By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Ole Miss had made steady improvement in the run game in recent weeks, but Arkansas held the Rebels to 2.9 yards per carry.
That was due in large part to shifts that confused blocking assignments as well as the play of Razorbacks defensive tackle Darius Philon, a redshirt freshman from Mobile.
“Their defense wasn’t that talented, but the different shifts they made right before the snap … they were like perfect shifts,” said Ole Miss running back Jaylen Walton, who had 192 yards and four touchdowns over the previous two games.
Walton had eight yards on six carries Saturday.
“Some of the play-calling they had answers for. On the front four, I don’t think we were physical enough, but it all worked out for the best,” he said.
Philon had five tackles and two tackles for loss.
“No. 91 for Arkansas was very talented and presented us some problems on the inside. It wasn’t our best game, but I thought we did play pretty well,” offensive line coach Matt Luke said. “They did a nice job of getting an extra had in the box in some of our run game stuff.”
The Rebels’ 103 rushing yards were their least since getting 46 at Alabama. They more than made up for that in the passing game, getting 416 though the air from Bo Wallace.
In this week’s SEC statistics, Ole Miss is No. 5 in total offense (469.9 ypg) and No. 11 in rushing offense (180.4 ypg).
Bell’s bowl pick
Offensive lineman Justin Bell has taken a peek at bowl projections and has a favorite – the Cotton Bowl.
“I really want to go to Dallas and see what it’s like out there,” he said.
Wherever the Rebels land, Bell is just glad to have the sixth win out of the way. Last year that didn’t come until the regular season finale against rival Mississippi State.
“It was extremely stressful knowing that we had to win that game,” he said.
Ole Miss freshman Laremy Tunsil was named the SEC’s offensive lineman of the week.
Tunsil is one of only two freshmen in the nation to be his team’s full-time starting left tackle.
He’s played in every game this season and has allowed only one sack.
There was no clear word on the availability of running back Jeff Scott. His status could be updated after today’s practice.
Originally diagnosed with a thigh bruise, Scott hasn’t played since the Texas A&M game. He leads Ole Miss with 434 yards on 53 carries and has two touchdowns.