Halftime: Alabama 9, Ole Miss 0

The wide receivers are performing well as expected, but their contributions will be limited as long as the Rebels get nothing in the run game, and that’s about where they are with 7 net rushing yards on 11 carries.

Donte Moncrief has five catches, Laquon Treadwell two. Bo Wallace hasn’t thrown an interception, but Treadwell has.

Ole Miss has 118 total yards, Alabama 171, 36 of that on the ground on 15 carries.

Looked like Ole Miss was content to let Alabama work its way into field goal position at the end of the first half, and Alabama was content to take three instead of trying for seven with deep shots.

Ole Miss end CJ Johnson was carted to the locker room early, and it didn’t look good, but Johnson returned and played in the second quarter.

Johnson has one tackle and also has a personal foul for roughing the passer. Serderius Bryant and Tony Conner lead Ole Miss each with six tackles. Denzel Nkemdiche has played and has two tackles.

The Rebels did pretty well in Johnson’s absence. Ole Miss has given up one big play on the ground, a 23-yard run by TJ Yeldon, but has otherwise kept the ball in front, forcing a short field goal after the Yeldon run and forcing a long field goal – a 53-yarder – later in the second when Alabama was threatening again.

Ole Miss was getting pressure on AJ McCarron earlier in the game but not so much here lately.

Robert Nkemdiche started at defensive tackle with Cameron Whigham in his regular end spot. From what I can tell it’s been Nkemdiche on the interior the whole time.

Vince Sanders has gotten in the game but hasn’t caught a pass. He’s been targeted at least once.

The bottom line is the offense is going to have to come around if Ole Miss is going to have a chance to win this game. The Rebels have been a good second-half team. They need to continue that trend.

Alabama’s starting center is out of the game with injury according to Twitter, which cited the Tide’s radio team.

We’ll see if that’s a matchup in the middle that Ole Miss can take advantage of.

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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  • Penny Oakley

    Without a doubt, it was the wrong call… such foul language used. There could be youngsters on this blog. There’s no age requirement to post and a keyboard has no age. But it will be alright. Even with those potential three points, the Tide defense had something to prove. Bo Wallace probably learned as valuable lesson tonight.

    • Lee814

      I agree

    • Lee814

      The defense proved early on they could play with Alabama. Ole Miss still needs more depth. That will come with continued recruiting success. Alabama is consistently one of the best teams in the country because they have top 5 recruiting classes every year. OM can still have a great season this year. With this tough opening road schedule, I will gladly take 3-1 going into the Auburn game.

  • FairviewReb

    Dude…chill. We’re so far ahead of schedule right now…it’s ridiculous. Freeze was playing to win…and knew the 47 yard FG was probably less than a 33% chance. The problem 2nite…could NOT run the ball at all…plain and simple. Still have some weakness on the O-Line. We’re getting there though!!!

    • Lee814

      Absolutely. Three field goals would not have made a difference in the end. At the beginning of the season, I don’t think anyone truly thought OM would beat Alabama. I will take 3-1 at this point. I believe the Rebels will continue to improve and it will be a great season!

  • Cid Riley

    Kirby Smart should’ve received the game ball. He has the “blue print” for Freeze ‘s offensive scheme. Looked to me that the LBs were in flattened zones with their eyes always in the backfield.

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