February 22, 2024

Ole Miss entered the Peach Bowl with one of many higher offenses within the nation. 

However the Rebels have been anticipated to have a big problem Saturday after they matched up with the stout Penn State Nittany Lion protection.

Ole Miss didn’t have a lot issue as soon as the ball kicked off. The Rebels put up 540 yards of offense towards a protection that solely allowed a median of 223 yards per recreation getting into Saturday.

Quarterback Jaxson Dart threw three touchdowns as Mississippi bullied Penn State in a 38-25 victory in Atlanta. The win additionally gave Ole Miss its first-ever 11-win season.

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Mississippi Rebels working again Quinshon Judkins (4) runs towards the Penn State Nittany Lions through the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Dec. 30, 2023. (Dale Zanine/USA Immediately Sports activities)

Fourth-year coach Lane Kiffin has shortly turned this system round. The Rebels gained 10 video games throughout Kiffin’s second yr.

“I actually do consider we’re simply getting began,” Kiffin stated. “I feel that we’re doing one thing. We’re on our approach to one thing actually particular.”

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Penn State coach James Franklin cited the number of challenges the Nittany Lions confronted main as much as the Peach Bowl. 

“Too many transferring components, employees and gamers, to have the kind of success that we needed to have in the present day,” stated Franklin, referring to the mix of gamers opting out to organize for the NFL and up to date adjustments to his offensive and defensive coordinators.

Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels celebrates with the group after beating the Penn State Nittany Lions within the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Dec. 30, 2023, in Atlanta.  (Alex Slitz/Getty Photographs)

Ole Miss tight finish Caden Prieskorn accounted for 3 touchdowns, two receiving and one speeding.

The dominant efficiency by Prieskorn, who has introduced he’ll return in 2024 for his last yr of eligibility, was a shock. Prieskorn had 20 catches, together with two for touchdowns, for 313 yards within the common season.

Ole Miss player celebrates Peach Bowl victory

Ole Miss vast receiver Tre Harris after the Peach Bowl towards Penn State Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023, in Atlanta. Mississippi gained 38-25.  (AP Picture/Brynn Anderson)

Ole Miss chanted “S-E-C! S-E-C!” because it celebrated the Southeastern Convention’s win over a Massive Ten opponent.

The Rebels led 20-17 at halftime and pulled away when working again Quinshon Judkins supplied steadiness to the offense within the second half. Judkins had 34 carries for 106 yards and added a 14-yard landing catch within the third quarter, when Ole Miss prolonged its result in 31-17.

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Ole Miss is scheduled to open the 2024 season at residence towards Furman. In the meantime, the Nittany Lions kick off subsequent season at West Virginia Aug. 31.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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