OLE MISS

Why we're giving Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss football an A+ for demolishing Georgia Tech

Nick Suss
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

ATLANTA − Ole Miss football treated its first Power 5 opponent the same way it treated its other non-conference foes.

The No. 17 Rebels bullied Georgia Techto a 42-0 winon Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Ole Miss (3-0) ran for more yards than the Yellow Jackets (1-2) allowed in their first two games combined, stifled Georgia Tech's offense with sacks and third down stops and came through with a some clutch special teams plays to cruise to a second-straight 3-0 start.

Here are the Clarion Ledger's grades for how the Rebels played.

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Offense: A-

It's hard to argue with results. Sure, the passing attack still isn't perfect yet. But running back tandem Zach Evans and Quinshon Judkins looks as formidable as any duo in the country. Both came into the week averaging more than 90 yards per game, but this game was the first time either got to showcase their game-breaking speed in the open field, getting outside the Georgia Tech contain and busting out for big play after big play.

Would it have been better if the offense was balanced? Sure. Does it matter. Of course not.

Defense: A+

If the other team doesn't score, you get an A+. Simple as that. Georgia Tech had one OK drive because of a long completion, but other than that Ole Miss was in control of every snap and every possession. The run defense swarmed, the pass defense suffocated and even as freshmen and lesser-used players were inserted into the game against Georgia Tech's No. 1 quarterback, the results didn't change.

Special teams: B+

If it wasn't for a missed 51-yard field goal in the second quarter, this might've been an A+ too. The Rebels blocked a punt for the second week in a row, finally showed some life in the punt return game and every kickoff was a well-intended touchback.

Coaching: A

It's easy to question the gameplan when the coaches aren't asking much of their quarterbacks in the middle of a quarterback battle. But the point isn't to develop players, it's to win. The coaches pressed all the right buttons to ensure victory, so even if the product was a bit repetitive, the coaching staff gets an A for turning those repeats into repeated success.

Overall: A+

Look at the score. Don't really need to overanalyze this one. The Rebels went on the road and pounded an ACC opponent like a tetherball. Asking anything more is silly.

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