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Houston Nutt raked over coals by various newspapers over Vandy loss

Houston Nutt Mississippi v Tulane

 

Personally I think that Houston Nutt will survive this year and will do better in the next few years since he has done such a good job of keeping some of the best athletes in Mississippi. However, time will tell. It appears he is in for a tough year. After reading these articles I may be wrong about Nutt surviving the year. Notice the way the Vol fans tried to comfort themselves after losing to Florida.

Mike Strange: Vols fans might feel bad, but these folks feel plenty worse

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

There’s no known remedy, at least not one that brings immediate relief.

Post-Florida Syndrome is an affliction that only time can heal. Beating Georgia on Oct. 8 would induce dramatic improvement, but that’s still 19 days out.

Every year, the week before Tennessee plays Florida is an emotional binge. Vol fans know better but they relent and start drinking the orange Kool-Aid. The hangover — PFS — is nasty.

Tennessee lost to the Gators again Saturday, 33-23. Adding injury to insult, the Vols lost one of their best players, too, Justin Hunter.

That’s seven in a row. Seven years of PFS. An epidemic for the books. Even Steve Spurrier never got past five.

It also ranks fourth in terms of Tennessee losing streaks. Alabama holds the trump card, 11 straight from 1971-81. Vanderbilt won nine straight before World War I, from 1901-1913. Ole Miss claimed eight in a row during its heyday, 1959-66.

But enough forlorn history. Today, in a sense of community spirit, I offer a rationalization placebo for PFS.

Here, Tennessee fans, are a bunch of folks that just might feel worse than you do this week.

Ole Miss. The Rebels didn’t just lose to Vanderbilt, they got dominated by the Commodores, 30-7.

That’s two in a row and four out of five. The ‘Dores own Ole Miss. And it’s not before World War I anymore.

“I know we’re better than that,” said Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.

Maybe not.

Kentucky. The ‘Cats lost the Governor’s Cup to Louisville 24-17 before the home fans in Commonwealth Stadium.

Quarterback Morgan Newton passed for 255 yards, but that’s little consolation. Kentucky allowed six sacks and lost the rushing battle, 181 yards to 35.

“I’d much rather run the ball for 255 yards and throw for 35,” said Kentucky coach Joker Phillips. “Much rather. You have to run the ball to win games.”

Hmm. I wonder if Derek Dooley would rather have run for 288 yards and passed for minus-9 at Florida.

Auburn. A 38-24 loss at Clemson isn’t cause to jump off a bridge. Still, when your defense is ranked 117th out of 120 teams in the nation after giving up 624 yards, that’s depressing.

Besides, Auburn had forgotten what losing feels like. It had been since Nov. 27, 2009. The nation’s longest winning streak is dead at 17 games.

Ohio State. The scandal-plagued Buckeyes got drilled 24-6 by the only team in the nation facing more egregious NCAA allegations, Miami.

The Ohio State University passed for a whopping 35 yards against the ‘Canes, an embarrassing stat to everyone other than possibly the ghost of Woody Hayes.

Cincinnati and Louisville. You won Saturday but learned Pitt and Syracuse are bailing out of the Big East.

Which might be the death knell to your hard-won BCS status. Could it possibly be back to Conference USA? English soccer has a word for it: relegation.

Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Baylor. With the growing likelihood of Texas and Oklahoma headed to the Pac-Whatever, the Big 12 is probably deader than the Big East.

Anybody feeling better yet?

Mike Strange may be reached at strangem@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/strangemike44 and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/strange.

Below is how the NEMS Daily Journal Nems360.Com saw it out of Mississippi:

REWIND: Vanderbilt 30, Ole Miss 7
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Vanderbilt defensive tackle T. J. Greenstone (74) brings down Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey (1) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 30-7. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt defensive tackle T. J. Greenstone (74) brings down Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey (1) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 30-7. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Thumbs Up

Freshman Nick Brassell moved to defense during the week and played as the extra defensive back. He finished with one tackle, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and two pass break-ups.

Running back Brandon Bolden, in his first game back from a hairline ankle fracture, averaged 4.9 yards per attempt with 39 yards on eight carries.

Tyler Campbell dropped three of his six punts inside the 20 and averaged 44.5 yards on six kicks with a long of 62.

Thumbs Down

A 77-yard run allowed by the defense, penalties and poor play along the offensive line, questionable throws by the quarterback.

The Rebels could muster only 234 yards of offense, while allowing Vanderbilt 387 yards total, 281 on the ground.

The Ole Miss offense didn’t score its first touchdown against an FBS team this season until 2 minutes, 15 seconds remained. That’s when Zack Stoudt passed 47 yards to Donte Moncrief, but the game had been in hand for quite some time.

Ole Miss is 1-9 in its last 10 SEC games.

Keys To Victory

Evaluating the keys to victory in Thursday’s GameDay section.

1. Clamp down in the run game: In a carbon copy of the 2010 loss to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss was very good on many plays but bad enough on enough plays to make a huge difference.

Subtract a 26-yard misdirection run and a 77-yard touchdown by Zac Stacy and a 19-yard keeper for a touchdown Larry Smith, and the Commodores averaged 3.4 yards per attempt.

But you can’t subtract those plays, and Vanderbilt rushed for almost 300 yards, 281 total.

2. Take care of the football: In the first two games, Zack Stoudt lost fumbles that led to touchdowns. Troubling as those were, the Rebels would have been ahead of the curve if he’d have done that and no more against Vanderbilt.

The Rebels gained two fumbles and an interception but lost five interceptions – Stoudt was under heat much of the time – to finish minus-2 in turnover ratio.

3. Win third downs: Four-for-14 on third downs is not a winning ratio.

MVP Nick Brassell – The freshman showed up in the big-play categories with a forced fumble, recovered fumble and two pass break-ups. He’ll be in defensive meetings this week and will likely see his playing time increase.

Bottom Line

As bad as it was it wasn’t the largest margin of defeat for a Houston Nutt Ole Miss team. That was last year at Tennessee 52-14.

That being said, this game was worse because of the perception of the Vanderbilt program. It will be a difficult week for Nutt to keep his players focused and get them prepared to face a Georgia team in search of a convincing SEC win for its coach, Mark Richt, who has also come under fire.

Here is another view from the Daily Mississippian:

Disappointment — Ole Miss falls 30-7 to Vanderbilt

 
 

 

Article | September 17, 2011 – 4:12pm| By Austin Miller

 

 

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Outplayed. Outcoached. Outmatched. The Ole Miss football team and coaching staff are looking for answers after a 30-7 loss at Vanderbilt in Saturday afternoon’s Southeastern Conference opener.

“Everything is disappointing,” head coach Houston Nutt said of the game. “I have never felt that way on a sideline. It was just not right. We didn’t have that confidence.”

The offense gained only 234 yards of total offense, while junior quarterback Zack Stoudt threw five interceptions in his first SEC start.

“We were pressing too hard, trying to make too much happen,” Stoudt said.

Ole Miss and Vanderbilt played a scoreless first quarter. Midway through the second quarter, junior running back Zac Stacy moved the Commodores into the red zone with a 26-yard gain on a statue-of-liberty run. Two plays later, senior quarterback Larry Smith scored on a 19-yard touchdown run.

Things went from bad to worse later in the second quarter. Vanderbilt pressured Stoudt and he threw his second interception of the game, which junior cornerback Trey Wilson returned 52 yards for a Vanderbilt touchdown.

Just before the half, a broken play on a backwards pass to Stacy went for 34 yards to move the ball inside the Rebels’ 10-yard line. Two plays later, freshman Jerron Seymour powered his way nine yards through the Ole Miss defense for another score. The first half came to a close on Stoudt’s third interception of the game.

Coming out of halftime, on the third play from scrimmage, junior center A.J. Hawkins snapped the ball over Stoudt’s head and sophomore running back Jeff Scott kicked the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Commodores drove down the field and converted a 3rd-and-long on a 33-yard screen pass to Seymour. The Ole Miss defense stopped the bleeding and got off the field with senior cornerback Marcus Temple’s interception in the end zone for a touchback.

Stacy added to his career-high 167 rushing yards when he ran untouched down the Ole Miss sideline for a 77-yard touchdown run to put Vanderbilt up 30-0. In the closing minutes of the game, Stoudt connected with freshman wide receiver Donte Moncrief for a 47-yard touchdown pass to bring the final score to 30-7.

“I’ve got to let (the players) know I still believe in them,” Nutt said. “I got to do a much better job of getting them ready to go.”

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