OLE MISS NOTEBOOK: Success catching for Rebels

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief runs past Arkansas safety Alan Turner into the end zone for a 52-yard touchdown reception.

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Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief runs past Arkansas safety Alan Turner into the end zone for a 52-yard touchdown reception.

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Bo Wallace passed for more than 400 yards against Arkansas, and there were plenty of starts among his receivers.

Donte Moncrief led the way with season-highs of seven catches and 149 yards including a 52-yard touchdown where he made a defender miss and got a key block downfield.

With the big day, Moncrief became the sixth Ole Miss receiver to surpass 2,000 career yards.

In addition to Moncrief, Laquon Treadwell and Ja-Mes Logan also caught touchdown passes.

Treadwell, the freshman, had eight catches for 39 yards, Logan five for 110.

Vincent Sanders had only two catches for 35 yards, but both came on the Rebels’ first touchdown drive, his athletic grab at the 1 setting up a short touchdown for Barry Brunetti.

In addition to the wide receivers, running back Jaylen Walton had four catches for 77 yards, one them a 56-yard gainer.

Momentum changer

Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche said the Rebels stuffed the Razorbacks’ attempted halfback pass, because they saw it many times during the week of practice.

“We practiced the tricks and the usuals. They don’t have anything to lose, so we were aware of that, and we weren’t surprised when they went for that, and we were able to stop it before it got going,” he said.

The Razorbacks trailing just 20-17 and were at the Ole Miss 39 when the play went for a 9-yard loss in the middle of the third quarter.

“It didn’t break or didn’t execute as cleanly as we would have wanted, but those things happen,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said.

Key drive

The Rebels covered 94 yards in five plays, the last 75 coming on Bo Wallace’s pass to Ja-Mes Logan.

Before that the running package of backup quarterback Barry Brunetti moved the Rebels to the 25 yard line.

Key Number – 15.0

The Rebels averaged 15 yards per pass completion.

Quotable

“Obviously we’re getting very frustrated. When you put yourself in the position we were in today and have a chance to win the game and can’t pull it out because some things fundamentally broke down on us … Those two (long) pass plays absolutely, positively killed us.” – Arkansas coach Bret Bielema

Next weekend

The Rebels are back home to take on Sun Belt Conference member Troy at 11 a.m. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

Rebel ramblings

With 407 yards passing and 12 yards rushing, Bo Wallace passed Jevan Snead and Archie Manning to move into the top five in career total offense with 5,933 yards. … Ole Miss surpassed 500 yards for the fourth time this season, the third time in a row. … Safeties Cody Prewitt and Trae Elston and end Channing Ward each had six tackles to lead the Rebels. … Kicker Andrew Ritter is now 7-for-9 on field goal attempts of more than 40 yards.

parrish.alford@journalinc.com