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No. 18 Ole Miss pulls away from Boise in ugly game

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It wasn’t pretty, but No. 18 Ole Miss (1-0) will take it. A fourth quarter interception of Boise State (0-1) quarterback Grant Hedrick was quickly capitalized on when Bo Wallace connected with Quincy Adeboyejo for a 31-yard touchdown play, aided by some missed tackles by Boise State defenders. The score midway through the fourth quarter gave Ole Miss a double-digit lead and Boise state was unable to make a late dent in the deficit. A 76-yard touchdown pass to Cody Core served as the dagger to Boise State’s hopes for a victory in Atlanta. Ole Miss won the first game in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, 35-13.

Wallace had his ups and downs with four touchdowns and three interceptions, but managed to make some nice throws in the fourth quarter to help lead his team to victory. The go-to target of the night was Laquon Treadwell, who got into some feisty verbal and physical exchanges during the night but ended up letting his play do most of the talking. Treadwell was the go-to receiver, but Core was the big play receiver. Core and Treadwell each put together a 100-yard night.

Bryan Harsin‘s debut as Boise State head coach will see him return to Boise with plenty to work on moving forward. The defense was worn down but performed well for the most part. The Broncos intercepted three passes and put the clamps down on the Ole Miss running game. The offense though, was up against a wall for most of the night. Credit to the Ole Miss defensive line, but Hedrick was intercepted four times and the Broncos were unable to take advantage of opportunities. One interception came in the end zone and Boise State had to settle for a field goal when a drive stalled just yards shy of the end zone. Running back Jay Ajayi never had much room to do much on the ground, accounting for 88 rushing yards and the only touchdown of the night for Boise State.

Ole Miss will play on the road next week in a SEC contest. The Rebels visit Vanderbilt, who saw their Thursday night opener against Temple pushed back late into the night due to severe weather. Ole Miss showed some very good things on defense but obviously needs to find a way to get on track offensively if the Rebels are going to be any legitimate threat in the SEC West, or at least to cause some trouble for programs like Alabama, Auburn or LSU (or Texas A&M).

Boise State likely loses a shot to get out in front of the race for a guaranteed spot in the College Football Playoff bowl line-up. The highest-ranked conference champion from the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West Conference or Sun Belt gets a spot in one of the big revenue bowl games. Boise State could have used a win over a top 25 SEC team to crack the top 25 rankings next week and get out in front of the pack.

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5 Responses to “No. 18 Ole Miss pulls away from Boise in ugly game”
  1. pricecube says: Aug 29, 2014 12:03 AM

    The talent deficit finally caught up to Boise State and the result was predictable. They sure put up a good fight for three quarters though.

  2. umcrazy says: Aug 29, 2014 6:25 AM

    This win was horrible!!! Old miss is not a top 25 team. They had just 37 yards rushing going into the 4th quarter, but they will stay in the top 25 because ESPN will brag on how good the SEC it

  3. irishdodger says: Aug 29, 2014 11:25 AM

    ole Miss needs a reliable QB. No excuse for a returning senior starter to throw that many picks against a below average defense. Wallace is the Rebels’ Achilles Heel.

  4. boisedawg says: Aug 29, 2014 12:21 PM

    BSU, was pathetic on offense, I hope Hedrick gets better quick. Congrats to Ol miss on the win, but I can see them finishing outside of the top 25 at the end of the year.

  5. bigedefense says: Aug 30, 2014 2:09 AM

    irishdodger

    I agree with you 100%. I hope Coach Freeze has a different approach for his QB position than his predecessors. I know the most popular guy on any team is always the backup QB, but it seems Ole Miss has always stuck with their starter to a fault.

    I get the feeling it will be the same with Coach Freeze & good ole boy Bo. Last year, Bo had some games that were atrocious IMO. I don’t say that lightly, I went to some of their games since my daughter is a student at Ole Miss & it was an opportunity to see her & watch football at the same time. I was funny because around us, you could pick out the folks that weren’t “Hoddy Toddy” thru and thru. We were saying Brunetti needed to replace BoBo. Whew, the true Black Bear fans quickly chimed in & let us know how wrong we were.

    Hey, I’m all for not doing it the way Spurrier did it at Florida, but to a point. Just a casual fan, and I do not follow Ole Miss closely, but I kind of get the feeling Bo knows it’s his job & he won’t lose it. Maybe if he were demoted for a game or two it would reignite his QB fire & get him to playing some great football. Bo has shown glimpses of being a top notch QB. the bad part is, he also shows glimpses of a 4th string Division III QB.

    Just my humble opinion Ole Miss fans. I like your team and your school. Heck, I write them checks every August and every January.

    Not knocking Ole Miss, but I sure wish I was writing those tuition checks for a school in South Bend! She actually wanted to go to ND, my ex-wife (most everyone on here knows my ex’s father…satan) through a fit & talked her out of it. Wasn’t all bad though, she bribed my lil girl by buying her a 2014 Nissan Murano to go to Ole Miss. That helped out a lot. It was surprising as well, since my daughter lived with me & her mom never paid a penny child support. Ah, the court system in Mississippi… That’s another topic for another thread.

    Best of luck Ole Miss!! I hope you win every sec game this year!

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