Waiting to board. I’ve got a connecting flight in Dallas as I watch CNN talk about the newest Dallas Ebola patient.
A few more things from last night.
A&M defensive lineman Ivan Robinson was asked to compare quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Bo Wallace who has now seen in back-to-back weeks.
In keeping with the theme of national media seemingly intent on making sure State and Ole Miss play nice in the sand box Robinson gave a “shared” response.
“I really can’t tell a difference. They’re both great quarterbacks. Both will be in the running for the Heisman, definitely.”
Wallace has thrown four touchdown passes with no interceptions over the last two games. He’s thrown 66 consecutive passes without an interception. …
The touchdown pass from A&M quarterback Kenny Hill on the game’s final play cost Ole Miss 1.0 points per game with hits scoring defense average.
Ole Miss went into last week giving up 10.2 points a game, the best in the SEC and No. 2 nationally. Had Hill thrown incomplete on the last play Ole Miss would be at 10.8 points per game in scoring average. Instead it’s at 11.8 points.
That will still lead the SEC. Auburn was second at 14.4 points per game and gave up 38 at Mississippi State. …
After the extra point problems against Alabama and recent field goal problems before that, there was what was described as a wide open competition at kicker last week.
The Rebels never attempted a field goal against A&M, and freshman Gary Wunderlich was 5-for-5 on PATs. I wondered about Wunderlich in that environment had the Rebels needed a field goal of any measure. From my vantage point in the press box I couldn’t see how “true” the extra points were. They were obviously all made.
Wunderlich punted once when it was clear the Rebels were trying to flip the field and not nuance a kick with a bounce and roll as Will Gleeson has done so effectively this season. Wunderlich’s punt went for 48 yards. Gleeson punted seven times for a 42.7-yard average with three downed inside the 20.
Texas A&M has a great punter in Drew Kaser, and field position was a problem for the Rebels at the start of many drives. …
A&M freshman Speedy Noil certainly lives up to his name and is a guy to watch in the league. He was credited with two punt returns for 19 yards. One in the third quarter was much longer and would have set the Aggies at the Ole Miss 35 if not for a penalty.
Ole Miss wasn’t bad in the return game either. Jaylen Walton had a 40-yard kick return to start the game, the second straight week the Rebels have had a big play there with the opening kick.
Punt returns at this point seems to be more about not making a mistake than making a big play.