Vanderbilt beats Mississippi 27-26

Vanderbilt beats Mississippi 27-26
November 10, 2012, 11:01 pm
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Mississippi defensive end Jason Jones (38) rushes Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers (11) into throwing an incomplete pass in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Jordan Rodgers hit Chris Boyd for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 52 seconds remaining and Vanderbilt rallied for a 27-26 victory over Mississippi on Saturday night.

The Commodores (6-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) are now bowl eligible for the second straight season for the first time in school history.

Vanderbilt trailed 23-6 early in the third quarter, but Rodgers found Jordan Matthews for a 52-yard touchdown minutes later to start the Commodores rally.

Rodgers completed 20 of 35 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns. Matthews caught nine passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.

Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) must beat either LSU or Mississippi State over the final two weeks to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009. Bo Wallace threw for 403 yards and a touchdown. Bryson Rose kicked four field goals.

Vanderbilt has won six out of eight games against Ole Miss.