GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Ole Miss At Arkansas

Bo Wallace (AP photo)

Oct. 27, 2012

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The Last Meeting
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October 22, 2011
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Rebels Drop Slugfest With No. 9 Arkansas
Junior Randall Mackey threw two touchdowns and rushed for another, but Ole Miss could not hold on to an early 17-0 lead as the Rebels fell to No. 9 Arkansas 29-24 on Saturday.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Ole Miss Rebels (4-3, 1-2 SEC) return to action against the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-4, 2-2 SEC) today at 11:21 a.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

After a week off for some much-needed rest, the Rebels continue their push through SEC play, needing just two wins to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.

The Rebels took the time off to concentrate on resting players, recruiting and preparing for a strong Arkansas team. The Razorbacks come into this weekend with two straight SEC wins in which they put up a combined 73 points.

“Defensively they’ve played quite a bit better the past two weeks,” said Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze. “They’ve got great talent. Now they’re taking care of the ball and their defense is playing better.”

Ole Miss came into the bye week after the team’s first SEC win in two seasons with a 41-20 rout of Auburn in Oxford. Quarterback Bo Wallace became the first player in school history to have a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown all in one game.

Wallace, the sophomore from Pulaski, Tenn., passed for 226 yards, rushed for 39 and caught a pass for 25 yards while totaling four touchdowns. Joining Wallace in the offensive production was running back Jeff Scott, who totaled 207 yards (137 rushing, career-high 70 receiving) with a touchdown.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress that Bo and Jeff are making. They both have matured quite significantly in different areas,” said Freeze. “Their struggles weren’t the same, nor are any of ours; we all have struggles in different areas. They both have certainly made better decisions and are maturing quite nicely.”

The Rebels will be looking to come out attacking after the time off as all four wins this season have come when they score first. All three losses, however, have come when the opponent scored first, which will prove a challenge against Arkansas’ offense led by senior quarterback Tyler Wilson. With 1,957 yards and 14 touchdowns, Wilson leads the SEC in passing yards and is tied for fifth place in touchdowns.

“When Tyler Wilson is healthy and has played, they’re very difficult to stop,” Freeze said. “We have to be very good at not allowing big plays. We have to be very stingy in the red zone.”

This game marks the 59th meeting between Ole Miss and Arkansas with the Razorbacks leading the series 31-26-1. However, the Rebels lead the series in Little Rock 7-6-1, with the last contest at War Memorial Stadium in 1992 when Arkansas first joined the SEC. The Rebels won that one 17-3.

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