Final: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0

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.

Here’s Freeze:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7mXdxpj120[/youtube]

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.

Here’s Wallace:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_XYBxZslCk[/youtube]

More tomorrow in Day After Observatons.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Rebman

    The reason Kirby knew what to call was because Tyler siskey was in the coaches box.

    • Brando

      Thats what coaches in the press box do. Do you not think that Ole Miss had coaches in the press box as well? Blame it on poor execution and poor play calling if you have to blame it on something. Freeze even said he should have took the points early. Credit Bama for studying game film and executing the game plan. Your QB calling out Bama’s DBs probably helped Bama more than anything else.

  • StarReb

    PA are you going to ask Freeze about the Tyler Siskey video showing him in the coach’s press box w/ binoculars telling the AL coaches what the play call was?

    • Parrish Alford

      I’m sure that will be discussed at the presser tomorrow.

  • bamasurfer

    The broadcasters said that Ole Miss had changed its play calling signals and other “tell tales” after Syskey left, much like any team does (see Bama’s difference when our OC McIllwain left at the end of 2011.

    • keith

      and?

    • keith

      so you are saying siskey had nothing to do with the game? AT ALL

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