NEW ORLEANS — Here in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for this morning’s game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Tulane Green Wave. Ole Miss enters the game with a 2-1 overall mark and looking to rebound from last week’s 66-31 loss to the Texas Longhorns. Tulane (0-2) was off last week after opening the year with losses to Rutgers and Tulsa. This is the first game for the Green Wave since safety Devon Walker suffered a cervical spine fracture in Tulsa. Today’s game can be seen on Fox Sports South.
I will have a running scoring update and some thoughts about the outcome up later today.
The Rebels got on the scoreboard first thanks to a botched Tulane punt on the first drive of the game. Linebacker Keith Lewis recovered the fumble at the Tulane 23-yard line. A couple plays later, Jeff Scott was in the end zone with a 13-yard carry. A tricky 2-point conversion was no good. Rebels 6, Tulane 0, 12:50.
Ole Miss got back on the board on its second possession. Wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan capped a 13-play, 77-yard drive with a 14-yard rush on a reverse. It was Logan’s first rushing touchdown of his career. WR Collins Moore had a 16-yard reception on the drive for the Rebels, who failed to execute another 2-point conversion following Logan’s TD run. Ole Miss 12, Tulane 0. 6:24.
The Rebels continued to score at will as the quarter continued. Randall Mackey scored on a 28-yard run at the 3:04 mark, while Bo Wallace hooked up with Donte Moncrief for a 23-yard touchdown reception at the 1:24 mark. With two extra points from Bryson Rose, the Rebels led 26-0.
After a fast-paced first 15 minutes, the final 15 minutes of the first half was a crawl by comparison. Ole Miss struggled on offense, committing two turnovers, one on a fumble from Wallace and another on a fumble by Mackey, who committed the turnover with the Rebels driving at the Tulane 21. Despite the offensive gaffes, the Rebels remained strong on defense by holding the Green Wave on a fourth-and-goal situation from their own 2 with just over 3 minutes left.
Ole Miss 26-0 at the half. The Rebels finished the first half with 243 yards, but only had 60 in the second quarter. Barry Brunetti leads the rushing totals with 50 yards on six carries. Scott has 48 yards on nine carries, while Wallace is just 6-for-14 for 92 yards. Tulane, meanwhile, was held to just 52 yards on 39 carries in the first half. QB Devin Powell was 7-for-14 for 77 yards, while the Green Wave had negative 25 yards rushing.
Scott got the Rebels back on the scoreboard when he capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive with a 4-yard run at the 7:56 mark. Brunetti led Ole Miss on the drive. He had rushes that gained 5, 10, 6 and 6 yards. He also completed four passes on the drive, including a 17-yard strike to Vincent Sanders on a third-and-5 situation from the OM 48. Ole Miss 33-0.
An interception by Powell at the Green Wave 40 set up a 40-yard field goal from Rose five plays later at the 4:50 mark. The field goal increased the Rebels’ lead to 36-0. A first-down run by I’Tavius Mathers on the first play of the five-play drive got the Rebels in field goal position. OM 36-0.
Ole Miss wrapped its scoring with a 47-yard field goal from Bryson Rose at the 5:09 mark. Ole Miss wins 39-0 to improve to 3-0 on the year heading into a matchup with No. 1 Alabama next Saturday.
Here is Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze following Saturday’s win over the Green Wave.
(September 22, 2012)