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No. 7 Georgia scores 37 unanswered to top Rebels

BLOG: Good afternoon from Georgia’s Sanford stadium, the site for today’s 2:30 p.m. showdown on CBS between Georgia (7-1 overall, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) and Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2).

If Ole Miss is to go ahead and gain bowl eligibility today, it will have to do so by beating the Bulldogs for the first time since 1996. Georgia holds a 31-12-1 overall advantage against Ole Miss and is 17-4-1 against the Rebels in Athens, Ga.

READ UP: Want to catch up on the week that was in Ole Miss football or how the Rebels have done this season? Click HERE to see all the archived articles, blogs, videos from the season.

PREGAME NOTES: Ole Miss has won back-to-back SEC games for the first time since defeating Tennessee and LSU in consecutive weeks in 2009. The last time Ole Miss won three consecutive conference games was 2008. That season, the Rebels defeated Arkansas (23-21), Auburn (17-7), LSU (31-13) and Mississippi State (45-0) to close the season… Today’s meeting marks the 45th between Ole Miss and Georgia dating back to 1940… Ole Miss and Georgia met annually from 1966-2002… Today’s game also marks the Rebels’ first contest against and SEC East opponent this season… Georgia is the third ranked opponent for Ole Miss this season. The Rebels are 58-139-2 all-time vs. ranked opponents. Their last victory against a ranked opponent since topping No. 18 Oklahoma State 21-7 in the 2010 Cotton Bowl… Today’s game will be broadcast on CBS with Tim Brando, Steve Beuerlein and Marty Snider calling the action… Today is Homecoming for UGA. The Bulldogs hold an impressive 71-17-2 record in Homecoming contests.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Rebels have already surpassed last year’s total number of wins, points, touchdowns passing yards and total yards… Ole Miss has scored on 26 of its 28 red zone trips (92.9 percent) this season, which is the sixth-best mark in the nation and second in the SEC… Ole Miss’ is tied for 11th in the NCAA with 7.5 tackles-for-loss per game… Ole Miss junior running back Jeff Scott is fifth in the SEC with 87.4 rushing yards-per-game and has three 100-yard performances this season… Sophomore receiver Donte Moncrief ranks sixth in the SEC with 67.5 receiving yards per game and is tied for second with five touchdown receptions… Georgia’s anchor on defense is linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week in addition to being the SEC’s Defensive player of the week after collecting a career-high 13 total tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in Georgia’s 17-9 win against Florida last weekend. Jones is third on the team with 49 total tackles this season and leads the bulldogs with 14.0 TFLs and 8.5 sacks. He also has 19 quarterback pressures… Georgia’s offense is third in the conference in scoring (36.8), fifth in rushing offense (194.9), second in total offense (460.1) and fourth in passing offense (265.2). Georgia’s defense is eighth in scoring defense (22.2), 10th in rushing defense (156.2), eighth in total defense (354.8) and seventh in passing defense (198.5)… Ole Miss’ offense is sixth in scoring (32.4), sixth in rushing (194.4), sixth in total offense (430.0) and fifth in passing offense (235.6). Ole Miss’ defense is 10th in scoring (26.6), ninth in rushing (148.0), ninth in total defense (369.5) and ninth in pass defense (221.5)… Georgia freshman running back Todd Gurley is third in the conference, averaging 92.5 yards per game. He’s also third in rushing touchdowns with 10… UGA junior quarterback Aaron Murray averages 258 passing yards-per-game, good for fourth in the conference… UGA senior receiver, and former Ole Miss recruiting target, Marlon Brown, is 15th in the conference in receptions per game with 3.4. Junior teammate Tavarres King is ninth in the SEC with 63.9 receiving yards per game.

LOOK BACK: Last season, Georgia defeated Ole Miss 27-13 in Oxford. Ole Miss collected just 183 total yards of offense and scored just one touchdown in the game. Georgia, meanwhile, racked up 475 yards of offense. Quarterback Murray was 17-for-26 for 268 yards and two touchdowns in the UGA win.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:
Texas A&M at  Mississippi State, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Missouri at Florida, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Troy at Tennessee, 11 a.m. (FSN)
Tulsa at Arkansas, 11:21 a.m. (SECN)
New Mexico State at Auburn, 11:30 a.m. (CSS)
Ole Miss at Georgia, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
Alabama at LSU, 7 p.m. (CBS)

PROJECTED STARTERS:
OLE MISS
WR (X) Donte Moncrief
LT Emmanuel McCray
LG Aaron Morris
C Evan Swindall
RG A.J. Hawkins
RT Pierce Burton
TE Ferbia Allen
WR (Z) Vince Sanders
WR (H) Ja-Mes Logan
QB Bo Wallace
RB Randall Mackey
DE C.J. Johnson
DT Uriah Grant
NT Issac Gross
DE Cameron Whigham
MIKE Mike Marry
STINGER Denzel Nkemdiche
HUSKIE Mike Hilton
FCB Senquez Golson
ROVER Trae Elston
FS Cody Prewitt
BCB Charles Sawyer
PK Bryson Rose
P Jim Broadway
KO Nathan Noble
HOLDER Chris Conley
LS Will Denny
KR Jaylen Walton OR Randall Mackey
PR Philander Moore

GEORGIA
SE Marlon Brown
LT Kenarious Gates
LG Dallas Lee
C David Andrews
RG Chris Burnette
RT John Theus
QB Aaron Murray
FB Merritt Hall
TB Todd Gurley
FLK Tavarres King
TE Arthur Lynch
DE Garrison Smith
N John Jenkins
DE Cornelius Washington
OLB Chase Vasser or Jordan Jenkins
OLB Jarvis JOnes
ILB Amarlo Herrera OR Michael Gilliard
ILB Ale Ogletree
CB Sanders Commings
CB Damian Swann
SS Shawn Williams
FS Bacarri Rambo
P Collin Barber
PK Marshall Morgan
SN Ty Frix
PR Rhett McGowan
KOR Malcolm Mitchell

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OLE MISS 3, Georgia 0 (12:06/Q1): Ole Miss wasted no time jumping on the scoreboard, marching down the field on its opening drive and scoring on a 34-yard field goal by Bryson Rose. The big play of the drive was a 51-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Bo Wallace to tight end Ferbia Allen along the Ole Miss sideline. The long reception set Ole Miss up at Georgia’s 14, but the Rebels were unable to find the end zone or gain another first down.

OLE MISS 10, Georgia 0 (11:45/Q2): After holding Georgia scoreless on three consecutive drives, the third of which ended with a missed 47-yard field goal attempt by kicker Marshall Morgan, the Rebels found the end zone for the first time by driving 70 yards on six plays. The drive ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Wallace to tight end Jamal Mosley over the middle.

Ole Miss 10, GEORGIA 7 (10:30/Q2): Georgia wasted no time responding. After two rushes by Todd Gurley, Murray hit a wide open Marlon Brown down the middle of the field for a 66-yard touchdown strike. Ole Miss bit hard on the faked handoff and Brown, a Memphis product, practically jogged into the end zone.

GEORGIA 14, Ole Miss 10 (:03/Q2): Georgia narrowly took a lead into halftime. After two consecutive sacks backed Georgia up 15 yards, UGA quarterback Aaron Murray scrambled to his right to avoid Ole Miss’ pass rush and was able to somehow hit receiver Tavarres King for a 40-yard touchdown strike. King had beat cornerback Charles Sawyer down the field during the scramble and safety Trae Elston was late getting over to cover the Georgia receiver.

GEOEGIA 21, Ole Miss 10 (12:52/Q3): The Bulldogs picked up right where they left off at halftime. Murray connected with receiver Malcolm Mitchell in single coverage down the Georgia sideline for a 42-yard score. The six-play drive spanned 79 yards. Earlier in the drive, Ole Miss had Georgia facing third-and-8 deep in its own territory, but Brown eluded Elston on a pass in the flat to Murray’s right to pick up the first down.

GEORGIA 28, Ole Miss 10 (9:17/Q3): After forcing an Ole Miss punt, Georgia marched right back down the field on six plays. Fullback Alexander Ogletree scored his first career touchdown to cap the drive from 8 yards out.

GEORGIA 30, Ole Miss 10 (:49/Q3):  Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree hit Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott in the end zone to give the Dawgs a safety. The play was set up by a punt that pinned the Rebels on their own 3, and a rush for no gain on first down by Scott.

GEORGIA 37, Ole Miss 10 (8:29/Q3): The Bulldogs extended their lead to 37-10 when Murray connected with receiver Rantavious Wooten for a 23-yard score.

FINAL SCORE: No. 7 Georgia 37, Ole Miss 10

BY THE NUMBERS: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards and four scores, while running back Todd Gurley led the ‘Dawgs with 117 yards rushing. … Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace completed 16 of 25 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wallace also rushed for just 2 yards. … Jeff Scott led Ole Miss’ rushing attack with just 21 yards on 13 carries, well below his 87.4-yard season average.

HE SAID IT: “Obviously that was a pretty good beating Georgia put it on us and they deserved it. They whipped us,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “Offensively we couldn’t make any plays to give our defense much hope. It’s the first time in the course of the season that I felt like we were zapped of our passion and energy in the second half and I don’t think we ever recovered from the two cheap scores.”

On Ole Miss’ one-dimensional offensive effort, Freeze said: “We knew exactly what they were going to do and we did, but we couldn’t block their inside guys. If you can’t run the ball on those guys, people like Jarvis Jones and 83 (Cornelius Washington) they’re going to tee off on you and make your passing game very difficult. They were able to stop our run playing Cover 2 and if you can’t run the ball against that, it’s going to be very hard to throw the football. We just never felt like we could get the running game going.”

 BACK AT IT: Ole Miss is back in action next Saturday, hosting Vanderbilt. The game is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPNU.
Asked if Vanderbilt might own a mental advantage after dismantling Kentucky 40-0 today, Freeze said, “I think it has to do with how we respond. We get to play at home in front of our fans and expect our fans to show up. We have a lot to play for next Saturday. I think this is a great test for the leadership of our football team to see how we respond to it. Certainly they’re feeling good. They must have played really well today.”

 (November 3, 2012)

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    2 Responses to “No. 7 Georgia scores 37 unanswered to top Rebels”

    1. fb says:

      Here is hoping some punk does the same to Trae Wilson that he did to the fine WR UGA Marlon Brown. Brown’s college career is over because Wilson intentionally going overboard after the play (watch the replay; you will be embarrassed). If H. Freeze had any integrity, he would have already removed that punk from the team. Ole Miss is better than this.

    2. fb says:

      Trae Elston, not Wilson.

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