SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Extra seats will be added to accommodate an overflow crowd that is expected to attend Saturday’s game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the No. 1 ranked (BCS Standings) Auburn Tigers. (more…) (October 27, 2010)
Stopping Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with a full complement of players is going to be tough enough for the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday. Now, the Rebels may have to do it without the help of their second leading tackler in free safety Damien Jackson.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said he was unsure if Jackson would play against the Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the BCS Standings, after sustaining an injury at Arkansas. (October 27, 2010, Page 10)
A win, rather than setting a state record, is what Oxford High senior swimmer Matthew Nichols was hoping to achieve before he dove into the water to compete in the 100-yard breaststroke at Saturday’s MHSAA state swim meet.
Nichols not only won the event, he also set the state record in the event with a time of 58.12 seconds. The previous record was set nine years ago by J.T. Jones, who finished with a time of 1 minute, 0.75 seconds. Nichols also won the 100 freestyle at Saturday’s meet and just missed setting the record held by former Lafayette High standout Jeffery Phillips by 0.15 of a second. (October 27, 2010, Page 10)
Improving on the mistakes made in the loss at Arkansas and getting ready for the No. 1 team in the BCS standings isn’t an ideal scenario for the Ole Miss Rebels, but it’s one coach Houston Nutt will have to try and help his team overcome Saturday.
The Rebels host the undefeated Auburn Tigers (8-0 overall, 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday evening coming off of a 14-point loss to the Razorbacks that could have possibly gone the Rebels’ way if they did a better job of minimizing mistakes. (October 26, 2010, Page 8)
Miscues and missed opportunities, the two things that have consistently hurt the Ole Miss Rebels at the most critical times this season, proved to be their undoing again in a 38-24 loss to No. 21 Arkansas Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Field.
Despite falling behind 21-0 in the first half, the Rebels (3-4 overall, 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference) had a real opportunity to earn a rare road win late in a game that lasted over five hours due to two weather delays.
Two touchdown passes from Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who accounted for over 400 total yards, to Markeith Summers in the fourth quarter pulled the Rebels to within one touchdown (31-24) of the Razorbacks (5-2, 2-2) with just over nine minutes left in the game. (October 25, 2010, Page 1B)
That’s not an ideal record by anyone’s count, but where would this team be if not for quarterback Jeremiah Masoli?
That was a question coach Houston Nutt didn’t want to really answer following the game. Nutt paused and then added that it would be tough without Masoli in the lineup. Without Masoli directing the offense, this team would not have won three games already and not have a chance to win at least one or two more SEC games. (October 25, 2010, Page 1B)
Saturday’s game between the Ole Miss Rebels and No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks at Reynolds Razorback Stadium will not be remembered for Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli’s big offensive day, or the performance of Arkansas running back Knile Davis as much as for the weather.
Heavy rainstorms that moved across the Northwest Arkansas area Saturday afternoon caused play to be stopped twice. The first delay was 58 minutes in length, while the second took up 31 minutes. Those two delays, coupled with regular game action of 3 hours and 24 minutes, made the atmosphere surrounding the game very interesting to say the least. (October 25, 2010, Page 2B)
The smile on Oxford defensive back D.J. Blake’s face told the story of the Chargers’ 26-19 win over Lake Cormorant Friday night. Blake was a major factor in why the Chargers earned the important Region 1-5A win, as was several other defenders.
Oxford’s defense definitely made the difference in the win as it forced four second-half turnovers by the Gators (5-4, 2-3), including three on their final three possessions of the game. (October 25, 2010, Page 3B)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Here at Reynolds Razorback Stadium for today’s important SEC game between the Ole Miss Rebels and No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks. (more…) (October 23, 2010)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — A late interception by DeShaun McNeal and some key plays made by several unsung players helped lift the Oxford Chargers past Lake Cormorant Friday night. (more…) (October 23, 2010)