Just ask Texas A&M and Notre Dame: Sometimes, gimme games just aren’t gimme games.

Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss knew it. That’s why the Rebels improved to 2-0 after taking care of business against Central Arkansas, 59-3. It was never close, and it never should have been.

And Kiffin got to test out his quarterbacks some more in the process. Sophomore Luke Altmyer got the starting nod before USC transfer Jaxson Dart took over late in the second quarter. Both played well against an inferior opponent. Ole Miss’ running backs played well, too. They took advantage of a weak defensive line, scorching the Bears for over 200 yards rushing.

Ole Miss had 8 trips to the red zone and scored 7 touchdowns.

Alymyer was the first to score for the Rebels Saturday night. He drove Ole Miss down the field on the first drive and found USC transfer Michael Trigg for his first touchdown of the night.

 I say first because there were many, many more. His second score looked like something out of a skit. Pretty good evasion and concentration to find Trigg from Altmyer, too.

His third touchdown of the night came just a few minutes into the 3rd quarter. He increased Ole Miss’ lead to 45 following a 5-play, 68-yard drive and tied a school record for the most receiving touchdowns in school history, last done by Elijah Moore in 2020.

The Rebels eclipsed the 50 mark soon after. Dart hit Malik Heath for the 6-yard score. Heath had a  good game like many other Rebels receivers, totaling 3 catches for 52 yards and the following score:

 Around here is where the Rebels started to take their foot off the gas. Central Arkansas was able to snap the shutout with 10 minutes remaining, knocking through a 31-yard field goal.

It is going to be interesting following the quarterback battle moving forward. Dart looked slightly better Saturday night, both by the eye test and the stat sheet. But Central Arkansas can only tell you so much in the end.

Altmyer finished 6-13 for 90 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception while Dart finished 10-15 for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kinkead Dent entered the game with just under 10 minutes remaining.

Ole Miss faces slightly tougher competition next week, still one the Rebels should win handily. Ole Miss heads to Georgia Tech looking to improve to 3-0 before SEC play starts in October against Kentucky.

Meaningful football is right around the corner, Rebels fans.