The game is set for a 3:45 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPN.
Want to know more about the Rebels and Cougars heading into today’s showdown, checkout our 20-page football tab, GAME DAY preview, that was published in Friday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. The insert includes features on Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti, BYU QB Jake Heaps, the switch of Charles Sawyer from cornerback to starting safety, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall‘s take on the Cougars bolting from the Mountain West Conference and announcing their independence, a preview of Ole Miss’ new coaching show entitled ‘The Season’ and more.
GETTING THE START: Per the depth charts given to the media before the game, the following are Ole Miss’ starters: SE Donte Moncrief; LT Bradley Sowell; LG Patrick Junen; C A.J. Hawkins; RG Matt Hall; RT Bobby Massie; TE Ferbia Allen; FL Ja-Mes Logan OR Nikolas Brassell; QB Barry Brunetti; RB Brandon Bolden; FB HR Greer; H Derrick Herman OR Philander Moore… E Wayne Dorsey; N Uriah Grant; DT Justin Smith; E Kentrell Lockett; WLB Joel Kight; MLB Mike Marry; SLB Ralph Williams; LCB Marcus Temple; FS Charles Sawyer; RCB Wesley Pendleton; PK Bryson Rose; P Tyler Campbell; KO Andrew Ritter; H Chris Conley; SN Will Denny; KR Jeff Scott; PR Jeff Scott OR Philander Moore.
RECRUITING TIDBIT: In talking with Oxford radio man Don Brooks yesterday, I learned that current Ole Miss verbal commitment C.J. Beathard not only has a famous grandfather (Bobby Beathard, former NFL general manager), he also has a famous father. Casey Beathard is an award-winning country song writer. Probably his most recent hit is the Kenny Chesney song ‘Boys of Fall.’
The music video (above) actually features clips of Battle Ground Academy (Franklin, Tenn.) — including C.J.
I asked C.J. if he was, indeed, in the video:
“Yah I am haha its pretty sweet,” he replied via e-mail.
Beathard is verbally committed as a member of Ole Miss’ 2012 signing class. You can checkout more about Beathard and how he’s looking to prove his low recruiting rankings wrong in this weekend’s Game Day football tab’s “Recruiting File” feature.
NICE TO HAVE OPTIONS: Unable to make it to the game today? You’re in luck. There’s plenty of options to keep up with your team. In addition to listening live HERE, check back here for scoring updates. You can also follow EAGLE Sports Editor John Davis (@OxfordEAGLEJD) and myself (@PatrickOchs) on Twitter for in-game updates.
OM 3, BYU 0 (49.1/Q2): After playing the field position game with BYU for the majority of the first half, Ole Miss pieced together a nine-play drive that spanned 49 yards. Bryson Rose capped the drive with a 20-yard field goal. The drive was set up by Jeff Scott‘s 44-yard kick return .
OM 10, BYU 0 (8:34/Q3): Corner-turned-safety Charles Sawyer scored Ole Miss’ first touchdown of the season when he hijacked a pass from BYU QB Jake Heaps on Ole Miss’ 4-yard line and returned it the length of the field, pushing the Rebels’ lead to 10-0.
OM 13, BYU 0 (14:15/Q4): Rose extended Ole Miss’ lead with a 29-yard field goal, capping an 80-yard drive.
OM 13, BYU 7 (9:52/Q4): Heaps got BYU back into the game, throwing a 19-yard touchdown strike to cap the 72-yard drive.
BYU 14, OM 13 (5:09/Q4): The tide completely turned in the favor of the Cougars with just over five minutes remaining. On third-and-27 from Ole Miss’ 21, Stroudt was stripped of the ball by Kyle Van Noy.Van Noy scooped the loose ball up and and was able to advance three yards into Ole Miss’ end zone. The scoop-and-score proved to be the game winner. While the Rebels got the ball two more times after that, they were unable to get across the 50.
THAT’S A WRAP: Stoudt completed 13 of 25 passes for 140 yards, while Brunetti was 2-for-3 for four yards.
Asked if he thought he did enough to earn the start next week against Southern Illinois, Stoudt said it was “up to the big man.”
Sophomore Ja-Mes Logan led all Ole Miss receivers with four receptions for 52 yards, while Enrique Davis had team highs in carries (12) and rushing yards (28).
It was announced during the game that Brandon Bolden suffered a left ankle injury and would not return.
Enrique Davis also suffered an injury later in the game and did not return.
Following the game, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said the extent of both injuries was unknown. He added that Bolden’s “didn’t look good,” eluding that the senior leader may miss an extended amount of time.
Nutt also said that if Bolden and Davis miss time, the team will need some other guys to step up, mentioning freshman Chief Brown and sophomore Korvic Neat.
During the final minutes of the game, Bolden was on the sideline on crutches with a boot on his left ankle.
Ole Miss returns to action next Saturday, hosting Southern Illinois at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on pay-per-view. (September 3, 2011)