The Cajuns defense struggled again, but the offense didn’t do it any favors as the Cajuns turned the ball over four times in a 56-15 loss to Ole Miss.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace had his way with the Cajuns, who continually gave the Rebels’ signal caller a comfortable pocket and clear passing lanes work with. Wallace passed for 290 yards in the first half, including touchdowns of 40, 14 and 24 yards. He completed his first 14 pass attempts, throwing his first incompletion with 10:47 remaining in the first half,
The Cajuns couldn’t dial up much of a pass rush, though Wallace might not have even needed the amount of time he had to work with. More often than not, he had an easy pitch and catch while the Rebels built up a 28-0 first half lead.
That’s not to say the Cajuns didn’t have chances early in the game.
I’Tavius Mathers started the scoring off with a 56-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. Mathers stiff-armed both of the Cajuns senior safeties, but was otherwise untouched on his way to the endzone.
But the Cajuns looked like they were ready to respond. Keyed by a 39-yard run from sophomore running back Elijah McGuire, the Cajuns marched 78 yards in six plays.
It looked like they were going to punch it in for a game-tying score, but senior running back Alonzo Harris fumbled at the Rebels’ six yard line. The Cajuns nearly got a play off, but Rebels coach Hugh Freeze was in the official’s ear on the sideline calling for a review. The replay showed Harris clearly fumbled.
What happened next would be a little bit of a theme for the day.
The Rebels drove 94 yards on just seven plays, capping the drive off with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Wallace to running back Jaylen Walton. Walton leaked out of the backfield uncovered, and Wallace hit him in stride on the wheel route for an easy touchdown.
It was the Rebels first touchdown off a Cajuns turnover on the day, but they would go on to score 28 points off four Cajuns turnovers.
The Cajuns forced one turnover of their own, the first they’ve forced this season, when Wallace overthrew a route down the deep middle of the field late in the first half. Free safety Sean Thomas intercepted it, and the Cajuns had the ball at the Rebels’ 24-yard line after a personal foul penalty on the Rebels after the play.
But the Cajuns weren’t able to punch it in.
The troubles continued in the second half, as Broadway threw two third-quarter interceptions, one of which was returned by Senequez Goldson for a 59-yard touchdown.