Player of the Game
DB Levi Wallace
Levi Wallace played like a man on fire. He intercepted two of Shea Patterson passes in the 66-3 drubbing. One of the interceptions he returned 35 yards for a defensive touchdown. That play really defined the game as DaMarkus Lodge, the intended receiver, didn’t put up much of a fight to catch the ball and then walked away from the play as Wallace rocketed towards the end zone.
Game Recap and Analysis
This game was over before it started. The Ole Miss team never took the field with emotion, or any enthusiasm. They slept walked through a pummeling from the Crimson Tide. Ole Miss went 3 and out their first two possessions to start the game. Alabama scored on its second possession. The next drive, Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson threw a slant to Damarkus Lodge, Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace fought through the receiver to intercept the pass, and took it 35 yards to the house. Lodge never even turned around to give chase to the defensive back and he proceeded to walk to the bench while Wallace ran down the field.
That set the tone of the game. There was no inclination after that play that Ole Miss would be able to even compete with this Alabama team. The defense was beat, bludgeoned, and out of place. Missed tackles were abundant as usual. The offense was nonexistent. Lodge did have a 35 yard reception on a very promising drive mid way through the first quarter, but a penalty on 2nd down and a Jordan Wilkins negative rush ended any momentum.
Speaking of Jordan Wilkins, he eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the second time in his Ole Miss career. He was a bright spot on a very meek offensive performance. He hurdled and juked and ripped off a few nice runs. Wilkins came to play but the same can’t be said about the rest of the playmakers.
Shea Patterson ended the night 14 for 29 with 165 yards. He overthrew at least 3 touchdown passes. His passes weren’t accurate and his pocket wasn’t clean. Patterson was rattled all night and you could tell.
Zedrick Woods led the team with 12 tackles and Gates had 8 on the night. Myles Hartsfield dropped a gift of an interception on Alabamas first touchdown drive. The defense didn’t capitalize on anything.
Now the Ole Miss players weren’t anything to write home about, but they weren’t the only problem. What was going through Phil Longo’s head? When you find out, I’m sure he would like to know. He looked baffled on the sidelines as Ole Miss had no answer for any blitzes Jeremy Pruitt drew up.
The recap of this game can be summed up into this. Alabama is on a war path, don’t get in their way, and for the love of god do nothing to disrespect that team.