Ole Miss competed hard. After Missouri’s swift march to the end zone with the opening kick, the Rebels reached the 1 in an attempt to tie the game but couldn’t score. Down 17-3 at halftime, they put up a quick seven in the third quarter to make it a one-touchdown game but couldn’t score again.
The Tigers were the far more physical team. Ole Miss couldn’t sustain drives and could manage only one field goal on three trips inside the 10.
Missouri, meanwhile, had four players carry the ball eight times or more, and three of those averaged more than 5 yards per attempt.
Though Donte Moncrief had six catches for 115 yards, it was not a good night for the Rebels’ receivers as a group. There were costly drops, and Ja-Mes Logan stepped out of bounds to negate a touchdown.
Keys To Victory
(Reviewing the scouting report from our GameDay preview)
1. Protect the football
Bo Wallace threw one interception, and it did not result in points for Missouri. Turnovers were even at one each.
2. Own your real estate
The Rebels protected Bo Wallace well enough, giving up just one sack in the game, but Missouri dominated the line of scrimmage in both directions.
The Tigers defense had eight tackles for loss, and their offense rushed for 260 yards.
3. Stay healthy
Ole Miss left the game with no known major injuries heading into Thursday’s regular season finale against rival Mississippi State. However, the health of Wallace, who played against Missouri with flu-like symptoms, will require observation.
It’s possible the Rebels could get cornerback Charles Sawyer back for the Bulldogs.
Henry Josey. The Missouri running back had 95 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, averaging 6.3 yards per attempt.
The Rebels needed to combine precision play with effort and didn’t do that.
There were too many mistakes to beat a team of Missouri’s caliber to continue toward the goal of finishing with nine regular season wins.
Now the Rebels will travel to face a highly motivated team in Starkville, a team playing for a bowl bid – as Ole Miss was a year ago.