Music City Bowl Trophy

Music City Bowl Trophy

Dec. 30, 2013

Ole Miss Bowl Central | Official Music City Bowl Site | Georgia Tech Bowl Central

Scouting Report | Live Stats | Twitter Updates 

TV Network: ESPNOle Miss Radio Network (SiriusXM 91)

Bowl Week Report 12.27 | Bowl Week Report 12.28 | Bowl Week Report 12.29

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For Ole Miss, the 2013 season began in Nashville with a thrilling 39-35 win over Vanderbilt, and it will end in Nashville, as the Rebels play Georgia Tech in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl with a kickoff set for 2:15 p.m. (ESPN) from LP Field.

The Rebels (7-5) are making their second straight postseason appearance under head coach Hugh Freeze, having defeated Pittsburgh 38-17 in the BBVA Compass Bowl last season. Ole Miss is tied for 10th all-time among Division I teams with 22 bowl victories and has won nine of its last 10 bowl games, including each of the last five, which is tied with Auburn and Florida State for the longest bowl win streak in the nation.

Ole Miss has equaled last season’s win total and seeks its first eight-win season since 2009. The Rebels earned a top-10 win over then-No. 6 LSU and won on the road at Vanderbilt and Texas. All five of the Rebels’ losses this season were to teams who earned a bowl bid, including four top-25 ranked teams.

“Particularly at this stage of where we are in our program, I don’t want make too much or too little of one game,” Freeze said. “This is one game, and it’s important, and I know both teams are going to want to win. It would certainly be very advantageous for us to win. It will help us in the offseason and help us have a different feeling in the way we ended the season. It helps us in recruiting.

“But at the same time, it is just one game, and we’re playing a quality opponent. You want to play in these games, but you can be beaten by those teams. There’s no way we’re going to define ourselves by whether this game goes our way or the other way.”

The Rebels rank fifth in the SEC and 21st nationally in total offense (473.0 yards per game) and have already broken the school record for yards in a season (5,676 yards). Junior quarterback Bo Wallace ranks third in the SEC and 26th nationally in both total offense (279.9 ypg) and passing (257.5 ypg).

Eight players earned All-SEC honors, headlined by junior safety Cody Prewitt, who was named a first team All-American by the Associated Press and USA Today, and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who was tabbed SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches, becoming the first Rebel to be named the league’s freshman of the year.

Georgia Tech (7-5) is making its 17th straight bowl appearance, which is tied for the second-longest active streak nationally behind only Virginia Tech (21). The Yellow Jackets have earned a bowl berth each of the six seasons under head coach Paul Johnson, including a 21-7 win over USC in the Hyundai Sun Bowl last season.

The Yellow Jackets have rushed for more yards than any FBS team since 2008 and rank sixth nationally this season with 311.7 rushing yards per game. They also rank 22nd nationally in scoring averaging 36.6 points per game.

The Georgia Tech rushing attack is led by senior running backs David Sims and Robert Godhigh. Sims enters the bowl season fifth in the ACC in rushing (70.5 ypg) and his 12 touchdowns are tied for sixth in the league. Godhigh is second on the team in rushing (57.8 ypg) and averages 12.4 yards per play, which leads all running backs in the FBS, including 14 plays from scrimmage of 30+ yards, which is the fourth-most among FBS players.

"Preparing for them is a whole different animal from what we have seen this year,” Freeze said. “We didn’t have anyone on the schedule that was remotely similar to them offensively, so it’s a great challenge. Even though we have had extra time, and our kids have done as good a job trying to prepare as we can, there’s no way we can simulate the speed at which they do it. Hopefully, we can adjust to the speed of the game before too much damage is done. If you watch them, they’re very good at jumping out on top because of how well they do what they do.”

“It's still a little disadvantage because they do thousands and thousands of reps and we've had somewhere around 450 reps,” defensive coordinator Dave Wommack added. “Our guys have really taken on the challenge and are looking forward to it. We’re going to execute really well."

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets rank ninth in rush defense, holding opponents to just 107 rushing yards per game. Their leader is senior defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu, who has 15.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks and ranks third nationally with 1.0 sacks per game. A second team All-ACC selection, Attaochu has 31 career sacks and enters the game a half sack shy of breaking the school’s career record.

“(Georgia Tech’s defense) reminds me a lot of some of the teams we have played,” Freeze said. “They are very, very sound and make you earn every point you get. They give up very few big plays, have a tremendous pass rusher who gives you problems and they stop the run, which those are the teams we have struggled with this year when they stop the run."

This is the fourth meeting all-time between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech dating back to 1946, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 2-1 series lead. The two teams have split two previous meetings in bowl games, most recently a 41-18 Ole Miss victory in the 1971 Peach Bowl.

Ole Miss Gear
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    • Ratings, Exposure Huge for Ole Miss-Alabama

      Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more

    • Rebels Pass First Test in Search of Playoff Berth

      Sunday, September 20, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more

    • Kelly Makes Statement in Big Rebel Win

      Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;... read more

    • Big Plays Highlight Season-Opening Win

      Saturday, September 5, 2015 - Football

      Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more

    • Time to Take a Stand

      Monday, August 31, 2015 -

      It's finally week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more

    • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge to Air on ESPNU Aug. 1

      Thursday, July 30, 2015 -

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • Rebels Emerge on Four Watch Lists This Week

      Friday, July 17, 2015 -

      Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more

    • Football Rebels All Over First Week of Watch List Releases

      Friday, July 10, 2015 -

      As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more

    • Engram, Hilton and Johnson to Represent Ole Miss at SEC Football Media Days

      Wednesday, July 8, 2015 -

      Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more

    • Five Rebels Tabbed Preseason All-SEC in The Birmingham News

      Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -

      Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more

    • Lindy's Sports Gives Seven Rebels Preseason Recognition

      Wednesday, June 24, 2015 -

      The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more

    • Five Rebels Named Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports

      Tuesday, June 23, 2015 -

      With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more

    • Sporting News Tabs Four Rebels to Preseason All-America Teams

      Monday, June 15, 2015 - Football

      Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more

    • Athlon Sports Names Nine Rebels Preseason All-SEC

      Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - Football

      Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more

    • Eleven Rebels Garner Phil Steele Preseason Honors

      Monday, June 1, 2015 - Football

      The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more