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Ole Miss Rebels 24, Memphis Tigers 3: Alabama and College GameDay Await

Ole Miss slogged through a 24-3 win over Memphis to go to 4-0 for the first time since 1970 and land the most popular pregame show for the first time ever

Michael Chang

Ole Miss survived its strongest test of the season, and shooting itself in the foot numerous times, for a 24-3 win over Memphis on Saturday in Oxford to start 4-0 for the first time since 1970. Ole Miss scored 17 fourth-quarter points to pull away, but for three quarters this was a tight game between the local rivals.

For Ole Miss, however, the biggest thing about the game was remaining unbeaten and setting up next week's match-up against Alabama. The game against Alabama will be the most anticipated Ole Miss home game since at least the 2003 SEC West title decider against LSU, and will mark College GameDay's first appearance in Oxford.

Memphis played their second Top 15 team on the road and, for the second time, offered a stern test to their more highly-ranked opponent. Much like the Tigers' game at UCLA earlier in September, Memphis had opportunities that they could have capitalized on. Unlike that 42-35 UCLA win, however, this was a much lower-scoring game.

The Rebels defense contributed to the low-scoring nature of the game. It held Memphis to only 103 yards -- 42 of which were on a completion to Keiwone Malone that set up the Tigers' only score. The stingy defense limited Memphis to a third-down conversion rate of 3-for-16, and the Tigers were held to under one yard per carry.

Ole Miss played sloppily and had four turnovers including three from quarterback Bo Wallace (two interceptions and a fumble), two missed field goals and 125 penalty yards. Wallace finished the game 22-of-37 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

The past week in Oxford was a celebratory remembrance of Chucky Mullins and the 25th anniversary season of the injury that cost him his life. Coliseum Drive on the Oxford campus was renamed Chucky Mullins Drive, Mullins was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame and helmets with 38 on the side were presented to honor Mullins. Ole Miss unveiled powder blue helmets -- like the ones that were worn during the Mullins era -- for the first time since 1994.