Ole Miss stymies Louisville in Monday night showdown

During Monday’s primetime game in Atlanta between Ole Miss and Louisville, Cardinals’ quarterback Malik Cunningham led the team in passing, rushing, and receiving at the end of the first half and that wasn’t a good thing for the team in red.

The same Rebels that ranked 118th in all of division I FBS in total defense last season, absolutely suffocated Louisville with their new three-down, two linebacker, six defensive back scheme.

The end result was a first half defensive shutout and a 43-24 win that was never in doubt, even with Head Coach Lane Kiffin watching from 300 miles away back in Oxford. “They played it how they were supposed to. Obviously, we completely changed schemes than we did a year ago and had not talked about it on purpose and waited for this game and whatever you want to call it, this three down and two linebackers and everybody else is DB’s. I just really thought it gives people problems in the off-season, so we went to it, and players bought in, and it paid off. Limited explosive plays, and I saw a lot of guys running downhill hitting people.”

20th ranked Ole Miss returns home for week two for a 6:30 p.m. game against Austin Peay.

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