Defense continues to carry the day (err, night) for No. 3 Ole Miss as the Rebels lead visiting Tennessee 14-3 at the half.
Good and Bad Bo Wallace have taken the night off to give rarely-seen Mediocre Bo some reps. The Tennessee defense controlled much of the first half, as Wallace hit 8-of-19 yards for 128 yards and a touchdown with eight carries for minus-four yards. As a team the Rebels have pounded out just 46 yards on 20 carries, and achieved seven first downs while going 2-of-11 on third down.
Tennessee opened the scoring with a 27-yard Aaron Medley field goal at the 12:40 mark of the second quarter, but Ole Miss rallied with a 39-yard scoring strike from Wallace to Vince Saunders and a Jaylen Walton run.
The read ’em and weep stats for the Tennessee offense: five sacks, two interceptions, four first downs, one third down conversion in nine attempts, minus-29 rushing yards, 109 total yards and, of course, just the three points. The second of Justin Worley’s interceptions was grabbed by Senquez Golson and returned 18 yards to the Tennessee 35, setting up a five-play drive capped by Walton seven-yard run to put the Rebels up 14-3 to close the scoring in the first half with 1:51 remaining.
Ole Miss had a chance to add to the lead, but Gary Wunderlich’s 52-yard field goal try as time expired was wide left.
Tennessee will receive the ball to open the second half.