Lion Tamers

Five Southeastern Louisiana turnovers contributed greatly to a Lions loss at Ole Miss Saturday night as the fifth-ranked Rebels won handily 52-6. The Rebels scored 21 points off those SLU turnovers.

Ole Miss moved to 2-0 on the season with the win before 58,119. SLU is 2-1.

The Rebels got on the scoreboard in the first quarter but only once. Ole Miss took the opening kickoff and moved 82 yards in nine plays with Enrique Davis taking it in from the 2. Joshua Shene converted the point after, and the Rebs led 7-0 with 11:13 to go in the first period.

But from that point on in the opening stanza, it was mostly miscues by SLU and lack of offensive execution by Ole Miss. Three Lions turnovers (two fumbles and one interception) didn't amount to much except in the statistics. The last one did, however. A fumble at the Rebel 31 by Lions quarterback Brian Babin, forced by Marcus Tillman and recovered by D.T. Shackelford, ended up as points for the Rebs. But not until the first play of the second quarter.

A two-yard touchdown pass in the right flat from Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead to fullback Andy Hartman, along with a point after by Shene, made it 14-0 with five seconds gone in the second quarter.

After holding SLU and getting the ball back via punt, the Rebs moved downfield but stalled out before adding a 42-yard field goal by Shene with 10:36 to go. Ole Miss was up 17-0.

Late in the half the Rebels added another touchdown. An 81-yard drive after an SLU punt put the Rebels up 24-0 with Snead throwing one just over a Lion defender into the outstretched arms of Shay Hodge in the southeast corner of the stadium. Shene was good and 1:25 remained before halftime.

Bolden led the Rebel ground attack through two quarters with 105 yards on 10 carries. Snead was 10-for-20 for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

The Rebels outgained the Lions 270 to 158 in the first half.

SLU came out and took the opening kickoff down field for points, Staring at its own 20, a 57-yard pass play from Babin to Andre Cryer got the Lions into scoring territory. But the Rebel defense held and forced a field goal of 28 yards by Jeff Turner which was good with 11:31 to go in the third.

The Rebels took the ball and moved back down for points of their own. A 65-yard, nine-play drive ended with a Cordera Eason run of eight yards. The senior running back made some nifty moves and eluded a couple of tacklers as he raced into the end zone for the score. Shene was good and with 6:33 left in the third, the Rebs were up 31-3.

Another Southastern Louisiana turnover led to more points for Ole Miss. The Lions had picked up a first down on a pass from Babin to Simmie Yarbrough just into Rebel territory when Marshay Green forced a fumble and D.T. Shackelford recovered his second of the evening.

From its own 49 Ole Miss moved in four plays for points, one big play on the way a 17-yard reception by Lionel Breaux from Snead. The capper of the drive was a 29-yard catch by Patrick Patterson, streaking down the sideline toward the south end zone. It was the freshman's first career TD reception. Shene was good, and it was 38-3 with 2:40 left in the third.

The Lions added a field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 38-6 with 9:24 left as Turner was good from 32 yards out.

Ole Miss scored quickly after the ensuing kickoff. From its own 25, backup QB Nathan Stanley hit Patterson for a 24-yard gain; then freshman Jesse Grandy outran Lion defenders 46 yards to the end zone for a score. Bryson Rose made this extra point, and with 8:38 to go in the game, it was 45-6 Rebs.

Shackelford finished up his outstanding night by picking off a SLU pass and returning it 58 yards for a touchdown to wrap up the scoring, taking it in with 4:50 to go. Rose made the extra point for a 52-6 lead and that was that as far as points on the night.

Bolden, with at least 100 yards in two of his last three games, had three more carries in the second half but for no additional yards, his 105 still leading the Rebel rushing attack. Ole Miss had 258 yards on the ground and 500 total yards in the contest.

Snead, who has now thrown at least two TD passes in eight consecutive games, ended the contest 16-for-28 for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Stanley was 2-for-3 for 33 yards.

Hodge led UM receivers with five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Patterson had four receptions for 79 yards and a TD.

Emmanuel Stephens was the leading Reb tackler with five stops including a sack.

Ole Miss scored 45 or more points for the fourth straight game, a school record, dating back to the Mississippi State game last season, a 45-0 UM win. That also includes a 47-34 win against Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl and a 45-14 season-opening win this year vs. Memphis.

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