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Monday, November 24, 2014

Hugh Freeze

A shift, perhaps

Local author, editor and publisher Lee White writes, in “Your Turn,” that the recent success under Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze and comparisons to coaching icon Johnny Vaught might be signaling a change for the Rebels and their fans. (October 6, 2014, Page 4)

Ole Miss rallies to down No. 3 Alabama

College football’s first four-team playoff is still three months away, but Ole Miss is officially in the conversation. The Rebels put themselves there by exorcising some demons. The 11th-ranked Rebels stayed patient against Alabama’s always stout defense and broke through late, scoring three second-half touchdowns to erase a double-digit deficit and upset the third-ranked Crimson Tide with a 23-17 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 61,826 at Vaught Hemingway Stadium on Saturday. (October 5, 2014, Page 1B)

NOTEBOOK: Defense answered the bell against Alabama

There were times the Ole Miss defense bent, but it didn’t break in the 11th-ranked Rebels’ 23-17 upset victory over No. 3 Alabama Saturday inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Crimson Tide offense did rack up 396 total yards of offense but was held to just 10 points. (October 5, 2014, Page 1B)

Wallace, offense figure it out in second half

It was halftime and No. 11 Ole Miss was staring a 14-3 deficit to No. 3 Alabama dead in the face. The Rebels had racked up a measly 105 yards of total offense for the first two quarters. Then they went into the locker room and made some adjustments. (October 5, 2014, Page 2B)

Alford leaves Ole Miss football team for baseball

No. 11 Ole Miss is preparing for one of its biggest games in program history against third-ranked Alabama, but the Rebels will be down one player as sophomore defensive back Anthony Alford left the program Tuesday. (October 1, 2014, Page 1B)

Rebels aim to win this time against Alabama

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze doesn’t know if his team will put up more points than Alabama on Saturday evening at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. But for the first time in his tenure, there’s a belief that it could actually happen. (September 30, 2014, Page 6)

NOTEBOOK: Ole Miss being real with Tide’s run defense

Ole Miss’ running game has shown some signs of life recently. The Rebels broke 200 yards on the ground for the first time three weeks ago against Louisiana-Lafayette and followed that up with 178 yards against Memphis last Saturday. Ole Miss has increased its average run to 4 yards after mustering a measly 2.9 through the first two games, a byproduct of some explosive scampers. The Rebels have ripped off runs of 71, 53, 23 and 22 yards in their last two outings. (September 30, 2014, Page 6)

VIDEO: Rebels ‘know what’s at stake’ against Alabama

BLOG — The tune-up period is over. Alabama is coming to town. (more…) (September 29, 2014)

Ole Miss quickly turns attention to No. 3 Alabama

With about 40 seconds left on the clock Saturday night, when Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze knew his team had survived a scare from Memphis, he grabbed offensive line coach Matt Luke to share a moment of relief. It was then that Freeze finally let his mind go to the game that nearly everyone’s had circled since the summer – this week’s showdown with third-ranked Alabama. (September 29, 2014, Page 6)

Ole Miss puts Memphis away late, moves to 4-0

Memphis put a landmine in front of Ole Miss’ path to a potential Top-10 showdown with Alabama next weekend. Ole Miss tiptoed around it. The 10th-ranked Rebels committed four turnovers and found themselves clinging to a 7-point lead early in the fourth quarter before finding the end zone twice in the final minutes to pull away for a 24-3 victory Saturday night in front of a crowd of 61,291 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (September 28, 2014, Page 1B)

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