You could see this coming, because Ole Miss failed to take advantage of chances to extend the lead. The Rebels only needed to extend it a little bit. They were playing pretty well defensively. A 10-point lead would have done the trick.
But the Rebels never got their and left the door open. The rest was predictable. Dan Mullen had ruled out QB Dak Prescott earlier in the week, but that was manufactured drama.
Clearly, Prescott wasn’t able to go the distance or he would have. The Bulldogs were a different team when he was in the game. He didn’t hit all his passes, but sometimes receivers just seem to catch better for the other guy, and Prescott’s presence gave his teammates a lift.
It was a terrible night for Bo Wallace, right down to the last play when he fumbled into the end zone. In the video Freeze says Wallace’s three interceptions were about decisions.
Wallace disagreed in the postgame, saying, “He can say what he wants.” My angle for the Wallace interview was not good, and the video was unusable.
Ole Miss gained one turnover and gave up four — all by Wallace. The Rebels didn’t cross the goalline with the offense but did score a touchdown on a blocked punt at the end of the first half.
Ole Miss finished with 318 total yards, their second-lowest output of the season.
More tomorrow in Day After Observations.
Not a good way to spin the first half for Ole Miss, but a great break the end with the blocked punt.
It hasn’t been a half full of missed opportunities, necessarily. The Rebels had the long drive where they missed a short field goal, an empty drive just like last week against Missouri, and we know how that one turned out.
After that rather good-looking drive, however, the Ole Miss offense has sputtered much like MSU’s.
The difference has been that MSU has had the field position thanks in part to Bo Wallace’s three interceptions.
State has adjusted to the run game that the Rebels were having success with early.
The Ole Miss passing game has been marked by inaccuracy and drops when not having passes picked.
About the only thing Ole Miss has going for it right now is the coin toss. The Rebels will get the ball to start the third, and we’ll see if a halftime speech and maybe an adjustment or two can change things.
From the MSU perspective, even had you carried a 7-0 lead into the half, you couldn’t have felt good about all the field position you’ve had to only come away with seven points.
Robert Nkemdiche at running back has been an interesting and effective twist for Ole Miss, one that State has stopped only once on three attempts.
Ole Miss has a slight edge in total yards, 132-104.
Defensively the Rebels have played much better. There have been three sacks in the game, one each by the freshmen – Ole Miss’ Nkemdiche and MSU’s Chris Jones. Issac Gross also has a sack for Ole Miss.
The Rebels have held up in the run game for the most part. They’ve tackled better.
And their dominance at the line of scrimmage in the final seconds is the reason you save timeouts and manage them like that.
Ole Miss had been getting close to punts tonight but had been opting to set up a return. Big play by Collins Moore with the block and Terrell Grant with the recovery.
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