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Rebels strike gold against Miners

BLOG: Ole Miss will look to earn its first winning streak since the 2010 season today when it hosts UTEP at 6 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on FSN and can be heard as always on the Ole Miss Radio Network.Ole Miss enters today’s game 1-0 after topping Central Arkansas in the season opener on Sept. 1 49-27.

UTEP, meanwhile, hung tight with No. 4 Oklahoma for three quarters before losing 24-7.

(I have always liked to think of our LIVE GAME DAY BLOG as sort of “one-stop shopping” for Ole Miss fans and it won’t be any different this season. Below you’ll find plenty of links to features, our Game Day Preview magazine if it’s a home game, what’s going on around the league, some videos, info on both teams, and, of course, scoring updates once the season gets underway.)

In Friday’s print edition of the EAGLE we included our second 20-page Game Day Preview insert magazine, overflowing with Ole Miss features and information on the Miners. Within those 20 pages you’ll find articles on: Donte Moncrief‘s transformation into a reliable big-play threat, C.J. Johnson beginning to fulfill his prep All-American potential, Korvic Neat finding a role and a better fit in Hugh Freeze‘s up-tempo offense, Denzel Nkemdiche making a name for himself within Ole Miss’ youth movement, Rebel verbal commit Devante Kincade learned a lot from his Elite 11 summer, Ole Miss’ upset over LSU in 1997 that helped catapult the Rebels to the Motor City Bowl and a few more articles sprinkled throughout.

Want to get caught up on all the pre-season football content, including videos, position previews and columns? Click HERE.

Curious what the Rebels have looked like during the pre-season, spring and in years past, HERE are 1,805 pictures, mostly shot by ace EAGLE photographer Bruce Newman.

PREGAME NOTES: This is the second meeting between Ole Miss ant UTEP. The Miners won the 1967 Sun Bowl over the Rebels 14-7 in El Paso, Texas… On FSN, Bob Rathbun will do the play-by-play, Tim Couch is the analyst and Elizabeth Moreau is the sideline reporter. The game can also be heard locally on 93.7 FM with David Kellum serving as the play-by-play announcer, Harry Harrison as the analyst and Stan Sandroni as the side- line reporter … UTEP is a member of Conference USA … UTEP coach Mike Price is 45-53 all-time at UTEP and has a career record of 174-175 … UTEP is 1-6 all-time against the Southeastern Conference … The Miners are 0-16 all-time in road games against schools BCS conferences.

BY THE NUMBERS: Last week, UTEP rushed for 207 yards and completed 7 of 26 passes for 48 yards against the Sooners… UTEP allowed 205 yards rushing and another 222 passing… Against UCA, Ole Miss rushed for 235 yards and completed a whopping 25 of 21 pass attempts for 330 yards while allowing 100 yards rushing and 247 yards passing… Bo Wallace set a school record for total offense in a Rebel debut (346 yards), completing 20 of 24 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 82 yards and another score… Ole Miss finished the week ranked first in the Southeastern Conference in total offense (565 yards) and first downs (31), second in pass efficiency (195.5) and third in passing offense (330).

WR (X) Donte Moncrief
LF Emmanuel McCray
LG Aaron Morris
C Evan Swindall
RG A.J. Hawkins
RT Pierce Burton
TE Ferbia Allen
WR (Z) Vince Sanders OR Ja-Mes Logan
WR (H) Korvic Neat
QB Bo Wallace
RB Randall Mackey OR Jeff Scott
DE C.J. Johnson
DT Uriah Grant
NT Issac Gross
DE Jason Jones
Mike Mike Marry
Stinger Denzel Nkemdiche
Huskie Dehendret Collins
FCB Wesley Pendleton
Rover Charles Sawyer
FS Cody Prewitt
BCB Senquez Golson
PK Bryson Rose
P Jim Broadway
KO Nathan Noble
Holder Chris Conley
LS Will Denny
KR Jeff Scott OR Senquez Golson
PR Jeff Scott OR Korvic Neat

WR (A) Malcolm Trail
LT Brander Craighead
LG Jerel Watkins
C Eloy Atkinson
RG Kyle Brown
RT James Nelson
TE Eric Tomlinson
QB Nick Lamaison
TB Nathan Jeffery
WR (X) Jordan Leslie
WR (L) Michael Edwards
RE Horace Miller
NT Marcus Bagley
3 Tech Germard Reed
LE Greg Watkins
Will Josh Fely
Mike A.J. Ropato
Sam Aubrey Alexius
LCB Darren Woodard
FS DeShawn Grayson
SS Richard Spencer
RCB Drew Thomas
P Ian Campbell
K Steven Valadez OR Dakota Warren
KO Steven Valadez
Holder Ian Campbell OR Carson Meger
LS Nick Dooley
KR Nathan Jeffery
PR Michael Edwards

Mississippi State 28, Auburn 10
South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10
Florida at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Western Kentucky at Alabama, 2:39 p.m. (SECN)
Georgia State at Tennessee, 3 p.m. (PPV)
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Washington at LSU, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Kent State at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. (CSS)
Georgia at Missouri, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN2)
Vanderbilt at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (BTN)
*Results as of 5 p.m. CT


 OLE MISS 7, Texas-El Paso 0 (10:32/Q1): On Ole Miss’ fourth offensive play of the game, Bo Wallace aired out a pass to Donte Moncrief down the Rebels’ sideline for a 55-yard touchdown. Moncrief had the Miner defender beat and just ran under the pass.

 OLE MISS 14, Texas-El Paso 0 (10:03/Q2): Wallace caps a seven-play, 97-yard drive by connecting with a wide-open Jaylen Walton down the UTEP sideline on a wheel route.

OLE MISS 21, Texas-El Paso 0 (:28.3/Q2): The Rebels capped a 15-play, 84-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run around the right side of the line by Wallace.

Ole Miss 21, TEXAS-EL PASO 7 (10:57/Q3): The Miners got on the scoreboard at the 10:57-mark of the third quarter when quarterback Nick Lamaison connected with receiver Jordan Leslie down the UTEP sideline for a 26-yard touchdown.

Ole Miss 21, TEXAS-EL PASO 10 (2:58/Q3): UTEP cuts Ole Miss’ lead to 10 with a 37-yard field goal. The Miners took over deep in Ole Miss’ territory thanks to a Randall Mackey fumble.

OLE MISS 28, Texas El-Paso 10 (11:18/Q4): Wallace collects his third touchdown pass of the game with a 3-yard connection to fullback H.R. Greer.

FINAL: Ole Miss 28, UTEP 10

FINAL STATS: Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace was once again on the mark. This time, the sophomore QB completed 15 of 22 passes for 174 yards and three scores… In his return to the field, Jeff Scott led Ole Miss with 113 yards on 13 carries after sitting out the first quarter due to a suspension stemming from missing class, according to head coach Hugh FreezeRandall Mackey did a little bit of everything for Ole Miss, rushing for 66 yards on 11 carries, hauling in two passes for 14 yards and also completing his only pass for 32 yards… Ja-Mes Logan led Ole Miss with five receptions for 44 yards, while Donte Moncrief caught three passes for a team-best 72 yards and one touchdown… Korvic Neat caught three passes for 19 yards…Jaylen Walton‘s one reception went for a 51-yard touchdown… UTEP’s two quarterbacks, Nick Lamaison and Carson Meger, combined to complete 27 of 40 passes for 274 yards and one touchdown. Meger was also intercepted in the end zone by Ole Miss sophomore safety Cody PrewittAutrey Golden led UTEP in rushing with 52 yards on 11 carries… Jim Broadway continued to be an asset on special teams for Ole Miss. In place of Tyler Campbell, Broadway punted three times for 144 yards, an average for 48.0… Bryson Rose missed two field goals (from 56 and 36 yards), but made all four PATs… Linebacker Mike Marry led Ole Miss with eight total tackles… Prewitt was second on Ole Miss with seven tackles, one sack, one TFL and the game’s lone interception. He also had a pass breakup… As a team, Ole Miss was credited with five sacks…

HE SAID IT: “Obviously we have a lot to work on. We made it a  lot harder than it had to be. We didn’t take care of the ball obviously. Defensively, we struggled on third downs, but they made some big-time plays in big-time moments. The only thing that never was questioned was how hard they played for this university and everyone should recognize that. I’m proud of the guys. We should have had a lot more points, but at the same time, these are building blocks for these young kids. I’m just thrilled at the joy that they’re experiencing in the locker room right now,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on the win.

POST-GAME VIDEO: Below is Freeze’s opening statement from his post-game press conference as well as his response to the first couple of questions:

Ole Miss (2-0 overall) returns to action next week with an 8:15 p.m. home kickoff against Texas. The game will be televised on ESPN. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 5-1.

For a complete wrap-up of Saturday’s win, see Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE.

 (September 8, 2012)

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