Arkansas and Ole Miss football rivalry Part 4

Arkansas and Ole Miss football rivalry Part 4

Wikipedia talks about the Arkansas and Ole Miss football rivalry:

[edit] 2008 – Houston Nutt’s first return to Arkansas

  1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 3 10 0 10 23
Razorbacks 0 7 0 14 21

Ole Miss 23 – Arkansas 21

On October 25, 2008, Ole Miss returned to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the 55th meeting between the two programs. This was the first game between Ole Miss and Arkansas with former Razorback head coach Houston Nutt as the head coach of the Rebels. Ole Miss won the game by a score of 23 to 21. This was the Rebels’ first win in the series since 2003.

[edit] 2011 – Houston Nutt’s last stand

  1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 7 19 3 29
Rebels 3 14 0 7 24

Arkansas 29 – Ole Miss 24

When the two teams met on October 22, 2011, on a sunny afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. The two teams were seeming to head in different directions. Arkansas was ranked in the top ten fresh off two top 15 victories while the Rebels were winless in the SEC with coach Houston Nutt on the hot seat. The Rebels though surprised the Razorbacks by opening up a 17-0 lead in the second quarter behind quarterback Randall Mackey. Arkansas would close within 17-7 at the half with a late touchdown.

The Razorbacks continued in the third quarter with a 19-0 scoring run including two touchdown runs by Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson as well as a safety forced by Arkansas to put the Razorbacks up 26-17. Arkansas would add a field goal in the fourth quarter before Nutt led the Rebels on a late rally. Ole Miss closed within 29-24 late in the game and was able to recover the ensuing onside kick. The Rebels’s chance of a winning touchdown as well as an upset bid however were thwarted with Eric Bennett’s interception of Randall Mackey with little time remaining sealing the win for Arkansas. Arkansas moved up to 6-1(2-1 SEC) while Ole Miss fell to 2-5 (0-4 SEC).

The win was Arkansas’s second win in a row in the series. It was also Houston Nutt’s final game against his former team as he was fired at the end of the 2011 season due to his poor performance in his last two seasons. Nutt had a 2-2 record against the Razorbacks losing the last two games against them.

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