Final: Ole Miss 34, Arkansas 24

Here’s video from the field after the clocked reached zero. The Rebels have won four of the last six in the series.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6q0boMaNdA[/youtube]

Arkansas, minus 12 in turnover margin in SEC games coming in, finally did have a turnover, an end zone interception by Senquez Golson that killed a scoring drive and gave Ole Miss the chance to burn valuable clock with a 17-point lead.

That was huge.

The Rebels outgained Arkansas 531-389. It was the third-straight game of 500-plus yards for Ole Miss, the fourth this season.

Arkansas rushed for 196 yards and averaged 5.8 per carry, because it’s what they do, and they’re good at it.

They also only passed for 193 yards and were not built like a team that could put together a magic comeback from 17 points down late in the game.

Here’s Bo Wallace, who passed for a career-high 407 yards plus three touchdowns. He also had two interceptions.

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

Freeze thought the Rebels were sluggish and was glad to pick up an SEC win when he felt like his team didn’t play its best.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG6kkImC72Q[/youtube]

Here’s Arkansas’ missed field goal that allowed Ole Miss to run out the clock.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTMWH1QxgZ4[/youtube]

As I mentioned during the week, you can’t put opponent turnovers in your game plan even though Arkansas is minus-12 in turnover ratio in SEC games.

The Hogs haven’t had a turnover today. The Rebels have been very good in run defense except for the Hogs’ last drive in which they successfully blocked the edges, and that opened up the middle. Ultimately the tight end, Hunter Henry, was wide open for a 17-yard pass from Brandon Allen.

The Rebels had a big-time answer with a 60-yard drive capped by Bo Wallace’s 14-yard pass to Laquon Treadwell. That drive was helped along with an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Arkansas. Ole Miss should have started at the 25.

However, the Rebels should also be farther ahead in this game. They didn’t manage two red zone drives well, crossing the 15 twice – the second time getting to the 1 – and coming away only with two field goals.

Bo Wallace is clicking in the passing game (17-for-20, 226, 1 TD, 0 INT), but there’s been a good mix. I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton both had big plays in the drive to the 1 that finished with Andrew Ritter’s 19-yard field goal.

Ole Miss has a 290-155 edge in total yards, Arkansas an 81-60 edge in rush yards.

Robert Nkemdiche had a good half finishing with three tackles and a TFL playing both tackle and end.

 

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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