SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Here at the Louisiana Superdome ready for tonight’s game between the Rebels and Tulane Green Wave. Tonight’s game is being shown on ESPN2, just in case anyone forgot.For those fans that have not heard, Ole Miss will start senior Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback. Nathan Stanley, who threw for three td’s last week, may play but he suffered from shoulder soreness this past week. Let’s see how the former Oregon Duck does with a full week of practice.
COIN TOSS — Tulane wins and will defer to second half. Masoli and Co. coming up.
Great return for Rebels from Grandy. Ball on the 42.
FIRST SCORE: Masoli runs for a 1-yard TD on a fouth-and-goal situation. The Rebels’ drive was seven plays, lasted 42 yards and was capped by a PAT from Bryson Rose. Rebels lead 7-0.
Rebels have the ball back at their own 22-yard line after holding Tulane on its first offensive possession.
ANOTHER SCORE: The Rebels moved methodically down the field for their second TD of the night. Brandon Bolden capped an impressive 11-play, 78-yard scoring drive with a 16-yard TD run. Rose added another PAT to put the Rebels up 14-0. Masoli completed all five of his passes on the drive for 48 yards.
LOCKETT’S BACK: Senior end Kentrell Lockett made his first sack of the season to force a Tulane punt. Rebs got the ball back at their own 15.
END 1ST QUARTER: Rebels up 14-0 with the ball on their own 32. Rebels dominated the opening period totaling 137 yards and holding the ball for 10:33. Tulane limited to just one first down.
TULANE SCORES: The Green Wave’s first successful drive of the night results in a 19-yard field goal from Cairo Santos. Tulane took 4:25 off the clock on the 10-play, 77-yard drive. Rebels still up 14-3.
REBELS ANSWER: Ole Miss answered the Tulane Green Wave by getting a 41-yard field goal from Bryson Rose. The FG capped an 8-play, 36-yard drive. 2:19 left in the 1st half.
MASOLI GOES DEEP: Masoli hit wideout Markeith Summers for a 70-yard TD at the 1:19 mark of the second quarter. Rose’s PAT puts the Rebels up 24-3. Drive covered 64 yards in just 13 seconds. It was the longest pass play since Jevan Snead hit Mike Wallace for 72 yard score in 2008 MSU game.
RAZOR SHARP: Masoli was 12-for-15 for 213 yards and a TD in the first half. Great stats for anyone let alone a QB in just his second game with a new team.
3RD QUARTER: About to start the second half of this game. Rebs will be kicking off.
Tulane drives 77 yards on eight plays before fumbling at OM 10. Jason Jones recovers ball for Rebels.
GREEN WAVE SCORE: The Green Wave capped a 12-play, 84-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard TD run by Orleans Darkwa. Tulane has over 150 yards of offense in the quarter. 1:51 left in the third.
NO YARDS: The Rebels’ were held to 0 yards in the 3rd quarter. Not a good way to come out of the locker room.
GREEN WAVE: A 38-yard field goal from Cario Santos pulls the Green Wave to within 11 (24-13) with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
REBELS GET 3: A 61-yard throw from Masoli to Summers led to a 29-yard field goal from Rose at the 8:00 minute mark of the 4th quarter. Rebels up 27-13.
Rebels finish out win over Tulane. Improve to 1-1 on the year heading into next Saturday’s game at home against Vanderbilt. (September 11, 2010)