Matt Luke comments on Ole Miss' big win over Texas Tech in the opener
A 20-point victory at a neutral site over another Power 5 conference opponent just like the one Ole Miss had Saturday over Texas Tech is a great place to build from to start the season.
Head coach Matt Luke still found some flaws in the Rebels’ 47-27 victory over the Red Raiders.
One glaring issue was their inability to score touchdowns inside the red zone. Each time Ole Miss got inside the Texas Tech 20-yard line in the first half, they only came away with a field goal.
“It was negative plays for us,” Luke told reporters. “We’ve got to eliminate negative plays in the red zone. The last one I think we did a really good job of taking a lot of clock there in the fourth quarter so very pleased with that one but the three in the first half no doubt. That’s what we talked about at halftime was finishing. Let’s finish on third down, let’s finish in the red zone.”
It happened again late in the fourth quarter when the Rebels couldn’t capitalize inside the 10-yard line and came away with three points.
That’s not to say Ole Miss didn’t come away with plenty of positives as well such as the play of new full-time starting quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, who was 22 of 32 for 336 yards and two touchdowns.
“I thought he did a good job,” Luke said. “I thought there were a few RPO’s he may have held on to a little too long early in the game but he was trying to make a big play down the field but he protected the ball and I was very very proud of that.”