Ole Miss begins its final month of the regular season Saturday with its annual Homecoming game. The Rebels need to win three of the final four games to gain bowl eligibility, a tough task for any team let alone one that has struggled with its consistency and has yet to play a complete game.
Rebel coach Houston Nutt talked about where his team was heading into the final month during his weekly press conference Monday. (November 2, 2010, Page 8)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Despite a combined 1-9 mark in Southeastern Conference play, CBS has decided to broadcast the Ole Miss-Tennessee game Nov. 13 at Neyland Stadium. (more…) (November 1, 2010)
Twenty-seven seconds into Saturday’s game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt’s desire for his Rebels to upset the No. 1 team in the BCS Standings, the Auburn Tigers, looked pretty good.
Freshman running back Jeff Scott had just reeled off an 83-yard run down the Ole Miss sideline for a touchdown at that point and the fifth-largest crowd in stadium history of 61,474 was roaring with approval.
But just as quickly as Rebel fans could get into their “Yell O” rhythm on defense, Auburn was moving right back down the field to score the first of six touchdowns in an eventual 51-31 win.
Led by super-standout quarterback Cam Newton, the Tigers shredded the Rebels for 71 yards on six plays that first drive. Newton completed three straight passes to get across the 50-yard line, while running back Onterio McCalebb’s 15-yard run got the Tigers into the red zone.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn then sent a message to the Rebels about how the game would eventually play out as they sent Newton out wide to catch his first touchdown of the season. (November 1, 2010, Page 1B)
Just how good is Auburn quarterback Cam Newton? That was the question that Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix attempted to answer prior to the Rebels’ game with the No. 3 Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The plan heading into the contest was to stop Newton from running, from beating the Rebels with his legs like he has so many other teams this year.
Nix’s plan worked as the Rebels held Newton to 45 yards on 11 carries and no touchdowns. But Newton was effective in a lot of other ways for the Tigers, who piled up 51 points and 572 yards, both season highs allowed for the Rebels. (November 1, 2010, Page 1B)
On a night where the focus of the team was on the start of the Class 3A playoffs later this week, WVHS improved to 9-2 on the season by using great individual plays on both defense and offense to hold off the scrappy Troopers (7-4).
Besides Conard’s three picks, linebacker turned running back C.J. Jackson provided a 93-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter that essentially iced the contest for the Blue Devils. (November 1, 2010, Page 4B)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Three interceptions from Chris Conard as well a 93-yard run for a touchdown by C.J. Jackson were some of the big plays turned in by the Water Valley Blue Devils in their 20-10 win over Mooreville Friday night. (more…) (October 30, 2010)
A season that has been built on team unit, hustle and efficient play on both sides of the ball ending up translating into a MACJC North Division title for the No. 4 ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers Thursday night at Bobby Franklin Field.
Northwest capped a perfect regular season by defeating arch-rival Itawamba 31-14. The Rangers (9-0 overall) now host a first-round playoff game Nov. 6 at home against the No. 2 seed from the South Division. (October 29, 2010, Page 7A)
An opportunity to build on last week’s road success is what the Oxford Chargers hope to do Friday night against Indianola-Gentry.
The Rams will be the Chargers’ Homecoming opponent this season and coach Johnny Hill they pose a challenge up front because of their size. (October 28, 2010, Page 6)
Water Valley coach Brad Embry said the approach will be the same as it has been all season when his Blue Devils take on Mooreville Friday night.
It will be the regular season finale for the 8-2 Blue Devils who wrapped up the No. 2 seed in Region 2-3A and the upcoming Class 3A playoffs. Embry said there is a chance his team would add some things on offense heading into the playoffs, but he also thinks staying to a successful script that is currently in place is also important. (October 28, 2010, Page 6)
A chance to wrap up sole possession of the MACJC North Division title and host a playoff game in the first round are the two biggest things the No. 4 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers can gain tonight.
The Rangers can also end the regular season undefeated with a win over North Division foe Itawamba C.C. at Bobby Franklin Field. Kickoff is set for 6:30 and the game can be heard locally on 93.7 FM. (October 28, 2010, Page 6)