Kicker Andrew Ritter was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts with kicks that weren’t easy as he connected from 42 and 44 yards before hitting a 22-yarder just before halftime.
Bo Wallace managed to avoid pressure enough to pass for 336 yards and two touchdowns.
Free safety Cody Prewitt’s strip and forced turnover from an Auburn running back was a big-time play and gave the Rebels a chance to win.
Wallace also threw his first two interceptions of the season, one returned 78 yards for a touchdown.
The defense rarely slowed down Auburn’s read option, something the Tigers hadn’t shown much of this season.
The Rebels’ offensive line was beaten up front too many times for the second-straight week.
Keys To Victory
(Updating the game keys from Saturday’s GameDay preview)
Even though Auburn hadn’t utilized quarterback Nick Marshall much in the run game, you knew the potential was there, and Ole Miss did not respond.
Marshall rushed for 140 yards and two scores, averaging 10.0 yards a carry for an offense that generated 282 on the ground.
2. Convert in the red zone
The Rebels were better here than against Alabama, going 2-or-3 in red zone chances, but one of those scores was a short field goal after reaching the 6 with a first down.
There just weren’t enough red zone chances for an offense that became one-dimensional when it couldn’t run the ball.
3. Bounce back
The Rebels put tough losses behind them and played well last year, but just looked flat against Auburn. Penalties hurt drives early, receivers dropped passes, and Nick Marshall had his way with the Ole Miss defense.
Donte Moncrief. The junior wide receiver had six catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
There’s a lot of football still to be played, but Ole Miss looked more like a team taking a step backward rather than a team hitting its stride.
Pass protection was weak, the run game inconsistent, and tackling should not be such a big issue for a defense with five games under its belt.