The Field Scene
How about the Take-Aways? Dak Prescott turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, and Ole Miss turned both into touchdowns, one a 45-yard interception return for a score by Tony Bridges. It was a huge pressure release for Ole Miss to get off to that kind of start. Turns out, it was Dan Mullen telling his team to “relax” when it suddenly found itself down 21-0.
Kelly wins QB battle: It was Dak’s night, and he was clearly emotional before the game. Kelly was the better quarterback in the game. He was 21-for-30 passing for 236 yards and has now thrown 105 passes without an interception. He was turnover-free for the third-straight game, a streak he kept alive when he recovered his own fourth-quarter fumble for a first down. Ole Miss scored on the next play on Jordan Wilkins’ 38-yard run.
Seven Sacks: Ole Miss was able to pressure Prescott much like Alabama, which recorded nine sacks at MSU on Nov. 14. The Rebels had seven and spread the production around. Only Robert Nkemdiche had more than one sack, and he had 1 1-2. CJ Johnson said the Alabama film was huge in preparation. Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack thought his guys would see a very similar attack.
Run game strong: Kelly was big in the run game too, but Jaylen Walton led the way with 93 yards on 16 carries. He might have scored in the final seconds when he gave himself up by running out of bounds, and Ole Miss ran out the clock. Walton was huge in the Egg Bowl last year as well you may recall. The Rebels finished with 243 rushing yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry.
Suspect special teams: Gary Wunderlich’s 48-yard field goal was big because it came when MSU had scored 10 unanswered. Wunerlich missed two other kicks, and Will Gleeson had punts of 37 yards and 18 in his only two attempts.