Feeding Moncrief

Pittsburgh kept Donte Moncrief from going off the way he did against LSU and Mississippi State.

It wasn’t that the Rebels didn’t try to get him the ball. They were unable to do so downfield. Moncrief finished with six catches, tying Ja-Mes Logan for the most on the team.

His yardage, though, was just 31 yards.

Mississippi wide receiver Vince Sanders (10) celebrates with teammate Donte Moncrief (12) after scoring a touchdown against Pittsburgh during the first half of the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Mississippi wide receiver Vince Sanders (10) celebrates with teammate Donte Moncrief (12) after scoring a touchdown against Pittsburgh during the first half of the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

When Moncrief isn’t catching the bombs, he can also up his numbers by slipping a tackle at the line of scrimmage. Much of the tempo offense centers around the idea that a receiver can make one man miss.

Though Vincent Sanders made that happen on his 18-yard touchdown catch — slipping a defender near the line of scrimmage — that didn’t happen too many times against a Pitt defense that ranked in the top 25 nationally in all major categories and really was pretty good.

All in all it was a good day by the Ole Miss receivers as Bo Wallace completed 67 percent of his attempts (22-for-32).

Moncrief had 13 catches for 334 yards and five touchdowns in his final two regular season games against LSU and Mississippi State.

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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  • Mantachie

    good game and I am excited, seeing a lot of State fans ask why are so excited about a 7-6 season. Here is why. our losses were all to very good ranked opponets and 3 of those could have been wins. States 8-5 record is not impressive when you see who the wins were against and how they played against th same ranked teams and then how they played head to head against ole miss.
    looking at the two, a oe miss fan should be optimistic and a State fan at least should be raising an eye brow. Could Mullins Success be off of the hard work croom put in cleaning up the mess down in Starkville
    now that crooms work is graduated out can mullins do the work himself.
    I am not anti state, even pulled for them during the croom years. but i do not like the attitude mullins brings– class can not be taught. freeze and croom have it
    and it takes it to build a long lasting program

  • Parrish Alford

    When you consider where the Ole Miss program was a year and and where it is now, that’s why there’s a lot of excitement for a 7-6 team. Lots of momentum right now. Momentum comes and goes, but Ole Miss hasn’t carried this much into an off-season since the end of the 2008 season.

  • 🙂 Yep, PA Ole Miss has got “Big Mo” on their side now, but so did Coach Nutt in his first two years up there in “Hell Hole” and look how that Ole Miss bunch turned on him. running him out of Oxford. I think they really did him a favor tho. :-).

  • doubletripper

    it looked like pitt had made up it’s mind that moncrief wasn’t going to beat them deep. and it sure was great to see our other receivers step up big time. signs of unselfish players and good coaching. GO REBS.


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