Final: Ole Miss 51, Troy 21

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The Rebels finished with a school-record 751 yards.

Bo Wallace was 17-for-26 passing for 272 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT. He was the leading rusher with 66 yards including a 29-yard touchdown run.

Ole Miss ran for 382 yards, and Mark Dodson, Barry Brunetti, Kailo Moore, I’Tavius Mathers, Jeff Scott and Jaylen Walton all had at least 46 yards.

The big thing here was there were no major injuries.

There was sloppiness but it was early and not game-long. Hugh Freeze was pleased with execution after the early part of the game.

Here’s Freeze:

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Of course, this was the game were a lot of guys got to play, and freshman wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, the first of his career.

The fact that backup cornerback Carlos Davis, a former walk-on, led the team in tackles with six speaks to the type of game that it was. Lots of guys got lots of snaps.

Before it got out of hand Robert Nkemdiche was having a big game. He helped it get out of hand, finishing with four tackles, a sack — the first of his career — and two tackles for loss. He also had a pressure.

Serderius Bryant had a sack and that caused a fumble and added a TFL later. He said the big play given up early followed by the quick touchdown got the defense’s attention.

Here’s Bryant:

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A few numbers to chew on here if you’re trying to use the Men of Troy as a measure for how Ole Miss might stack up against Mississippi State in a few weeks.

In its 62-7 loss at MSU, Troy was held to 186 yards on 57 plays and gave up 551 yards on 71 plays.

The Trojans have gained 154 yards in two quarters, but Ole Miss has gained 423 yards, a pace for 846.

Things will probably get sloppy in the second half and another 423 yards won’t be necessary.

About this game …

Tim Gayle, of The Montgomery Advertiser, told me Troy’s defense was bad. I didn’t think it was going to be this bad.

The Rebels could have run more clock and had more points had they stuck with the run game. Hugh Freeze, though, has stayed with his system, and that stresses balance.

So Ole Miss has rushed for 146, passed for 277 at the break.

There has been a general level of sloppiness, which I predicted for this game. I think Ole Miss plays much cleaner next week. They’ve been building to the Missouri game since beating LSU. The good news on the sloppiness front is that the flood of false starts appears to have subsided, at least temporarily.

Other items of interest.

Freshman Robert Nkemdiche has recored the first sack of his career.

There’s been a real emphasis to get Jeff Scott involved, and Scott has carried seven times for 28 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards.

 

There’s a heavy fog over Vaught-Hemingway Stadium right now. It’s supposed to burn off later, but it may take a while.

Specialists from both teams are on the field. Kickoff is 11.

A few links of interest here:

Shackelford’s comeback

Scouting Report

I’ll have updates here at halftime and after the game and on Twitter throughout.

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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