Ole Miss offense strong on third downs

Looking back on Ole Miss-Tulane, a few stats of interest.

First, bear in mind that Tulane is not very good right now, even by Tulane standards. Lots of injuries for the Green Wave right now.

That being said, Ole Miss was 10-for-16 on third downs is pretty good. Ole Miss went into the game converting third downs at a 48.6 percent rate, third in the SEC. Ten-for-16 comes out to 62.5 percent.

On the flip side, Tulane was just 2-for-16 on third downs. Remember, it’s Tulane, so celebrate that stat in moderation. The Green Wave was starting a true freshman at quarterback and can’t run the football.

Elsewhere in the numbers, the Rebels lead the SEC and rank 11th in the country in rushing offense at 259.8 yards a game. They put up 304 rushing yards against Tulane.

In August there were questions about quality of running back depth behind Jeff Scott. The movement of Randall Mackey has helped, but Ole Miss has built more quality depth there with freshmen Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers.

Of concern is the turnover margin. The Rebels were No. 100 in this last year and through four games have improved only slightly to No. 90. They finished plus 1 against Tulane, because they picked off a freshman QB three times, and Tulane coughed it up once.

Ole Miss fumbled six times and was fortunate enough to recover three. If they fumble six times against Alabama this week, they won’t get three of them back.

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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