Sunday, October 2, 2022

Ole Miss Host Texas A&M in a Little Gridiron Action

Photo by Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics
Photo by Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

No. 23 Ole Miss football returns home to the Vaught this weekend to host SEC foe No. 15 Texas A&M. The kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday evening and will be televised on ESPN.

Ole Miss (5-2, 2-1 SEC) is coming off a tough loss to the Memphis Tigers last weekend. The Rebels are ranked in the top 25 for the 25th straight week, the longest streak since 1957-62.

Coach Hugh Freeze’s squad currently leads the SEC and ranks seventh in the nation in scoring at 43.6 points per game.

Junior QB Chad Kelly leads the SEC in passing (319.1 ypg, 11th in nation), total offense (337.3 ypg, 11th in nation), passing TDs (16, 12th in nation), pass efficiency (161.9, 12th in nation), points responsible for (120, 9th in nation), yards per completion (14.51, 11th in nation) and yards per attempt (9.51, 8th in nation).

Texas A&M is 5-1 on the year and 2-1 in SEC play and coming off its first loss of the season with a 41-23 defeat at home to Alabama. Among the Aggies’ victories are wins over then nationally ranked No. 15 Arizona State (38-17) and then-No. 21 Mississippi State (30-17).

Kevin Sumlin’s offense ranks No. 2 in the SEC in passing behind Ole Miss at 291.0 yards per game and No. 4 in the league in scoring at 36.5 points per outing. Quarterback Kyle Allen is second in the league behind Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly with 256.2 passing ypg and 14 TD passes (to five INTs). The Aggies’ leading rusher is Tra Carson with 476 yards and four touchdowns, while freshman phenom Christian Kirk tops the receiving corps with 39 catches, 609 yards and four touchdowns. Kirk also has two punt return touchdowns.

The A&M defense, led by defensive end Myles Garrett, tops the SEC in sacks (3.33/game) and tackles for loss (9.5/game), ranking top 10 nationally in both categories. Garrett ranks No. 2 in the nation with 1.42 sacks per game and fifth with 1.9 TFLs per outing.

This game against the Aggies showcases the SEC’s top two passing attacks in the Rebels at 353.9 yards per game and Texas A&M at 291.0 yards per game.

Ole Miss and Texas A&M have met on the seven times with the Aggies holding a 6-1 advantage. In the past two games in Oxford Texas A&M has gotten the better of Ole Miss.

Fans can watch all of the action of this game on ESPN at 6 p.m.


Adam Brown is the sports editor at HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com.

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