Second half Rebels

If you’re going to get to Dave Wommack you better do it in the second quarter.

At least that seems to be a developing trend.

Texas scored at will against the Ole Miss defense, but the Rebels have shown considerable improvement in the games that have followed.

Ole Miss cornerback Charles Sawyer

Alabama managed only two field goals against Ole Miss in the second half. The Crimson Tide was propelled to victory by 21 second-quarter points in a 33-14 win. The Rebels’ 19-point margin of defeat remains Alabama’s most competitive SEC game to this point.

Texas A&M did not score in the second half until 6 minutes, 24 seconds remained in the game. The Aggies went on to add the winning touchdown – totaling 13 quick points — with a short field following a failed fourth-and-1 attempt by Ole Miss.
Auburn scored 17 in the second quarter but managed just a field goal and 60 yards after halftime in a 41-20 Ole Miss win.

In describing a Wommack halftime speech, cornerback Charles Sawyer paints the picture of a calm defensive coach quietly pondering in his mind what his team needs to do to be successful in the next two quarters. He’s very calm. Nothing changes. He just says this is what you have to do, and if you do it we’ll win,” Sawyer said.

Sawyer sees the differences between Wommack and last year’s defensive coordinator, Tyrone Nix.

“Tyrone, they’re different coaches. Tyrone is a coach that likes to get in your face and tell you this is what you’ve got to do. Some players like that. Some players react different. But coach Wommack is very calm and very chill. Some players like that. Some players don’t know how to handle it. It depends on what you can handle with a coach. Both of them are fine with me. It’s just a different thing.”

The Rebels are ranked No. 40 nationally, No. 7 in the SEC this week in total defense. They’re allowing 356 yards a game.

Overall, the Rebels have been outscored 82-41 in the second quarter. They have outscored opponents 55-34 in the third quarte and 62-40 in the fourth.

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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