The Rebels dominated an overmatched FCS foe and were mostly clean along the way.
The kicking game didn’t look good without Gary Wunderlich, a surprise absence with a hamstring issue. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Wunderlich could have played, but it was a week to hold out guys who didn’t have to play.
Sans Wunderlich kicker Andy Pappanastos — a redshirt freshman playing for the first time — missed an extra point and a 42-yard field goal attempt.
Bo Wallace threw one interception on an otherwise solid day going 11-for-15 for 140 yards and 2 TDs.
The game, though, was about the backup quarterback and the run game.
The Rebels finished with 402 yards on the ground, their most since getting 425 against Fresno State in 2010. They had four runs of 50 yards or more, two each by Mark Dodson and Jordan Wilkins, who provided the Rebels’ first twin 1oo-yard rushers since Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis in that Fresno Oxford game in 2010.
Backup QBs DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan played the second half and were on target — a combined 13-for-15 — in the short passing game. Other than a 31-yard touchdown pass from Kincade to Derrick Jones, they didn’t throw down field in a game that was out of hand.
Both QBs said it was just good to get on the field, and they prepared for the reps during the week anticipating a lot of action today.
Ole Miss had a season-high 640 yards of offense.
The defense pitched its first shutout since a 39-0 win at Tulane in 2012, Freeze’s first year as coach.
With lots of guys making lots of plays the tackling leader was reserve defensive end Carlos Thompson with seven.
The Rebels held Presbyterian to 156 yards, had 12 tackles for loss and forced two turnovers.
More tomorrow in Day After Observations.