Just Trying To Win

Ja-Mes Logan said the Ole Miss offense had some explaining to do after the Rebels were shutout 25-0 at Alabama. To the defense, that is.

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So the senior wide receiver said a few of the offenders on offense made their way over to their defender teammates and apologized.

"After the game, a couple of offensive players went to the defense and told them that loss is on us," said Logan, who had a couple of catches against the Crimson Tide for 22 total yards. "We didn't put up points. We took credit for that loss."

But as soon as Sunday rolled around and the Rebels got back together as a team, they trashed that game. And they got ready to move on to another game in the state of Alabama, this Saturday night at Auburn.

"Sunday went pretty good for us," Logan said of the day after the shock of not scoring a single point in a game – a first for Ole Miss in 15 years – was over. "We talked the truth about the game Saturday night. Once we got out on the practice field (Sunday), we weren't thinking about the Bama game anymore."

Now they've had a couple of more days to get past it and focus on the Tigers. Logan said scoring no points as a team is something he is totally unfamiliar with.

More to the point, "I'd never been shutout," said the Westfield High School of Houston, Texas, product. "Never."

The goal now is to not let the Alabama game cost them the Auburn game. It's hump day, and another road trip is almost at hand. Logan said the Rebels are looking forward to trying to get things back on the winning side of the ledger Saturday night.

"It was very tough, because I know what type of team we really are," Logan said of no points on offense. "I know our potential on the offensive side."

The Rebels, 3-1, had certainly proven to be an efficient point-producing machine upon arrival in Tuscaloosa. They were scoring an average of 38 points per game through their first three contests.

One aspect for the receivers that has been talked about at length is their ability and effort toward blocking and not just receiving. It's been one of the reasons for the offensive success, and was still apparently solid even in defeat at Alabama. Logan said it's block or go home, basically, and he's fine with that.

Ja-Mes Logan
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"We work on it all the time in practice," he said. "If you don't block, you might come out or you might not get the ball. You're going to run the same play until you get it right. In individual skills, we work on blocking. Run your feet and get your hands inside and use your hips.

"It's not hard to get used to it. We just go along with what's working. As long as it's working and we get the ‘W.' The receivers don't complain. We're just helping out Jeff Scott or whoever the running back is at that time."

Last season heading into the Auburn game in Oxford, the Rebels were mired in a losing streak in conference play that dated to a 2010 loss to Kentucky. They had lost 16 consecutive Southeastern Conference games.

But a 41-20 victory against Auburn ended the skid and helped turn the program around, now in the second year under head coach Hugh freeze.

"Last year's Auburn game was very exciting for me," said Logan, currently in his fifth year with the program. "I'd been here a long time, and we had like no SEC wins. It was a good experience for me and for the team."

But he said they had learned not to dwell on the situation and just do what Freeze and staff asked – one game at a time, and even one play at a time.

"We really didn't pay attention to it until that Sunday," Logan said of the fact that the long, losing nightmare was over. "We were just taking it one game at a time and trying to get a win. That next day on Sunday morning, I called Donte (Moncrief) and Vince (Sanders) and told them that really was our first SEC win. We were happy. It felt pretty good."

It's a feeling Logan hopes he and his teammates can repeat this Sunday after a trip to Auburn is over - already the Rebels' fourth road game of 2013.

Logan won't make any predictions other than the Rebels will be ready.

"I know we'll have a good game plan," he said.

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