There could be fireworks in Oxford on Saturday between Ole Miss and the Aggies.
Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu threw for 418 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-22 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette as A.J. Brown caught 14 passes for 185 yards and two scores.
Ta’amu is a JC transfer who took over after Shea Patterson suffered a season-ending injury. In three and a half games he’s competed 86 of 117 (73.5 percent) for 1,246 yards. Ta’amu, who is from Hawaii, will have extra incentive Saturday, his parents will be in the stands.
"I knew it would be hard from the beginning once I chose Ole Miss,” he said. “We knew travel would be expensive and busy. I love my parents for always supporting me even though they are miles away. They will be here next week for the Texas A&M game, which will be great. They trust me a lot and want me to keep going."
Ole Miss squandered a 31-7 lead in a 38-37 home loss to Arkansas in Ta’amu’s first start, but the Rebels have rebounded to win at Kentucky (37-34) and beat the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Ole Miss will try to make it three straight for Senior Night.
“I think we just have to go take care of ourselves and really focus on these seniors having an opportunity on senior night playing their last game in Vaught-Hemingway,” Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. “I think we need to create a special environment for those guys and really play well."
Ta’amu will be opposed by A&M’s Nick Starkel, who is coming off a 416-yard, four-touchdown effort in only his second start. Starkel played only a half in a 55-14 victory over New Mexico.
Ole Miss is a 2.5-point favorite over Texas A&M
SLOCUM’S TOP 16
Here’s how retired Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum voted in this week’s Football Writers Association of American and National Football Foundation’s Top 16 poll.
6, Ohio State
7, Penn State
9, Oklahoma State
10, Washington State
11, Southern Cal
15, Notre Dame
CESSNA’S AP TOP 25
7, Ohio State
10. Notre Dame
11, Oklahoma State
12, Penn State
13, Southern Cal
14, Washington State
15, Mississippi State
16, Central Florida
20, Michigan State
22, West Virginia
23, Iowa State
24, South Florida