Day After Observations

Welcome to Day After Observations, the 2:15 a.m. edition. I’m going to go ahead and turn this loose, take a nap and get up for the 6 a.m. trip to the airport.

So, a few thoughts on the Rebels’ 44-23 win over Texas. …

Ranked teams that win by three touchdowns against a BCS conference opponent on the road don’t typically fall out of the polls. It will be interesting to see what voters think of the Rebels’ win over Texas later today.

I picked Texas to beat Ole Miss, because I think Texas still has Texas talent and would respond with emotion at home to a road loss in which it had given up 550 rushing yards and had seen its defensive coordinator fired.

Didn’t really see much emotion from Texas, though. Ole Miss was the team that came out fast and focused. That’s a three-game trend now. In two of those games the Rebels have let it get away from them in the second quarter but have been the stronger second half team.

In the second quarter against Vanderbilt and Texas Ole Miss has been outscored 37-3, but in the third and fourth quarters Ole Miss outscored those teams 56-14 including 27-0 against Texas.

Right now the staff is making adjustments and the players are responding after halftime. That’s good coaching.

Obviously there’s room for improvement in the second quarter.  …

Seems to me that Jeff Scott is playing the best ball of his career. He’s not running away from contact, and he’s still fast. Hugh Freeze has said before and mentioned against Saturday night that he didn’t really think he and Scott would get along well but that Scott’s life decisions are factoring into his on-field success. Translation: He’s going to class, staying out of trouble and working hard in practice.

I talked all off-season about the need for Bo Wallace to cut down on his interceptions. He’s gone three games without a pick now and has a streak of 87 attempts without an interception.

The fumble was a fluke thing when the ball slipped out of his hands. Still a fumble and still a turnover, but Wallace is protecting the ball a lot better than he did last year. Against Texas I don’t even recall any “almost picks” which he survived a couple of times over the first two games.

I was a little surprised to see Texas’ rushing success in the first half, not surprised to see Ole Miss regroup and play better up front. The Rebels have been pretty good against the run this season, and they held a talented Texas team to 3.4 yards a carry.

It was good to see the return of the pass rush. Even though Case McCoy was sacked only once he was bothered throughout the game. That affected McCoy’s passing and was a welcome help to the Rebels’ cornerbacks.

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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  • REB

    We’re a little better than you thought, Mr PA. If this team can stay fairly healthy, I have a feeling these young rascals may be shouting YAHOO!!!!!! and our MI$$ $TATE blowhards will be hiding..

    • Parrish Alford

      Yes , I thought Texas would have more success downfield. Good job of Ole Miss pass rush and secondary adjusting to the swing pass. The Rebels are playing well and gaining confidence.

  • Cid Riley

    Looking way ahead to the Egg Bowl, it looks to be the reversal of last year. MSU will be 5 and 6 and sharkfins 7 and 4.

  • Killer_Beeze

    Ye who had so little faith in Coach Freeze and the Rebels. I predicted a win…not a score, just an Ole Miss win.
    Think positive people…it can be infectious.
    Let’s get everyone healthy and get Vince Sanders and Charles Sawyer back into the mix and prepare for the #1 team in the nation. The Rebels will not be intimidated in Tusk-aloosa and the crimson pachyderms better be prepare for a Rebel Invasion.
    Fins UP!!!

    • JB

      My faith is not in flesh and blood, but is in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. PTL

      • Killer_Beeze

        Oh pah-leese. Don’t get all self righteous on us. Face it JB YOU were wrong about the outcome of the game. Fess up and be a man. We love all sinners. 🙂

        • JB

          Love the SInners 🙂 Ha1

          • Killer_Beeze

            Just jerking your chain JB.
            Stay positive my friend. More excitement lies ahead for Rebels fans of all ages.
            Catch the next act on 9/28 from the big tent in Tuscaloosa featuring The Bo Show with the infamous Landsharks.

          • keith

            Jb…… huh???? Lol

          • JB

            Lost soul!

    • Missouri Rebel

      K-Beeze – I’m eating some beer-battered crow this morning and it has never tasted better. I picked a Texas win and have never been happier to be wrong. I just didn’t see Texas folding like that in a “desperation game” at home. Credit to the coaches and players for making the second half adjustments and taking it to the longhorns! Hotty Toddy!

      • Killer_Beeze

        PA says:
        “In the second quarter against Vanderbilt and Texas Ole Miss has been outscored 37-3, but in the third and fourth quarters Ole Miss outscored those teams 56-14 including 27-0 against Texas.”

        The reason for this is–according to many sports gurus–is conditioning. Coach Freeze got a jewel when he hired Assistant Coach Paul Jackson away from Southern Miss.

        His resume’:

        Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze named Paul Jackson strength and conditioning coach for his first Rebel staff on January 9, 2012.

        Jackson came to Oxford after spending 2011 at Southern Miss, where he oversaw the strength and conditioning for the entire USM athletics department with direct responsibility over the football program. His one season In Hattiesburg saw the football team soar to its best record in school history at 12-2, a Conference USA championship and a victory in the Hawaii Bowl.

        Jackson arrived in Hattiesburg after serving the 2010 season as the Director of Athletic Conditioning for Football at Miami (Ohio). In his lone season at Miami, Jackson helped lead the Redhawks to the 2010 MAC championship and a victory in the 2011 GoDaddy.Com Bowl, while becoming the only team in NCAA history to go from double-digit losses one year to double-digit wins the next (1-11 in 2009 to 10-4 in 2010).

        From 2007-10, Jackson served as an Assistant Strength Coach at LSU. Jackson worked under and was mentored by strength and conditioning legend Tommy Moffitt

    • Lee814

      I must admit that I thought home field advantage would play a much bigger factor for Texas. I am so glad I was wrong! OM played three quarters of really good football. I am impressed with the ability of the staff to make adjustments at halftime. These adjustments made a big difference in the Vanderbilt and Texas games. Looking forward to seeing the Rebels again at home. I hate is so long coming, but VH should be an exciting place come October 12!

  • Killer_Beeze

    Hard work has it’s rewards. In the latest AP Poll, Ole Miss is ranked #21.

  • Cid Riley

    No big surprise , but reports are surfacing about Texas having told Mack Brown that he’s done following this season. #1 on the list, according to the source? Hugh Freeze.

    • keith

      You say some good stuff cid but he ain’t goin nowhere * recheck voice

  • REB

    Fact #1. Nobody gives a rats ass what your sources say. Fact 2. Your CA$H MONEY MI$$ $TATE just got another can of ASSWHUP poured on them. So all I know to say is MOOOOOO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cid Riley

    LMAO, reb. I am a Northwestern Wildcat. I did watch the replay of Aub v MSU game and I would call it a choke job, more than a whip. I think Mullen will be coaching to save his job, come Thanksgiving.

    • JB

      Mr Riley, my friend just ignore some of these Rebel fans they are a real “Class Act” type bunch.

      • keith

        Jb,,,,,,,, huh? continue to confuse me

        • JB

          Sorry for confusing you, I confuse myself at times. Mr Riley is a distinguished man and he is not ashamed of his School and his Univ is not a class act one

  • REB

    Now who was the self called clown the other day that was telling someone what to kiss what? A class act? really

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