Final: Auburn 30, Ole Miss 22

The Rebels made things interesting in the second half. In the end, interceptions that Bo Wallace had yet to throw this season — one of them a pick-6 — were a big difference.

Hard to blame a guy who got sacked six times and pressure many others, though.

Wallace completed 25-of-48 passes for 336 yards and two scores as the deep game reappeared.

Donte Moncrief had six catches for 122 yards and both of the touchdowns but also had a couple of drops. The drops seemed to spread around to others as well, all except for Ja-Mes Logan. I don’t recall a drop for Logan, who finished with five catches for 92 yards.

Wallace didn’t have much to say about facing the pressure. He said he’d need to look at film.

Freeze thought the Rebels lost too many 1-on-1 battles.

Here’s Freeze:

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OL coach Matt Luke

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The Rebels have struggled to find any rhythm on offense and have now gone six quarters without a touchdowns. They’ve not been in the end zone since Austin.

There have been dropped passes, a couple of penalties and timely pressure by Auburn.

Part of the problem with that rhythm is the inability to stay on schedule with gains on first down.

Auburn looked like the Ole Miss offense when it’s at its best when it took the ball 80 yards on its opening drive, scoring in only six plays. The Tigers had two plays of near 30 yards on the march.

Auburn QB Nick Marshall had not had very many called runs coming into the game but after a week off he’s shown success in the read option.

Bo Wallace came into the game without having thrown an interception since the second quarter of the Compass Bowl, a span of 133 attempts. His first one was a doozy, intended for Treadwell, a screen pass that was picked off by Robenson Therezie and returned 78 yards for a score.

In a game with tempo offense it was the only touchdown produced until Marshall led Auburn down the field with 63 rushing yards on an 80-yard drive. He scored from 4 yards out to make it 20-3 with second-quarter clock winding down.

The Rebels moved down to the Auburn 23, but the drive stalled with a short gain, a sack and no gain.

Ole Miss has outgained Auburn 234 to 186 but has had too many breakdowns to benefit from sporadic success, and Marshall with the read option is giving the Rebels problems.

The bright spot for Ole Miss has been Andrew Ritter, who has hit his only two field goal attempts, connecting from 42 and 44 yards.

Lots of regrouping to do, and Auburn gets the ball to open the third quarter.

 

Getting settled in here at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

No CJ Johnson for Ole Miss today. He was big in this game last year as the Rebels won 41-20 to break a 16-game SEC losing streak.

DL coach Chris Kiffin challenged his players on Twitter earlier today:

I’ll have updates on Twitter and will be back here at halftime and after the game.

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 John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • REB

    PA, don’t wear yourself out over there. Those long Auburn walks will have your dogs barking. Then you’ll have to set in the press box with your shoes off listening to them bark.

  • CHARLES VINSON

    BO WALLACE IS DOING GREAT.HE COMPLETES MORE PASSES TO THE OTHER TEAM THAT HE DOESE TO HIS ON PLAYER.I THINK HE HAS COMPLETED MORE TOUCHDOWN TO THE OTHER TEAMS .

    • FairviewReb

      R U drunk??? The O-Line is stinking it up AGAIN. Nutt just depleted ANY talent we had there. Will take 1-2 more good recruiting classes to fix that.

  • Flareb

    I will go with the team is young theme………Freeze needs to do a better job coaching. He has a lot to learn. Very poorly coached game. The down side on spread is that it is very predictable. Teams in the SEC are on to this team. Its very obvious in the red zone. Where is Mathers, Walton or Parker? You have to win games like this in the SEC……..Auburn did everything to give Rebs this game and they blew it. That simple. Freeze has long way to go!!! The measuring stick got shoved where the sun doesn’t shine the last two weeks.

  • keith

    PA, I have a request….. this week, I would like for you to raise the question, “why tempo”?
    In a year and a half now, I can’t remember an opponent getting wore out THAT bad. Or enough to make a difference.
    Maybe I’m wrong, but we have enough talent to just line up and win more downs than most other teams.

    • keith

      Also, what in the world was up with the o-line? Wow!!!!

  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    Let’s face it, the O-line is beat up and plagued with injuries. Pierce has been playing hurt, probably the reason for those penalties. We need to just stop playing Alabama all together. Let’s face it, those huge lineman beat the crap out of our boys last week and they just hadn’t overcome it by Auburn. Ole Miss will win some games when ppl get more experienced and some get healthy. #HottyToddy

  • Killer_Beeze

    There was no excuse for losing to Auburn last night. Some say that Bo’s shoulder is not a 100%. He did complete those two long passes to Montcrief. Maybe Bo needs some serious ‘intervention’. Something obviously was bothering him last night. And the defense has not played ‘up to par’ IMO these last two weeks. Johnny Manziel is going to make ugly all over the Rebels if something doesn’t change ‘tween now and this Saturday.

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