GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Idaho At Ole Miss

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
I'Tavius Mathers

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
I'Tavius Mathers
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 26, 2013

Gameday Central | Scouting Report | Live Stats | Twitter Updates

TV Network: CSS | Ole Miss Radio Network: (Sirius 139, XM 200 )

OXFORD, Miss. — Coming off the program’s first win over a top-10 foe since 2009, Ole Miss hosts Idaho in the program’s 86th Homecoming game, with a kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The thrilling 27-24 win over No. 6 LSU capped a four-game stretch that featured three top-10 opponents.

“We’ve got to put it away and move forward,” head coach Hugh Freeze said. “That gauntlet that we’ve gone through has taken a toll on us some, physically and mentally. We certainly need to continue moving in the right direction in all areas.”

"As big as (the LSU win) was for us and the fan base, if we go out there and don't show up against Idaho, that win doesn't really mean a lot," junior quarterback Bo Wallace said. "We know who we're playing this week, and we'll prepare just like they're any other team."

Last week, senior kicker Andrew Ritter kicked the game-winning 41-yard field goal with two seconds left, as the Rebels knocked off the Tigers and improved to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference games.

This week’s opponent, Idaho, which plays as an FBS Independent team, is 1-6 this season. The Vandals' lone win was a 26-24 victory over Temple on Sept. 28, but they did have a close 45-35 loss to current No. 22-ranked Northern Illinois on Sept. 24.

“We got a team coming in this week that I'm sure will have nothing to lose playing in an SEC home and have a chance to make some noise, just like many teams did last weekend,” Freeze said. “We don’t want to be on the other end of that, so we have got to regain our kids’ focus and elevate our concentration to do the little things right.”

In the win over LSU, Wallace completed 30-of-39 passes for 346 yards, his third-straight 300-yard passing game, as the Ole Miss offense racked up 525 yards of total offense. He ranks fourth in the SEC in total offense (278.9 ypg) and fifth in passing (255.7 ypg).

“Bo played his best game he’s played since he’s been here,” said Freeze, of Wallace against LSU. “I can only find two things to complain about, and hopefully we can get those cleaned up, and him play an even more complete game. Dan (Werner) did a great job with him all week making sure he understood our plan exactly.”

On the ground, sophomore running back Jaylen Walton filled in for injured senior Jeff Scott against LSU and set career highs with 106 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and 192 all-purpose yards. He is also second on the team with 235 rushing yards and tied for second with four total touchdowns.

“I was really impressed, but at the same time, I believe in them just as much as Jeff,” said Wallace, of Walton and fellow sophomore running back I’Tavius Mathers. “I’Tavius had a big night against Texas A&M, and for Jaylen to come out and play the way he did against LSU, it was exciting to see.”

The Ole Miss defense forced three first-half turnovers, all interceptions, in the win over LSU, including junior Cody Prewitt, who recorded his SEC-leading fourth interception of the season. He is also second in the league and tied for sixth nationally with 0.57 interceptions per game.

Like several other teams around college football, the Rebels are dealing with a laundry list of injuries, including three starters who are out for the year in junior offensive lineman Aaron Morris (ACL), junior defensive end C.J. Johnson (ankle) and freshman tight end Evan Engram (ankle).

Several other key players missed the LSU game and could miss more action. Among them are junior linebacker Serderius Bryant (concussion), sophomore cornerback Mike Hilton (hamstring), freshman defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (hamstring), senior running back Jeff Scott (thigh bruise) and junior defensive end Carlos Thompson (neck/shoulder strain).

“At this point in the season, we have to manage the risk associated with playing someone a bit early, particularly if you have some depth at that spot,” Freeze said. “If you don’t, you have to play them.”

This is the first meeting all-time between Ole Miss and Idaho. The Rebels are 68-15-2 all-time in Homecoming games and have won 14 of their last 16, including last year’s 41-20 win over Auburn.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Rebels Continue Prep for Vanderbilt

      Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Football

      Vanderbilt played three different quarterbacks in a 37-7 season-opening loss to Temple, with sophomore Patton Robinette getting the start and graduate student Stephen Rivers earning the majority of the playing time, as he completed 12-of-25 passes for 186 yards to... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Aug. 25-31)

      Monday, September 1, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewAug. 25-31, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss opened the 2014 season with a 35-13 win over Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.- The Rebels led 7-6 entering the fourth quarter... read more

    • ESPN's Chucky Mullins Documentary to Debut Thursday

      Monday, September 1, 2014 - Football

      The SEC Storied documentary "It's Time," centered on the the inspirational friendship between former Vanderbilt football player Brad Gaines and former Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins, will premiere on Tuesday on the Vanderbilt campus and will debut on... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Aug. 31

      Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Athletics

      This is a new concept we've created for the Ole Miss Sports Blog that we're calling Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-Boise State

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      The No. 18 Ole Miss football team won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game defeating Boise State 35-13. The Rebels move into Southeastern Conference next week with a road test at Vanderbilt from Nashville's LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The... read more

    • 'The New Normal' on Defense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season.  Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more

    • Second-Half Surge for Rebel Offense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Boise State Motivational

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Boise State Official Team Motivational '14 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Boise State

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more

    • Volleyball Opens Steven McRoberts Era

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Volleyball

      Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 1 (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Dome, Sweet Dome for Atlanta Area Rebels

      Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Football

      For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships.  For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Forward Together Construction Update

      Monday, August 25, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Relentless is the Word on Defense

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Football

      ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word.  Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense.  And... read more

    • McCormick, Defense Shine in Win

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Soccer

      After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more