No. 13 Ole Miss fell to Memphis 37-24 on Saturday.
The Rebels took an early 14-0 lead, but it was all Tigers from there. Here’s how they got there:
UPDATE: On its first possession of the second half, Memphis extended the lead to 31-14 on a 31-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Paxton Lynch to wide receiver Mose Frazier.
Ole Miss cut the deficit to 31-21 in the middle of the third quarter on a six-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chad Kelly to wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
On the Rebels’ next possession, Ole Miss kicker Gary Wunderlich knocked in a 24-yard field goal to cut the Memphis lead to 31-24.
Memphis kicker Jake Elliot pushed the lead 34-24 on a 42-yard field goal with just under 10 minutes to go.
Elliott added another field goal to ice the game away and give Memphis the 37-24 win.
Third Down Conversions
Ole Miss has struggled mightily this season keeping opponents from converting on third down, and that trend continued Saturday. The Tigers converted 12 of 20 third-down opportunities in the first half.
Offensive Line Issues
The Rebels are one week away from getting star left tackle Laremy Tunsil back, and the issues Ole Miss has up front were glaring today.
Memphis was consistently had pressure in quarterback Chad Kelly’s face, which has led to two sacks. Ole Miss had just 40 rushing yards on 24 carries. The Rebels also failed to convert on fourth-and-1 twice in the first half.
Ole Miss committed eight penalties for 90 yards in the first half, including a couple that have erased big plays for the Rebels offense.