Alabama hangover: Ole Miss letting Kent State hang around heading into halftime
Ole Miss is tied 7-7 with Kent State at halftime, and this is not how the Rebels wanted to end their three-game homestand.
The last time Ole Miss played a non-conference opponent, they scored 38 points in the first half, but just a single touchdown was all they could muster against the Golden Flashes in the first half.
The Rebels are coming off of a 62-7 beating at the hands of No. 1 Alabama, and it looks like that attitude has carried over into this week.
Ole Miss’ first drive of the game was its best drive. Jordan Ta’amu hit Scottie Phillips on a screen pass, and he took it the distance, 38 yards for his first receiving touchdowns as a Rebel.
That was basically the last we saw of the Ole Miss offense in the first half.
Kent State tied the game early in the second quarter on a double-pass trick play, and they had no problem moving the chains against the Ole Miss defense, racking up 15 first downs in the first half compared to Ole Miss’ eight.
The Rebels sacked Woody Barrett six times in the opening half, but the secondary struggled, allowing 165 yards through the air and dropped three would-be interceptions that could have led to more Ole Miss points.
The second quarter ended in a very anticlimactic fashion as well.
Ole Miss drove down the field before the drive stalled in the red zone. The Rebels field-goal attempt was then blocked, and Kent State was able to get to the halftime break with a 7-7 tie.
We’ll see if Ole Miss can come back out and put it away in the second half, but right now, their performance has been very subpar.