By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
The fast start was impressive and set the Rebels on the path to dominate.
The defense controlled the line of scrimmage, and the running backs showed the depth that developed through August.
Wide receiver Collins Moore had a diving catch to move the chains on a touchdown drive. Provided he stays healthy, he’ll be a big plus for Ole Miss in SEC play.
Safety Dehendret Collins also had a diving catch, one of three picks against Tulane freshman quarterback Devin Powell. It was a big-time interception for Collins.
Tulane got into the backfield way too often, getting two sacks and seven tackles for loss, under scoring the Rebels’ need for continued improvement along the offensive line. If it was so easy for the Green Wave, how easy will it be for Alabama?
As coaches say, every win is precious, but the six fumbles – three of them lost – cast a bit of gloom on an otherwise enjoyable trip to New Orleans.
Keys To Victory
Evaluating the keys to victory in Saturday’s GameDay section.
1. Protect the football: A six-fumble game is unacceptable. The Rebels were fortunate to lose only three. In spite of the bobbles, the quarterbacks did not throw an interception, and the defense produced three interceptions plus a fumble, and Ole Miss finished on the plus side of turnover margin for just the second time in four games.
2. Acclimate: Pretty average result here. The Rebels were clean and efficient on both sides of the ball at the beginning, but they lost focus in the second quarter. Although Barry Brunetti led a couple of scoring drives in the third quarter, composure was hit and miss.
3. Get in the backfield: The Rebels were really good in this category against an overmatched Tulane offensive line.
Ole Miss finished with five tackles for loss and three sacks, giving them 12 sacks for the season, one below last year’s season total of 13.
Barry Brunetti. The backup quarterback led the Rebels with 67 yards on 13 carries.
He was also 5 for 7 passing, and while Brunetti didn’t score, he didn’t turn it over.
The Rebels will not survive a six-fumble game in the SEC. Turnovers, at least one a game by interception or fumble, are slowing the development of quarterback Bo Wallace, and Ole Miss needs Wallace at his best as the next season goal becomes breaking a 14-game SEC losing streak.