FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Ole Miss - Florida State 1961
Sept. 2, 2016
FRIDAY FLASHBACK rewinds to some of the memorable Ole Miss games from this week's all-time series. This week features the Rebels' 38-28 road win at Fresno State in 2011
By Carl Walters, Clarion Ledger Staff Writer
October 8, 1961
The Convincing victory, racked up before a partisan audience of about 12,000, was the third straight in the young 1961 season for John Vaught’s No. 2 ranked Red and Blue Squad, and its 18th straight contest without defeat.
Quarterbacks Doug Elmore and Perry Lee Dunn, Fullback Billy Ray Adams and Halfback Larry Smith-- the latter, like Dunn, a sophomore-- were the wheel horses in an awesome Ole Miss attack that piled up 520 net yards, total offense, while the Red and Blue defenders limited the Redskins from the Sunshine State to only 109 yards and never let them make a serious scoring gesture.
Five times the defeating SEC champions engineered lengthy drives that culminated in touchdowns. The touchdown marches alone covered a total of 376 yards. In order, they ate up 77 yards, 91 yards, 75 yards, 38 yards and 95 yards.
Elmore rushed for 74 yards and hit on six of the nine passes for 102 yards for 176 yards. Total offense, Dunn got 23 yards rushing and 67 passing for 90 yards total. Adams, putting on one of his better line-ballasting exhibitions, ran for 109 yards in 14 carries and Smith, showing much promise, netted 33 yards in four carries and caught two passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.
The Rebels decided the issue, once and for all, the first time they got the ball at the start of the game, following the opening kick. With Elmore at the helm they moved 77 yards in seven plays with Halfback Louis Guy circling left end from six yards out on a slashing, diving crash into the end zone. Wes Sullivan’s placekick was wide, leaving the score at 6-0.
An Elmore to Art Doty pass for 16 yards and 25-yard jaunt up the middle by Adams were the big gainers in the initial drive that simply overpowered the Seminoles, with the Ole Miss line charging fast and hard.
Later in the first period Adams slammed over right guard for a yard and a second six-pointer that climaxed a 91-yard march that used up 12 plays. Runs by Elmore and Adams, plus a pair of pitches to Smith and Adams for 17 and 10 yards respectively kept the drive going. Sullivan’s placekick for the point was good to make the score 13-0.
At the end of the second period Dunn was at quarterback after one Rebel march ended when a try for a field goal by Chuck Tempfer from 32 yards out was blocked.
Dunn & Co. Move
Dunn’s crew advanced the ball 75 yards in 10 plays with the touchdown coming on a 15-yard Dunn pass to Smith. Tempfer booted the extra point to make the score, 20-0, at the half. The rebels drove 47 yards early in the third quarter but the Seminoles put on one of their rare defensive stands and took over at their own three. On the ensuing punt, after FSU failed to move the ball, Chuck Morris called for a fair catch at the Seminole 38 and in just two plays thereafter the Rebs has their fourth marker.
Elmore fired a pass to end Ralph Smith who make a diving catch and fell at the one-yard line, the play gained 37 yards. Then Elmore barged over for six more points and Sullivan’s place-kick made the score, 27-0.
In the fourth period, with Dunn in again at quarterback, the Rebs drove 95 yards in 15 plays for their last TD. Dunn, Fred Roberts, Buddy Crosby and Smith put the ball deep in FSU territory and Dunn to Crosby pass for 18 yards made it first down on the three-yard line. It took Adams three punches to go over, a yard at a time, and when Sulli0van’s extra-point kick was wide the score stood at 33-0, where it remained at the game’s end.
Ole Miss got 28 first downs and 8 for the Seminoles, who were limited to 75 yards rushing and 31 passing. Halfback Keith Kinderman was the one and only offensive threat for FSU, as he netted 59 yards in 13 carries.
Reb Line Tough
The Ole Miss lines--all three of them-- played brilliantly on both offense and defense. Smith at end was a particularly bright star among a whole constellation. He has one touchdown pass catch nullified by a penalty.
Coach Bill Peterson of Florida State said, “They (the Rebels) were just too good for us. We didn’t see any weaknesses, offensively or defensively, for Mississippi.”
“Any time a team can drive the ball 95 yards against you they are better than you are.”
Coach Vaught said, “We played our best ball game of the season. The linemen did the trick. They did a fine job offensively and defensively.”
Ole Miss meets Houston at Memphis next Saturday afternoon, with Mississippi Southern tackling Memphis State in the night half of a double header.
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