Inside The Numbers: Ole Miss' success as easy as 1-2-3
No. 10 Ole Miss (3-0, 1-0) hosts Memphis (2-1) on Saturday for the first time since 2009 following a bye last week. Here’s a look inside some of the numbers.
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1: The number of interceptions thrown by Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace in his last 10 quarters. Wallace’s lone pick came against ULL two weeks ago, and although the throw was far from perfect, it did hit receiver Cody Core in the hands before it was picked off. The Rebels have outscored their opponents 125-25 during that 10-quarter stretch.
2: The number of total touchdowns Ole Miss’ defense has allowed in three games this season. The Rebels allowed one touchdown to Boise State in Week 1 and one touchdown to UL Lafayette in Week 3 immediately before the bye week. Ole Miss ranks No. 3 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 10 points per game.
3: The number of interceptions by senior cornerback Senquez Golson, who leads the conference in that statistic despite playing one fewer game than half the teams in the conference. Golson has a nose for the football and will be tested in SEC play by the likes of Alabama’s Amari Cooper, Auburn’s D’haquille Williams, LSU’s Travin Dural and Texas A&M’s Malcome Kennedy.
121: Yards rushing through three games by Ole Miss’ leading rusher, Jaylen Walton. Walton ranks just 27th in the SEC in rushing at 40.3 yards per game, and 11 of the other 13 SEC teams have multiple rushers more accomplished than the Rebels’ leading back.
0: Touchdowns scored (or not scored) by Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram this season. Engram is an athletic tight end who can also play receiver, and Ole Miss expected him to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, especially in the red zone. Engram has played well between the 20’s, averaging better than 50 yards per game in 2014, but he has not been much of a factor in the red zone for one of the SEC’s most impressive offenses.
145: The number of rushing yards Ole Miss’ defense has allowed per game this season. The Rebels rank No. 9 in the SEC and No. 63 in the nation in run defense, despite ranking much higher in pass defense. In an SEC filled with loaded backfields, this could cause the Rebels some trouble later in the season.