Rebels’ offensive consistency

Hugh Freeze was hired at Ole Miss not for his defensive wizardry.

It was his offense.

There was noticeable improvement at the beginning of the 2012 season largely because of scheme and opposition. Soon personnel played into that improvement also.

Ultimately Ole Miss showed an offense that overcame a lull in the running game — three straight games with less than 100 yards — to play its best ball at the end of the season.

Now the Rebels open with a 39-35 win over Vanderbilt in which they totaled 489 yards.

Dating back to last year’s LSU game, a 41-35 loss in Baton Rouge, the Rebels are 3-1 with three straight wins. Here’s a look at the offensive averages over the last four games for Ole Miss:

Points: 38.25

Total Yards: 466.5

Rushing Yards: 202.5

Passing Yards: 264.0

Passing Touchdowns: 10

Interceptions: 7

Rushing Touchdowns: 10

Fumbles Lost: 2

The Rebels rushed for 206 yards against Vanderbilt, 75 of them on Jeff Scott’s winning run. The run game, lacking I’Tavius Mathers who Freeze says boosts the inside running effort, was effective in spurts in Nashville.

Without his 75-yard run Scott had 11 carries for 63 yards, an average of 5.72 yards per carry.

Bo Wallace was the team’s second-leading rusher — as he was in the final stats in 2012 — with 18 carries for 70 gross rushing yards. After 48 lost yards on four sacks was added, Wallace had 48 net rushing yards.

It’s important to break it down that way, because on 18 plays Wallace was going forward to the tune of almost 4 yards a carry. Two of those plays resulted in short touchdown runs.

The other four plays are the reason the Rebels trailed 21-10 at halftime.

Offensive production, on the up tick lately, likely won’t go down this week against Southeast Missouri State.

It should be a confident group that goes to Texas on Sept. 14 to face a Longhorns team that won easily on opening night, defeating New Mexico State 56-7, but gave up 346 yards in the process.

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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  • JB

    The Offense is clicking with BO handling the ball, they could score over 50 points this Saturday against SEMO. Offense got a prize in Treadwell All SEC Freshman. BO in the pattern of good past MIssissippi QBs..

    • Killer_Beeze

      Great to have two of the best receivers in the SEC for Bo to throw to: Moncrief and Treadwell…both 6’3″ 215 lbs.

      Hope all the team stays healthy after Saturday’s game. We’ll need ’em all in tip top shape for the game in Austin. The Rebels got sweet payback from Vandy by beating them in the last minute of the game on their home turf like they did they in Oxford last year.

      Remember the Longhorns ran all over the Rebels in Oxford last season. Can the Rebels repay them? That would be Ole (so sweet) Miss.

      Check out Athlon’s Latest SEC Power Rankings;

      • JB

        How bout dat!!MIssissippi leading SEC west

        • Killer_Beeze

          Enjoy the moment and as they say: take one game at a time. This game with SE MO should be a ‘practice/get ready game’ for what lies ahead in Austin,TX.

          Below is the list of affiliates for the Texas game, which will kick off at 7 p.m. CT. Sept. 14th

          Memphis – WREG (CBS)
          Mobile-Pensacola – WFGX (MyNet)
          Jackson – WJTV (CBS)
          Columbus-Tupelo – WCBI (CBS)
          Biloxi-Gulfport – WXXV (FOX)
          Hattiesburg-Laurel – WHLT (CBS)
          Meridian – WMDN (CBS)
          Greenwood-Greenville – WABG (ABC or FOX)

          • The Ghost of Col. Reb

            any bootleg internet sites showing the game? i can’t believe I can’t get it on Rebelvision.

          • Killer_Beeze

            Just curious: has any Ole Miss game ever been carried on–as you say– a bootleg internet site? If so, that’s news to me.
            I’ll be watching it on my radio dial. :))
            Comcast Sports TV (Comcast channel 400) will replay all Ole Miss games on Wednesdays at 7pm this season

            You can listen to the game on the supertalk network:


          • The Ghost of Col. Reb

            Yes, you can watch all sports, every game…pro, college, ect. on VIPBox – Live Sports Livestreams – Sports On Demand Online For Free. It’s just not in HD and you have to be careful not to click on an ad. I recommend installing adblock for free. Happy watching!

          • JB

            Try ESPN3 on your computer or where you can receive ESPN3

          • Killer_Beeze

            ESPN3–unfortunately–is blacked out in Mississippi. That’s the first place I went to.

          • Killer_Beeze

            Thanks for the info. I’ll give it a whirl. If’N it don’t work, then I’ll listen to the game & to the excellent play calling of David Kellum. hahahaha

          • The Ghost of Col. Reb

            and the reason I asked about internet is I don’t live in Ms, so I don’t get the local propaganda outlet.

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