HALFTIME: Alabama 27, Ole Miss 7

Alabama has a 179-101 edge in yardage. Ole Miss has been better defensively, but the Alabama defense is as good as advertised.
But for one play they’ve taken away Donte Moncrief. Moncrief made a good catch on that fade, but he’s been covered since.
Wallace’s first pick was a questionable decision, rolling left then trying to throw right with a bad shoulder.

Beyond that, Wallace’s passes have been OK. He’s 6-for-11 for 65 yards.

The Rebels’ lone touchdown came on the Jeff Scott 1-yard run. It was important for Ole Miss to get in the end zone there, to cap an impressive drive with a touchdown.

Wallace was 4-for-4 on that drive, and he and Scott had a nice couple of runs in addition to the Moncrief catch.

When it was first-and-goal at the 1, I didn’t believe the Rebels would score going straight ahead. They did not. This isn’t a line that moves people off the ball. That may be coming in a year or two but not now.

Defensively, the Rebels have been OK in run defense. Alabama has had some nice gains, but the Rebels have held their own.
The problem is pass rush. They’ve not held their own there, unable to penetrate the Alabama OL and make A.J. McCarron uncomfortable. He’s 17-for-19 passing – that’s 89.5 percent – if you’re scoring at home, so opponent’s not named Tulane are still completing passes at high rate.

Two touchdowns and no picks for McCarron.

It was nice to see the Rebels get the lead, unfortunate to see them give it up on a kick return.

Nice game tonight for Cody Prewitt, who has nine tackles at halftime. Denzel Nkemdiche has seven.

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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