OXFORD – The Ole Miss Rebels upended Louisiana 50 to 22 in a chilly early morning game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. It was just the fifth all-time meeting between the Rebels and Ragin’ Cajuns.
“I am pleased with the first half. We talk about coming out and scoring in the first half, so I am really pleased we found a way to score with the first five possessions,” said Ole Miss Coach Matt Luke. “I thought we looked a little sluggish in the second half, but I am still pleased with how we ended and how we scored to put the game away. We wanted to play a lot of people and got a chance to do that. I was glad we were able to get some of those young offensive linemen in there. Overall a really good win and we are 2-0 in November and that’s what we have been talking about. We have 12 days left and a big senior night coming up on Saturday.”
The 35 first half points tied a season-high for Ole Miss and marked the fourth time in 2017 that they have scored 30 or more in a half. Ole Miss had three scoring drives vs. Louisiana that took two minutes or less, giving them 30 such drives on the season. QB Jordan Ta’amu completed 28-of-36 passes for a career-high 418 yards and three touchdowns.
Ta’amu became only the second-ever Ole Miss QB in program history to throw for 350 or more yards in three straight games. The only other instance came earlier in this season when QB Shea Patterson did so during first three games of the 2017 season.
“I can trust my receivers. I know that if I throw the ball up there they will find it and make a play out of it. It’s a big thing for me knowing I can throw a bubble and they will get more yards than I expect them to get,” said quarterback Jordan Ta’amu. “It is great having those receivers that I have out there.”
Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown had a 14-catch, 185-yard and two TD performance against Louisiana. His 14 receptions tied an Ole Miss single-game record. Brown is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2017 Biletnikoff Award, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc.
With two games remaining in a season with a self imposed bowl ban, the Rebels face Texas A&M this Saturday and a Thanksgiving date with Mississippi State in Starkville.