OXFORD – Ironically, the yards the Ole Miss Rebels put up on the No. 1-ranked defense on Saturday came with the pass, not the run.
South Carolina was giving up only 105 passing yards a game, a figure that led the SEC and ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Gamecocks cornerback Captain Munnerlyn didn’t start the game -he was being punished for missing excessive class time – but did play extensively, and Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead found enough creases to throw for 243 yards.
In spite of the numbers, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was pleased with what he saw in the ground game.
“I thought our line was blocking pretty good, and we had some good running lanes in there,” he said.
Ole Miss finished with 118 rushing yards, much of that coming from wide receiver Dexter McCluster in the Wild Rebel formation.