A few thoughts here after a day of internet misery. Hopefully there will be video to post tomorrow.
For starters, like the Egg Bowl, this game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. Pitt’s touchdown in the final minutes came against a mix of reserves who haven’t played much this season.
One of those was safety Tanner Burns, son of former DB coach Keith Burns from last year’s staff. Tanner’s a good guy who has to move around a lot during his career. It was good to see him on the field, and he had a nice physical tackle on that late drive.
Special teams play, while sometimes suspect this year, was good today. Gunner Carlos Davis, a walk-on from Birmingham, had a big game with three tackles. He was a key in helping the Rebels maintain a field position Edge. Channing Ward had a couple of special teams tackles too and finished with four tackles for the game.
Also on special teams Jaylen Walton had 83 yards on two kick returns including a 49-yarder that helped set up a touchdown drive.
On the down side, usually reliable Bryson Rose missed field goals from 44 and 48 yards. He connected from 31 yards to give the Rebels a 24-10 lead.
Bo Wallace had a Wallace type of game. That’s good and bad. He had zip on his passes but still had the two picks, not good decisions. He’ll have to overcome that next year. Still, it’s been a while since an Ole Miss QB has thrown 22 touchdown passes in a season, good for Wallace, the game’s MVP.
Internet has been a big problem today and has really hampered our online coverage. As we sit in the press box now, they have turned off the stadium lights on the outside. Insert your own neighborhood joke here, but I’m about to get on the road.
More notes and thoughts coverage tomorrow morning.