Tulane is bad. That’s not news.
But Ole Miss is doing what it should do, and that’s win big.
THe Rebels started strong and crisp on offense. That dominance waned in the second quarter, and it wasn’t until the end of the period that Barry Brunetti sparked things and got the Rebels in the red zone.
From there, Randall Mackey fumbled and Tulane recovered. It was the second turnover of the quarter, the first coming after Bo Wallace was sacked and fumbled.
Tulane, starting a freshman QB, has gotten nothing done against the Ole Miss defense, but I suspect Hugh Freeze will give his offense an ear full right now.
The Reels put up 183 yards and 26 points in the first quarter, running and passing with relative ease. Offense was stagnant and sloppy in the second quarter.
Trae Elston has looked good in his first start, some nice form tackles. Tulane opened with a 32-yard completion, a deep ball to Ryan Grant, but the Rebels have otherwise been OK in the revamped secondary.
Wallace started 6-for-9 but missed his last five passes. He’s thrown for 92 yards and a 23-yard touchdown to Donte Moncrief. He has yet to throw an interception, but he did fumble.
The Rebels have rushed for 149 yards and held Tulane to minus-25. Barry Brunetti and Jeff Scott each have 48 yards rushing, Mackey 32.
Touchdowns from Scott on a 13-yard run, Ja-Mes Logan on a 14-yard run, Mackey on a 28-yard run and Moncrief’s catch.
Logan made a nifty move to make a defender miss after his QB, Wallace, missed a block down field.
Thought we’d see more of Channing Ward than we have. Not much from the freshman defensive end.
Tulane has gained just 52 yards on 39 plays, 243 on 39 for Ole Miss but just 60 yards in the second quarter.
Ole Miss has sacked Tulane QB Devin Powell three times, one of them by Elston, who leads the team with six tackles. Aaron Garbutt and Jason Jones also with sacks.