Notes: Defenders excited to face prolific Tulsa pass attack

Oxford – Ole Miss has a lot of respect for the Tulsa crime.

The Golden Hurricanes have collected 413 yards per game so far this season, a statistic that leads the country. Quarterback Davis Breen was excellent, completing 79 of 119 passes for 1,206 yards and 11 touchdowns. He only made one objection.

Keylon Stokes already has 28 receptions, which are good for 457 yards and three touchdowns. Malachi Jones has 19 catches, good for 232 yards and touchdowns. JuanCarlos Santana added 14 receptions for 326 yards and fours. Tulsa averages 523.7 yards per game en route to a 2-1 start.

So the 16th-ranked Rebels (3-0) know Tulsa can move a football.

However, forgive the Ole Miss defenders if they were a little anxious this week. After facing an offense by Troy Vanilla, central Arkansas and a flooded Georgia tech unit last Saturday, the Rebels were excited to know there would be a quarterback to follow and some football in the air Saturday at 3 p.m. (SEC Network) when Tulsa invades Oxford.

“We always want to play behind the middle but we will focus on stopping all the running games first and forcing them to throw it and then after that, yeah, after the quarterback for sure,” said Tavius ​​Robinson, defensive end Ole Mais.

“They are really good abroad and they have the best passing game in the country, so obviously, they have some good receivers abroad and we have to be ready for the challenge on Saturday,” Ole Miss safety AJ Finley added. “When there is a team that will pass the ball a lot, it means that there will be more opportunities to intercept the ball. Obviously we are feeling a lot of enthusiasm.”

Tulsa Golden Hurricane quarterback Davis Breen (7) throws in the first quarter during an NCAA football game against the Cincinnati Bears, Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Nepert Stadium in Cincinnati.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane quarterback Davis Breen (7) throws in the first quarter during an NCAA football game against the Cincinnati Bears, Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Nepert Stadium in Cincinnati. (Karim Butcher/The Enquirer/USA Today)

Breen, who threw for 3,254 yards last season in Tulsa, is 16th nationally in passing efficiency with a score of 177.8. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Texan had 18 touchdowns but also 16 interceptions a year ago.

Meanwhile, the Ole Miss ranks fifth in FBS in sacks per game (4.33) and 12th in tackles for loss per game (8.7). The Rebels also lead the country in team coverage with a concentration score of 92.7 (out of 100). The Ole Miss is the country’s No. 2 in defensive goalscoring, awarding just 4.3 points per game.

“All the guys have bought into what we know we have to do and I feel like we take it personally to do the job every week,” Finley said.

Robinson grabbed an important sack in the first quarter by Georgia Tech, stopping the Yellow Jackets’ only real scoring chance that day. He has six tackles so far this season. Meanwhile, Finlay has 14 tackles and assists so far this season.

“I feel like we have to take the ball out of the air in high school and do more play when the ball is in the air,” Finley said.

Robinson attributed the Ole Miss’s defensive prowess so far this season to two things – defensive coordinator Chris Partridge’s training and the presence of depth throughout the unit.

“I think (Partridge) has done a great job of emphasizing the standard,” Robinson said. “It really instills in us to play violence and play relentlessly and you see that across the room. I think we play with a lot of energy and focus on those points, we’re really special.

“I think we all make each other better. Every day in training we learn from each other and push each other, so the depth is great. It raises the bar for people’s games all over the defense. It’s very important and it’s definitely a good thing. .. I think we all play with a chip on our shoulder. We try not to go too high, three games at that, we want to keep that. We definitely want to play defense hard and that’s what we’re going for for sure.”

Brooker Tribute

Ole Miss offensive guard Nick Broeker was honored Monday as the offensive lineman at the Southeastern Conference of the Week. Broeker helped set the stage for a hasty rebel attack that mustered 316 yards to the ground and scored all six touchdowns on the day.

The Rebels have scored their most dashing yards against a non-SEC Power-5 opponent since at least 1967. It was the first time since October 27, 1979 versus Vanderbilt that three Ole Miss rushers scored multiple scores. Broeker had 96 percent and totaled six knockouts with no pressure and no sacks allowed.

Other players honored by the SEC on Monday were Georgia, Brock Powers, LSU safety Jay Ward, Texas A&M gambler Nick Constantino, Vanderbilt quarterback AJ Swan and defensive end LSU BJ Ojulari.

Miss UK-Ole time is set

The league’s office announced Monday that the October 1 match against Kentucky #8 is scheduled for 11 a.m. CST.

The Homecoming Contest will be televised on ESPN. The game will be Ole Miss’s 95th homecoming game since the tradition began in 1924. The Rebels are 71-16-2 all-time and have won 22 of their last 25 on-court competitions.

It will refer to the 45th meeting between Ole Miss and Kentucky dating back to 1944. Rebels lead the series at all times versus the Wildcats, 28-14-1. The original record is 29-14-1, but the Ole Miss gave up the win in 2010 due to an NCAA ruling.

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