Ole Miss had to be sick about last week's performance on offense. This week, the coaches had to feel a little bit better, as the Rebels beat Southern Illinois 42-24. But there are still issues in Oxford.
Running back Jeff Scott, who filled in for the injured Brandon Bolden (ankle) and Enrique Davis (knee), had quite the day, rushing for 118 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt 67 yards for a score.
Other than Scott, Ole Miss couldn't generate much momentum on offense. Zack Stoudt started for the Rebels and passed for 118 yards and a touchdown, but the big play was lacking in the passing game, as the longest completed pass went for 26 yards to Vincent Sanders.
Randall Mackey came in after being suspended for the first game, but attempted just one pass for 18 yards and carried the ball six times for 36 yards.
Last week's starter, Barry Brunetti didn't record any stats.
While the defense took tiny baby steps forward, the defense slipped a little, giving up more than 200 rushing yards and allowing the Salukis to make it interesting with a 21-point second half. But the Rebels did force four interceptions.
Who knows what's going on with this team at this point? The offense has to find consistent playmakers at receivers in order to have any sort of threat through the air. Otherwise, defenses are going to load the box against Scott, who is Ole Miss' best weapon at the moment.
A win establishes some confidence, but a trip to Vanderbilt looms and the Commodores are as confident as ever after a 2-0 start.