By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
ATHENS, Ga. – Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace got off to a good start in the passing game.
Ultimately, Wallace’s top receiving weapons were shut down by Georgia, making things difficult for an Ole Miss offense that already was having trouble running the ball.
Donte Moncrief, the Rebels’ leading receiver before the game with 38 catches, was held without a catch, while Vince Sanders had only two – one ending in a fumble.
“I don’t think they did anything different to him. A lot of Donte’s catches are on screens in our tempo game,” Wallace said. “We never really got in it …”
Moncrief had a streak of 14 games with at least one catch snapped. It was the second time in his career to be held without a catch.
Sanders and Ja-Mes Logan each had 22 catches going into the game. Sanders had two catches for 17 yards, while Logan added two for 20.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he felt Wallace took a step back in his decision-making.
“I think so. I’ll have to watch the film. I don’t want to judge him incorrectly,” Freeze said.
There were times Freeze thought Wallace should have pulled the ball down and run.
One of those plays came late in the second quarter after a Georgia turnover when Wallace tried to get the ball to Jamal Mosley who had gotten behind the Bulldogs secondary.
The ball was well underthrown and picked off.
“I just under-threw it,” Wallace said. “If I had been able to set my feet … Jamal had a 5- yard cushion on him. I thought I made good decisions but just didn’t put enough on that ball.”
Wallace has thrown 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season. He has thrown at least one interception in six of nine games this season.
57 – Ole Miss ran 57 plays to Georgia’s 73. The Rebels average 71.6 plays per game.
Georgia opened the third quarter with a six-play, 79-yard drive capped by Aaron Murray’s 42-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell. That gave the Bulldogs a 21-10 lead.
QUOTABLE“I don’t think it’s that we were not ready to play. Ole Miss just did an excellent job of executing. As time went on the game settled down, and the defense tightened the screws pretty quick.” – Georgia coach Mark Richt
The Rebels will be home against Vanderbilt, which won 40-0 at Kentucky on Saturday.
Both teams will be playing for a sixth overall win to make them bowl-eligible.
For the first time this season, Ole Miss lost a game after scoring first. … Georgia’s first thirdquarter touchdown was the first third-quarter touchdown scored against Ole Miss since Texas on Sept. 15. … The Rebels reached
the red zone just twice, scoring each time. … Safety Cody Prewitt led the Rebels with 11 tackles, and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche added eight. … The Rebels’ five sacks came from four different players with C.J. Johnson getting 1.5.