Published on September 4th, 2014 | by Carver Rayburn0
Rebels favored by 21 in SEC opener on at Nashville
The previous three quarters were over and in the past, Thank God. During those 45 minutes of play, the Rebels scored just seven points and Bo Wallace tossed three interceptions. Ole Miss running backs had contributed less than 50 yards on the ground. The offense line was jumping off sides so often, it was starting to become a nightmare. It was looking ugly.
But then, something happened. For fifteen minutes, the 2014 Ole Miss Rebels looked unstoppable. The defense made big play after big play with jaw dropping hits. The offense clicked and put up 28 points. Wallace led interceptions were non-existent. The offense line pushed out of the trench and the running game saw a glimmer of hope. This was the team the Rebel Nation was looking forward to and expected to see. This was a team that was, “All In.”
“Once we weren’t turning the ball over and jumping offside, that’s when we started putting up points,” Wallace said.
Ole Miss is hoping to carry over that fourth quarter play to it’s SEC opener, a road game at Vanderbilt. The odds are in their favor as Vegas takes bets with the Rebels laying 21 points. The possibility of this becoming a trap game for Ole Miss is something Head Coach Hugh Freeze says will not happen.
“We’re not going to overlook them,” Freeze said. “We’ll get them ready. It’s an SEC football game on the road. Our kids have to be prepared to go to Nashville and hopefully get a second road win of the year.”
Comparing the Numbers (SEC Rank in Parenthesis)
Offense Ole Miss Vanderbilt
Scoring 35 7
Rushing 71 54
Passing 387 224
Total Offense 458 278
Average Per Play 6.5 4.4
3rd Downs 5 of 13 3 of 14
Turnover Ratio +1 -5
Sacks Given Up 2-29 4-26
Defense Ole Miss Vanderbilt
Scoring 13 37
Rushing 135 144
Passing 264 207
Total 399 351
Average Per Play 4.7 4.3
Sacks on Opponent 3-36 1-1