Final: Ole Miss 43, Alabama 37

Five Take-Aways

There were no give-aways. Ole Miss scored 17 points off turnovers in the first half when it built a 17-10 lead. The Rebels were plus-5 in turnover margin. Alabama threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles.

This team is about offense right now. For all the talk about the defense possibly being better than last year, the Rebels are winning right now because they are executing on offense and not turning the ball over.

There was creative play-calling in the red zone to finish drives with touchdowns in the second quarter. With play bunched up inside, Jordan Wilkins had the speed to bounce outside on fourth down. Same with Chad Kelly on his 4-yard score.

Credit this offensive line. Without Laremy Tunsil an inexperienced and makeshift group gave up just two sacks. The Rebels didn’t run the ball well but finished with 92 yards, the most a Freeze team has had against Alabama.

Don’t overlook Wunderlich. Freeze didn’t try field goals here in 2013. Tonight the three kicks that Wunderlich connected — 32, 34 and 45 yards — kept the margin up and the pressure on Alabama.

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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