Rebels stop 2PAT try for victory
If I were asked to describe the Ole Miss win over Arkansas, I would have to use the word “exasperating,” aptly stolen from one of my favorite high school football announcers, who stole it himself from Miss Marianne Magnolia, on the show “Hee-Haw.”
And if I were asked to describe the Texas A&M win over Alabama, I would steal a boxing headline from Oct. 1, 1975: “The Thrilla in College Station.”
Ole Miss (4-1, 1-1) and Arkansas usually play games that go down to the final play, and last Saturday was no exception. The Ole Miss defense made the play of the game as Arkansas attempted a 2-point conversion with one second to play. The Rebels defense stopped the Razorbacks offense, preserving the win. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, who gambled and lost on several fourth-down plays against Alabama, came back strong this past Saturday converting four of his five fourth-down play calls. The game produced 14 touchdowns and almost 1,300 yards of offense between the teams. Expect another high-scoring game this week when the Rebels, a 3-point favorite, travel to Tennessee (4-2, 2-1) Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.
Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1) rested up this week and will host No. 5 Alabama (5-1, 2-1) this Saturday at 6 p.m. Alabama is a 17-point favorite over the Bulldogs. The featured SEC contest will have Kentucky (6-0, 4-0) going to Georgia (6-0, 4-0).
Southern Mississippi fell to UTEP, 26-13, as they lost their fourth straight game. Jake Lange started his first game and is the third starting quarterback for the Golden Eagles this season. Lange threw for 239 yards and a TD while Frank Gore Jr. gained 101 yards of all-purpose yards. This Saturday, USM (1-5, 0-2) will host UAB (4-2, 2-0) with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
It was a good week for the three Mississippi SWAC teams as all won. Jackson State (4-1, 2-0) blew past Alabama A&M, 61-15, to climb into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division of the SWAC. Alcorn (3-2, 2-0) whipped up on Grambling, 24-20, and is tied with Prairie View (3-0) for first place in the Western Division of the SWAC. Mississippi Valley (2-3, 1-1) won their second straight game with a fourth-quarter comeback to down Bethune-Cookman, 20-14. This Saturday, Valley will host Alcorn and JSU entertains Alabama State.
Jones and East Mississippi both remained perfect in Mississippi JUCO play. Jones demolished Southwest, 55-6, while East Mississippi downed Northeast, 34-19. Other winners were Gulf Coast, Hinds, Itawamba, Northwest and PRC. In two feature games this Thursday, Pearl River will host Jones in the 91st “Cat Fight” while East Mississippi will host Coahoma in a key North Division contest. Five Mississippi teams are ranked going into this week led by No. 2 Jones, No.4 East Mississippi, No. 9 Gulf Coast, No. 13 Northwest and No. 19 Hinds.
Major League Baseball is in the first round of the best three-of-five series. The American Playoffs have Boston and Tampa Bay with Houston and the Chicago White Sox in the other. The National League has Atlanta and Milwaukee and the Dodgers and San Francisco.
Dale McKee is a Waynesboro resident who has been writing sports in Mississippi since 1973. Listen to Dale’s Brouhaha Sports Show with Marshall Wood on Tuesday and Friday at 6 p.m. on WABO FM 105.5 in the Waynesboro area. To listen to the broadcast on your computer or smartphone go to Google Chrome, go to wabo105.com and click listen live. This week’s guest is former New York Met catcher Barry Lyons.