November 17, 2007

Top-ranked Tigers take care of Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. - As expected, LSU's Saturday afternoon contest with SEC rival Ole Miss was filled with excitement and unpredictability, even though the two teams' records may not have foreshadowed such events.

The Rebels (3-8, 0-7) hung close with the Tigers (10-1, 7-0) throughout the game, but it was LSU that came away from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with a win, defeating Ole Miss 41-24.

Statistically, it could be argued that the Rebels should have pulled off the upset. Ole Miss had 25 first downs compared to LSU's 21, and the Rebels outgained the Tigers, 466-396.

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Rebels down but not out

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels aren't going to just roll over and concede victory to LSU.

They just proved that. After falling behind 27-10, the Rebels responded to an LSU field goal by driving 70 yards on seven plays and scoring on a 38-yard run by quarterback Brent Schaeffer.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ole Miss was unsuccessful on an onside kick opportunity. LSU will start first-and-10 from the Rebels' 40-yard line.

Tigers slowly pulling away from Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. - Whatever chance Ole Miss had at upsetting No. 1 LSU appears to be slipping away.

The Tigers just drove 66 yards on 12 plays and ate up 5:25 off the clock.

Colt David finished the drive with a 43-yard field goal, giving LSU a 27-10 lead with 11:36 left in the game.

Crunch time for Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. - The Rebels enter the fourth quarter trailing the LSU Tigers, 24-10.

LSU began the quarter on the Ole Miss 41-yard line. Flynn completed an 11-yard pass to Brandon LaFell, and now the Tigers have a first-and-10 at the Ole Miss 30.

David kicks lead back to 14

OXFORD, Miss. - Colt David just kicked a 48-yard field goal and extended LSU's lead to 24-10 with a little less than five minutes left in the third quarter.

The kick was the culmination of a 7-play, 31-yard drive.

Baby steps for Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss cut LSU's lead to 11 with a Joshua Shene 23-yard field goal.

The Rebels drive lasted nine plays and covered 68 yards in 3:19.

With 6:51 left in the third quarter, the Tigers still lead Ole Miss, 21-10.

LSU comes out sharp in second half

OXFORD, Miss. - Once again, LSU has opened the half with a touchdown drive on their first possession.

The first time came on a 98-yard march down the field in the first quarter.

The Tigers got the ball first to start the second half and drove 54 yards on 10 plays to take a 21-7 lead against Ole Miss.

Keiland Williams scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the season on the drive.

LSU-Ole Miss halftime update

OXFORD, Miss. - If the LSU offense isn't on the field, then it'll be difficult for them to put points on the scoreboard.

That appears to be the strategy Ole Miss used in the second quarter. After an LSU punt, the Rebels got the ball with 8:05 on the clock and proceeded to run 7:40 off.

The Rebels' drive last 12 plays and went 56 yards but ended on a sour note when Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams threw an interception to LSU safety Craig Steltz in the endzone.

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Penalties slow offenses

OXFORD, Miss. - Not much has happened here in the second quarter.

After a first quarter filled with long drives and spectacular special teams teams, things seem relatively quiet now.

Penalties have helped stall drives by both squads before those drives really even got started, and the score remains 14-7 LSU with 10:15 left in the first half.

Tigers like number 98

OXFORD, Miss. - LSU drove 98 yards on its opening drive.

And now, after Ole Miss responded with a punt return touchdown, LSU wide receiver Trindon Holliday returned the Rebels' kickoff 98 yards for a score of his own.

LSU leads, 14-7, with 3:04 remaining in the first quarter.

Rebels respond

OXFORD, Miss. - After starting a drive on their own 41-yard line, Ole Miss drove down to the LSU 2-yard line before BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumbled the football.

The Tigers recovered on their own 1-yard line, but went three and out on the ensuing drive.

LSU punted to Marshay Green, who returned the punt 44 yards for a touchdown.

With 3:18 left in the first quarter, LSU and Ole Miss are tied at 7.

Tigers up on Rebels, 7-0

OXFORD, Miss. - Starting inside your own 5-yard line? No big deal for LSU.

On their opening drive, the Tigers drove 98 yards on 11 plays to take a quick 7-0 lead against Ole Miss.

Quarterback Matt Flynn scored the touchdown on a 5-yard run.

Flynn also completed both of his pass attempts on the drive.

Rebels not backing down yet

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss received the opening kickoff and although the Rebels produced no points, they showed that they are not yet intimidated by the Tigers.

The Rebels drove into LSU territory on the first drive of the game. They were forced to punt and downed the ball at the LSU 2-yard line.

The Tigers now have the ball on their own 2 to start their first drive of the game with 12:02 left in the first quarter.

Tigers, Rebels take the field for warmups

OXFORD, Miss. - Both LSU and Ole Miss have taken the field for pregame drills.

The crowd is majority Rebels' fans, but there is a large scattering of LSU faithful in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The northeast and west sections of the stadium are mostly LSU fans with a few purple and gold-clad spectators spread among the rest of the crowd.

Kickoff is about 40 minutes away. Skies are cloudy, and the temperature is 66 degrees.

Top-ranked Tigers set to battle Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. - Based solely on statistics and records, the No. 1 LSU Tigers should have a pretty easy game this afternoon against Southeastern Conference foe Ole Miss.

The Tigers rank tops in the conference in both total offense and total defense, while the Rebels are ranked No. 9 and No. 12, respectively.

LSU (9-1, 5-1) has already clinched the SEC West title. Ole Miss (3-7, 0-6) is still looking for its first conference win.

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September 22, 2007

Tebow carries Gators in first road start

OXFORD, Miss. -- With the game on the line, Tim Tebow walked up to his coach and got in his face.

The baby-faced 20-year-old quarterback wasn't about to lose his first road start.

He made sure his 43-year-old coach knew that.

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Ole Miss fake punt doesn't work

OXFORD, Miss. - Jermaine Cunningham made a key stop to save the Gators.

On a fake punt pass to Robert Lane from Justin Sparks, the defensive lineman's tackle gave Florida the ball at the Ole Miss 41.

It looks to be over.

It's still close

OXFORD, Miss. - Florida is giving Ole Miss life.

The Gators just got a Joey Ijjas field goal to go up 30-24 with 4:59 left after stalling out at the Ole Miss 8-yard line.

Ole Miss-Florida Halftime Update

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss came to play.

The Rebels displayed a steady offense and a bend but don't break defense for the first half and headed to the locker room down 14-6 after two quarters.

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Tebow does it himself

OXFORD, Miss. - Florida quarterback Tim Tebow just carried two Ole Miss defenders for three yards and into the end zone for a rushing touchdown.

The Gators went 98 yards on 14 plays to go up 14-6 with 7 minutes left in the half. After a slow start, the Gators look to be rounding into form in the second quarter.

Injuries, Injuries

OXFORD, Miss. - Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin just went down on the field after catching a screen pass.

After a brief meeting with trainers, he is running off on his own power, and one of Florida's worst nightmares has been averted. He should be OK.

Florida is up 7-6 and driving in Mississippi territory with 8 minutes left in the half.

Ole Miss CB Dustin Mouzon just went down too, and also ran off on his own power.

Harvin does his thing

OXFORD, Miss. - Just when you thought Florida was in a little bit of trouble, Percy Harvin came alive.

Harvin caught six passes on a 10-play, 77-yard touchdown drive culminating in a 19-yard screen reception for a score.

Harvin beat six Rebels defenders for the touchdown.

Florida leads 7-3 with 14:52 left in the half.

Ole Miss scores

OXFORD, Miss. - For the first time all year, Florida is trailing.
Joshua Shene just knocked a 40-yard field goal to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead with 5 minutes left in the first quarter.

Mississippi went 37 yards on nine plays for the score. A couple Florida penalties helped the cause, but Seth Adams looked good and had plenty of time in the pocket.

Florida's defense - outside of freshman cornerback Joe Haden - did not perform well at all on that drive.

Adams starts

OXFORD, Miss. - Quarterback Seth Adams is toughing it out and starting for Mississippi.

Florida kicker Joey Ijjas missed a 42-yard field goal short and left on the Gators' first drive, ruining a 55-yard kickoff return by Brandon James.

Mississippi just went thee-and-out, and Florida has the ball at its 28-yard line.

It's scoreless with 11:20 remaining in the first quarter.

Schaeffer taking pregame snaps

OXFORD, Miss. - Brent Schaeffer just took the snaps at the end of Mississippi's pregame warm-ups. It looks like he's going to start.

I did not see Seth Adams anywhere near the offense. Both teams have gone back to the locker rooms in preparation for the game.

Florida-Mississippi Preview

OXFORD, Miss. - Welcome to the marquee SEC game of the week.
Ok, well, maybe not.

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