The Rebels made things interesting in the second half. In the end, interceptions that Bo Wallace had yet to throw this season — one of them a pick-6 — were a big difference.
Hard to blame a guy who got sacked six times and pressure many others, though.
Wallace completed 25-of-48 passes for 336 yards and two scores as the deep game reappeared.
Donte Moncrief had six catches for 122 yards and both of the touchdowns but also had a couple of drops. The drops seemed to spread around to others as well, all except for Ja-Mes Logan. I don’t recall a drop for Logan, who finished with five catches for 92 yards.
Wallace didn’t have much to say about facing the pressure. He said he’d need to look at film.
Freeze thought the Rebels lost too many 1-on-1 battles.
OL coach Matt Luke
The Rebels have struggled to find any rhythm on offense and have now gone six quarters without a touchdowns. They’ve not been in the end zone since Austin.
There have been dropped passes, a couple of penalties and timely pressure by Auburn.
Part of the problem with that rhythm is the inability to stay on schedule with gains on first down.
Auburn looked like the Ole Miss offense when it’s at its best when it took the ball 80 yards on its opening drive, scoring in only six plays. The Tigers had two plays of near 30 yards on the march.
Auburn QB Nick Marshall had not had very many called runs coming into the game but after a week off he’s shown success in the read option.
Bo Wallace came into the game without having thrown an interception since the second quarter of the Compass Bowl, a span of 133 attempts. His first one was a doozy, intended for Treadwell, a screen pass that was picked off by Robenson Therezie and returned 78 yards for a score.
In a game with tempo offense it was the only touchdown produced until Marshall led Auburn down the field with 63 rushing yards on an 80-yard drive. He scored from 4 yards out to make it 20-3 with second-quarter clock winding down.
The Rebels moved down to the Auburn 23, but the drive stalled with a short gain, a sack and no gain.
Ole Miss has outgained Auburn 234 to 186 but has had too many breakdowns to benefit from sporadic success, and Marshall with the read option is giving the Rebels problems.
The bright spot for Ole Miss has been Andrew Ritter, who has hit his only two field goal attempts, connecting from 42 and 44 yards.
Lots of regrouping to do, and Auburn gets the ball to open the third quarter.
Getting settled in here at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
No CJ Johnson for Ole Miss today. He was big in this game last year as the Rebels won 41-20 to break a 16-game SEC losing streak.
DL coach Chris Kiffin challenged his players on Twitter earlier today:
It hurts me not having our leader with us today. Last year @24Hour_Ent had a TD vs. Auburn in a huge win. Who will make the play today???
I’ll have updates on Twitter and will be back here at halftime and after the game.