clock. On the second play of the ensuing drive by the Rebels, Dominique Lemon picked off Jason Pellerin at the 29-yard line. However, Brandon Goodson fumbled the snap on the third play of the drive for the Terriers and Jordan Herbert recovered for Ole Miss. The Rebels ran two plays to exhaust the clock with a 38-13 final score.
Wofford had 305 total yards, with 233 rushing. Ole Miss had 416 total yards, 242 of which were passing. Ole Miss had a 22 to 18 advantage in first downs. Wofford was 6-of-16 on third downs and 2-of-3 on fourth down. Ole Miss was 10-of-13 on third down. Both teams were called for two penalties. Wofford had a 35:26 to 24:34 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. Ole Miss Post-Game Notes
The Ole Miss game marked the 19th time in the last 18 seasons the Terriers have played against a member of the FBS (NCAA Division I-A). Overall, Wofford is 1-19 in those games.
The Terrier defense did not allow a 100-yard rusher or a 100-yard receiver in the game. The rushing offense outgained the Ole Miss rushing offense 233 to 174.
The 50-yard field goal by David Marvin is tied for the third-longest in school history. Marvin has three of the five longest field goals in school history.
Former Terrier Hunter Thurley caught a 22-yard first down pass for Ole Miss in the first quarter. He played two seasons at Wofford on the defensive line before transferring to Ole Miss, where he plays tight end.
Game captains were Nick Colvin, Dequan Miller, Boston Bryant and Daryl Vining.
Attendance was 64,232 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the largest crowd in school history. It was the ninth-largest crowd the Terriers have played in front of.
Wofford heads home to Gibbs Stadium for the next contest, when the Terriers host Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.