Ole Miss Football: Winners and Losers from Ole Miss at Arkansas

Acey Roberts@@aceyrobCorrespondent IIOctober 29, 2012

Ole Miss Football: Winners and Losers from Ole Miss at Arkansas

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    Arkansas lost for only the second time this year after rushing for over 100 yards.  The Rebels found a way to limit Tyler Wilson’s deep balls and did just enough to win a hard-fought SEC road game in Little Rock Arkansas, beating the Hogs 30-27.  This marks the first SEC win for the Rebs since the 2009 season.

    The key to beating a high-powered offense like Arkansas is keeping it in 3rd-and-long and squeezing the coverage in the red zone.  The Rebels gave up 464 total yards but only three touchdowns and held Tyler Wilson below their already low third-down conversion rate.

    Let’s look at some of the key individual performances from the SEC matchup in Little Rock

Winner: Charles Sawyer

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    The junior safety made his presence felt Saturday with a blocked punt to set up a score and an interception to prevent a score by Arkansas in the red zone.

    He also had seven tackles, a quarterback sack and two pass breakups.

Loser: Tyler Wilson

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    Wilson finished 24-for-43 with 297 yards passing, but a pair of late interceptions sank the Hogs' chance of getting on top of the Rebels.   

Winner: Bryson Rose

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    Rose made three field goals on the day, including the game-winning 31-yarder with time expiring and a career-best 53-yard kick.

    The senior kicker started the season with four straight misses after a junior season that saw Rose make 17 straight field goals.

Loser: Arkansas Offensive Line

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    While they provided adequate protection, the Hogs only converted five of 16 third downs.  Getting to 3rd-and-short is the key for this offensive line and moving the chains.

    A positive was seeing Dennis Johnson get over 100 yards.

Winner: Bo Wallace

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    Bo Wallace continues improving his stats week by week, but also is improving as a leader for this young Rebel team.

    He completed 29 of 37 passing attempts with 278 yards and two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.

    More importantly, Wallace orchestrated scoring drives to put the Rebels ahead on the scoreboard twice on Saturday, just when they needed them most.  Once before halftime to take the lead 21-17 and again at the end of the game for the winning field goal by Bryson Rose.  

Other Notables

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    Denzel Nkemdiche – Redshirt freshman Linebacker led all Rebels with eight total tackles and an end-zone interception.

    Dennis Johnson – Arkansas running back finished with 161 yards and a late score to tie the game.  Dennis may be the answer for the Hogs at the RB position, and that is good news for the rest of the season in Fayetteville. 

    Randall Mackey – Senior QB turned running back/wide receiver led all Rebels with seven catches and 99 yards.