Ole Miss football officialy hit rock bottom this weekend as 23,000 people attended the game to watch the Rebels squeeze by Northwestern State to get there third win of the season. The stadium was virtually empty, and it was the most pathetic sight I have witnessed in my years of attending Ole Miss athletic events. It started bad with Elvis doing the Hotty Toddy and did not get much better from there.
As far as the game goes, the Rebels opened up the game well and I thought it was going to be a blowout day over the Demons as the Rebels went up 17-0 in the game. The second half proved to be a different story as Northwestern State racked up 31 points in two quarters of play. For the day, the Demons tallied 499 yards of total offense.
Ole Miss was without the play of suspended players Ashlee Palmer and Chris Strong among a couple of others, who were suspended for unknown reasons. However Orgeron hinted in the press conference it was due to academic reasons. The Rebs could have used Palmer to help stop the yards and yards of offense that were racked up.
The only bright spot of the day was in the kicking game. We finally made the move to let Justin Sparks kickoff for the Rebs. Sparks kicked it deep all day, the only problem was our coverage was pretty light on most of the kicks. Why it took 10 games to realize Sparks could actually kickoff is beyond me. Thanks Rippon for finally seeing the light. Hope your last two games with the Rebels treat you well.
The Rebs have a much needed off week this week before rounding out the last two games with rivals LSU and MSU.