Player of the Game: Sophomore WR Laquon Treadwell
Final stats: 7 catches, 105 yards, 1 touchdown
Quotable: “I look to make a play every time.”
With his team clinging to a 7-6 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Laquon Treadwell went to work.
Ole Miss faced a first-and-15 following one of eight false starts for the Rebel offense on the night. Then Bo Wallace found his safety blanket, the 6-foot-2, 229-pound sophomore, and Ole Miss made its move.
“Bo was going through his reads and they were leaving man-to-man,” Treadwell said of the drive. “He felt comfortable throwing the ball that way. I look to make a play every time.”
Treadwell, a preseason All-American second team selection, hauled in a 12-yard gain. He followed with a 29-yard catch against single coverage to move the Rebels to the Boise State 14-yard line. Wallace found Treadwell for a touchdown from 14 yards out two plays later.
The Rebels would go on to score 21 unanswered points and put the game away, a 35-13 victory in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game.
“If they want to press (Treadwell) and go one high, you can do that. But you better have a guy out there who’s really, really good,” Wallace said. “After we got rolling, they had to single up. We took advantage of it.”
Treadwell, who led Ole Miss and broke a school record for catches in his freshman season, finished with 105 yards on seven catches and a touchdown despite Boise State focusing its game plan on not giving him an inch.
“I was letting the game come to me,” Treadwell said. “It was little frustrating, but it was nothing that was going to take me out of the game.”