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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Better effort can’t save Rebels in loss

The effort was there Saturday for the Ole Miss Rebels compared to their Week 3 performance against Vanderbilt. Unfortunately for them and coach Houston Nutt, the results of that improved effort weren’t enough to produce a win.

Ole Miss fell to 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference thanks to a 27-13 setback at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs. What the crowd of 58,042 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and a regional audience watching on the SEC Network, saw was a young Ole Miss team show more fight than it did against the Commodores, but come up short on the scoreboard because of the same miscues that have haunted them all year.

Ole Miss (1-3 overall) totaled just 183 yards and only one touchdown on offense for the second straight week. The Rebels did score a touchdown on a well executed punt return late in the first half to gain some momentum heading into the locker room, but two other touchdowns and some key first downs were wiped away due to the same untimely penalties that have thwarted drives all year. (September 26, 2011, Page 1B)

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