As Ole Miss hung 50 points on the scoreboard against Louisiana on Saturday, Rebel players continued to rewrite the record books.
Junior quarterback Jordan Ta’amu played lights out in his third straight start after Shea Patterson went down against LSU. Ta’amu passed for a total of 418 yards with three touchdowns, marking the sixth best passing performance in program history.
He also became only the second Ole Miss QB in program history to throw for 350 or more yards in three straight games. Patterson was the only other signal caller to accomplish this feat, which he did earlier this season.
“I can trust my receivers,” Ta’amu said, in a postgame press conference. “I know that if I throw the ball up there, they will find it and make a play out of it. It’s a big thing for me knowing I can throw a bubble and they will get more yards than I expect them to get. It is great having those receivers that I have out there.”
Sophomore wide receiver A.J. Brown tied the single-game reception record on Saturday with 14. Laquon Treadwell set the record in 2015.
Brown has tallied over 1,000 yards receiving on the season (1,015), including 185 yards against Louisiana in Saturday’s game. He became the third receiver at Ole Miss to achieve this milestone in a season, joining Treadwell (2015) and Shea Hodge (2009).
“I am just trying to make a play when my number is called,” Brown said. “My goal was 1,000 yards this year, and hearing that I met my goal means a lot,” Brown said.
In the game, the Landshark defense did allow Louisiana to score 22 points in the game, with most of them coming in the second half.
Senior linebacker Taylor Polk led the Rebels’ defensive attack with a career-high seven tackles. He also picked up his first career sack.
Ole Miss has two games remaining on the 2017 schedule, beginning with Texas A&M next Saturday and a Thanksgiving date with Mississippi State in Starkville.
The Aggies are coming off of a 55-14 victory over New Mexico.
“I know they’re a really good team,” Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Luke said. “They’re very talented. Coach Noel Mazzone and Coach John Chavis I know very well, and they’re very good coaches. I think we just have to go take care of ourselves and really focus on these seniors having an opportunity on senior night playing their last game in Vaught-Hemingway.”
Kickoff against Texas A&M is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN 2.
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