McCluster, Ole Miss run over Tennessee 42-17

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

OXFORD, MS (AP) - Mississippi's Dexter McCluster had 324 all-purpose yards as the Rebels ran over Tennessee 42-17 on Saturday.

McCluster, who rushed for 282 yards, scored on runs of 15, 23, 32 and 71 yards in Ole Miss' first win against the Volunteers since 1993.

It's the most rushing yards ever given up to a running back by the Volunteers. The most yards Tennessee had yielded was 217 to Colorado's Mike Pritchard in 1990 and Alabama's Bobby Humphrey in 1986.

Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) clinched bowl eligibility with the victory. It was the Rebels first win against Tennessee in 13 games since 1983.

Tennessee (5-5, 2-4) was without three of their celebrated freshmen - wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, safety Janzen Jackson and defensive back Mike Edwards. The trio was arrested early Thursday morning for attempted armed robbery in Knoxville.

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