Halftime: Ole Miss 7, LSU 3

Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack has made some nice adjustments before, adjustments are in order now as the Tigers have 243 total yards, 147 on the ground.

The Rebels are ahead 7-3 because they are plus-2 in turnover margin.

Aside from that LSU is getting good surge from its OL, and when it doesn’t, its backs are running through first contact at the line of scrimmage.

When opposing backs are slowed by that contact the Ole Miss defense is quick to swarm.

The LSU backs are beating the swarm which is catching up to them 4 or 5 yards downfield.

As expected, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings hasn’t thrown much, though he hasn’t looked back doing it. He’s 4-for-8. The Tigers tried a fade to freshman Malachie Dupre, an Ole Miss target, on third-and-goal from the 4, but Mike Hilton had it covered well.

Ole Miss has played well on offense too and has 206 yards.

Bo Wallace, though, is 5-for-15 passing. He now has 18 completions in his last 43 attempts, well under 50 percent, which is very un-Wallace like.

We haven’t seen too many drops from receivers, but Laquon Treadwell had one – I’m calling it one because a gifted athlete makes that catch and he does most of the time – that would have helped Ole Miss maintain possession and possibly score at the end of the first half.

The Rebels have 101 rushing yards led by I’Tavius Mathers with 36 on six attempts. Mathers also had a touchdown run that would have given Ole Miss a 14-0 lead but it was called back by a penalty.

The touchdown was a Wallace pass to Cody Core covering 15 yards. Core made a nice move to beat a defender to the pylon and only scored because he had the awareness to extend the ball and break the plane. Otherwise he was out of bounds.

Denzel Nkemdiche went out with an ankle injury in the first quarter. His return is questionable.

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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