AUBURN, Ala. — A week-long focus of starting the third quarter strong and finishing out a game that ultimately led to a win didn’t materialize as planned for the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday night at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. (more…) (October 31, 2011, Page 1B)
Finish is a word that has been used repeatedly by the Ole Miss football team and coaching staff for nearly a week. Ever since the Rebels’ 29-24 loss to then No. 10 Arkansas last Saturday at home, the players have been wanting for the next opportunity to show they can finish a fast start and win their first Southeastern Conference game of the year.
Ole Miss’ next chance comes Saturday at Auburn, a team that has handled the Rebels the past two seasons under coach Gene Chizik. From junior tight end Jamal Mosley’s standpoint, the contest is a must-win. (October 28, 2011, Page 9A)
For a brief moment, Michael Dyer stopped running.
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)
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)