No. 17 Ole Miss routs UT Martin in season opener

WJTV – The 17th ranked Rebels scored their most points in a game since 1935 in a 76-3 rout of UT Martin.

Ten different players scored touchdowns as Ole Miss racked up 662 yards of total offense. Ole Miss scored 41 first half points, which is the most in a first half for the program since 1990.

In his first career start, Chad Kelly threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, while completing 60% of his passes and adding a rushing touchdown. Two other quarterbacks, Jackson Prep alumnus Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade, also saw action. The two combined for 113 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The running game also got off to a rousing start. Rebel running backs rushed for 338 yards and four touchdowns while averaging about nine yards per carry.

One of the key figures on that Ole Miss offense is star junior wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. In his first game back since going through a horrific injury against Auburn in 2014 that resulted in a broken leg and dislocated ankle, Treadwell caught four passes for 44 yards.

While Treadwell was back, star Rebel defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche made the most of his offensive appearance. Buchanan found the junior All-SEC defensive tackle for a 31-yard touchdown in the second quarter to make the score 34-0. Nkemdiche consistently created havoc on defense and even added a blocked field goal to show off his versatility and athleticism.

As for Nkemdiche’s defensive unit, the Rebels allowed just 290 yards and forced one turnover. That turnover resulted in points, as senior defensive back Trae Elston took an interception 93 yards for a touchdown.

The Rebels will host Fresno State next week on Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m.



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