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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Auburn tops Rebels 51-31

Hello from Oxford, where it’s a perfect day for a Southeastern Conference meeting between No. 3 Auburn (8-0 overall, 5-0 SEC) and Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3).The Rebels, who are looking to rebound from last week’s 38-24 loss at Arkansas, are currently on the field warming up in red uniforms. Why is this important? Because of the recent rumor that they were going to wear gray uniforms against Auburn — who is wearing their home blues. We’ll see if the red uniforms come back out of the tunnel once they’re done stretching.

Want a complete look at today’s game and how the Rebels are planning to attempt to corral Auburn QB Cam Newton, checkout this week’s GAMEDAY football tab here:

One of many stories surrounding today’s game revolves around Zac Etheridge and Rodney Scott. A year ago Etheridge cracked his fifth vertebrae and was carted off the field. Many are crediting Scott for Etheridge being able to live a normal life. Had Scott, who was laying under Etheridge, moved, doctors say Etheridge could have been paralyzed or even died.

This season, Etheridge is back to playing like normal. Through eight games, Etheridge has tallied 45 tackles, one pass breakup and two interceptions. Here is the story ESPN played this morning on Gameday. Give it a watch. For some reason I’m unable to embed the actual video, so here’s a version that’s on YouTube:

If you want to go to ESPN.com and watch the video, HERE‘s the link for that.

Not in Oxford to see the game and unable to get to a TV? You can watch the game on ESPN3.com. HERE is the link to that.

Ole Miss is wearing gray uniforms. Same UCLA stripes on the shoulders with two blue stripes and one red stripe on each shoulder.

The media department just distributed a sheet saying the uniforms are “in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ole Miss’ 1960 national championship… it is believed to be the first time the Ole Miss football team has worn a jersey that was not red, blue or white.”

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt led the “Are You Ready.” Pretty cool if you ask me. Game days at Ole Miss have drastically improved over the seven years I’ve been in Oxford. Easily.

GAME UPDATES:
7-0 Ole Miss: On Ole Miss’ second play of the game, Jeff Scott took a sweep handoff from Jeremiah Masoli, picked up two blocks and raced 83 yards down the Ole Miss sideline untouched.
7-7: Auburn responds with a little “trickeration,”capping a 6-play, 71-yard drive with a 20-yard TD pass from Kodi Burns to Newton at 12:04.
14-7 Auburn: The Tigers take the lead on their next possession courtesy of a 68-yard run by Onterio McCalebb.
14-14: Ole Miss responds with Markeith Summers‘ best catch of the year on a 29-yard pass from Masoli down the sideline in single coverage.
17-14 Auburn: Auburn drives 80 yards on 15 plays and is capped by a 25-yard field goal by Wes Byrum.
24-14 Auburn: Newton connects with Darvin Adams for a 24-yard touchdown strike. The drive spanned 98 yards.
24-17 Auburn: Bryson Rose converts 32-yard field goal with 2:41 remaining in the first half.
31-17 Auburn: Demond Washington took the following kick off to the house, 95 yards.
34-17 Auburn: After stopping Ole Miss short on fourth-and-1 at the Rebels’ 41, the Tigers concluded the first half with Byrum converting a 35-yard field goal.
37-17 Auburn: Byrum converts 48-yard field goal with 11:29 remaining in the third quarter.
44-17 Auburn: The Tigers extended its lead to 44-17 with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter when Michael Dyer raced 30 yards untouched into the end zone.
44-24 Auburn: Brandon Bolden broke free for a 20-yard score with 12:28 remaining in the game.
51-24 Auburn: With 4:36 remaining, Auburn extended its lead on a 10-yard TD pass from Newton to Terrell Zachery.
51-31 Auburn: Ole Miss’ last score of the game came from Bolden on a 5-yard run with 1:53 remaining in the game. Instead of attempting an onside kick, the Rebels opted to kick the ball away and never regained possession. (October 30, 2010)

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