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Southern Illinois Coming to Town: Ole Miss Seeking First Win of 2011 in Week 2 Match-Up

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With week one of the 2011 College football season in the books, many teams are sitting happy with a 1-0 record and coming off of an exciting season opening win. Unfortunately for Houston Nutt and the Ole Miss Rebels, they aren’t singing such a happy tune.

Ole Miss fell to Brigham Young 14-13 at home last Saturday night, and because of that loss the Rebs are starting their season 0-1 for the second consecutive year. To say that the loss to BYU was disappointing is an understatement. Coach Houston Nutt mentioned that he wants the team to put week one behind them, and that it is time to move forward.

Moving forward to week two, the Ole Miss Rebels welcome the Southern Illinois Salukis to Oxford on Saturday with a scheduled kick-off time for 5:00 p.m.

Southern Illinois is going into week two in a little better mood than Ole Miss, coming off of a 38-10 victory over Southeastern Missouri.

First here are the individual and team statistics for the visiting (1-0) Southern Illinois Salukis, who are members of the Missouri Valley Conference. Team leader for week one was QB Paul McIntosh who had over 300 yards of total offense, both in the air and on the ground.

Team
Rushing: 46 carries, 240 Yards, 5.2 yards/rush
Passing: 15-19, 254 yards, 13.4 yards/pass
Turnover Ratio: +1
Total Offense: 65 plays, 494 yards

Offense
1. QB, Paul McIntosh: 14-18, 246 yards, TD; 10 carries, 65 yards
2. WR, Cam Fuller: 3 receptions, 112 yards, TD
3. RB, Steve Strother: 9 carries, 88 yards, TD; 3 receptions, 19 yards
4. RB, Jewel Hampton: 14 carries, 67 yards, 3 TD

Defense
1. DE, Kenneth Boatright: 7 tackles, QB hurry
2. T, Kayon Swanson: 6 tackles, TFL
3. OLB, Jayson DiManche: 5 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 TFL
4. ILB, Connor James: 4 tackles, TFL. 0.5 sacks

Special Teams
1. RB, Mulku Kalokoh: 2 Kick Returns, 60 yards
2. K, Jackson MacLachlan: 1 FG (34 yds)

The double threat quarterback in Paul McIntosh and the multiple running backs should keep the Ole Miss defense busy, but my thought is that McIntosh won’t have his success in week two come near as easy as it did in week one. The Ole Miss defense should not have any trouble containing him and the rest of the Saluki offense.

Now for the home team, the (0-1) Ole Miss Rebels. Here are the individual and team statistics from week one. There really wasn’t a team leader in Ole Miss’ disappointing week one loss. It was an all-around poor effort by the Rebels.

Team
Rushing: 29 carries, 64 yards, 2.2 yards/rush
Passing: 15-28, 144 yards, 5.1 yards/pass
Turnover Ratio: -1
Total Offense: 57 plays, 208 yards

Offense
1. QB, Zach Stoudt: 13-25, 140 yards
2. WR, Ja-Mes Logan: 4 receptions, 52 yards
3. RB, Enrique Davis: 12 carries, 28 yards
4. RB, Brandon Bolden: 4 carries, 21 yards*

Defense
1. S, Damien Jackson: 13 tackles
2. LB, Joel Kight: 8 tackles, TFL
3. CB, Charles Sawyer: 7 tackles, INT, TD
4. CB, Marcus Temple: 6 tackles, TFL, Sack, Brup

Special Teams
1. RB, Jeff Scott: Punt Return, 44 yards; 2 Kick Returns, 27 yards
2. K, Bryson Rose: 2 FGs (20) (29)

*Left game due to injury, did not return (left ankle)

The speed and quickness of the Ole Miss receivers and backs should prove to be too much for the Saluki defense. Also, the landshark defense should easily be able to contain the double threat quarterback that Southern Illinois has to offer.

Overall Ole Miss clearly is a better team, even though the statistics from week one from each team are fairly lopsided. Southern Illinois clearly had much more success. The Salukis had nearly 500 yards of offense, when Ole Miss barely had 200 yards total. The Rebels should easily take the victory in this match-up, but definitely should not take it lightly. Ole Miss could easily lay down and have a repeat of Jacksonville State from last season, which clearly no one wants that to happen again.

Ole Miss has not started the season 0-2 since 2004, and will be playing their best this week to even their record to 1-1 before they open conference play in two weeks at Vanderbilt.

So here it goes. My prediction for this game is that Ole Miss easily defeats Southern Illinois by a two touchdown margin. The Rebel fans will be leaving Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in a much happier mood this week than the mood they had leaving the BYU game last weekend.

Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 5:00 C.T. Reminder that all times are subject to change, visit www.olemisssports.com for up-to-date information pertaining to all Ole Miss Athletics.

That’s all I have this time, thanks for reading. Hotty Toddy!

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