Defending the pass

Going into the Texas game quarterbacks from Central Arkansas and UTEP were completing a combined 72.2 percent of their.

Texas was 19-for-24 passing, most of that from sophomore David Ash, who was 19-for-23 for 82.6 percent.
For the season, opponent passing games are now 71-for-96 for 73.9 percent.

Only Kentucky (72.5 percent) and Texas A&M (82.4 percent) had higher opponent percentages than Ole Miss.
A&M’s had come with only one game played and that against Florida.

Texas had very little success with its downfield passing in its first two games, averaging roughly 10 yards per completion, but Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack fully expected Ash to try to find his receivers downfield.

“I knew they’d try to get us one-on-one and try some things. Other teams have done that, and we got exposed on that last week,” he said.

Wommack made reference to the difference in talent level between Ole Miss and Texas but said that difference shouldn’t have led to a 35-point loss.

“We don’t have the greatest talent in the world, but we can play a whole lot better than what we played. You have to do the little things. We tried to coach over and over, I thought we were making a lot of improvement from last week. I know it’s a different level. I totally get that. They took advantage of some of those things tonight. That ran over us and threw over the top of us,” Wommack said.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • From what I saw of the games last evening is that the Rebels can play offensively with any team,but need very much strength in their defense. Hope this will come from recruitment within the next few seasons. I believe they are back on the road to stardom. 31 points scored is sufficient to win a game, but not allowing their opponent to score more than that.

  • First of all, I’m really proud of the Rebels for playing hard and with great heart the entire game. We were just outmatched. In regards to the passing game: I was amazed at the underthrown passes from Ash that resulted in completions. Our DBs just seemed to be waiting for the ball to come down instead of being in a position to make a play on it. This happened several times on long throws by Ash. We must be in position to battle for the ball not just wait and try to make the tackle….

  • It looked to me that the Ole Miss DB’s were “seeing” if the Texas recievers could make catches. Several of the balls appearred to be well positioned by the defense, head turned, and ready to make a play, but the brain told them, “hey, let’s see if this guy really can catch it.” They are probably just used to playing again Korvic Neat in practice.

  • Archaeo

    Two of Wallace’s picks were just bad reads (really bad reads) and resulted in 14 points the other way I believe. Texas might have scored those 14 anyway, but we will never know.
    As far as the Defense – a lot of things just didn’t “look” right at times. We had people in the backfield and around the QB several times, but either a tackle was missed or the Texas players just ran right by our guys. Our secondary guys had multiple chances to make plays on balls that just seemed to be just out of reach. I knew it was going to be long night when those Texas running backs started to just run right over and through our players that got in the way. The Bama and LSU games can still be counted on as losses unless something suprising happens, but I think the rest of the SEC slate is still wide open if the D can get things together.


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