Matt Luke on huge performances from Jordan Ta’amu, A.J. Brown in Louisiana win
Ole Miss is now on a two-game winning streak after destroying Louisiana 50-22 in Oxford Saturday. The Rebels now have some momentum heading into the final two-game stretch of the season: against Texas A&M in Oxford and the Egg Bowl in Starkville.
Following the big win, here’s what Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke had to say.
Luke’s opening statement:
“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. 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.”
On the Ole Miss offensive line:
“I am very pleased. Where we have come a long way is before if we had lost two linemen in a game, it would have been dire straits. Now having two guys being hurt, you have five guys stepping in there that’s played a bunch of football that step in there and communicate.”
On Jordan Ta’amu (The QB went 28 for 36 for 418 yards and 3 TDs; he also had 2 rushing TDs):
“Another good performance. It doesn’t matter who you are playing, if you lead your team during the first five drives and score touchdowns, that’s pretty impressive. Another great job by Phil Longo getting Jordan ready to play. I think we are surrounded by good players and that’s guys like the point guard, he’s just got to distribute the ball. We have good backs, good offensive linemen, and good receivers and we were fortunate to have two good quarterbacks.”
On A.J. Brown (He tied a school record with 14 catches for 185 yards and 2 TDs):
“I should have thrown him a bubble or given him a flip to get him to 15 catches, so that was on me; a rookie mistake right there. I like the look in his eye. He is making tough plays and making people miss and making tough catches. There was one third down drive where he picked one up off his shoelaces and just made a tough catch look easy. He is really playing well for us.”
On hosting Texas A&M in Oxford next weekend:
“I know they’re a really good team. They’re very talented. Coach Noel Mazzone and Coach John Chavis, I know very well and they’re very good coaches. I think we just have to go take care of ourselves and really focus on these seniors having an opportunity on senior night playing their last game in Vaught-Hemmingway. I think we need to create a special environment for those guys and really play well.”
On looking forward to senior day:
“These guys are a part of arguably maybe one of the better runs in the history of Ole Miss, so I’m really proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.”