College Football Film Room

Ole Miss 23, Texas A&M 3

Three things to know…
1. Land Sharks on the rise

After struggling in the two losses to Florida and Memphis, many were questioning the ability of the Ole Miss defense. Add an injury to their best player–Robert Nkemdiche–and there were serious doubts going into this game.

Instead, the Rebels harassed A&M’s receivers into just 5-20 on contested passes, six pass breakups and an interception. Trae Elston lead the way giving up zero receptions on six contested targets with three breakups.

2. Tunsil vs. Garrett

Laremy Tunsil returned from suspension just in time to face the SEC’s most disruptive defensive player in Myles Garrett. While Ole Miss tailored their game plan to avoid or deceive Garrett, Tunsil dominated Garrett when they went one on one.

Tunsil had a perfect pass-blocking percentage on 36 snaps with only one holding penalty early in the first half.

Of course Garrett made a couple of fantastic plays including an interception that he tipped to himself and a six-yard tackle for loss. However, neither came while he was Tunsil’s blocking assignment.

3. Ole Miss running game emerges

Besides the defense, the Ole Miss running game received the harshest criticisms following their two losses. Against A&M, they were good (not great), but provided the necessary balance to keep defenses from selling out to stop Chad Kelly and his great receivers.

Collectively they ran for 236 yards on just 47 carries (5 YPC) with more than half of those yards (136) coming after contact. Jaylen Walton led the way, but backups Akeem Judd (6.2 YPC) and Jordan Wilkins (5.3 YPC) were great after contact with each averaging more than 3.5 yards.

Passing
QB Tm Db Att Comp Comp% AY/Att Yds Pres TD Int Dp TA Sk Ht Hur
Chad Kelly 10
MISS
44
41
26
63.4%
6.6
241
16
2
3
1
1
1
6
9

 

Rushing
RB
Tm
Att
Yds
Yds/Att
YAC
YAC/Att
1D
TD
MT
Stuff
Fm
Fm Lst
Jaylen Walton 6
MISS
22
97
4.4
49
2.2
5
0
3
7
1
0
Akeem Judd 21
MISS
12
68
5.7
42
3.5
5
0
5
1
0
0
Jordan Wilkins 22
MISS
8
42
5.3
29
3.6
3
0
1
3
1
1
Chad Kelly 10
MISS
8
29
3.6
15
1.9
1
0
2
3
0
0

 

Receiving
Receiver Tm Tgt Rec CTgt CRec AY/Tgt Yds Yds/Rec YAC MT Dp 1D TD
Quincy Adeboyejo 8
MISS
10
7
5
2
7.5
35
5.0
32
0
1
0
0
Markell Pack 11
MISS
7
5
3
1
3.9
27
5.4
20
1
0
2
0
Evan Engram 17
MISS
6
4
3
1
6.2
35
8.8
20
0
0
0
1
Damore’ea Stringfellow 3
MISS
6
3
4
2
9.2
22
7.3
5
0
0
1
0
Laquon Treadwell 1
MISS
5
5
1
1
13.6
102
20.4
34
1
0
2
1
Jaylen Walton 6
MISS
2
2
0
0
-3.0
20
10.0
26
0
0
1
0
Cody Core 88
MISS
1
0
1
0
16.0
0
0
0
0
0
0

 

Blocking
Player
Tm
Pos
Hur
Ht
Sk
PB Snaps
PB %
Pen
P. Yds
Fahn Cooper 74
MISS
RT/LT
0
0
0
36
100.0%
0
0
Laremy Tunsil 78
MISS
LT
0
0
0
36
100.0%
1
10
Aaron Morris 72
MISS
LG
1
0
0
27
96.3%
3
13
Ben Still 64
MISS
C
0
1
1
26
92.3%
1
15
Rod Taylor 73
MISS
RG
0
0
0
22
100.0%
0
0
Jordan Sims 70
MISS
RG
0
0
0
22
100.0%
0
0
Justin Bell 68
MISS
C
1
0
0
18
94.4%
0
0
Javon Patterson 79
MISS
LG
0
1
0
17
94.1%
0
0
Sean Rawlings 50
MISS
RT
0
2
0
16
87.5%
0
0
Evan Engram 17
MISS
TE
1
0
0
8
87.5%
0
0
Jaylen Walton 6
MISS
RB
0
0
0
7
100.0%
0
0
Akeem Judd 21
MISS
RB
0
0
0
2
100.0%
0
0
Jordan Wilkins 22
MISS
RB
0
0
0
1
100.0%
0
0
Markell Pack 11
MISS
TE
0
0
0
1
100.0%
0
0
Jeremy Liggins 15
MISS
TE
0
0
0
1
100.0%
0
0
Hunter Thurley 84
MISS
TE
0
0
0
1
100.0%
0
0

 

Pass Rush & Tackling
Defender
Tm
Tackle
MT
Stuff
Sack
Hit
Hurry
FF
FumR
BatPass
Marquis Haynes 27
MISS
4
1
1
2
0
2
0
0
1
Trae Elston 7
MISS
4
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
DeMarquis Gates 31
MISS
4
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Breeland Speaks 9
MISS
3
3
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
Fadol Brown 6
MISS
3
1
0
0
3
1
0
0
0
Tony Bridges 1
MISS
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
D.J. Jones 93
MISS
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
C.J. Hampton 3
MISS
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Denzel Nkemdiche 4
MISS
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Kendarius Webster 15
MISS
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Christian Russell 20
MISS
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Carlos Davis 23
MISS
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Zedrick Woods 36
MISS
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mike Hilton 38
MISS
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
John Youngblood 47
MISS
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
Victor Evans 14
MISS
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
Woodrow Hamilton 56
MISS
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Terry Caldwell 21
MISS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Channing Ward 11
MISS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
C.J. Johnson 10
MISS
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
Akeem Judd 21
MISS
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Cameron Ordway 28
MISS
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

 

Coverage
Defender
Tm
Tgt
Comp
ContTgt
ContCat
PD
Int
TD
Air Yds/Tgt
Yds
1D
PI
Trae Elston 7
MISS
8
0
8
0
4
0
0
17.6
0
0
0
Tony Bridges 1
MISS
4
2
3
1
1
0
0
6.5
15
1
0
Kendarius Webster 15
MISS
4
1
4
1
0
1
0
8.3
-1
0
0
Cameron Ordway 28
MISS
3
1
2
0
1
0
0
18.0
9
0
0
Zedrick Woods 36
MISS
2
1
2
1
0
0
0
9.0
9
1
0
Mike Hilton 38
MISS
2
1
2
1
0
0
0
24.0
20
1
0
Carlos Davis 23
MISS
2
1
2
1
1
0
0
14.5
7
0
0
DeMarquis Gates 31
MISS
2
2
1
1
0
0
0
0.0
9
0
0