Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt gave college football its first thriller of the season, a wild affair in Nashville that ended up 39-35 in favor of the Rebels.
Running back Jeff Scott broke away for an eye-popping 75-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to steal the victory and set the Rebels off on the right foot.
However, the story of the game was the instant impact from Ole Miss' highly-touted newcomers.
Safety Tony Conner, a 5-star recruit according to 247 Sports' composite rankings, wasted little time making his name known, hauling in an interception on his first collegiate series.
Fellow composite 5-star receiver Laquon Treadwell emerged as the go-to receiver for quarterback Bo Wallace, as he tallied a team-high 82 receiving yards on nine catches.
The most highly anticipated new arrival, No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche, had a bit of a hit-and-miss debut.
The defensive end missed a key tackle on the goal line that allowed a Vanderbilt touchdown, but he also showed off his athleticism by running a fake punt 11 yards for a first down.
Nkemdiche's game still needs a bit of polishing, but it is clear he has the ability to be an elite defensive end.