Rapid Reaction: Ole Miss cruises to blowout win over Louisiana-Lafayette behind QB Jordan Ta'amu
It didn’t take long for the Rebels to run away with the game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Ole Miss rolled to a 28-0 lead to open the game and headed to halftime with a 35-10 lead. QB Jordan Ta’amu and WR A.J. Brown were clearly the stars from the start. Ta’amu was responsible for all five touchdowns in the first half with Brown recording 12 catches for 148 yards and 2 TDs before the break. Brown also scored on this highlight-reel move that left a Louisiana defender in the dust.
Ta’amu dominated the first half with precision passing all over the field. His three touchdowns in the air went for 37, 31, and 27 yards with the 27-yard touchdown to Brown coming on a pass that was beautifully placed in the back of the end zone. The air game allowed the Rebels to open a big lead and provided space for the ground game to operate in the second half.
The second half began with much of the same from both teams. Louisiana missed a field goal on the opening drive of the half. The Ragin’ Cajuns were able to move the ball deep into Ole Miss territory but could not come away with any points.
The Rebels wasted no time in coming back down the field. Brown notched his 13th catch of the afternoon on the drive before Ta’amu linked up with WR DaMarkus Lodge for a big completion down the field. Lodge’s catch set the Rebels up inside the five-yard line and RB Jordan Wilkins finished the drive off with a three-yard touchdown run to make it 42-10.
That was it for the action in the third quarter. Louisiana and Ole Miss traded punts before the Cajuns took over and mounted a seven-play drive that again took them deep inside the Rebels territory to begin the fourth quarter. This time, Louisiana would break through with QB Jordan Davis running it in from 10 yards out. The Cajuns would miss the extra point to make it a 42-16 game just moments into the fourth.
The fourth quarter would see much more action after both teams combined for a lone touchdown in the third. Louisiana scored 12 straight to open the quarter after an interception by Ta’amu set the Cajuns up with great field position. Ole Miss would respond with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown run from RB Eric Swinney.
Louisiana did put up a decent fight with more than 400 yards of total offense that included over 200 yards on the ground, but the Cajuns could not stop the Rebels offense. Ole Miss scored 50 points and cruised the rest of the way with the final score winding up at 50-22.
Ta’amu completed 28 of 36 passes for 418 yards, 3 TDs and an interception. He added 13 rushing yards and two more touchdowns before being pulled in the fourth with the game well in hand.
Brown finished the game with 14 catches for 185 yards and 2 TDs. His 14 catches ties the single-game record at Ole Miss. Brown also holds the Ole Miss single-game record for receiving yards in a game which he set earlier this year against South Alabama.
The Rebels improved to 5-5 on the season and will take on Texas A&M at home next Saturday.