Ole Miss looked sluggish in the first half at home against Vanderbilt, and it appeared the Commodores forced a key turnover minutes before halftime until a controversial penalty negated the turnover.
Rebels punt returner Carlos Davis called for a fair catch at his own 23-yard line, settled under the ball and simply muffed it. Vanderbilt gunner Jacob Schultz recovered the ball in midair, which would have been the second Vanderbilt turnover forced in the half. Instead, the referees called a fair catch interference penalty.
In addition to negating the fumble, Ole Miss started with the ball 15 yards upfield because of the penalty. The Rebels offense seemed to gain some momentum from the fortunate call and drove the ball into the red zone before settling for the field goal.
Even Ole Miss fans on Twitter admitted that the Rebels received a “lucky” break by avoiding a turnover right before halftime. At the half, Ole Miss lead 13-3.
#OleMiss catches a big, big break. Carlos Davis muffed a punt, recovered by Vanderbilt. Commodores were flagged for kick-catch interference.
— Ben Garrett (@SpiritBen) September 27, 2015
I know I'm an Ole Miss fan but man Vanderbilt got robbed on that call. #olemiss
— Phil J Null (@PhilNull) September 27, 2015
Enornous momentum swing for Ole Miss. Rebs up 10-3, fumble punt near own goal line, Vandy flagged for catch interference. Now Rebs driving.
— David Ching (@ESPNChing) September 27, 2015