First time the Rebels have been shut out since losing 34-0 to Arkansas in Houston Nutt’s first year as coach there.
I was all over that stat, because I had several opportunities to research in 2011 in Nutt’s last year at Ole Miss.
What is more intriguing is it may have been the first time Hugh Freeze has been shut out as a coach. At least, he could not remember a time. He seemed to take the lack of offense very personal.
The bottom line was the Rebels were unable to establish a run game for the first time this year and therefore were unable to sustain drives. Bo Wallace was protected OK, but that seemed to deteriorate late in the game.
The Ole Miss defense gave what I would call an inspired effort even when one of its best players, CJ Johnson, had to leave the game for what I presume was an X-ray of his ankle in the first quarter. He came back to play and finished with three tackles and a pressure and also had a roughing the passer penalty.
That inspired effort petered out a little bit in the second half, and the Tide broke off a couple of long runs, both for touchdowns.
In the end Alabama gained 254 yards rushing, and that’s really not indicative of how Ole Miss played on that side of the ball. The Tide had just 36 rushing yards on 15 carries in the first half, but it’s a four-quarter game.
Stopping the run was a primary goal for the Rebels in this game. The defense kept Ole Miss in it, but the offense just could get nothing going.
One of the story lines for the week was Bo Wallace’s comments. He talks about that here, clearly frustrated about how those comments were portrayed in some quarters.
When we were talking to Wallace on the field the Nick Saban presser was still being piped in over the stadium sound system, so it may be kind of hard to hear Wallace.
More tomorrow in Day After Observatons.