Statistical Comparison

A few items of interest here on Ole Miss football stats through 12 games. Bowl games stats will also count in the final season totals …

At the campus preseason presser Jeff Scott said he wanted to rush for 1,000 yards. He got off to a great start and was headed in that direction when teams began to defend Ole Miss differently and focus on taking away the perimeter run game.

Scott also missed three games with injuries.

He was the team’s leading rusher most of the season but finished with 493 yards on 67 carries. After capturing the nation’s attention with his 75-yard game-winning touchdown against Vanderbilt on opening night, Scott had only one more rushing touchdown in the regular season.

– I’Tavius Mathers is currently the Rebels’ leading rusher with 606 yards on 82 carries. Jaylen Walton has 470 yards on 97 attempts and leads the team with six rushing touchdowns.

– Walton also has three receiving touchdowns and leads the team with eight total touchdowns, followed by Laquon Treadwell and Donte Moncrief each with five, all of them receiving touchdowns.

– Treadwell leads with 67 catches to Moncrief’s 53. Moncrief leads with 825 yards and 15.6 yards per catch to Treadwell’s 557 and 8.3 per catch.

– One of the few positives for Bo Wallace in the Egg Bowl was that he surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the regular season. Through 12 games, Wallace’s attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards and touchdowns are all up from his 13-game totals a year ago. His interceptions are down dramatically.

– His 2013 season will be remembered for playing his worst game in the Egg Bowl. Even after throwing three picks against MSU his interception total is down six from his 2012 regular season total. He had 19 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions through 12 games a year ago. He’s two passing touchdowns off of last season’s pass, an easy trade for better ball-protection.

– With 269 rushing yards, Wallace is 93 yards behind last year’s 12-game rushing total. He tacked on another 27 rushing yards against Pitt in the bowl game. Wallace has four rushing touchdowns this year. He finished with a team-high eight a year ago.

– Ole Miss scored 49 offensive touchdowns through 13 games last year and has 43 offensive touchdowns right now.

– Defensively, sacks are down significantly with 19 right now compared to 38 after the bowl game last year. Fumble recoveries will be fewer unless the Rebels recover five fumbles in the bowl game to match last year’s total of 13. There are 12 interceptions right now – half of those by Cody Prewitt and no more than one by any of his teammates. Ole Miss intercepted 15 passes through 13 games last year.

– While the interceptions are fewer, the passing touchdowns allowed are significantly fewer, nine right now, compared to 22 for last season.

– Ole Miss opponents rushed for 129.3 yards per game last season compared to 155.2 right now.

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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