The Ole Miss Rebels were soundly defeated by the Texas Longhorns 66-31 last week. The Rebels can’t let Texas beat them twice by this the Rebels has the put the Texas loss behind them and focus on their next opponent. The Rebels will travel this week to New Orleans to face the Tulane Green Wave. The Green Wave is winless on the season 0-3. The Rebels were not ready for the speed, depth and size of the Longhorns. The Rebels were able to gain some building blocks from the Texas game. One positive from the game for the Rebel was they were able to score 31 points against a top 25 ranked team. Another positive for the Rebels was they found out they were able to move the ball and are a better team than they were last year. Win or lose the Rebels fans know how to party and the game attracted 61,797 fans the fourth largest crowd in Vaught Hemmingway history and the largest non-conference game ever.
1) Not ready for prime time. The Rebels do not have the depth and size of the top tier teams in the country and they have very little room for errors. The Rebels also were not able to get the Longhorns off of the field in key situations.
2) Offense can score against a top quality defense. The Rebels did score 31 points against a top 20 team. Jeff Scott finished the game with 95 rushing yards. Bo Wallace had 178 passing yards. Wallace threw a pick six on the first offensive series to Texas to put the Rebels in a come from behind situation.
3) Size does matter. The size and strength of the offensive and defensive line for the Longhorns were able to control both sides of the ball. The Rebels were not able to give Bo Wallace enough time to find his open receivers. The Longhorns offensive line gave Longhorns quarterback David Ash more than enough time for his receivers to break free from Rebel defenders.
4) Rebels are not too far off. The Rebels knew coming into the season they were inexperienced in the defensive back field and gave up too many big plays. The Rebels do not have the depth to compete with the big boys and truly missed suspended defensive back Trae Elston. Donte Moncrief did have 144 receiving yards against a very good Texas defensive secondary.
5) Speed Kills. The Longhorns have more than one wide receiver with world class speed and they were able to get behind the Rebel defenders on a regular basis. The Longhorns had two receivers to have over 100 receiving yards in the game Mike Davis 124 yards and Marquise Goodwin 102 yards. Goodwin also had an 80 rushing yards all on an end around that Ole Miss was not able to catch after he broke free from the line of scrimmage.
Terry Davis covers Ole Miss football for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.
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