Ole Miss Football: Three Takeaways from Georgia Southern Win

Oct 29, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA;  Mississippi Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze talks into his headset during the second quarter of the game against the Auburn Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 29, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze talks into his headset during the second quarter of the game against the Auburn Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss won 37-27 over Georgia Southern on Saturday. However, there were plenty of mistakes and injuries that dampered the day for the Rebels.

Even when Ole Miss gets a win, they lose. The Rebels snapped a three game losing streak, but it came at a price. Ole Miss lost senior quarterback Chad Kelly and defensive end John Youngblood for the year on Saturday.

Find out what else happened during the game for Ole Miss.

Oct 15, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Ole Miss Rebels running back Akeem Judd (21) rushes in the second quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 15, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Ole Miss Rebels running back Akeem Judd (21) rushes in the second quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Akeem Judd had his best game of the season on Saturday. He ran for 139 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown. Judd had one other 100 yard rushing game this season, against Memphis where he reached 108 yards.

It was a promising sign for a rushing game that has been pretty inconsistent this season. The Rebels backfield will really need to step up with the loss of Chad Kelly to help out whoever is taking snaps at quarterback.

Oct 15, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Ole Miss Rebels defensive back A.J. Moore (30) linebacker DeMarquis Gates (3) and defensive tackle Breeland Speaks (9) celebrate after a sack by Gates in the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 15, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Ole Miss Rebels defensive back A.J. Moore (30) linebacker DeMarquis Gates (3) and defensive tackle Breeland Speaks (9) celebrate after a sack by Gates in the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The theme of the season, especially on defense, has been the poor run defense seemingly every week. Georgia Southern rushed for 267 yards on 59 carries against the Rebels on Saturday.

If Ole Miss wants to go to a bowl game, they need to find a way to stop or at least slow down the run. It won’t be easy as they go on the road the next two weeks and face good running games.

Nov 5, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (10) walks off the field during the second half against Georgia Southern Eagles at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 5, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (10) walks off the field during the second half against Georgia Southern Eagles at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

It’s an unfortunate part of football, but every team has injuries. The Rebels have had their fair share as well this season and Saturday piled on to that. Seniors Chad Kelly and John Youngblood were both lost for the season.

Youngblood suffered a dislocated ankle and Kelly a torn ACL.

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