MONDAY MORNING DIGEST: OLE MISS 76, SIU 41; SALUKIS GO TOE-TO-TOE WITH OLE MISS FOR A HALF

Saturday’s contest against Ole Miss was a tale of two halves.  The Salukis came out guns blazing against the Rebels, forced a three-and-out and then proceeded to march down the field for a 56-yard drive that ended in Sam Straub connecting with Nigel Kilby for a touchdown.

The Salukis and Rebels would match each other blow for blow before halftime; the Salukis held a 38-35 lead at the half.  The Dawgs would hold the Rebels off until 3:48 remained in the third quarter when they finally took a full touchdown lead.  That was when the Salukis ran out of gas and the Rebels took advantage to go on and win 76-41

180 DEGREES

Sam Straub didn’t shy away from the spotlight as he had a much better game than Week 1’s performance at Murray State.  This time around, Straub completed 29 of 47 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns.

SOUTHERN COOKING

Mississippi native Raphael Leonard showed out for his home state, catching six passes for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 70 yard touchdown.

STRONG RUSHING ATTACK

The Salukis led the game in rushing.  D.J. Davis impressed with 121 yards on the ground, the second week in a row the running back has eclipsed 120 rushing yards.  The Salukis totaled 241 yards compared to Ole Miss’ 167 rushing yards.

STONE WALL

The Saluki run defense proved to be a challenge for the Rebels.  A week removed from an SEC Offensive Player of the Week award, Scottie Phillips’ total from week 1 was nearly halved as he picked up just 107 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry.  In comparison, Phillips rushed for 204 yards and averaged 12.8 yards per carry against Texas Tech.

DEFENSIVE STRUGGLES

The Salukis did not get much of a pass rush against the Rebels.  Only one sack (shared between Luke Giegling and Jordan Berner) and no quarterback hurries let Rebels QB Jordan Ta’amu sling the ball all over for 448 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Brown Weber
Photo Cred: Tom Weber/Saluki Athletics

Additionally, the leading tacklers were Qua Brown (9) and Jeremy Chinn (7).  It’s never a recipe for success when your safeties are your leading tacklers.

NEXT UP

The Salukis have their home opener against regional rival SEMO in the first annual War for the Wheel!  Kickoff on Saturday is at 6pm and can be heard on 101.5 CIL-FM.

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