By John Davis
OXFORD – The Ole Miss Rebels may have found a running game heading into the meat of their SEC schedule.
A week after totaling just 40 yards in a loss to the Memphis Tigers, the Rebels ripped through the Aggies. No back had 100 yards, but the Rebels finished with 230 yards on 52 carries, good for 4.4 yards per carry. Jaylen Walton led all rushers with 97 yards on 22 carries. Akeem Judd was second on the team with 68 yards on 13 carries.
Conversely, the Rebels smothered the Aggies on the ground, holding them to just 58 yards on 27 carries.
Better on third
Ole Miss was better at converting on third down offensively, while showing improvement on defense as the Aggies were just 3 of 9 on third down in the first half. Ole Miss was 8 of 20 on third down overall, while the Aggies finished 6 of 20. A&M was also 0-for-2 on fourth down tries.
“Your back is against the wall, and you have to bow your neck and you have to fight,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said about the win. “I’m excited about our kids with the way they played.”
Ole Miss decided not to stress its fans out with a trip into the red zone to start the second half. Chad Kelly aired it out for Laquon Treadwell, connecting on a 58-yard touchdown with 9:16 left in the third quarter. It gave the Rebels a 23-3 lead with a made extra point.
Zero. That was Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen’s completion percentage in the third quarter. He attempted 13 passes, and he finished the game 12-for-34 for just 88 yards.
The Rebels return to the road this Saturday with a trip to Auburn. Kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium is set for 11 a.m. on ESPN.
Ole Miss offensive tackle Christian Morris was carted off the field at the half with a neck injury. Later in the game, ESPN said Morris suffered a herniated disk. Freeze was unsure of his condition following the game saying he had to check with the medical staff. … Saturday’s win was just the second in school history for the Rebels over the Aggies, who won back-to-back visits to Oxford in 2012 and 2013. … Engram reached a milestone in the win as he broke the school record for yards receiving by a tight end. He ended the night with four catches for 35 yards. … A&M’s Armani Watts had 13 tackles in the first half and finished with 20 to lead all tacklers.