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)
The second half of the season begins Saturday with a pivotal game for the Ole Miss Rebels and No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks. Since Houston Nutt came to Oxford to coach the Rebels, the Arkansas game has been circled on the calendar for both fan bases.
Nutt has routinely tried to downplay his personal involvement in the game, but the fact remains that his Rebels have used wins over the Razorbacks the last two years as launching pads to successful seasons that ultimately ended with wins in back-to-back Cotton Bowls.
Ole Miss (3-3 overall, 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference) may be the underdog in Saturday’s game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, but there is still a glimmer of hope that a third-straight win over Arkansas (4-2, 1-2) would go a long way to turning around a season that got off to a start Nutt didn’t anticipate. (October 22, 2010, Page 6A)
Important region games are on tap for all three area high school football teams tonight. The No. 1 ranked Lafayette Commodores have an opportunity to not only remain perfect on the season and win 10 or more games again this year, but wrap up the region title with a win at Tunica-Rosa Fort.
Oxford will try to keep pace and finish at least third in Region 1-5A with a win at Lake Cormorant. Water Valley, meanwhile, hosts Winona in an important Region 2-3A game that will go a long way in figuring out which team finishes second or third in the region.
Kickoff for all three games is set for 7 p.m. Lafayette’s game can be heard locally on 93.7 FM. Oxford will be broadcast on 95.5 FM, while the Blue Devils can be heard on 105.5 FM. (October 22, 2010, Page 7A)
An explosive offense and a defense that uses several different wrinkles to gain success is what the Oxford Chargers will be facing when they travel to take on the Lake Cormorant Gators Friday night.
Oxford bounced back from its second loss in Region 2-4A play with a home win over Hernando last week. The Chargers (5-3 overall, 2-2 in the region) have three games left on the year and they need to win at least two to secure a third-place position in the upcoming 5A playoffs. (October 21, 2010, Page 8)