Hugh Freeze’s plan of keeping Saturday’s epic game with No. 14 Texas close and allowing the near record crowd of 61,797 at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to help his Rebels late never materialized.
Instead of heading into the fourth quarter down just a field goal or a touchdown, the Rebels trailed the Longhorns by 28 (52-24) with no hope of ever catching them thanks to his defense’s inability to slow quarterback David Ash or a running game that totaled 350 yards overall. (September 17, 2012, Page 1B)
Defense was supposed to be the strength of the No. 14 Texas Longhorns, not the throwing of sophomore quarterback David Ash. For a quarterback who had only thrown for 377 yards the first two games combined, Ash turned in a career-best night by throwing for 326 yards and four touchdowns.
He connected on 15 straight passes during the game — which was three off the record held by Colt McCoy — and finished a blistering 19-for-23 overall.
Texas’ offense finished the game with 676 yards of total offense that also included 350 yards on the ground. (September 17, 2012, Page 1B)
And no, he did not visit Austin, Texas. Nor did he receive an offer from the Longhorns.
A quick glance at Ole Miss’ depth chart shows only one true freshman atop his position: Issac Gross.
For the third consecutive week, the 6-foot-1, 254-pound Gross is penciled in as the Rebels’ starter at nose tackle ahead of senior Gilbert Pena and redshirt freshman Woodrow Hamilton. (more…) (September 14, 2012, Page 7A)
Ole Miss freshman rover Trae Elston walked by reporters after Tuesday’s practice, unavailable to comment about his one-game suspension levied by the Southeastern Conference for a “flagrant and dangerous” hit he made on UTEP wideout Jordan Leslie last Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
In Elston’s place to discuss the suspension, which was announced by the SEC on Tuesday morning, was head coach Hugh Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork.
Bjork was the first to address the media, while Freeze gave more details on the suspension, including his thoughts when he was first told on Monday night. (September 12, 2012, Page 6)
The Ole Miss Rebels are currently in some rather unfamiliar territory.
For starters, the Rebels are 2-0 for the first time since the 2009 season and received votes in a national poll (USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll) for the first time since the 2010 preseason. (more…) (September 11, 2012, Page 8)
VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss first-year coach Hugh Freeze met with the media earlier today for his usual Monday press conference to discuss the weekend that was and the week ahead. (more…) (September 10, 2012)
Prior to the season, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was asked what his thoughts were on the Rebels playing host to perennial power Texas during Week 3.
Without skipping a beat, Freeze replied “Are we 2-0?”
As it turns out, the Rebels are.
Saturday, Ole Miss overcame a third-quarter lull to remain undefeated with a 28-10 victory over UTEP. (September 10, 2012, Page 1B)
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze lit up during his post game press conference when asked about H.R. Greer’s touchdown catch.
The 3-yard pass and catch from quarterback Bo Wallace marked just his second career touchdown and capped Ole Miss’ scoring for the night with 11:18 remaining in the game.
After coming out of the backfield, Greer caught Wallace’s pass and was able to beat UTEP’s defenders and dive over the front right pylon of the end zone for the touchdown. (September 10, 2012, Page 1B)
BLOG: Ole Miss will look to earn its first winning streak since the 2010 season today when it hosts UTEP at 6 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on FSN and can be heard as always on the Ole Miss Radio Network. (more…) (September 8, 2012)