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Final: No. 14 Ole Miss Defeats Louisiana-Lafayette 56-15 Behind a Stifling Pass Defense

It wasn't particularly compelling, but it was fun nonetheless.

Wesley Hitt

Another dominating defensive performance and another solid outing from Bo Wallace led to a 41 point victory for No. 14 Ole Miss today, as the Rebel beat the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 56-15 in Oxford.

On offense, quarterback Bo Wallace had another excellent game, completing 23 of his 28 passes for 316 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception that was kinda-sorta-maybe not his fault. His top target was senior Vince Sanders, who caught eight passes for 125 yards and two scores. Cody Core and Jaylen Walton also contributed for touchdowns in the passing game.

On defense, cornerback Senquez Golson shone, picking off two passes (dropping a potential third pick) and returning one 59 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Corner Mike Hilton also reeled in an interception, and safety Trae Elston forced and recovered a fumble. On the afternoon, the Rebel defense held the Ragin' Cajuns - who had averaged 464 yards over their first two games - to just 322 yards, most of which came off of their fairly successful read option rushing attack (193 yards and 5.2 yards per carry on the night).

As with Boise State, the Rebel defense showed it was a bend but not break kind of defense, allowing ULL to reach the red zone on a few occasions, but only giving up a touchdown on one such trip. Their four forced turnovers today brings the season total to nine through just three games, which is pretty steep for any Ole Miss team I can remember even against the more cakier parts of the schedule.

We will have more analysis and coverage of this Rebel victory throughout the week. For now, it's time to celebrate winning football's long awaited return to north Mississippi.