By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – As they have many times over the life of a 16-game SEC losing streak, Ole Miss players talked about putting the loss behind them and moving forward.
“We’ve got to stay up, stay together and not let this loss put us down. The attitude and chemistry, the positives we’ve had this season have been great. We wanted to get in a fourth-quarter fight in the SEC, and we got it. We’ve just got to finish it,” sophomore wide receiver Donte Moncrief said.
Said cornerback Charles Sawyer: “Everybody’s disappointed. We should have won. It was a very quiet locker room.”
With 464 yards the Ole Miss offense surpassed the 450-yard mark for the fourth time in six games.
Jeff Scott and Bo Wallace led the way. Scott rushed for 108 yards and a TD on 21 carries. Wallace’s 305 passing yards were a season-high, the first 300-yard game for an Ole Miss quarterback since Jeremiah Masoli against Arkansas in 2010.
Terry Price had two stints at Ole Miss as a defensive line coach, from from 1995-1998 with Tommy Tuberville, then for the last three seasons with Houston Nutt.
Price has also seen the opponent’s dressing area, multiple times, going 4-1 against Ole Miss while coaching with Tuberville at Auburn.
With the Aggies, Price has a star pupil in end Damontre Moore, who went into the game leading the SEC in sacks with six and in tackles for loss at 10.5.
Against the Rebels, Moore eight tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.
The Rebels forced six turnovers against a Texas A&M team that had turned over the ball just just once in its first four games.
The Rebels recorded 13 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Denzel Nkemdiche and Mike Hilton – making his first start – each had two tackles for loss.
149 – There were 149 plays run in the game, 70 by Texas A&M, 79 by Ole Miss.
Johnny Manziel led the Aggies on what was officially an 88-yard drive to make it a 27-23 game with 6:24 left. The Aggies, however, covered 99 yards after Manziel was sacked by Ole Miss tackle Issac Gross for an 11-yard loss on first down.
“It was huge. I thought the spot was a little questionable, but so be it. We thought we were going to see a quarterback sneak, but they ended up not doing that.” – Texas Aamp&M linebacker Jonathan Stewart
Kicker Bryson Rose was 2 for 3 on field goal attempts, his 46-yard make the second-longest kick of his career. … Sophomore WR Vince Sanders recorded a career-high with 81 receiving yards. He had five catches. … WR Ja-Mes Logan had a career-high six catches for 53 yards. … Safety Dehendret Collins had his second interception of the season, the first thrown by Aamp&M QB Johnny Manziel.