Go Scottie, Go!

Scottie Phillips rushed for 204 yards as Ole Miss beat Texas Tech 47-27 behind a high-powered offense and a defense that showed toughness when it counted.

How can you not be super-impressed with Scottie Phillips?

He’s the first Ole Miss running back to gain more than 200 yards in a game since Brandon Bolden.

And what’s really awesome is that this offense is only going to get better.

Ole Miss is 1-0, and gets a home game against Southern Illinois to straighten out the kinks before taking on Alabama.

There weren’t a ton.

Jordan Ta’amu is still awesome. The Throwin’ Samoan was 22 of 32 for 336 yards and two touchdowns with exactly zero interceptions. He threw some absolute dimes.

NWO was awesome, too.

Lodge, Metcalf and Brown made some beautiful catches, and Braylon Sanders added himself to NWO’s legend with a jaw-dropping tight-rope of a catch.

I really loved what I saw from this offense.

Yes, it disappeared in the 2nd quarter, and yes, it was disappointing in the red zone, but there is so much potential with this unit. Records will fall this season, and it’s going to be fun to watch.

The defense was porous (Texas Tech gained 486 yards), as we all pretty much expected, but it tightened up when it counted. Admittedly, the defense also benefited from an injury to Tech’s starting quarterback early in the 1st quarter. But the defensive line had a good rush going for much of the 2nd half, and the defensive backs were on Tech’s receivers like glue. I see potential with these guys.

Ole Miss is 1-0!

Let’s bask in the glow of Scottie Phillips a little longer…