Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi all fell this past Saturday. The losses could have a lasting effect on the remainder of the season for each in either a positive or negative way. Ole Miss (3-2) might experience their final win of the season this Saturday afternoon when they take on Louisiana-Monroe in Oxford. The Rebels offense scored an average of 50 points per game against three non-conference opponents this season but have been outscored 107-23 in both their SEC games. LSU scored 45 points and rolled up 600 yards of offense in Saturday night's win in Baton Rouge. The Rebels committed 16 penalties for 167 yards. The only bright spot was Rebels running back Scottie Phillips as he rushed for 96 yards on 16 carries.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow threw three touchdown passes in the Ole Miss win. Joe is a transfer from Ohio State, but his dad Jimmy was a walk on out of Amory High School back in 1973 for a short time at Ole Miss. Jimmy's high school coach Jim Walden had joined Bob Devaney staff at Nebraska that year and brought his former quarterback to Lincoln. The first year at Nebraska Jimmy Burrow was the scout team quarterback going against the likes of Cornhusker All-American's defensive linemen Rick Glover and John Dutton. He was switched to defensive back the next year and was a two-year starter for the Huskers. Later Jimmy played for the Green Bay Packers in 1978 and then for five years in the Canadian Football League. Today he is in his 13th year as defensive coordinator for former Nebraska coach Frank Solich at Ohio University.
Family Reunion gone bad
The Dan Mullen family weekend in Starkville was a great homecoming for the former Bulldog head coach. To say MSU has some offensive woes would be an understatement. The Bulldogs, like Ole Miss, averaged over 50 points per game in their three non-conference games, but the last two weeks have managed 13 total points against UK and Florida. This week No. 9 ranked Auburn pays a visit to Scott Field for a 6:30 p.m. ESPN game.
Southern Mississippi was within one score of the Auburn Tigers this past weekend only to see the Tigers defense take over in the fourth period and spoil any thoughts of the Golden Eagles upsetting the home team. Coaches say they do not believe in moral victories, but USM could take this game’s effort to a higher level in Conference USA play. The Eagles are off this week before playing North Texas in Denton.
Former USM running back Ito Smith scored his first professional touchdown in the Atlanta Falcons' loss to Cincinnati. Smith scored 49 touchdowns during his Golden Eagle career.
The SEC has six teams ranked again this week. Florida moved in the Top 25 while MSU fell out. Alabama is still No. 1 with Georgia No. 2. LSU is ranked No. 5 with Auburn at No. 9. Surprisingly, Kentucky is up to No. 13 while Florida entered at No. 22. Florida hosts LSU this week in the feature game.
Six new Mississippi HoF members
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame named their six new members for induction next August 3 in Jackson: Major League baseball superstar Roy Oswalt, record setting college and pro running back Wilbert Montgomery, National High School Football Coach of the Year Ricky Black, champion female golfer Cissye Gallagher, star college quarterback and later head coach of the MSU Bulldogs Rockey Felker, and Ole Miss football legend Richard Price. The Induction Ceremonies will again be sponsored by the Laurel-based Sanderson Farms and the Sanderson Farms Championship Golf Tournament.
The Sanderson Farms Golf Championship is scheduled for October 22-28 at the Jackson Country Club. This year’s champion will bring home almost $800,000 of the $4.4 million tournament purse. This will be Sanderson’s sixth year to sponsor the PGA event that began as the Magnolia Classic in 1968.
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