OXFORD – In a game in which a lot of players played a lot of plays and ran up some stats, Cody Prewitt wasn’t one of them.
The Ole Miss safety violated a class policy and sat out the first quarter of the Rebels’ 51-21 win over Troy.
“We have an academic policy, and if someone misses a class they’re going to sit,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “We had a team member decide to do that, and I’m not going to bend on it. That’s a policy we’ve go to adhere to.”
Prewitt leads the team with four interceptions.
Prewitt played some on special teams later in the first half.
Backup safety Chief Brown, who plays a good bit anyway, played more and finished with three tackles.
Big offensive day
The Rebels’ 751 yards are the most in the SEC this season, the fifth-most in league history and ties for the sixth-most in the NCAA this season.
The previous record for Ole Miss was 623 yards against Auburn in 1951.
Nine different Ole Miss receivers caught passes against Troy, and the four touchdown passes thrown – three by Bo Wallace and one by Barry Brunetti – covered at least 23 yards. Burnett’s scoring pass to Jaylen Walton went for 43 yards.
After Troy tied the game at 7 with 9 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first quarter, Ole Miss drove 68 yards in 10 plays to take a 13-7 lead on Jaylen Walton’s 4-yard run.
Key number – Minus-13
The Rebels held Troy to minus-13 rushing yards, the first time an Ole Miss opponent failed to rush for positive yards since Mississippi State was held to minus-64 in 2008.
“Their speed on the edge is tremendous. They are very sound and athletic on the back end. Their front is as good as we’ve faced athletically, particularly on the end.” – Ole Miss coach <b>Hugh Freeze</b>, looking ahead to next weekend’s SEC opponent, Missouri
Ole Miss and Missouri kick off Saturday at 6:45 p.m., on ESPN.
With 272 passing yards Bo Wallace has 5,658 for his career, moving ahead of Jevan Snead and John Fourcade and into fourth place on the school’s career list. … He moved ahead of Kent Austin and into fourth place on the total offense list now with 6,280 yards. … Laquon Treadwell had four catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns to set Ole Miss freshman records for receiving yards (477) and touchdown catches (5). He already held the freshman receptions record and is up to 53 on the season. … Freshman Robert Nkemdiche had four tackles, two tackles for loss and the first sack of his career. The sack went for a 12-yard loss.