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)
That wasn’t the case at all on Saturday at Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium as the Rebels held a Tide team that had been averaging 35 points to 23, its second-lowest output of the season.
Ole Miss also held Alabama to 97.5 fewer yards rushing (100) than its average dictated.
With the exception of Trent Richardson’s 85-yard touchdown on third-and-long, the Rebels played sound defensively and swarmed to the ball carrier when either Richardson or Mark Ingram had the ball.
Following the game, the coaching staff agreed it was a performance the team can build on moving forward. (October 18, 2010, Page 1B)
It’s funny how work can sometimes follow you home.
Last weekend D.T. Shackelford got away from it all — or tried to at least.
Taking advantage of the bye week, the sophomore linebacker packed his bags and went home to Decatur, Ala., to re-charge and see family.
While there he got a chance to see his alma mater, the Austin Black Bears, take on higher ranked Gadsden City and win.
The last-second 33-30 upset got Shackelford thinking about Ole Miss’ similar task at hand, which according to Shackelford, was a good thing after all. (October 13, 2010, Page 6)
Two weeks after turnovers and general miscues cost Ole Miss in its Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt, it was turnovers by Kentucky that ultimately propelled the Rebels past the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Three turnovers by UK directly led to 21 points for Ole Miss and proved to be the deciding factor in a 42-35 win in front of a crowd of 55,344 and a regional television audience. Instead of seeing another team return an interception for a score or scoop a fumble up deep in their own territory, it was the Rebels (3-2 overall, 1-1 in the SEC) who played the part of ungracious hosts to the Wildcats (3-2, 0-2). (October 4, 2010, Page 1B)
A re-engergized Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt seemed ready to lead his team back into Southeastern Conference play two days after the Rebels recorded their most impressive win of the season.
Nutt talked about moving forward with several young players, specifically on defense at the end spot, with the loss of senior leader Kentrell Lockett, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. (September 28, 2010, Page 6)
After injuring himself during the first quarter of Ole Miss’ 55-38 victory over Fresno State on Saturday, senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett is done for the year.
During the Bulldogs’ second possession of the game, Lockett jumped in an attempt to block a screen pass and landed awkwardly. He remained on the turf until trainers helped him limp off the field.
During his postgame press conference, head coach Houston Nutt confirmed that Lockett will likely miss the season with an apparent ACL injury. (September 27, 2010, Page 1B)
Preparations for Saturday’s home game against Fresno State resumed Tuesday for the Ole Miss Rebels, who ending up losing two impact players during the session.
Sophomore linebacker D.T. Shackelford suffered a sprained ankle during Tuesday’s practice, while freshman running back/wide receiver Korvic Neat suffered a strained hamstring. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)
It may not be quite time to hit the panic button for the Ole Miss Rebels, but the situation they find themselves in is far, far from ideal.
No team wants to lose its first two home games of the season especially in the manner the Rebels have done so. General miscues, which include missed assignments and turnovers, continued to hurt a team that is less talented than the first two coach Houston Nutt has led. (more…) (September 20, 2010, Page 1B)
An inability to make plays on offense or defense in the third quarter reared its ugly head again for the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday night against Tulane. While the miscues didn’t end up leading to a second-straight come-from-behind win for the opponent, the Rebels were visibly stagnant on offense and unable to slow down the Green Wave on defense coming out of halftime.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said he wasn’t as worried about the third quarter lull because the Rebels held on to win this week, but it’s obvious more has to be done to prevent a slow start in the second half with Vanderbilt on the horizon. (September 13, 2010, Page 2B)
Several players in attendance said the team became too relaxed with its 21-point lead at half time and in doing so, “let go of the rope.”
Looking back, sophomore linebacker D.T. Shackelford said he hopes the team can learn from its mistakes moving forward. (September 8, 2010, Page 8)