Final: Ole Miss 41, Auburn 20
Bo Wallace becomes the first player in school history to record a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and passing touchdown in one game.
It was obviously an emotional week for all the Rebels, following last week’s dramatic loss to Texas A&M, but especially for Bo Wallace who received news of his sister’s car crash and injuries Monday evening.
Big day for Wallace.
More in Day After Observations tomorrow.
Bo Wallace’s clinching TD.
All tied in a game the Rebels once led 17-14.
There was erratic success for the Ole Miss defense against an Auburn offense that had been struggling. The Rebels couldn’t defend the edge on the Tigers’ 74-yard touchdown drive, but were better on Auburn’s next possession.
Auburn wasn’t able to convert the failed fourth down into points, but they gained in the field position when they pinned Ole Miss back at the 6 then forced a Rebels punt.
Ole Miss had the nice nine-pay, 70-yard drive but has been unable to develop offensive consistency since then.
The failed fourth-and-1 gave Auburn a field position edge, and the Tigers never gave it back. They kept the ball with the on-side kick and got three points to complete a 17-point comeback for the lead after being down 14-0.
As Ole Miss folks pointed to this day as a chance to break the SEC losing streak, I have said that teams get better, make adjustments, and that people should not expect to see the Auburn team that was so bad against Mississippi State. That’s been the case today.
The Rebels haven’t consistently pressured a pocket passer, and Clint Moseley, as he did a year ago, has made the Rebels pay.
Success in the passing game has opened up the run game, and Auburn’s Tre Mason is running hard.
Ole Miss has a 186-155 edge in total yards.
Would you have believed going into this game that the Auburn offense would have outscored the Ole Miss offense in the first half?
It’s true, as the Rebels got six on a great play from C.J. Johnson when he pushed Moseley out of the way after a high shotgun snap went through his hands.
Beyond that bad play, Moseley has been good. He’s 8-for-8 for 90 yards with no interceptions.
Bo Wallace has been pretty good too, 9-for-11 for 85 yards. He has no turnovers to this point and showed improved decision-making when he threw the ball out of bounds on the Rebels’ last drive. Wallace has the Rebels’ only offensive touchdown, a catch and run on a 25-yard play with Randall Mackey throwing the ball back across the field. Wallace was wide open.
Ole Miss was lining up to take a shot at the end zone with 10.6 seconds left, but Korvic Neat jumped, and the Rebels settled for a 28-yard field goal from Bryson Rose to tie things up.
(43 minutes to kick) An update here on some injured Auburn players who did not make the trip.
Settling in at Vaught-Hemingway and excited for a morning kickoff. Checking in from the press box.
Clint Moseley will start at quarterback for Auburn. Hearing some talk about a possible injury of some sort for sophomore Kiehl Frazier, the more athletic of the two Auburn quarterbacks.
That may be the company line for the change, and maybe it’s true, but an open competition had been declared.
Moseley had great numbers against Ole Miss last year as documented before. He was 12-for-15 for 164 yards, no picks and four touchdowns. I suspect the Rebels secondary was reminded of that during the week.
While the Rebels are fourth in the SEC and 16th in the nation in sacks, they haven’t had big success against pocket-passing quarterbacks such as Moseley.
Texas’ David Ash completed 82.6 percent (19-for-23) for 326 yards, no picks and four touchdowns. Alabama’s A.J. McCarron was 22-for-30, 180 yards, no picks and two touchdowns.
The Rebels are 12th in the SEC and No. 84 in the nation in pass efficiency defense with a 137.57 rating for opposing quarterbacks.