The wide receivers are performing well as expected, but their contributions will be limited as long as the Rebels get nothing in the run game, and that’s about where they are with 7 net rushing yards on 11 carries.
Donte Moncrief has five catches, Laquon Treadwell two. Bo Wallace hasn’t thrown an interception, but Treadwell has.
Ole Miss has 118 total yards, Alabama 171, 36 of that on the ground on 15 carries.
Looked like Ole Miss was content to let Alabama work its way into field goal position at the end of the first half, and Alabama was content to take three instead of trying for seven with deep shots.
Ole Miss end CJ Johnson was carted to the locker room early, and it didn’t look good, but Johnson returned and played in the second quarter.
Johnson has one tackle and also has a personal foul for roughing the passer. Serderius Bryant and Tony Conner lead Ole Miss each with six tackles. Denzel Nkemdiche has played and has two tackles.
The Rebels did pretty well in Johnson’s absence. Ole Miss has given up one big play on the ground, a 23-yard run by TJ Yeldon, but has otherwise kept the ball in front, forcing a short field goal after the Yeldon run and forcing a long field goal – a 53-yarder – later in the second when Alabama was threatening again.
Ole Miss was getting pressure on AJ McCarron earlier in the game but not so much here lately.
Robert Nkemdiche started at defensive tackle with Cameron Whigham in his regular end spot. From what I can tell it’s been Nkemdiche on the interior the whole time.
Vince Sanders has gotten in the game but hasn’t caught a pass. He’s been targeted at least once.
The bottom line is the offense is going to have to come around if Ole Miss is going to have a chance to win this game. The Rebels have been a good second-half team. They need to continue that trend.
Alabama’s starting center is out of the game with injury according to Twitter, which cited the Tide’s radio team.
We’ll see if that’s a matchup in the middle that Ole Miss can take advantage of.