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After slow start, Rebels roll over UL-Monroe

Ole Miss goes 7-0 at home in 2023

NCAA Football: UL Monroe at Mississippi Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss football piled up nearly 500 yards of offense in a 35-3 blowout of UL-Monroe on Saturday to improve to 9-2 and finish undefeated at home this season.

But the game didn’t have hardly any offensive fireworks in the first half as the Rebels (9-2, 5-2 SEC) were only up 7-3 at halftime. The Warhawks (2-9, 0-7 Sun Belt) forced a couple turnovers on downs that if converted would have meant sustained Ole Miss drives and scores.

Fortunately, the Rebels defense allowed only 258 yards, and ULM went 8 of 22 passing for a paltry 66 yards unable to find offensive balance. Ole Miss’ passing attack fared better with Jaxson Dart going 24 of 31 for 310 yards and three touchdowns while Spencer Sanders in mop up duty went four of five passing for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Dayton Wade led all Ole Miss receivers with 108 yards and a touchdown. Other Rebels catching touchdowns on Saturday included Caden Prieskorn, Tre Harris and freshman Cayden Lee.

The calendar quickly turns to Egg Bowl week with the Rebels traveling to face Mississippi St. in Starkville for a chance to win 10 regular season games for the second time in three seasons. The Bulldogs fired head coach Zach Arnett before its game Saturday with Southern Miss and are now sitting at 5-6 needing one more win for bowl eligibility.

Ole Miss seems to be on the outside looking in for the New Year’s Six bowls currently unless some upsets occur in the final week of the season. The general consensus puts the Rebels against Iowa in the Citrus Bowl come postseason.