Laquon Treadwdell

Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a Crete-Monee graduate, catches a two-point conversion pass against Vanderbilt in the third quarter of Thursday's game in Nashville, Tenn.

Crete-Monee graduate Laquon Treadwell made his college debut a memorable one Thursday night.

The Mississippi freshman started and caught a team-high nine passes for 82 yards in the Rebels' season-opening 39-35 road win over Vanderbilt.

Treadwell's first catch was good for 11 yards and his longest was 17.

The Times 2013 Male co-Athlete of the Year and 2012 Offensive Player of the Year caught a two-point conversion pass with 27 seconds left in the third quarter to move the Rebels within 28-25.

Treadwell is one of Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze's highly-rated crop of freshmen. However, senior Jeff Scott made sure his new teammates left their first college game as winners.

Jeff Scott ran 75 yards for a touchdown with 1:07 left, as Mississippi rallied twice to beat Vanderbilt in a wild season opener for both teams.

Vanderbilt went up 35-32 on a 34-yard TD pass from Austyn Carta-Samuels to Steven Scheu with 1:30 left. But Scott beat the Commodores for a TD and the fourth lead change.

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"We stole one tonight," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. "We didn't necessarily play that well, particularly defensively in the second half. But one of the staples of our program since I've been here is that you play for 60 minutes and you do not blink and you play until the whistle blows at the end of the game."

Vanderbilt had a final chance to extend the Southeastern Conference's longest winning streak, but Cody Prewitt intercepted a pass off Jordan Matthews' hands with 26 seconds left. That allowed the Rebels to snap a three-game skid to Vanderbilt, the last a painful 27-26 loss in Oxford last year.

Freeze came in with possibly the best recruiting class in Ole Miss history, and he put nine on the field in their first game.

The Commodores gave up 29 points in the second half, their most since allowing 20 to Florida in their last loss Oct. 13. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Vanderbilt before its first sellout in a home season opener since 1996 against Notre Dame.

Western Illinois 42, Hampton 9: Crete-Monee grad and Western Illinois freshman wide receiver Lance Lenoi also performed in his college debut.

He caught five passes for 29 yards in the Leathernecks' win.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report


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Jim is a copy editor for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.