The game is set for a 5 p.m. kickoff and will be a pay-per-view event.
Ole Miss is coming off a difficult weekend in which the Rebels not only lost to Brigham Young 14-13, but may have also lost All-SEC running back Brandon Bolden for an extended period of time.
On top of that, the Rebels will be starting their second quarterback in as many weeks.
After Barry Brunetti started against the Cougars and did OK with conservative play calling in the first quarter, JUCO transfer Zack Stoudt entered the game and provided, as Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt put it, a “spark.”
It was enough of a spark — he also made good decisions on not forcing balls, deciding instead to throw the ball away to live to pass another down — that on Monday Nutt named him the starter.
Without the service of Bolden — and probably Enrique Davis — Ole Miss will have to give a couple other players opportunities at running back including speedster Jeff Scott, Grove Bowl standout Devin Thomas, safeties-turned-running backs Chief Brown and Cody Prewitt, and receiver-turned-running back Korvic Neat.
With an eye towards game, our GAME DAY preview (Southern Illinois) football tab ran in yesterday’s print edition of the EAGLE. Thank to the technology of today, you can view the 16-page tab HERE (or click the picture to the right) in its PDF form. Included are features on Thomas, Stoudt and Damien Jackson, as well as a look at the offensively-minded Salukis.
Be sure to check back throughout the game for scoring updates as they occur.
OLE MISS 7, Southern Illinois 0 (11:20/Q1): Scott capped Ole Miss’ first drive of the game by juking and dancing his way 37 yards for a touchdown. It was Ole Miss’ first offensive touchdown of the season. The eight-play drive spanned 75 yards.
OLE MISS 14, Southern Illinois 0 (10:51/Q1): Senior Defensive end Wayne Dorsey batted a pass from SIU quarterback Paul McIntosh into the air before catching it and returning it to the Salukis’ 4-yard line. The interception set up a 4-yard run by Scott on the next play.
OLE MISS 21, Southern Illinois 0 (9:09/Q1): Scott is making quite an impact in Bolden’s absence. After the Ole Miss defense forced SIU to punt, Scott returned the kick 67 yards down the Ole Miss sideline for a touchdown. Scott is the first Rebel since Deuce McAllister
Ole Miss 21, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 3 (3:01/Q1): The Salukis responded, driving 95 yards down the field and converting a 33-yard field goal. The drive was kept alive by a 53-yard completion from McIntosh to Luke Standiford.
OLE MISS 28, Southern Illinois 3 (11:58/Q2): Ole Miss extended its lead early in the second quarter on a 3-yard play action pass from Stoudt to tight end Jamal Mosley. The score was a first for both Stoudt and Mosley. Also, former Noxubee Co. standout Vincent Sanders caught a 26-yard pass along the Ole Miss sideline on third-and-11 to keep the drive alive. It was his first reception as a Rebel.
Ole Miss 28, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 10 (3:09/Q2): Southern Illinois capped a 16-play, 80-yard drive with a 2-yard run up the middle by former Iowa RB Jewel Hampton.
OLE MISS 35, Southern Illinois 10 (10:23/Q3): Following Marcus Temple‘s interception of McIntosh and Randall Mackey‘s 6-yard run, Scott found the end zone for the fourth time today on a 7-yard run. Scott is the first Rebel to score three rushing touchdowns in a game since Dexter McCluster scored three against Tennessee in 2009.
Ole Miss 35, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 17 (0:03.5/Q3): Rik Hicks concluded a 10-play, 77-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown reception from McIntosh on third-and-goal.
Ole Miss 35, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 24 (6:39/Q4): SIU capitalized on a Stoudt fumble when McIntosh hit receiver Cam Fuller in single coverage on the left side for a 31-yard touchdown.
OLE MISS 42, Southern Illinois 24 (1:28/Q4): After forcing a much-needed punt, Ole Miss was able to run down the clock late in the fourth quarter. Junior running back Devin Thomas got involved in the scoring to cap the 56-yard drive, making his way into the end zone for a 3-yard score. Thomas had 39 yards on the drive and finished the game with 42 on nine carries.
Stoudt completed 11 of 18 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. He also had one fumble on a ball he just lost the handle of and was sacked twice.
In a reserve role, Mackey completed his only pass for 18 yards and also rushed for 36 yards on six carries including a big 25-yard run on Ole Miss’ final scoring drive.
On the ground, Scott had a game-high 118 yards and three scores on 16 carries. Nick Brassell was fourth on the team with one run for 12 yards.
While Ole Miss did have four interceptions (by Wayne Dorsey, Marcus Temple, Charles Sawyer and Jackson), the defense also surrendered 420 total yards on 68 plays.
McIntosh completed 14 of 30 passes for 197 yards and two scores, but also had the four picks.
On the ground, McIntosh was second on SIU with 80 yards on 14 carries, while Steve Strother had a team-high 116 yards on 10 carries thanks in large part to his 74-yard run.
Ole Miss will return to the field next Saturday, traveling to Nashville to play Vanderbilt. The game is set for an 11:21 start and will be televised on the SEC Network. (September 10, 2011)