Five Take-Aways From Ole Miss, Texas A&M

Five take-aways from the Rebels’ 23-3 win over Texas A&M …

Tunsil was dominant: It looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett finished with seven tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception of a ball that had been tipped at the line of scrimmage. However, the money stat for defensive ends is sacks. Garrett began the night as the SEC leader with 8 1-2 and had none. The Aggies had just one as a team. Garrett made some plays downfield and once drew a holding call on Tunsil, but Tunsil clearly won the match-up.

Pass Defense was stellar: Ole Miss cornerbacks had struggled against talented quarterbacks in Florida’s Will Grier and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch. Pass coverage was much better. Corners were closer to their assignments and finished with one interception and nine pass break-ups. It seemed that Trae Elston was particularly active¬†and finished with five pass break-ups.¬†Texas A&M Kyle Allen looked bad, but it’s also important to note he took a hit on a shoulder last week and was playing at less than full strength.

Here’s Freeze:

Dominant with no Robert Nkemdiche: Breeland Speaks was only credited with three tackles and a tackle for loss, but he was in the backfield most of the night. Nkemdiche should be back next week at Auburn, and his return should bring further confidence to a group that got a big jolt tonight.

Average Kelly: I say average because I have high standards for him. He had nice TD throws to Evan Engram and Laquon Treadwell, the latter on a key deep pass that gave the Rebels an insurmountable three-touchdown lead. Kelly was accurate rolling out and throwing the short stuff, but he made some questionable decisions that helped lead to three interceptions.

Here’s Kelly:

Strong in the run game: It’s OK to celebrate improvement here with Laremy Tunsil because he made a hugh difference, but it’s important to note that A&M has been allowing almost 200 yards a game this year. The Aggies began the night ranked No. 12 in the SEC and No. 97 nationally in run defense. Still, the Rebels have struggled so mightily to run that this is big news … and maybe a spark.

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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  • Killer_Beeze

    Big big big win for the Rebels. The Aggies got only close enough ONCE to smell the sweet grass (Field Turf) of the endzone and came away with only ONE field goal. The Rebels played good enough last night to beat ‘Bama all over again IMO. Nothing was stopping this team. They had a mission: to make a statement…Ole MIss is baaaack!

    • JB

      K_B a very good win by the Rebels and much needed, they are still a half game a head of Alabama in SEC west, I have to change my opinion about Ole miss, I believe they will win the SEC west, and probably the SEC championship, Just keeping my fingers crossed . I think I will start wearing my Ole Col Reb baseball cap once again and whistling “DIXIE”. I believe Ole Miss can beat LSU.

      • Killer_Beeze

        There’s no easy game from here on out. IF the Rebels can keep playing with as much focus and intensity this Saturday–at Auburn– and come away with a win, then I’ll feel much more optimistic. It certainly made a difference having Laremy Tunsil back on offense and C.J. Johnson back on defense. Hopefully we get Tony Conner back on “D” before the season ends.
        It will interesting where Ole Miss ranks in this week’s AP Poll. You’d think that if you’ve convincingly whipped the tar out of the #15 team then you at east get a nice bump in the rankings. We’ll see.

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