Ole Miss was the latest victim on Auburn’s tear through its schedule since falling to 1-2.
The Tigers are on a hot streak that has them on a collision course for an exciting Iron Bowl — if they’re able to get past Vanderbilt and Georgia unscathed. The Rebels seemed impressed by the talent opposite of them in the 40-29 matchup in Oxford, Miss.
Here’s what Ole Miss had to say postgame about Auburn:
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on battle with Auburn: “I think we played a team that is playing as well as anyone in the country right now, particularly the way they have been playing defensively and running the ball. We battled toe-to-toe for most of the game, but like I said, for whatever reason, in this game, you have years where the margin of error is so small.”
Freeze on Chad Kelly’s performance vs. Auburn’s D: “I would have to say it is way up there, against that defense. They gave up seven touchdowns all year and gave real problems for quarterbacks. I thought our offensive line, even though we were out with a lot of guys, I really thought Chad played really well. I couldn’t see on the interception what took place there, but he battled and fought.”
Freeze on run defense: “We faced two really good rushing teams the last two weeks.”
Chad Kelly on Evan Engram drop and Josh Holsey INT sequence: “I saw two high-look safeties, and I went out on the one-receiver side and saw Evan running down the field stride-for-stride, straight down the field. I could’ve thrown a little better ball. I kind of short-armed it a little bit. Then the next play, we ran all curls and I just threw off my back foot where I was leaning backwards and I couldn’t get enough power into the ball where it was going to be a good pass.”
Ole Miss kicker Gary Wunderlich on the loss: “It was a real tough loss. We hung with them all game. I really thought we were going to pull that one out. It was a tough way to lose.”