The Rebels traded touchdowns in the second half, but that wasn’t nearly enough.
Missouri’s big receivers were the story line of the week, but it was the Tigers’ run game that made the difference. Missouri rushed for 261 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
That run game helped the Tigers go 8-for-14 on third downs.
Here’s Hugh Freeze:
Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said he felt like his guys over ran plays. I agree, but I don’t think that in and of itself would have changed things.
From where I was sitting it did look like the Rebels had plenty of chances for plays in the backfield against Missouri quarterback James Franklin and others, going back to the very first play from scrimmage when Cameron Whigham missed a sack of Franklin, and Franklin passed for a 19-yard completion.
Cody Prewitt had a nice defensive game with 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception, his team-leading fifth of the year.
Freeze talked during the week about the importance of running the ball against Missouri, something no one else has really done, and the Rebels weren’t the first.
Ole Miss finished with 126 yards on 29 carries, but 76 of those came on two big plays — a 31-yard run on a reverse by Jaylen Walton and a 45-yard touchdown by I’Tavius Mathers. Take away those runs and Ole Miss averaged just 1.85 yards per carry on 27 attempts.
More in Day After Observations tomorrow morning.
Hugh Freeze said Ole Miss needed to run the ball, and the Rebels haven’t been able to get anything going consistently with 39 yards on 17 carries.
Both teams have moved the ball well. The difference has been that Missouri has finished fives with touchdowns.
The Rebels had a 90-yard drive and did not score. A third down run from the 1 by Jaylen Walton did not score, and when the Rebels were going for the touchdowns on fourth down, Pierce Burton jumped. He did that twice in the first quarter.
After the penalty the Rebels lined up for a short field goal, but pressure came up the middle, and it was blocked.
The Rebels did get a 30-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter to make it a 10-3 game, but Missouri answered by driving 68 yards in seven plays and scoring a touchdown on a 3-yard run by Marcus Murphy.
Ole Miss receivers are asking for a lot of flags. They’ve not been granted one yet.
They’ve made some good catches but have had a couple of key drops too. They had kind of distanced themselves from the drops before tonight.
The Ole Miss offense had been rolling along but had been rolling against some lesser defenses.
At the end of the day you’ve got to score on good defenses to win big games. This game would be closer now if Ole Miss had gotten more than three points on two trips inside the 10.
Missouri is plus-1 in turnovers with a pick from Bo Wallace, but the Ole Miss defense did not allow a score off that turnover.
Wallace is 20-for-28 for 172 yards.
Missouri has a 229-211 yardage edge.
Specialists getting out on the field now. It’s red on gray for the Rebels tonight.
The Weather Channel says 39 degrees now, 37 at 7 and 33 at 10 with a “feels like” of 22 degrees. Winds out of the north at 16.
It probably wasn’t that cold when this shot was taken in 1952:
From the Mother Ship,
Rebels looking ahead in previous weeks? A little bit.
Linebacker Serderius Bryant
The Game At A Glance
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580), Oxford
Kickoff: 6:45 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network; Sirius 85, XM 85
Records: Ole Miss 7-3, 3-3 SEC; Missouri 9-1, 5-1 SEC
Series: Missouri leads 5-1.
Coaches: Missouri – Gary Pinkel 99-62-1, 13th season at Missouri, 172-99-3 23rd overall. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 44-16, fifth season overall; 14-9 second season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Missouri – RB Henry Josey 125-760 10 TD. QB James Franklin 132-for-195 passing, 1,577 yards, 14 TD, 3 INT. WR Marcus Lucas 46 catches, 531 yards, 2 TD. LB Andrew Wilson 74 tackles, 3 TFL. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 64-488, 2 TD. QB Bo Wallace 209-for-323 passing, 2,664 yards, 17 TD, 5 INT. WR Laquon Treadwell 53 catches, 477 yards, 5 TD. LB Serderius Bryant 62 tackles, 9 TFL, 2 sacks.
Trends: The Rebels have won four straight. … Ole Miss and Missouri are meeting for the seventh time but for the first time with both teams nationally ranked.
Notes: Bo Wallace ranks third in the SEC and fourth nationally in total offense with 289.6 yards a game. … Continues to climb Ole Miss career charts now ranking in the top four in total offense and passing after less than two years starting. … DL Robert Nkemdiche leads SEC freshmen with .88 TFLs per game. … Missouri is the fourth top-10 opponent this season for Ole Miss. … The Rebels have surpassed 500 yards in four straight games. … Missouri’s season-high for yardage allowed is 498 in a 2-OT loss to South Carolina. … Mitch Hall, a former Ole Miss player and brother of former Arkansas player Matt Hall, is the No. 2 right guard for Missouri. … The Tigers’ win against Kentucky last week clinched their fourth nine-win season under Gary Pinkel. … A Missouri loss in either of its last two games clinches the SEC East for South Carolina. … The Tigers close at home against Texas A&M next week.
Summing it up: “The players don’t get caught up in that. I believe we’re better than some of the teams that are highly ranked. It goes into where you started at the beginning of the year, how you finish and the teams you beat. Rankings don’t matter to us. We just want to win games. If we never got ranked and won every game I’d be happy.” – Ole Miss OL Emmanuel McCray
Prediction: Ole Miss 31, Missouri 30
Cornerbacks coach Jason Jones