By Blake Long | Special to the Journal
OXFORD – Following a suspension in the Rebels’ game last week against Alabama, Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden was solid in his return to the field.
Seeing his first action since October 1st at Fresno State, Bolden finished with 68 yards on 14 carries in Ole Miss’s 29-24 loss to No. 10 Arkansas.
Bolden saw most of his action in the second quarter, toting the ball eight times for 53 yards.
His 25-yard run during the Rebels fourth possession helped set up Randall Mackey’s 3-yard touchdown run that put Ole Miss up 17-0 at the time.
The senior saw his most action on the ensuing drive with five carries. During that drive, though, Bolden limped off the field with about three minutes remaining before halftime.
Bolden, who now sits only 17 yards behind Dou Innocent for fourth on Ole Miss’s career rushing yards list, would carry the ball only four times in the second half after his brief stint out of the game.
“I kinda just got rolled up on,” said Bolden. “Just got on the sideline, walked around a little bit, stretched it out and it was fine.”
Even with a limp, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said this was the closest Bolden has been to being completely healthy all year.
“This is the closest he’s been to full speed,” Nutt said. “He’s got some nicks and bumps and he’s fighting through it.”
For the season, Bolden has 173 yards rushing on 37 carries. He ran for 976 last year.
EFFORT TILL THE END
Bolden remained a presence until the very end of the game.
After scoring to make it 29-24 and recovering an onside kick to give the Rebels a chance, Mackey’s pass attempt on second down was intercepted by Eric Bennett.
With Bennett rushing down the Rebels sideline towards the end zone, Bolden raced across the field and tackled Bennett to prevent the Razorbacks from adding to their score.
“I didn’t want them to run the score up even more,” Bolden said. “I had to either get him down on the ground or lay him out, and it came down to laying him out.”