New faces shine for football in Win Over Troy, 28-10
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By Jeff Roberson, OleMissSports.com
OXFORD, Miss. – The old adage that you might need a roster to know your team’s players came true as Ole Miss opened the 2022 football season. New names and faces played a big part in the result as the Rebels defeated the Troy Trojans, 28-10, on Saturday afternoon.
After a 10-win season and a Sugar Bowl appearance, the Rebel lineup was dotted with newcomers and transfers that helped kick off the third year of the Lane Kiffin era with a victory. A total of 27 new Rebels made their debuts on Saturday, helping push Ole Miss to their 10th straight home win since Nov. 14, 2020 – the longest home winning streak in program history since their 33-win win consecutively from November 1. 1952 to November 7, 1964.
Defensively, transfer TCU junior Khari Coleman was a one-man wrecking crew in his Rebel debut, terrorizing Troy’s backfield with 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks on eight total tackles – marking only the third time since 1999 that a Rebel scored at least 5.0 tackles for loss, joining Mark Robertson’s 5.0 in 2021 and Kendrick Clancy’s 6.0 in 1999. Coleman led a rebel defense that choked Troy from just 60 yards on 33 attempts, the fewest allowed by an Ole Miss defense since Mississippi State pushed 39 yards on 16 attempts in the 2020 Egg. Bowl at Oxford on Nov. 28, 2020.
Second year Tysheem Johnson led with 12 total tackles and a sack, while the newcomer Trojan Brown counted 11.
Ole Miss’ rush game started hot and never looked back, hauling in 266 of the Rebels’ 433 yards on Saturday. Transfer TCU Junior Zach Evans led the way with 130 yards on 20 attempts, while freshman Quinshon Judkins impressed in his college debut, finishing with 14 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.
At quarterback, second USC transfer Jaxson Dart got the call early in the game for the Rebels, finishing with 154 yards and a touchdown on 18 of 27 passes in three quarters of forward action Luc Altmyer took over in fourth place. Michael Trigganother sophomore transfer from Southern Cal, led the Rebel receivers with four catches for 28 yards.
After Ole Miss won the opening draw and postponed, Troy kicked off and had an eight-game practice in midfield. But the Trojans stalled there as the Rebel defense intensified. Dart was 1 for 3 in his first practice as a rebel who also stalled for Ole Miss near midfield.
After another first drive from Troy produced nothing, the Rebels got to work for the game’s first points. Nine games and 82 meters later, Ulysses Bentley IV took it two yards for a touchdown, and the PAT by jonathan cruz went 7-0 Rebels with 2:25 to go first. On that drive, Dart connected on a 16-yard pass to Jonathan Mingoand a big Evans run from 46 yards set the score for Bentley.
Ole Miss added two touchdowns in the second quarter, a two-yard run by Mingo, then another two-yard run, this time by rookie Judkins at the right pylon to give Ole Miss a 21-0 lead with 6:38 to go in the first half.
Troy got his first points of the game to end the first half on a 31-yard field goal from Brooks Buce as time expired, making it 21-3 at the break.
The Rebels kicked off the second half and went an impressive 75 yards in 13 plays, capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Dart to the senior wide receiver Malik Heath. Cruz’s extra point made it 28-3 Rebels, and while there was plenty of time left, it lasted less than five minutes into the third quarter.
Later in the quarter, Ole Miss looked set for more points at Troy 22 after battle of miles intercepted a pass from Gunnar Watson with 6:26 left in the third. But the next game, Dart was intercepted in the end zone by Markeis Colvin of the Trojans.
In the fourth quarter, Troy scored his only fourth-and-a-half touchdown on the rebel 3-yard line on a pass from Watson to Rajae Johnson, ending a 39-yard drive that took 11 plays. The point after by Buce was good, and it was 28-10.
Then the Rebels will stay home to host Central Arkansas next Saturday (Sept. 10) at 6 p.m. CT.