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Notable numbers: The 38 points scored is the most points scored in an SEC game under Vandy coach Derek Mason.

It is the most points in an SEC game for the Commodores since Nov. Pregame buzz: Ole Miss, operating with Patterson who was playing and starting in his second college game, was trying to rally back from a 3-5 record to earn a fifth straight bowl bid under Hugh Freeze.

He ran for 205 yards and four TDs, and threw for a TD on a short left-handed jump pass.

The Hogs needed to keep attacking because Bulldogs' QB Nick Fitzgerald accounted for 459 (131 rushing, 338 passing) of State's 553 yards total offense and had six TDs (four rushing, two TDs).

Patterson threw for 273 yards and two TDs, but was running for his life most of the night.