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Louisiana Tech bullies Ole Miss on homecoming

BLOG: Hello from Oxford, Miss. It’s been a pretty crazy week with the announcement that Houston Nutt would not be retained past this season. Understandably, tonight’s game (6:30 p.m. kickoff on CSS/ESPN3.com) has been somewhat of an afterthought.

The real question is how will the Rebels finish out their season. Will they rise up for their departing coach, or will they mail it in and prepare for what could be an interesting off-season?

Even with the 2-7 overall record, most of Ole Miss’ players have talked about finishing out the season strong for Nutt. Tonight will be their first test to come through for their coach against a WAC school that is no pushover.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, is 5-4 overall. Two of their losses have come against other Magnolia State universities (Southern Miss 19-17 and Mississippi State 26-20 (OT).

More recently, the Bulldogs up-ended conference foe Fresno State 41-21 on the road last weekend and are riding a four-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs are led by former Tennessee running back Lennon Creer. The senior has rushed for 815 yards and nine scores on 191 carries.

Defensively, senior linebacker Adrien Cole will be one to watch. The 5-foot-11, 250-pounder leads the Bulldogs with 81 total tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss.

GAMEDAY: his week’s GAME DAY: Louisiana Tech football magazine was dominated by reaction stories from LB D.T. Shackelford, DE Jason Jones, DC Tyrone Nix and co-OC Gunter Brewer. Also in the 16-page football tab is a list of 11 football coaches to keep an eye on (Who will Archie & Co. choose?)

THE SERIES: Ole Miss leads the overall series 8-1, with Louisiana Tech’s lone win coming in the form of a 7-6 victory in 1946.

———SCORING SUMMARY———

OLE MISS 7, Louisiana Tech 0 (8:53/Q1): Ole Miss QB Randall Mackey connected with senior running back Brandon Bolden down the Rebels’ sideline for a 34-yard touchdown.

Ole Miss 7, LOUISIANA TECH 7 (3:32/Q2): After trading three-and-outs and punts for the bulk of the first half, LT quarterback Colby Cameron rolled to his right on third-and-9 and was able to connect with receiver Taulib Ikharo in the back of the end zone for a 21-yard score.

LOUISIANA TECH 10, Ole Miss 7 (0:00/Q2): With 35 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs ripped off a 48-yard run, a 13-yard pass and a 9-yard pass to set up Matt Nelson‘s 43-yard field goal. Nelson had missed two previous attempts.

LOUISIANA TECH 13, Ole Miss 7 (4:38/Q3): A 47-yard pass-and-catch from Cameron to former Northwest receiver Myles White set up a 35-yard field goal by Nelson.

LOUISIANA TECH 20, Ole Miss 7 (3:49/Q3): A bad QB-RB exchange between Bolden and Mackey allowed Chad Boyd to pick up a loose ball and return it 34 yards for a score.

LOUISIANA TECH 27, Ole Miss 7 (11:08/Q4): Two plays after Senquez Golson plucks his first interception, backup QB Zack Stoudt throws a pick-six to Javontay Crowe.

FINAL STATS: Cameron completed 13 of 27 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown.

Walk-on running back Hunter Lee rushed for 127 yards on 24 carries, just missing his season-high of 134.

Mackey completed 6 of 18 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown. Stoudt completed 8 of 19 for 73 yards.

Bolden led Ole Miss on the ground with 46 yards. Donte Moncrief had four catches for 57 yards.

Ole Miss fell to 2-8 on the year. Louisiana Tech improved to 6-4.

Ole Miss offensive coordinator David Lee called tonight’s game a nightmare and said he was surprised by the offense’s execution after what he termed the team’s best week of practice since he’s been in Oxford.

Lee also said Mackey would start next week’s game against LSU.

Kickoff against the No. 1 Tigers is set for 6 p.m.

 (November 12, 2011)

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