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Rebels Host Auburn for an Early Kick in the Vaught

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke takes the field. Photo by Randall Haley.

Ole Miss welcomes the Auburn Tigers to the Vaught this weekend for an SEC western division showdown. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. on ESPN.

“I’m just excited to be back at home with some momentum going,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke said. “I know our crowd will be great playing against a very good Auburn team— one of the best front sevens in the country.”

Ole Miss (5-2, 1-2) is coming into the game after picking up its first conference victory of the season over Arkansas, 37-33. In that game the Rebels suffered a loss to one of the “Nasty Wide Outs” as sophomore D.K. Metcalf went down with a season-ending neck injury.

Coach Matt Luke’s squad came back from a 17-point deficit to end the losing streak to the Razorbacks.

“It was a big SEC road win for us,” Luke said. “I thought it did a lot for the kids and their confidence. I’m very proud of all the things they fought through including the adversity and injuries.”

Senior quarterback Jordan Ta’amu led the charge for the Rebels in the victory as he garnered over 525 yards of total offense in the game. He threw for 387 yards and rushed for another 141 yards with a total of three touchdowns in the game.

Auburn is 4-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play entering this week’s game against Ole Miss. Since starting the season 4-1—including a season-opening win over No. 6 Washington—Auburn has dropped two straight SEC contests including a 30-24 loss to Tennessee at home last Saturday. The Tiger offense ranks 11th in the SEC with 376 yards of total offense with 217 yards through the air and 158 rushing yards per game.

After earning SEC Newcomer of the Year honors last season, quarterback Jarrett Stidham has thrown for 1,386 yards with six passing touchdowns and four interceptions. Redshirt freshman JaTarvious Whitlow leads the Tigers on the ground averaging 65 rushing yards per game.

“Whitlow is a very physical runner,” Luke said. 

The Tigers are holding their opponents under 335 yards and 17 points per game. The Tigers rank 11th nationally in tackles for loss (8.4 per game) and are fifth in the SEC in sacks (2.6 per game). Jeremiah Dinson and Daniel Thomas both have two interceptions apiece for Auburn.

When the two teams face off on the gridiron it will be the 43rd all-time meeting in the series. Auburn currently leads the series at 31-11. 

Fans can watch the action on ESPN or listen to the call on the Ole Miss Radio Network.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Sports Editor

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