Freeze: 'They totally took it to us'
by Mark Edwards
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Alabama linebacker Xzavier Dickson (47) and defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) celebrate holding the Rebels on downs after Clinton-Dix flipped an Ole Miss receiver upside down. (Photos by Trent Penny)
Alabama linebacker Xzavier Dickson (47) and defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) celebrate holding the Rebels on downs after Clinton-Dix flipped an Ole Miss receiver upside down. (Photos by Trent Penny)
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TUSCALOOSA -- The last time Ole Miss got shut out, Alabama's Nick Saban was coaching at Michigan State, the Rebels' Hugh Freeze was coaching Briarcrest High in Tennessee, and then-Ole Miss coach Tommy Tuberville was preparing to jump ship to Auburn.

The 21st-ranked Rebels fell 25-0 at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, which is almost 15 years after going scoreless in a 34-0 loss at Arkansas on Nov. 7, 1998.

Saturday's goose egg wasn't expected by an Ole Miss offense that entered having averaged about 38 points and 490 yards through the first three games -- all wins by the Rebels.

"Hats off to Coach Saban and Alabama," said Freeze, Ole Miss' second-year head coach. "They totally took it to us.

"We did not have answers to the stuff they were doing defensively. That's very frustrating, and I take that pretty personal."

Ole Miss reached the Alabama side of the 50-yard line four times, but turned over the ball on downs in three instances and threw an interception on the fourth.

On the interception, Ole Miss had first down on the Tide 37 and elected to have receiver Laquon Treadwell attempt a pass. Freeze said Treadwell misread the defense, which caused him to throw the interception to Alabama cornerback Eddie Jackson.

The play apparently was based upon whatever Jackson did. If Jackson moved up, Treadwell was supposed to throw. If Jackson dropped back, as he did, Treadwell was supposed to run the ball.

"I love Laquon Treadwell," Freeze said. "He's a great kid, a great player and a great kid to coach. Every day we worked on that play and we worked it two ways. If anyone dropped, just tuck the ball and run it. He should have run it."

Freeze said many of Ole Miss' troubles came from not being able to run the ball. The Rebels picked up only 46 rushing yards, including only 7 in the first half. Jeff Scott, who was averaging 110 rushing yards a game, managed only 28 against Alabama.

"When you're not running the ball effectively against great teams, it makes for a long night," Freeze said. "They did a real nice job of mixing things up, keeping us off balance and disguising things. It seems like every time we thought he had a bead on them, we missed somethign we thought should have been good, and they had it played perfectly."
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