Rebels get complete performance

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Now that was more like it.

It's the way a lot of people expected Ole Miss to play all season. The Rebels, who opened the season in the Top 10 in the polls, put together what was easily their most complete performance of the season Saturday in a 30-17 win over Arkansas.

It was a win the Rebels (5-2, 2-2) had to have after disappointing losses to South Carolina and Alabama, and now, they have a chance to build some momentum and get on the kind of roll they did to end last season.

Getting quarterback Jevan Snead untracked was a huge part of the game. He made some throws he hasn't been making this season. But when Dexter McCluster touches the ball 29 times, good things are going to happen. He was fabulous with a career-high 260 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown on a screen pass.

Why he hasn't been more involved in the Ole Miss offense this season is difficult to explain. But the Rebels leaned on him Saturday, and he delivered.

Speaking of delivering, what can you say about Tyrone Nix's Ole Miss defense? The Rebels are really playing well on that side of the ball and have been all season. They took Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett out of his game, pressured him relentlessly and simply weren't going to let the Hogs beat them throwing the football.