No. 19 Ole Miss continued its quest of the SEC West title with a 27-19 win at Auburn on Halloween.
What we learned
For a while Saturday it looked like Ole Miss' highlight of the day might be coach Hugh Freeze "hitting the whip/nae nae" dance on the sideline with former Gulf Coast standout Tony Bridges after the cornerback intercepted Sean White; if you haven't seen the clip, it's not hard to find on the Internet. The Rebels held a 3-0 lead at that point, and while the two teams traded scores throughout the game, Ole Miss (7-2, 4-1) held off the struggling Tigers (4-4, 1-4) for an eight-point win.
A lot had been made about Laquon Treadwell facing the same team he suffered a gruesome injury against a year ago.. The star receiver ended up hauling in the victory-sealing 21-yard touchdown with a defender draped all over him. After a review, the fourth-quarter catch stood to give Ole Miss a 27-19 win. Treadwell finished with seven receptions for 114 yards.
Quarterback Chad Kelly passed for 381 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions, marking his sixth-straight game with an interception and third straight with two or more.
"It is definitely something to worry about," Freeze said. "It also depends on how they are made. You have to look at it and say some were definitely his fault and others were just accidents. Some were simple reads, but you know what, we have to coach him better."
The Rebels' third-down defense was a big reason for Saturday's win. Ole Miss has struggled to get off the field on third downs in recent weeks, but Auburn converted just 2 of 15 opportunities Saturday.
One change Saturday that may continue when the Rebels host Arkansas (4-4, 2-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday could come in the form of play calling. Freeze told reporters after the Auburn win co-offensive coordinators Dan Werner and Matt Luke ended up calling about 80 percent of the plays. Freeze set the offensive package and his coordinators went from there, he said.
"We just sort of talked about it and you'll have to ask him exactly what the plan was, but I called a bunch of plays," Werner said. "But we're a team. We just call it and you know, in certain situations, he'll call one and in other situations, I'll call one."
The Rebels will look to avenge last year's 30-0 loss at Arkansas.