CFN Take: Ole Miss Fumbles Away The Egg Bowl
Ole Miss Rebels 2012 ...
Head Coach: Hugh Freeze
at Mississippi State 17, Ole Miss 10 OT
| 2013 Schedule|
2013 Record: 7-5
8/31 at Vanderbilt W 39-35
9/7 SE Missouri W 31-13
9/14 at Texas W 45-23
9/21 OPEN DATE
9/28 at Alabama L 25-0
10/5 at Auburn L 30-22
10/12 Texas A&M L 41-38
10/19 LSU W 27-24
10/26 Idaho W 59-14
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/9 Arkansas L 34-24
11/16 Troy W 51-21
11/23 Missouri W 24-10
11/30 at Miss State L 17-10 OT
Basically … Mississippi State was saved by an injured Dak Prescott, who stepped up in the fourth quarter to lead the way to a 36-yard Evan Sobiesk field goal late in the fourth, and then ran for a three-yard score in overtime. Ole Miss got down to the 11 on its overtime chance, but Nickoe Whitley forced a Bo Wallace fumble, the Bulldogs recovered and got the sixth win needed to become bowl eligible. MSU scored first on a one-yard Josh Robinson run in the first quarter, but the offense sputtered throughout the game. Ole Miss didn’t get much from its offense with Anthony Standifer recovering a blocked punt in the end zone and Andrew Ritter hitting a 22-yard field goal.
- Ole Miss turned it over four times with Bo Wallace throwing three picks, and Mississippi State turned it over twice.
- Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott completed 11-of-20 passes for 115 yards, and ran nine times for 29 yards and a score.
- Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace completed 26-of-40 passes for 182 yards and three picks, and he ran 12 times for 31 yards.
- Ole Miss gained 318 yards, and Mississippi State was held to 296.
Missouri 24, at Ole Miss 10
Basically … Missouri got up 10-0 in the first half and maintained control throughout the game. The Tigers came up with a four-yard Henry Josey touchdown run in the first and, got a three-yard Marcus Murphy scoring run late in the first half for a 17-3 lead. Ole Miss had its chances, and I’Tavius Mathers tore off a 45-yard touchdown run to pull the Rebels within seven early in the second half, but the Tiger defense clamped down the rest of the way while the offense got comfortable with a ten-yard Josey touchdown dash.
- Missouri QB James Franklin completed 12-of-19 passes for 142 yards and a pick, and he ran eight times for 42 yards.
- Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace completed 26-of-42 passes for 244 yards with a pick.
- Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief caught six passes for 115 yards.
- Missouri outgained Ole Miss 260 rushing yards to 126.
at Ole Miss 51, Troy 21
Basically … Bo Wallace accounted for four touchdowns, throwing two to Laquon Treadwell from 25 and 23 yards out in the first quarter. Wallace ran for a 29-yard touchdown in the second as Ole Miss cranked up a 44-7 lead after three. Jaylen Walton ran for a four-yard score in the first and took a pass from Barry Brunetti from 43 yards out in the third. Troy got two-yard touchdown runs from Jordan Chunn and Daron White in the fourth.
- Ole Miss cranked up 751 yards of total offense with 382 on the ground and 369 through the air.
- Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace completed 17-of-26 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran nine times for a team-leading 66 yards and a score in just over a half of play.
- Troy QB Corey Robinson completed 24-of-36 passes for 258 yards with a pick.
- Troy WR Chandler Worthy caught seven passes for 133 yards.
at Ole Miss 59, Idaho 14
Basically … Ole Miss rolled up 17 first quarter points and got up 38-7 with Ja-Mes Logan scoring from 37 and 65 yards out and Jaylen Walton ripping off scoring runs from 40 yards out in the first and one yard away in the second. Idaho had a few nice moments with Dezmon Epps coming up with a 62-yard touchdown catch, but that was about it. I’Tavius Mathers answered the Epps score with a 64-yard touchdown run to spark a run of 21 unanswered points
- This was a chance for several reserves to shine. RB Jeff Scott is hurting with a leg injury, and a few defensive stars were still banged up. Barry Brunetti got to step in at quarterback late and hit all seven of his passes for 94 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns, but Bo Wallace was more than fine. Even with Scott out, I’Tavius Mathers showed he could handle the work with 138 yards and a score on 14 carries.
Texas A&M 41, at Ole Miss 38
Basically … Josh Lambo hit a 33-yard field goal as time ran out to tap off a Texas A&M rally for the win. Johnny Manziel hurt his knee early on, but he turned out to be just fine and ran for touchdowns from five and six yards out, with the second one tying the game with just over three minutes to play. Ole Miss got three touchdown passes from Bo Wallace and two from Barry Brunetti, Laquon Treadwell coming up with two scores and Jaylen Walton scoring from 50 yards out. Vince Sanders started out the scoring for the Rebels with a 70-yard touchdown catch, but A&M got up 21-10 before Brunetti’s two scoring passes.
- It was a fight. Johnny Manziel was banged up, he had to run for first down on fourth down late to keep the game alive, but he showed, like always, the ability to come through in the clutch. He didn’t throw for any touchdown passes, but he completed 31-of-39 throws for 346 yards with a pick, and ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
- Barry Brunetti added some pop when he came into the game, but Bo Wallace was terrific throwing for 301 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. Brunetti ran a little bit with 24 yards, and he was effective completing 3-of-4 passes for 28 yards and two scores. Both of them spread the ball around well.
- Ole Miss linebacker Serdarius Bryant was having a phenomenal game, finishing with a team-leading 12 tackles with a forced fumble, but he was knocked out with an apparent concussion and had to be carted off the field.
- The Aggies failed to generate enough pressure on the Ole Miss quarterbacks, and it showed. The secondary struggled, but the linebackers did a nice job of keeping the Ole Miss ground game under wraps, allowing just 133 yards and no scores.
at Auburn 30, Ole Miss 22
Basically … Nick Marshall only threw for 93 yards, but he led the team with 140 yards and two five-yard scores as Auburn took the lead right away and never let it go. Tre Mason ran for a one-yard score and Robenson Therezie took an interception for a 78-yard touchdown for a 29-3 Tiger lead, but Ole Miss fought back. Two Bo Wallace touchdown passes to Donte Moncrief in the second half pulled the Rebels within five, but after Cody Parkey’s 23-yard field goal, the Rebels failed on their final shot.
- It might not have always been pretty, and there were some problems with the passing game and the lack of overall pop, but Auburn is now 4-1, with a nice SEC West win. Nick Marshall found a way to get the offense moving, even if he didn’t do much with the passing game.
- It took almost half the year for Bo Wallace to look like the 2012 version. While he threw for 336 yards and two score, the two picks hurt. He had to keep on throwing with Jeff Scott gaining 66 yards on just six carries.
- The Rebel defense didn’t get to Marshall before he could get started. There weren’t any sacks and just four tackles for loss – the D wasn’t disruptive enough. However, Denzel Nkemdiche was back to form with nine tackles and a fumble recovery.
- The Auburn defense struggled a bit at times getting off the field, but it came up with the big sacks late when it counted. Carl Lawson, Gabe Wright and Dee Ford all came up with two sacks, and there was pressure on Bo Wallace throughout the entire game. The D dictated the action at times.
at Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0
Basically … Alabama overcame a slightly sluggish first half – getting three Cade Foster field goals – to explode in the second with T.J. Yeldon tearing off a 68-yard score in the first minute of the third, and Kenyon Drake running for a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth. The Tide defense outscored the Ole Miss offense 2-0 with a C.J. Mosley tackle of Bo Wallace for a safety.
- Ole Miss, you’re not there quite yet. The defense did a decent job, but the offense couldn’t find any room to breathe. Jeff Scott was bottled up, gaining just 28 yards on eight carries, and Bo Wallace didn’t have anywhere to go down the field. There were a couple of nice pass plays, but they didn’t lead to anything.
- Much will be made out of Alabama’s offense being slightly off yet again, but it controlled the clock for over 38 minutes, and only turned the ball over once. With the defense humming, there was no reason to do anything crazy. AJ McCarron completed 25-of-32 passes for 180 yards and a pick, but he didn’t take any big chances. When the running game really needed to work, it did with T.J. Yeldon running for 121 yards and a score and Kenyan Drake tearing off yards in chunks on the way to 99 yards on 12 carries.
- Yes, Denzel Nkemdiche was back at linebacker for the Rebels, but he only came up with four tackles with a forced fumble. The back seven had to make too many plays.
- And now we wait. Georgia State, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee – it’s going to be long, long time before LSU comes to town on November 9th.
Ole Miss 45, at Texas 23, Sept. 14
Basically … Ole Miss overcame a 23-14 first half deficit with 30 unanswered points. The Rebels took a 14-0 lead early on a five-yard Jeff Scott touchdown run and an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bo Wallace to Donte Moncrief, and roared back helped by Scott’s 73-yard punt return for a score and a 15-yard Wallace touchdown run. Texas scored all its points on a 23-poount first half run on three Anthony Fera field goals, a 13-yard Mike Davis touchdown catch and an eight-yard Johnathan Gray scoring run.
- Texas didn’t fare much better against the run. It wasn’t quite the disaster the BYU game was, but it wasn’t far off as the defense missed tackles and couldn’t come up with stops in the second half. The offense had its chances to get up big in the first half, but it settled for field goals on promising drives.
- Jeff Scott was unstoppable at times for the Rebels. The punt return for a score was a backbreaker, but he controlled the game with 164 rushing yards and a score. Bo Wallace ran at will, too, with 57 yards on 12 carries.
- How did Case McCoy do in place of the injured David Ash? 24-of-36, 196 yards and a touchdown with no picks. But where was the running game? Johnathan Gray wasn’t bad, but Malcolm Brown has gone MIA and Joe Bergeron was stuffed time and again.
- Ole Miss linebacker Senderius Bryant came up with a huge game against the Texas ground attack, making 11 tackles with a sack and three tackles for loss. There wasn’t much of a pass rush from the D, but it didn’t need one in the second half.
at Ole Miss 31, SE Missouri 13, Sept. 7
Basically … Ole Miss did what it wanted to in the first half on the way to a 31-0 lead. Evn Engram caught a 64-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and Donte Moncrief scored from 67 yards out in the second to blow the game wide open. Bo Wallace threw both touchdown passes, while fellow quarterback Barry Brunetti ran for a four-yard score. SE Missouri State scored the final 14 points on two Scott Lahtrop touchdown passes.
- Barry Brunetti really can’t throw. He might be a dangerous runner with a team-leading 111 yards, and he might give the offense a different option, but he only completed 3-of-12 passes. This is Bo Wallace’s passing offense to run.
- With three turnovers and no points in the second half, this wasn’t exactly an even effort, but the team can hardly be blamed for being slightly unfocused after a 31-0 lead. It’s ready for Texas.
- Robert Nkemdiche came up with five tackles and two tackles for loss in his second collegiate game, but linebacker Serderius Bryant was the defensive star with 15 tackles and a tackle for loss.
Ole Miss 39, Vanderbilt 35, Aug. 29
Basically … Ole Miss answered a late Vanderbilt score with a 75-yard touchdown run from Jeff Scott with just over a minute to play. The Commodores drove down the field and got within scoring range late, but Jordan Matthews let a pass slip through his hands and into the arms of Cody Prewitt with just 26 seconds to play to cap the comeback. The Rebels came back from down 11 late in the third with two Bo Wallace touchdown runs and the Scott dash.
- Despite the late miss, and after getting banged up and getting sick on the field, Jordan Matthews had a tremendous game catching ten passes for 178 yards with a 55-yard score.
- There was talk this offseason of Bo Wallace being a changed man at quarterback, and he was nearly flawless. The interception problems of last year weren’t a part of the opener, completing 31-of-47 passes for 283 yards with no picks, and running for 48 yards and two scores.
- It’s only one game, but Vanderbilt’s Kyle Woestmann looked like an All-SEC presence on the line making seven tackles with two sacks. He upped his draft stock even more after just one performance.
- All of a sudden, Ole Miss looks really, really entertaining. In his college debut, superstar Ole Miss recruit Robert Nkemdiche made two tackles with a broken up pass, a tackle for loss, and a carry for a first down off a fake field goal. Wallace was great Nkemdiche is already looking the part, and Laquon Treadwell had the look of an NFL No. 1 target right out of the gate making nine catches for 82 yards.
Why To Be Excited ... It’ll be tempting to dream about the SEC championship banners going up after an epic recruiting class, but it’s going to be a little while before all the superstar pickups can show what they can do. In the meantime, the Rebels have a terrific team returning even without Robert Nkemdiche and the rest of the big-time prospects. Nine starters are back on each side of the ball with four starters returning to a good looking offensive font and five returning to the defensive front six. Not only are there solid veteran starters in place across the board, but there’s plenty of depth and some great additions to the fun. Along with all the prepsters coming in later this summer, star linebacker D.T. Shackelford is back from a knee injury to join Mike Marry, Denzel Nkemdiche and Serderius Bryant to form a nasty unit. On the offensive side, almost all the skill players of note are back including playmaking receiver Donte Moncrief and leading rusher Jeff Scott.
Why To Be Grouchy ... It would be nice to use spring ball to get everyone sharpened up as much as possible on offense for the summer, but quarterback Bo Wallace is out recovering from a collarbone injury. One of the key sparkplugs over the second half of the season, he needs as much time as possible to work on cutting down on his mistakes and interceptions, but this spring will be about Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller showing what they can do. Defensively, nine starters might be back and there’s plenty of excitement about the talent coming in, but co-defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff is a big loss. He was one of the key reasons for the improvement of the linebacking corps and was a player favorite, but now he’s off working for the New Orleans Saints.
What Needs Working On ... First and foremost, everyone has to work on tempering the enormous expectations. This is going to be one of the hot programs throughout the offseason, and it’ll get plenty of attention and press, but there are six huge problems: at Vanderbilt, at Texas, at Alabama, at Auburn, Texas A&M and LSU, and they all come in the first half of the season. Throw in dates with Arkansas, Missouri and a road trip against rival Mississippi State, and another 7-6 season probably can’t seen a disappointment. On the field, the special teams will need the most attention after losing kicker Bryson Rose, punters Jim Broadway and Tyler Campbell, and with work needing to be done on the SEC’s worst punt return game and third-worst kickoff return game.
Non-Conference Games: SE Missouri, at Texas, Idaho, Troy
Games Against The East: at Vanderbilt, Missouri
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: SE Missouri, Idaho, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Troy, Missouri
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Vanderbilt, at Texas, at Alabama, at Auburn, LSU, at Mississippi State
Schedule Analysis: The excitement is sky high for the Rebels after a whopper of a recruiting class, but the first half of the season could quickly calm everyone down. Going to Vanderbilt will be a tone-setter to start the year, and SE Missouri will be a much-needed cupcake to get everything in place considering what’s coming up next.
The key will be surviving the first half of the year with four of the first five games on the road. After the battle with the RedHawks of SEMO, the Rebels have to go to Texas, get a week off, and then have to deal with dates at Alabama and Auburn. There’s a payoff, though; they don’t have to leave the state after October 5th and have a run of six straight home games before going to Mississippi State. Will that matter against Texas A&M and LSU? The schedule should ease up by the time November rolls around with Arkansas, Troy and Missouri coming to Vaught-Hemingway after an off week.
Team Concerns For 2013: The Rebels are young and getting more and more talented, especially with the big recruiting class coming in, but there's still plenty of work for Hugh Freeze to do. The offensive line has to be far better in pass protection, especially against the stronger SEC West defensive fronts. The special teams need plenty of work. Bryson Rose is gone after making 18-of-28 field goals, the punting game was awful, the punt return game was the worst in the SEC, and the kickoff returners had a rough year. Overall, the team just needs more playmakers, but they're emerging.
The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Hugh Freeze brought in a terrific class of SEC talents. Ole Miss has had some nice recruiting classes in recent years, but this one should turn out to be special with quarterbacks Devante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan each good enough to have had their pick of most schools, while running backs Kailo Moore and Mark Dodson are speedsters who are perfect fits for the offense. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is one of the best recruits in the class, but JUCO defensive tackle Lavon Hooks and tight end Christian Morgan might not be far behind.
Of course, getting No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche to star on the defensive front makes the class. The offensive line should be set with No. 1 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil the big get and Austin Golson not far behind. If that wasn't enough, snagging star safety prospect Antonio Conner was from Florida State was the icing on the cake.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking:
65. That Class Was Heavy On ... The Rebels and new head coach Hugh Freeze have to find a passing game and an offense. It’s Ole Miss, so there’s always a national search for the tired, poor, and hungry quarterbacks yearning for playing time. JUCO transfer Bo Wallace will be in the mix right away, and after a few years of decent recruiting classes aimed at the skill positions – with last year’s class shining at receiver – the passing game has to be better.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking:
23. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Houston Nutt is known for his ground attacks and his ability to turn running backs into superstars, but this year’s class focused a bit more on the passing game with some surprising recruits. Nickolas Brassell could’ve gone anywhere and could immediately become the team’s No. 1 target, while Tobias Singleton and Donte Moncreif are fantastic prospects who should add more punch to the passing game. Who’s going to throw them the ball? JUCO transfer Zack Stoudt isn’t Jeremiah Masoli talent-wise, but he’s a big, strong bomber who’ll be in the mix for starting time right away.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 15. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive
linemen. With the early loss of Jevan Snead, Ole
Miss needed options at quarterback and it got a
small, athletic playmaker in JUCO transfer Randall
Mackey. Vincent Sanders is a freshman receiver too
good to keep out of the mix early on, while the
defense got a big boost in the secondary with JUCO
transfer Damien Jackson a big, intimidating safety
and Tony Grimes a terrific corner prospect. The
defensive line should be terrific with an
outstanding mix of talents led by JUCO transfer
Wayne Dorsey, a very tall, very quick pass rusher
who would've been a key get for places like
Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan, and Florida State.
Carlton Martin and Bryon Bennett are the future at
defensive tackle, while Carlos Thomas and Delvin
Jones will eventually be the team's star pass
rushers with speed, size, and a world of upside for
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 12. That Class Was
Heavy On ... skill players. This is a huge class with a little something for all the spots, but Houston Nutt and his staff mostly tried to get players to get the offense moving even more. Quarterback Raymond Cotton will get time to develop with Jevon Snead already under center, while running backs Darius Barksdale and Rodney Scott are just a few of the good prospects looking to shine in the Nutt system. Pat Patterson is a special receiver prospect, while Ja-Mes Logan and Montez Phillips have size and speed.