Just a few quick notes.
The Rebels were clearly the more emotional teams. There were some things they had to have to win, and they got them … great defense, enough of Bo Wallace, some big plays. They weren’t physically equipped to pound the the Bulldogs. They had to hit big plays, and they did.
Here’s Freeze’s postgame:
Wallace was clearly gimpy on the ankle and that affected his passes. He completed just 43 percent but on 13 completions nearly hit for 300 yards.
State had 445 total yards, but the banged up Ole Miss offense — minus its two top receivers after Vince Sanders got hurt during the game — had 532 yards, 205 on the ground.
Here’s Jordan Wilkins talking halfback pass and more:
More tomorrow in Day After Observations.
Ole Miss needed to start quickly in this game, and it did that. It’s 7-0 lead after the first quarter represented a 24-point turnaround from last week’s first quarter.
Bo Wallace is indeed gimpy. It’s hard for him to get a lot on his throws He’s 8-for-19 for 145 yards and has thrown his third end zone pick in two games.
He did score on a 1-yard touchdown run. It wasn’t ruled a touchdown at first but was reversed upon review.
Wallace’s receiver group, already missing its best player in Laquon Treadwell, is now missing its second best player. Vince Sanders sustained a knee injury when he was run out of bounds, had been out of bounds for several steps, and an MSU defender slung him to the ground.
I wrote during the week that DeVante Kincade needed to be a big part of this game plan in an effort to spark the run game.
He has indeed carried the ball. It was only once, and it was for a 2-yard gain. He lined up at wide receiver and took a flip from Cody Core on a reverse.
Hugh Freeze has recognized the need for a run game and has tried to do different things to free Jaylen Walton such as a statue of liberty and just more emphasis on getting Walton to the edge and not up the middle.
Walton has 43 yards on six carries.
The Ole Miss offense after a fast start in the first quarter ended the half with three straight three-and-outs.
The Rebels are ahead because the defense has been fantastic.
State has 128 total yards, 190 for Ole Miss. The Bulldogs have 64 yards on 26 carries, much of that coming on a couple of Prescott scrambles as the pocket broke down.
We’ll see in a bit who has what with halftime adjustments.