Ole Miss took down the Memphis Tigers in the latest edition of this rivalry on Saturday evening. The Rebels picked up a 48-28 victory over the Tigers to move to 3-2 on the year and improve to 7-1 against Memphis in their last eight meetings dating back to 2005. It was far from easy as they had to stave off Memphis in the third quarter, but the Rebels were finally able to piece together a complete victory on Saturday night in Oxford.
Here’s what we learned from this encounter.
1. Ole Miss’ run game had a field day: The Rebels picked up an astounding 263 yards on the ground in the win over Memphis, going well over their average of 130.5 yards per game coming into the night. Eugene Brazley and Akeem Judd shared 232 of the 263 yards amassed, with Brazley coming away with 124 and Judd running for 108 of his own. Four total touchdowns were scored by Ole Miss on the ground as Brazely tallied two while freshman quarterback Jason Pellerin picked up two of his own in relief.
2. Evan Engram continues to excel: Engram’s hot streak continued Saturday night as the senior tight end caught four passes for 82 yards before finding the end zone for the third consecutive game. The Rebels tight end has four touchdowns on the year, which is just as many as he had in 2014 and 2015 combined. Engram is a force for this offense and should continue to be a primary weapon for Chad Kelly going forward, as it appears he’s far from done in terrorizing opposing defenses.
3. Ole Miss’ offense remains the best in the SEC: There’s hardly any denying that the Rebels offense can gun with the best of them, and if there were, Saturday night’s performance should have done enough to sway opinion in their favor. Ole Miss tallied 30+ points once again, making it five games in a row that they’ve hit that mark. It’s also the third game in a row that they’ve scored more than 40 points in a game, and the 48 points scored is the highest of the season following the 45 last week vs. Georgia and the 43 against Alabama. They’ve yet to face a team to stop them, and so far, it looks like that’s going to be quite an unenviable task.