Last season, the Ragin Cajuns took their show on the road to Oxford, Mississippi. I’m fairly certain that tailgating was enjoyable and the Grove was welcoming. But in terms of the actual football game, well it got ugly. Mississippi’s consistently inconsistent quarterback Bo Wallace was nearly perfect by completing 23/28 passes for 316 yards and 4 touchdowns. His numbers reflected ULL’s 2014 pass defense woes.
Midway through the second quarter, Ole Miss’s lead grew to 28-0. Before the third quarter ended, ULL fell behind 49-6. Final score ended up being 56-15. What does all this mean? Let’s take a look at some numbers:
Total yards: ULL-322, Ole Miss-554
Passing yards: ULL-129, Ole Miss 340
Rushing yards: ULL-193, Ole Miss 214
3rd down efficiency: ULL 4/14, Ole Miss 7/12
Time of possession: ULL 31:19, Ole Miss 28:41
The home team scored by big plays and exploited ULL’s suspect pass defense. From that 2014 defense, Lafayette has lost its primary pass rushers and linebacker. I look for Kentucky to come out firing to put the Ragin Cajuns in a must-pass scenario and take RB Elijah McGuire out of the equation. ULL’s only bright spot was it rushed for 193 yards, a number that concerns.
Time of possession was advantageous for ULL which is consistent with its intent to run the football. However, with a new starting quarterback, I suspect the Cats will blitz from multiple positions to force the issue and take the run game out of the equation. Kentucky taking a significant early lead is paramount. On September 5th, first quarter points are vital for Shannon Dawson.