Gray jerseys give Rebels early boost

OXFORD – Ole Miss may or may not have received inspiration from its marketing folks, but the effort was clear.
A halftime presentation on the video board included a three-dimensional presentation highlighting a variety of Ole Miss sports.
The highlight, however, was the new gray jerseys worn with the traditional gray pants. The jerseys, made by Nike like all Ole Miss uniforms, had red and navy shoulder stripes.
“We heard rumors about them during the week, but we didn’t believe them. Then we walked through the Grove, came in here and saw red jerseys, and we were like, ‘Oh man, OK,” Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott said. “But then we came back in (after warm-ups) and saw the jerseys hanging out, and we were pretty excited. We were hyped.”
There is no current plan to wear the jerseys again.
Scott’s long run
• The jerseys weren’t the only thing that excited Scott, a freshman from Miami. His 83-yard touchdown run was part of a career-best 134-yard outing.
Scott got to the corner on the right side in the first half and got the Rebels on the board early.
“I was in the backfield, peeking that way, and I saw they were kind of slack on that side,” he said. “I didn’t have to juke anybody, I just hit the seam.”
He also got some nice blocking on the edge from Brandon Bolden and from wide receiver Markeith Summers.
The touchdown run was Scott’s second of over 50 yards this season.
Injury update
• Linebacker Jonathan Cornell (hip) and defensive end Gerald Rivers (ankle) will have MRIs done, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said. Their immediate status is unknown, but Cornell was on crutches on the sideline in the second half.
“It doesn’t look good for Cornell,” Nutt said.
Key play
• In a first half where Ole Miss was keeping pace offensively, the 95-yard kick return by Auburn’s Demond Washington was a game-changer. It came after the Rebels had shaved three points off a 10-point deficit to make it a 24-17 game with 2:41 left in the first half.
Key number
• 69.2 – Auburn’s success rate on third downs. The Tigers converted nine of 13 opportunities.
Quotable
• “One thing he learned from our time together, he learned how to run the ball with guys like (Darren) McFadden and (Felix) Jones, running the same plays with very good backs. There’s nothing like hanging a hat on a play when you know it’s going to get 6 or 7 yards. It’s easy to call a game when it’s second-and-3 or second-and-2. It makes it real nice.” – Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt on Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who coached with Nutt at Arkansas
Next weekend
• It’s homecoming at Ole Miss. The Rebels play their final non-conference game, a 6 p.m., start against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Rebel ramblings
• Auburn did not punt until the 2:46 mark of the third, its only punt of the game. … The Tigers scored on seven of eight possessions in the first half. … Ole Miss is 0-7 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams. … Wide receiver Markeith Summers has three touchdown catches over the last two games. … QB Jeremiah Masoli has thrown 11 touchdown passes and seven interceptions on the season. … He threw five interceptions at Oregon two years ago, six last season. … Offensive lineman Jared Duke, a true freshman, made the first start of his career at right guard. … Junior offensive lineman Alex Washington started at left guard in place of injured freshman Patrick Junen.

PARRISH ALFORD / NEMS Daily Journal