The Ole Miss Rebels found a way to win Saturday against a lesser opponent.
Sometimes the SEC vs. FCS game plays out this way, which usually means a lack of focus. Ole Miss will need to play more like it did against Arkansas to have a shot to beat Cal at home this week.
For a second-straight week, the Rebels were able to run the ball with a lead in the fourth quarter and picked up a 40-29 win over Southeastern Lousiana. Jerrion Ealy set a freshman school single-game record with 273 all-purpose yards. Scottie Phillips rushed for 103 yards, and quarterback Matt Corral completed 21 of 30 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
The Rebels were plus-2 in turnover margin.
After two weeks of steady improvement from last season, the Ole Miss defense stumbled at times on Saturday.
The Rebel secondary struggled with Southeastern Louisiana’s passing game. Of the Lions’ 375 total yards, 309 of them came through the air. Both totals were the most allowed by the defense this season.
In the first two games of the year, Ole Miss (2-1) held Memphis and Arkansas to a combined 32 points. On Saturday, the Lions (1-1) nearly scored that many themselves. The Rebels struggled with the ability to get off the field on Saturday.
The Lions converted two of three fourth down conversions and were 5-for-13 on third down conversions.