Bo Wallace played another turnover-free game. His three interceptions have come in only two of the Rebels’ eight games, and he’s now thrown 73 straight passes without a pick. I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton continue to thrive in the run game.
Several young players – most notably RB Mark Dodson and DE Temario Strong – looked good in extensive playing time.
Focus and concentration were issues early but not enough to matter. That will matter if it hasn’t been cleaned up in two weeks when Arkansas visits as the Rebels try to nail down a sixth win and bowl eligibility.
Keys to Victory
(Reviewing the scouting report from our GameDay preview)
1. Take it seriously
Mixed results here. Quarterback Bo Wallace was on task from the beginning, but a couple of drops and fumbles indicated that not all players were.
WR Ja-Mes Logan was on the same page with Wallace. Logan has been extremely consistent since his late drop against Texas A&M cost the Rebels a chance at a game-winning drive.
2. Pressure the passer
Idaho didn’t do a lot of straight drop-back passing, but the Rebels put some pressure on quarterback Taylor Davis when he did retreat, finishing with two sacks, four pressures – all on the stat sheet credited to Channing Ward – and a season-high 10 tackles for loss.
The Vandals did hit some plays in the passing game, one of them a 64-yard completion over Charles Sawyer for their second score.
3. Eliminate errors on offense
With three fumbles, none lost, and a number of penalties the Rebels didn’t do this. It didn’t matter for this game against an overmatched opponent.
WR Ja-Mes Logan. He’s looking like Wallace’s favorite target of late and finished with six catches for 122 yards and two TDs. Logan has 13 catches over the last two games.
Ole Miss needed to leave the game with a big win and without further devastating injury. A more detailed look at injuries will come today, but the Rebels appear to have accomplished both goals.