With 572 yards of total offense, including 292 on the ground, the Ole Miss Rebels cruised to a victory over the Idaho Vandals in front of an announced sellout crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium last night. The Rebs jumped out to a 17 to nothing lead early in the first quarter and, from there, controlled the line of scrimmage and game's tempo all the way to the final whistle. The first half performance was underwhelming, with Ole Miss leading 24-7 at the half, but the Rebels outscored Idaho 35-7 in the second half in an unsurprisingly dominant performance.
Some performances of note:
- iTavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton combined for 224 yards and three scores on the ground last night. While we all would like Jeff Scott back out there, it seems that Mathers and Walton are as good a one-two combination as we could have hoped for.
- Mark Dodson also ran hard. He is a guy that a lot of us expected to contribute early this season, but with the depth in the backfield (strange, huh?) he hasn't gotten as many opportunities. Good on him.
- Bo Wallace and Barry Brunetti were playing well. The duo went 22-of-29 for 280 yards and four scores, balancing out the impressive rushing performance quite well.
- Ja-Mes Logan had the coming out party he's deserved, catching six passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He was the deep threat tonight, a role which he, Moncrief, and Treadwell can seemingly take on interchangeably.
- Jordan Holder took over Jeff Scott's punt returning duties. He did not take over Korvic Neat's punt muffing duties. This was a good development.
- The defense was about what you'd expect against this Idaho team. They put pressure on the quarterback, stuffed the run (Idaho only amassed 87 yards rushing), and swarmed the Idaho receivers in the defensive backfield. Thankfully a lot of guys like John Youngblood and Derrick Jones got playing time, because we'll need these second-stringers to contribute to depth at their respective positions as the season wears on and the guys starting above them get healthier.
- Nobody got hurt! Horray!