Under a clear blue sky with temperatures hovering around 75 at kickoff and dipping down into the low 60s by 8 p.m. the Rebels will attempt to do the impossible and upset the cruising Crimson Tide.
Ole Miss will attempt to do so without the services of RB Brandon Bolden, G Alex Washington, C A.J. Hawkins and WR Philander Moore, who were suspended Thursday for today’s game due to violating team rules.
Included in the 16-page insert are articles on Randall Mackey, Ole Miss’ third starting QB this season, center Evan Swindall, receiver Ja-Mes Logan, cornerback Wesley Pendleton and linebacker Mike Marry.
Also included is a writeup on Ole Miss’ 10-8 victory over Alabama in 1968 and a recruiting file on Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.) High standout Kene Orjioke.
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OLE MISS 7, Alabama 0 (12:38/Q1): Ole Miss didn’t waste anytime finding the end zone, marching 72 yards on its opening drive. Aided by a 59-yard pass-and-catch from Mackey to receiver Nickolas Brassell down the Ole Miss sideline, sophomore running back Jeff Scott scored two plays later on a toss right. Bryson Rose converted the PAT.
Ole Miss 7, ALABAMA 7 (8:28/Q1): Alabama immediately responded by driving 79 yards down the field and scoring on an 8-yard run by running back Trent Richardson.
ALABAMA 14, Ole Miss 7 (14:11/Q2): Two plays into the second quarter Richardson struck again. This time the talented running back scored on a 7-yard run up the middle, capping a 62-yard drive that included a 10-yard run on fourth-and-2 at Ole Miss’ 31 by Richardson.
ALABAMA 17, Ole Miss 7 (1:14/Q2): Alabama capitalized on an interception by Mackey with a 24-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley.
ALABAMA 24, Ole Miss 7 (12:30/Q3): Richardson caps a 73-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run up the middle. It was Richardson’s third touchdown of the game.
ALABAMA 31, Ole Miss 7 (7:37/Q3): Richardson does it again. This time the junior back broke a 76-yard run down the Tide’s sideline that included numerous broken tackles.
ALABAMA 38, Ole Miss 7 (6:44/Q3): Jalston Fowler joined the scoring mix for Alabama. After Mackey fumbled deep in Ole Miss territory, Fowler punched in an 8-yard run.
ALABAMA 45, Ole Miss 7 (2:08/Q3): A.J. McCarron factored into the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson.
ALABAMA 52, Ole Miss 7 (10:08/Q4): Fowler adds to Ole Miss’ beating with a 69-yard touchdown run. One play earlier both Charles Sawyer and Wayne Dorsey were injured. Sawyer was helped off the field by two trainers, while Dorsey was taken off on a golf cart.
-Richardson finished the game with 184 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries. Fowler finished the game with 125 yards and two scores on nine carries.
-Devin Thomas led Ole Miss’ rushing efforts with 12 yards, while Scott had 11 yards and Ole Miss’ only score on seven carries.
-In his second start at quarterback, Mackey completed 10 of 21 passes for 113 yards. He was also sacked five times and had one interception.
Mackey’s main target was Nickolas Brassell, who had four catches for 101 yards. He also had five tackles playing cornerback.
-With Marcus Temple (fractured ankle) and Wayne Dorsey (broken arm) expected to miss an extended period of time, the Ole Miss defense will once again need to shuffle things. Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix suggested freshman Senquez Golson could end up seeing more time at cornerback… as could Brassell. It’s tricky with Brassell, however, because Ole Miss obviously needs him as a playmaker on offense as well.
-Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 19 of 24 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown. He was also sacked just once.
Ole Miss will return to the field next week, hosting Arkansas at 11:21 a.m.
(October 15, 2011)