OXFORD – Ole Miss and Texas A&M are both trying to distance themselves from disappointing losses this week, and Kyle Allen is kind of glad to be getting away from home.
The Texas A&M quarterback threw three interceptions last week, each returned for a touchdown, and the Aggies lost 41-23 to Alabama in College Station.
He also took a hit on his shoulder that created brief uncertainty about his status for Saturday’s game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but Allen, a sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., is expected to play.
And his family is expected to check out the sights on the Ole Miss campus.
“My family is excited to go tailgate there, hang out there and stuff like that. Everyone’s excited about it,” he said.
Allen was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class.
He started the final five games of his freshman season, displacing starter Kenny Hill after the Aggies lost 59-0 at Alabama.
Texas A&M was 3-2 with Allen as the starter last season, and he finished with 16 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
This season the Aggies were unbeaten with him until last Saturday.
“Sure, I hope we get three interceptions for touchdowns, but that wasn’t normal for Texas A&M. The score was out of proportion,” Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said.
Allen had thrown 14 touchdown passes with only two interceptions going into the Alabama game.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, has struggled of late against accurate quarterbacks.
In their two losses, the Rebels have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete passes with percent accuracy.
Ole Miss had its way with the Aggies in College Station last year.
The Rebels jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead to stun a record crowd of 110,633. Quarterback Bo Wallace rushed for two touchdowns, passed for another and had no turnovers.
Allen is accustomed to similar success. Dealing with a multi-turnover game is a new experience.
“I didn’t deal with it as well in the Pop Warner days as I do now. I would be very emotional back then. I would go in my room and lock myself in my room after those games.”
Now he says he focuses on finding mistakes on film and correcting them in practice.
Trying to get back on track in a different state and stadium is just fine with him.
“I just grew up watching games, watching Ole Miss games throughout the years. It’s not a huge stadium, but fans come, they come ready, and they’re loud. It’s just an awesome atmosphere.”