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Vanderbilt Beats Ole Miss Saturday

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 Nashville, Tenn. Saturday, September 17, 2011 Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt's fans were happy on this Saturday afternoon as they watched their Commodores take a convincing lead over the Rebels early in the game.  

Larry Smith ran for a touchdown, and Trey Wilson returned one of his two interceptions for a 52-yard TD as Vanderbilt scored 21 straight in the second quarter and beat Mississippi 30-7 Saturday in making James Franklin the first new Commodores coach to start 3-0 since World War II.

The win marks Vanderbilt's first 3-0 start since 2008 when the Commodores won their first bowl since 1955. The Commodores also beat Mississippi (1-2) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams for their fifth win in seven years in this series.

Vanderbilt picked off five passes, all off Zack Stoudt, and Wilson's interception return for a TD is the Commodores' third this season.

Vanderbilt fan, Marty Kooperman, says he's excited about the direction that new head coach James Franklin is taking the team.

"Never seen anything like this. How ‘bout those ‘Dores?! Good old fashioned whippin today. Took the Rebels to the woodshed. Three and oh. Who knows? Bowl time. Go James Franklin. You gotta believe!"

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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