REWIND: Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 38

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There were five touchdown passes for the Rebels, three from Bo Wallace and two from Barry Brunetti.

The running game was better, and the defense came up with some important stops to swing momentum and keep the Rebels in the game. Pass protection was better. The Rebels gave up only one sack after allowing six at Auburn.

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That run game was facing a defense giving up almost 215 yards a game on the ground and could have done more.

Ditto the passing game. It’s not a very good A&M defense, and the Ole Miss offense needed to do more – and could have done more – to win the game.

Keys to Victory

(Updating the game keys from Saturday’s GameDay preview)

1.Run the football

Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers are both more physical runners than Jeff Scott, and the two sophomores looked good for stretches of play.

There was more success running between the tackles but not so much that Hugh Freeze felt confident in attacking the middle on the Rebels’ last possession.

2.Get Manziel to the ground

Tackling A&M’s Johnny Manziel wasn’t the problem. Getting to him was. Many times Ole Miss did not try to pressure Manziel. That was the plan. The problem came with Manziel’s excellent vision and his ability to find wide open spaces to scramble when receivers were covered. The Rebels didn’t get many clean shots against him.

3. Distract Evans

Texas A&M’s 6-foot-5 wide receiver, Mike Evans, had four catches for 46 yards and was not a huge factor in the game.

Ole Miss started Derrick Jones, their 6-3 freshman, but Jones didn’t play all that much.

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Jaylen Walton. The sophomore running back averaged 5.9 yards on seven carries and caught three passes for 61 yards, one of them a 50-yard touchdown.

Bottom Line

The Rebels may have suffered a loss that lingers not from an emotional standpoint but a physical one. The injury list, particularly on defense, was long and painful, and how many of these players can go against LSU remains to be seen. A less imposing part of the schedule is coming, but the Rebels have to survive the present to be in shape to make hay then.

Parrish Alford

  • Kevin

    Coupled with the injuries and the emotional trauma associated with getting blanked by Bama a few weeks back and the dropping two more after that and I don’t see this Rebel team ever rebounding. LSU just brings in another major league passer with Messyburger and he’ll probably have a record day. We’ll be lucky to score at all as LSU controls the ball and the clock in this one. Then later on down the road we have to look forward to Missouri, who is doing quite well. State College and Arkansas will probably get their only SEC wins against us. It’s a 4-8 season, folks, and might as well accept that now. Optimism doesn’t do much for a team that majorly sucks.

  • REB

    Talk about someone thats full of —–. This Kevin is needs to be in a mental ward. Recruiting went great at the Texas A&M Game. It’s looking like another great recruiting class just for starters. This team is building every year stronger and better. I see even with all the injuries Ole Miss finishing at the worst at 7-5 for the year. This team and fans are not going to lay down just because some ignorant sucker blows his own horn out of his rear. And no one gives a rats ass about MI$$ $TATE troll’s opinion.

    • Pragmatic

      Brunetti would have won the last 2 games for the bears. Just saying. War Eagle though and thanks for the “W” Black Bear Nation.

    • Kevin

      Alright, so you stated your prediction and we’ll just see how much you know about football. And I find it funny that you’re satisfied with 7-5. I guess all of us Rebel fans should be satisfied with that because it’d be a banner year!! I’m not as optimistic, 4-8 if even that.

      I was on board the Freeze train last season, but this year I’ve seen that this guy has lots of learning to do. He gambles way too much and he needs to bring in a big bruising running back because these 5-foot-6 inch fleet footed dudes are not consistent.

  • REB

    There is nothing ahead for Ole Miss but good things. The high recruiting classes will prove me out. Mark it down. The gambling Coach Freeze does is great. The players, recruits, and fans love it. Anybody can get on the train or be left behind in the dirt. Freeze is the best thing that happened to Ole Miss in years. Again time will prove me out. And yes I stand full behind the 7-5 prediction. Even with all the team injuries.

    • Kevin

      So you stand by this mantra (which I heard during the Cutcliffe years, the Sloan years, et al) so much that you posted it twice. Ah, another example of intelligence from a stellar college graduate!

  • REB

    There is nothing ahead for Ole Miss but good things. The high recruiting classes will prove me out. Mark it down. The gambling Coach Freeze does is great. The players, recruits, and fans love it. Anybody can get on the train or be left behind in the dirt. Freeze is the best thing that happened to Ole Miss in years. Again time will prove me out. And yes I stand full behind the 7-5 prediction. Even with all the team injuries.

    • ostrogoth

      Total agreement REB.

  • ostrogoth

    Kevin is a bully and manipulator. Made all us fans of Ole Miss mad. Obviously incredibly smart, and probably has something to do with his sad life…..sitting in his mom’s basement “getting off” on making us fans mad. He baits us, and we bite. Enough, I say.

    • Kevin

      Visigoth, I don’t appreciate your latest post that merely reiterates what others in my ‘fan club’ have said about me. My point here is that what you all think about me personally has nothing to do with Ole Miss football and its chances for immediate success. You all are making ad hominem statements that in no way shows me or demonstrates to me that my ideas about Ole Miss football are indeed incorrect. You are basically saying that because I’m stupid, mentally deficient, or live in my mom’s basement, then I am wrong about Ole Miss football. Yet these statements that you and REB make cannot be known because I’m a private individual. Moreover, how I choose to live my life is irrelevant when it comes to Ole Miss’s success on the gridiron.

      Ole Miss football, however, is a public institution and things about it can be demonstrably proven. I’ve made my arguments about why Ole Miss sucks and why Freeze is not there yet in terms of his coaching abilities, and why the team will continue its losing streak and not enjoy success this season. You all have done nothing to counter these claims. Instead you and REB have merely stated that Ole Miss is great (despite the 3-game skid), Freeze is great (despite his poor play calling and personnel decisions), and that the team will indeed be successful because recruits are on board (show me the signees). Until you make reasonable and substantial claims that shows me that I am wrong, I have no reason to believe your ideas that Ole Miss does not suck.

      So in the interest of convincing me that I am wrong about my favorite college football team, show me how by making reasonable statements that includes facts about the team and not your beliefs about me. Until you do so I have no reason but to conclude that you and REB are blinded by your fanaticism and see the world through the blinders of your unflinching allegiance to your beloved team, and this functions by shielding you from criticism about that team. That’s an unhealthy way to look at football and you’re merely setting yourselves up for disappointment.

  • REB

    Great recruiting class, great coaches, and great players everything is pointed to the skies the limit for Ole Miss. Never listen to Mi$$ $tate trolls. No matter what facts you put out, they can’t see beyond mama’s basement.

    • Kevin

      What’s great about the recruiting class when they’re freshmen going up against 4th and 5th year seniors? What’s so great about that? What’s great about a coaching staff that is 1-3 in SEC play? What’s great about players who recently earned their letters in the JUCO ranks. The more you spew your same ol’ same ol’ feeble optimism, the more you sound deluded, unless of course 3-3 and 1-3 is great in your opinion.

  • REB

    The fact everyone but you sees it takes time to build a program up. With each big recruiting class will come more and more wins. You evidently cannot comprehend anything. Have you had time to try and get in a support group? This obsession with Ole Miss is pure lunacy.