OXFORD, Mississippi — The Ole Miss Rebels lost their second conference game of the season 30-24 to Alabama Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The Rebels are third in the SEC West after a tough loss to Alabama. The season isn’t over yet, but any chance for Ole Miss to make the SEC championship is in the rearview mirror now.
Freshman running back Quinshon Judkins continued his prolific season with another big day at the field. Jaxson Dart didn’t turn the ball the whole game, and the Rebels’ defense eventually played well in all four quarters.
Here are a few Rebels who excelled in Saturday’s game.
Quinshon Judkins runs through Alabama’s defense.
Freshman running back Quinshon Judkins carried the ball 25 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns. The young defender continues to take every opportunity when his number is called. He has up to 15 rushing touchdowns this year and this weekend he recorded his sixth game with two rushing touchdowns in the same game this year.
Jaxson Dart ends with zero turnovers.
Sophomore quarterback Jaxson Dart had a quiet game, hitting just 18 of his 31 passing attempts. He threw for 212 yards and a touchdown, and while Dart didn’t have an electrifying performance, he didn’t throw a single interception. That was crucial to keep the Rebels in the game until the final whistle.
Malik Heath performs for the reception corps.
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Senior wide receiver Malik Heath recorded his third 100-yard game of the season. This was also his second game of the season for 120 yards or more. Heath caught six passes for 123 yards and averaged 20.5 yards per catch.
Otis Reese leads the team in the duel.
Senior Security Otis Reese led the rebels’ defense with ten tackles. He had six solo tackles, a sack and 1.5 TFLs. Whether he was in cover or in the backfield, Reese played anywhere on the field.
The Rebels’ defense played very well as a collective, even in defeat.
The Rebels’ defense played much better than in recent weeks. The entire unit had a total of 77 tackles. They had five tackles to a loss, resulting in Alabama losing 35 yards. The Rebels also sacked Alabama quarterback Bryce Young three times, pressed him four times and forced a fumble.
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