What happened and what mattered in the Ole Miss 37-33 win over Arkansas?
Ole Miss 37, Arkansas 33
Just when it seemed like Ole Miss was done, it was Jordan Ta’amu to the rescue. The Rebels were down 33-24 late, and Ta’amu took the team on two long touchdown marches, finishing up with a five-yard Scottie Phillips scoring run in the final minute for the game-winner. Ta’amu finished hitting 26-of-36 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and he ran for a team-high 141 yards and a touchdown.
Arkansas is so, so close. It scored 31 on Alabama, pushed Texas A&M, and has been getting progressively better. There are signs that the breakthrough is coming – Tulsa and Vanderbilt are up next – but the defense couldn’t hold on late.
The Hog running game worked. Rakeem Boyd ripped off a 69-yard dash, and the team averaged over six yards per carry, and Ty Storey came up big, completing 12-of-16 passes for 122 yards and a score with 70 rushing yards before getting hurt. Cole Kelley completed just 2-of-5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown with a pick.
Arkansas controlled the game and the clock, holding on to the ball for well over 35 minutes, but Ole Miss was too explosive. With Auburn and South Carolina up next at home, and with a road game at Texas A&M to follow, the Rebels can continue to do some damage throughout the SEC. The team is still exciting, and with no bowl game to shoot for, it’s an impressive 5-2 with one of the nation’s most exciting offenses. The two losses? at LSU, and Alabama. The team really is that good.