Offensive Line: The Rebels were good enough to block New Mexico State most of the time, but they’ll need to be healthier and better next week at Memphis.
Akeem Judd finished with 76 yards on 13 carries, not a bad day’s work, but the Rebels were ineffective early with Judd in the red zone.
Ole Miss finished with 265 net rushing yards, but there were some other issues, like Jordan Wilkins being caught for a loss when the Rebels were inside their own 5.
Eugene Brazley nearly had a 100-yard game on six carries boosted by a 78-yard touchdown run. He continues to produce late in games.
New Injuries: Tight end Evan Engram and defensive tackle D.J. Jones did not play in the second half. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze did not have an update on their status. He’s hopeful to have most of this week’s injured — not counting the guys out for an extended period — back for next week’s game at Memphis.
Laquon Treadwell: It’s hard to say it was an average day for Treadwell when he had eight catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns, one of them a circus catch with one hand. But Treadwell left some plays on the table, and he himself called it an average day. There were a couple of drops and one play when I thought he could have out-physicaled a defender and scored. He talks about his day here:
Chad Kelly: The guy can be amazing when he has time to throw, and he did today. Again, take successes from this game with an asterisk, but the Rebels needed to play well and regain some confidence. Looks like they did that.
Defense: The Rebels allowed New Mexico State to drive 67 yards for a field goal on its opening possession. The Aggies converted a couple of long third downs then, but Ole Miss was more dominant as the game went on — with its starters. The Aggies had a little more success against the reserves, but some of those reserves — linebacker Terry Caldwell and safety C.J. Hampton — are starters now, and depth is different than it was in August.