HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn set all sorts of offensive records last year during its march to the 2011 BCS championship. Led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton, the Tigers set single-season records for the most points in school history (577), total offense (6,989 yards) and yards rushing (3,987).
Heading into the 2011 season, with Newton and seven other starters from last year’s offense gone, the talk Thursday at Southeastern Conference Media Days was how the Tigers would fare on offense. (more…) (July 22, 2011, Page 8A)
For a brief moment, Michael Dyer stopped running.
OXFORD TOWN – From start to finish, the Rebel football team struggled throughout its 2010 campaign, completing the year with a disappointing 4-8 record. But, there are other ways to gauge the success of a season according to Duncan Gray. Turn to Page 12 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town and read about Gray’s “barometer” for this year’s Ole Miss Rebels football team and check out Oxford Town photographer Mike Stanton’s accompanying photos taken as he roamed the Rebel sideline throughout the humbling season. (December 16, 2010, Page 12)
One of the most successful seasons for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers and head coach Ricky Woods came to an unfortunate end Saturday in the first round of the MACJC state football playoffs.
No. 12 Gulf Coast, led by the passing of former Ole Miss walk-on quarterback Clayton Moore, defeated the No. 4 Rangers 52-24 in front of a crowd of 1,452 fans at Bobby Franklin Field. The Bulldogs (8-2 overall), who will now square off against Copiah-Lincoln for the MACJC state title next week, scored early and often against the Rangers (9-1), who entered the game with just four defensive linemen to try and stop one of the best offenses in all of the junior college ranks. (November 8, 2010, Page 5B)
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)
In the No. 3 Tigers’ 51-31 win over Ole Miss on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, it was the young running back duo of freshman Michael Dyer and sophomore Onterio McCalebb that did the bulk of the work on the ground, rushing for a combined 279 yards and two scores on 30 carries.
Newton pointed to Ole Miss’ game plan as for why his backs were able to have big days. (November 1, 2010, Page 2B)
Hello from Oxford, where it’s a perfect day for a Southeastern Conference meeting between No. 3 Auburn (8-0 overall, 5-0 SEC) and Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3). (more…) (October 30, 2010)
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)