and then bounced back to convert a fourth-and-18 that realistically should have ended Vandy's night right then and there. The 'Dores capped that drive when Ole Miss went hard on Vandy's inability to incorporate a tight end into the offense and left Steven Scheu all alone on the left side of the field. Austyn Carta-Samuels hit him for a go-ahead touchdown with 1:30 left in the game, but the Rebels recovered. Jeff Scott rumbled 75 yards just two plays later to put Mississippi back in control and make an entire stadium curse Bob Shoop's name at once.
Vandy had a chance to avenge their defense, but Matthews's power star wore off at the worst possible time. The receiver couldn't make his 11th reception of the game, and Carta-Samuels's pass deflected from his hands and into Ole Miss's possession to effectively end this one. As disappointing as that may have been, it still made for what is probably the most exciting Commodore game of the past decade. Between that and the general niceness of Mississippi fans, it was one of the better crushing defeats in recent history.