Ole Miss at Alabama 2012

In its second game after getting dominated by Texas last year, Ole Miss took some positives away from its 33-14 loss at No. 1 Alabama a year ago.

I don’t think this is the same Alabama team, and Ole Miss is improved. If the gap has in fact closed, Ole Miss’ chances this week will again depend on ball-protection and execution on offense.

Here are some things that stood out from last year’s game.

– Ole Miss had possession near mid-field late in the third quarter. Having driven for two scores already, the Rebels were down 27-14 and could have driven to make it a one-possession game. On first down from the 43, Bo Wallace was sacked for a 7-yard loss, and the Rebels punted on fourth-and-17.
– Ole Miss took a 7-6 lead with 13:40 left in the second quarter when Jeff Scott’s 1-yard run capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive. Seconds later the lead was gone when Alabama’s Christion Jones returned the kick 99 yards for a touchdown.
– The Rebels had three turnovers in the game, two interceptions by Bo Wallace, one by Randall Mackey.
– Ole Miss ran 68 plays, and at times Alabama appeared bothered by the tempo offense, but the Rebels finished with 218 yards.
– Mackey also scored on a 12-yard touchdown run when he got to the corner and went down the sideline.
– WR Vincent Sanders had a nice game with seven catches for 46 yards. He’s been back at practice but was held out against Texas. I would imagine Sanders will return this week.
– Then a freshman, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper had a big game with eight catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
– Ole Miss defended the screen passes well, limiting Eddie Lacy to 15 yards on three catches.
– Lacy averaged 4.3 yards per rush with 82 yards on 19 carries.
– Ole Miss held TJ Yeldon to less than 4 yards a carry with 38 yards on 10 attempts.

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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  • Killer_Beeze

    I like your optimism PA. I think it could indeed be a competitive game if the Rebels don’t turn the ball over and score lots of points. This could be a high scoring game like the ‘Bama/Aggies game.
    What is the word on Charles Crawford? Is he playing or not?

    • Beeze, we should hear more on Sawyer in a few minutes. Getting settled in for the presser now.

  • papatoLC

    There is no way that I would pick Ole Miss to beat ALA. If OM gives the effort they gave in the Texas game, they will make plays. They might even have an “any given day” game. ALA will have to play a good game to win, if they do win they will not win by the 17 they are favored to win. (Remember this is based on the way OM played Texas). Freeze will have them ready to play 60 minutes for their teammates. I like what Freeze said as they went out for the second half of the Texas game. He told them to go have fun.

  • Parrish Alford

    Beeze, we should hear more about Sawyer here in a bit. Getting settled in for the presser.

  • Matt Lambert

    PA – can you find out which officiating crew is calling the game this weekend? If Penn Wagers crew is on, I may not go out to the game in efforts of high health risk prevention.

    • Parrish Alford

      Not sure on that Matt. Let me check. What’s the vibe in your adopted town over there?

      • Matt Lambert

        They are not confident in the line at 17 for sure. I have attempted to temper their concern. As is typical in my Debbie Downer character that I play here, I’m concerned that we have yet to reach the gates of the Promised Land and there are still major wilderness wandering to be done. Alabama has quality athletes throughout the program, not just on the football field at one time. I hope I’m wrong, I’d love nothing more than to relish in a Rebel victory. I hope we bring effort for 60 minutes and play for the love of the guy next to the other guy and everything will be ok.

    • Missouri Rebel

      Matt – If you give Bama the normal 3 pts for playing at home and factor in the Penn Wagers factor (good for another 7 pts at least for Ala.), then the 17 point line is probably the right number!…actually it might be conservative…Wagers crew is good for a 14 point swing if the game is close.

      • Matt Lambert

        Great Point Mizzou Meat…..

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