Ole Miss football fans were eager to see how the Rebels would play on Saturday against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. We weren’t disappointed on Veterans Day.
Ole Miss football had found itself in the unique position of coming off a SEC road win over the Wildcats in Lexington. Being at home against a Sun Belt conference opponent had some of us anxious to watch more of the explosive Rebel offense.
It would be a chance for the Rebels to get back to .500 on the season. But even more it would give Ole Miss football a chance to establish some element of momentum going into the final two games of a dismal season. Of course, those two games are SEC West opponents, Texas A&M and Miss State.
This Saturday Ole Miss football will host the Aggies at home. It’s easy to look ahead with more excited anticipation. However, for now lets reflect on the game this past weekend and see how the Rebels performed by the numbers.
Offense By The Numbers
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Of course, the Rebels were explosive offensively against the Cajuns. The Ole Miss Rebels offense accounted for 641 yards of total offense and 7 TDs.
Saturday Jordan Ta’amu had another incredible game in which he finished 28 of 36 for 418 yards and 3 TDs. Jordan was also productive on the ground with 7 carries for 28 yards and 2 TDs.
AJ Brown led all receivers with 14 catches for 185 yards and 2 TDs. DaMarkus Lodge, Dawson Knox and Van Jefferson each had 3 receptions for 95, 56 and 29 yards respectively. Lodge had the other receiving TD on 37 yard pass from Ta’amu in the 1st quarter.
Defense By The Numbers
OK, we get to the part which makes most Ole Miss football fans grimace in pain. No, giving up 22 points against a Sun Belt conference opponent is never good. However, a win always seems to be a great painkiller. Such is the case of this past Saturday.
The defense once again had moments where they showed glimpses of greatness. However, they did give up 427 yards of total offense to the Cajuns. The glaring number is the 228 yards and 3 TDs they gave up on the ground. Of course, there is no sense in trying to beat a dead horse when it comes to the defense. Lets’s look at some positive numbers.
Tayler Polk led the Rebels defense Saturday with 7 total tackles, 5 of which were solo. The Magee native also had 1 TFL and 1 sack in the game. CJ Moore and Breeland Speaks both finished with 5 total tackles and 1 TFL each. Speaks also had a sack in the game. Benito Jones and Josiah Coatney both combined for a sack as well.
This defensive unit is getting better each week. Will their performance from the past two weeks carry over to the game this coming Saturday? We have to wait and see, however we don’t have to wait long. The Rebels will host the Texas A&M Aggies this Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6pm CT and will be televised on ESPN2. Hotty Toddy!