By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
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NEW ORLEANS – Maikhail Miller’s first shot at glory didn’t turn out like he hoped, but he was pleased to be in that situation.
With roughly eight minutes left in the third quarter, the former Itawamba AHS star, now the Rebels’ No. 3 quarterback, went into the game on first-and-goal at the 2.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze called Miller’s number, but Miller went into the line high and fumbled. The Rebels recovered, and Jeff Scott scored on the next play.
Freeze said he worked on that play with Miller for two weeks.
“We run our quarterbacks, and the last thing you want to have happen is (injury). You know they’re going to get hit, you know they’re going to get sore. He’s looked excellent at it for two-straight weeks, and he’s a 250-pound guy,” Freeze said. “He just ran in there straight up. Hopefully he can learn from that, because we sure can use him in some of those scenarios.”
Miller said he would have preferred to have loosened up in the game a little rather than coming in cold.
“We practiced it, but practice is not really physical,” he said. “I knew he would call it, because he had talked about it a lot.”
Ole Miss led only 12-0 after its first two touchdowns, because Freeze attempted two-point conversions rather than extra points. Neither play was successful.
He wants to give opponents something to think about when breaking down video.
“That’s kind of what you get with me. I like to show a few of those things from time to time just to make … to let people know we could do that at any time,” he said.
“The second one I thought we had a chance, but we didn’t get it blocked properly.”
2.3 – Tulane averaged 2.3 yards per play on 70 plays.
The Rebels moved 77 yards in 13 plays to score on a 14-yard reverse by wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan with 6:24 left in the first for a 12-0 lead. Quarterback Bo Wallace attempted unsuccessfully to block for Logan, who made a man miss on his way to the end zone.
“I thought for the most part the efforts were pretty good. I think (Ole Miss) is a good football team. They can score a lot of points, and they showed that last week. They have some good players and we just couldn’t get it going enough offensively. I say again we need to get better at running the ball. There’s only so much we can do with a young quarterback.” – Tulane coach Curtis Johnson
Kicker Bryson Rose connected on field goals from 40 and 47 yards. After missing his first four of the season, he’s hit his last three. … Tulane had minus rushing yards after three quarters. The last time Ole Miss held an opponent to negative rushing yards was when Mississippi State managed minus-64 in 2008. … Freeze said 75 players made the trip, and he believed that all played in the game. … A couple of streaks ended for Ole Miss. Freshman Jaylen Walton did not score a touchdown for the first time. He had score once in each of the first three games reaching the end zone by pass, run and special teams. Also, Donte Moncrief did not catch a touchdown pass of at least 50 yards. He caught a 23-yarder, but neither Wallace nor Barry Brunetti were able to find Moncrief deep. … In all, 10 different Ole Miss players caught a pass, but no player caught more than two as did Vince Sanders and Collins Moore. … Ole Miss is now 130-52-2 against members of Conference USA.