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New Mexico State Aggies vs. Mississippi Rebels Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


Ole Miss has given three strong SEC rivals all they could handle the past month before coming up empty and the Rebels look to end their misery when they host winless New Mexico State in a non-conference contest Saturday. Ole Miss put up 440 yards of offense in an 11-point loss to Missouri, led in the third quarter against Texas A&M before suffering a 24-17 defeat and had the ball 35 yards from the end zone in the final seconds before succumbing 20-14 at No. 12 Auburn last week.

"It hurts knowing we've been so close multiple times this season," Rebels linebacker Jacquez Jones told reporters, "but at the end of the day it's over and it's time to focus on the next game." Ole Miss coach Matt Luke, who is likely to employ the two-quarterback system again with freshmen Matt Corral (1,114 yards passing) and John Rhys Plumlee (600 yards rushing), does not expect a letdown with his team needing three straight wins to clinch a bowl bid. "I think our guys are hungry to go get better," Luke said at his weekly press conference. "I think that is the unique part about this team. They keep fighting and competing and working to get better each and every week. ... We have three games left that are promised us, and we're going to go out and attack it. The best way to get the bad taste out of your mouth is to go back to work and focus on us." New Mexico State has lost 10 straight games overall after dropping a 41-7 decision against Georgia Southern on Oct. 26 before enjoying a bye week and is led by senior linebacker Javahn Ferguson, who is sixth in the nation with 11.1 tackles per game.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: Ole Miss -28

ABOUT NEW MEXICO STATE (0-8): Turnovers have been a major problem for the Aggies all season, losing eight of their 16 fumbles while watching sophomore quarterback Josh Adkins throw 14 interceptions and get sacked 24 times. Adkins has completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,797 yards along with nine touchdowns and senior Tony Nicholson leads all receivers with 43 catches and 472 yards with three touchdowns. Senior Jason Huntley recorded his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season against Georgia Southern, going for a season-high 133 to push his total to 575.

ABOUT OLE MISS (3-6): Plumlee broke the school record, set by current CFL standout Jeremiah Masoli, for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season and is 13 from passing Mico McSwain (612) for the most ever by a freshman. Senior Scottie Phillips (542 rushing yards) is expected to be ready to play despite an ankle injury while freshmen Jerrion Ealy (428) and Snoop Conner (327) also expect to get some carries. Corral has completed 59.5 percent of his passes and Plumlee is at 48.5, but the first option for both is sophomore receiver Elijah Moore (52 catches, 635 yards, four TDs).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Ole Miss junior LB Lakia Henry leads the team with 68 tackles and is averaging a little more than 10 the last four games.

2. Aggies DB Austin Perkins has his team's only two interceptions.

3. The Rebels won the only previous meeting against the Aggies 52-3 in 2015 at Oxford, Miss.

Prediction

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Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Oxford, Mississippi, USA.
Capacity: 60,580

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Last Injuries

Mississippi Rebels

  • Momo Sanogo

    Ankle
    Late Nov | out

    Sanogo is recovering from an ankle surgery and is expected to be out of commission until at least the latter part on November.

  • Ryder Anderson

    Knee
    Late Nov | out

    Anderson is sidelined with a knee injury and is expected to be idle until at least the end of November.

  • Scottie Phillips

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Phillips missed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against LSU on Saturday.

New Mexico State Aggies

  • Austin Perkins

    Hand
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Perkins has sat out the last two games due to a hand injury, and it is unknown if it will keep him out of the lineup Saturday versus Mississippi.

mississippi-rebels-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
John Rhys Plumlee 1 0 198.400 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 82
Matt Corral 4 0 131.663 0 114 68 1 0 0 4 844
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Scottie Phillips 4 0 362 0 85 4
Jerrion Ealy 4 0 129 0 21 2
Snoop Connor 3 0 92 0 18 0
Matt Corral 4 0 91 0 41 1
John Rhys Plumlee 1 0 53 0 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Elijah Moore 4 0 380 0 29 0 3
Dontario Drummond 4 0 91 0 7 0 0
Demarcus Gregory 2 0 83 0 3 0 0
Braylon Sanders 1 0 73 0 5 0 0
Jerrion Ealy 4 0 71 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jalen Julius 4 0 15 8 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1
Lakia Henry 4 0 14 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Myles Hartsfield 4 0 14 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 9 2
Jon Haynes 4 0 12 9 0 0 1 13 1 0 0 1
Keidron Smith 4 0 11 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Luke Logan 4 0 6 10 35 12 11
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Jerrion Ealy 4 0 9 0 94 234
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Matt Corral 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Octavious Cooley 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Scottie Phillips 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Elijah Moore 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Jason Pellerin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jerrion Ealy 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Mac Brown 4 0 0 836 0 57 18 0 0
Matt Corral 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Elijah Moore 4 0 5 0 11 -2

new-mexico-state-aggies-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Josh Adkins 4 0 119.688 0 160 103 6 0 0 5 1000
Matt Romero 1 0 55.733 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 16
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Jason Huntley 4 0 218 0 32 1
Christian Gibson 4 0 73 0 22 0
Josh Foley 1 0 51 0 7 0
Naveon Mitchell 4 0 29 0 7 0
Drew Dan 3 0 22 0 2 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tony Nicholson 4 0 223 0 23 0 2
Naveon Mitchell 4 0 174 0 7 0 0
OJ Clark 4 0 158 0 22 0 0
Robert Downs III 4 0 116 0 10 0 1
Jason Huntley 4 0 89 0 15 0 2
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Rashie Hodge Jr. 4 0 18 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Austin Perkins 4 0 14 19 0 0 2 20 0 0 0 0
Javahn Fergurson 4 0 14 21 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1
Ray Buford Jr. 4 0 14 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Shamad Lomax 4 0 14 12 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Dylan Brown 4 0 3 5 46 10 10
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Jason Huntley 4 0 2 0 71 98
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Josh Adkins 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Jason Huntley 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Naveon Mitchell 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Christian Gibson 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Drew Dan 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Jason Huntley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Josh Adkins 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Peyton Theisler 4 0 0 913 0 65 21 0 0
Robert Downs III 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Tony Nicholson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
OJ Clark 4 0 2 0 11 12
Tony Nicholson 4 0 1 0 5 5