By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
The Ole Miss defense forced two turnovers and held Georgia’s potent rushing game to 3.3 yards per carry. Punter Jim Broadway averaged 45.6 yards on eight attempts.
The defensive line interior played well, Issac Gross with seven tackles and a sack, and Gilbert Pena with six tackles.
Defensive end C.J. Johnson had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Mistakes in the Ole Miss secondary led to a big day from Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. The Rebels’ offense couldn’t run the ball, was unable to capitalize on the Georgia turnovers and gave up three turnovers of its own.
Keys For Victory
Evaluating the keys for victory in Saturday’s GameDay section:
1. Keep up with Jones: A check mark here. Jarvis Jones, the SEC sack leader, had three tackles, no sacks, one tackle for loss.
While Jones was held in check, his teammate, Alec Ogletree, had a big game with 11 tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and an interception.
2. A great game from Scott: Clearly, this didn’t happen as Ole Miss averaged just 1.6 yards per attempt and was held to fewer than 100 rushing yards for the third time this season, the second-straight week. Jeff Scott had 21 yards on 13 carries.
3. Mix it up against Murray: With two of its top cornerbacks out, the Ole Miss secondary struggled with Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
The Rebels could have had 11 cornerbacks on the field, and it wouldn’t have mattered when a freshman safety left his position in zone coverage. That’s what happened at the end of the first half as Georgia took its first lead in the game.
Murray passed for 384 yards with four touchdowns and no turnovers.
Cody Prewitt. The sophomore safety led the Rebels with 11 tackles, a half sack and a fumble recovery.
The Rebels were not expected to win at Georgia, but being so efficiently dominated by the opponent is always a gut-check for confidence. Now they must respond against a well-coached opponent, Vanderbilt, who is also hungry for bowl-eligibility.