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November 1, 2012

Notes: Rebs hope to tire UGA defense


Dave Wommack talks UGA offense.

OXFORD, Miss. - During Ole Miss' first drive of the fourth quarter Saturday, the Rebels went 10 plays in just more than three minutes to extend their lead to four points over Arkansas with a Bryson Rose field goal.

Ole Miss switched to its quickest tempo and ran the same formation on the first six plays of the drive. After a six-yard pass to Jeff Scott, quarterback Bo Wallace hit Donte Moncrief on a quick screen three consecutive plays.

Arkansas struggled to get in position, and the Rebels exploited it quickly. After a Wallace keeper, the quarterback faked to Moncrief and sent a bullet to Ja-Mes Logan in the slot for 23 yards down to the Razorback 27-yard line.

The sequence was a success because of Ole Miss' tempo - both on that drive and before.

"There have been other times (Ole Miss has run the same play consecutively)," Moncrief said. "Once we get the defense tired and don't want to run, we're going to go at them. We were going to run the same play until they stopped it.

"It's a numbers thing. We saw that once you put the running back out, they don't bring anybody out with him. We knew our running backs could catch the ball, so we put him on that side."

Moncrief is Ole Miss' best playmaker at wide receiver, catching 39 catches for 540 yards and five touchdowns this season. However, opponents have caught on and are putting extra protection to his side, thus limiting his touches but opening up opportunities for others.

The sophomore has had to develop a little more patience, but he just wants the ball to move -no matter who's catching or carrying it.

"They always keep a linebacker below me or safeties above me," Moncrief said. "That's a good thing. It gives my boys more touches. I'm going to keep doing what I have to do.

"Georgia's defense is strong, fast, physical. We have to pace them a little bit, get them tired and get them on their heels."

READY FOR ROAD - AGAIN: Back in September, Ole Miss beat a hapless Tulane team inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It was a road win, but the environment was far from electric or unfriendly. A week later, Ole Miss gave an admirable effort at Alabama, playing the Crimson Tide closer than any other team to date.

Those were significant signs of progress, and the Rebels won its first road game inside the SEC last Saturday against Arkansas. It was Ole Miss' first league road win since beating Vanderbilt in 2009.

Now that it's done, Ole Miss is ready to do it again. The Rebels head to Athens to face top-10 Georgia (7-1), while the Bulldogs are two wins from an SEC East crown.

While it sounds simple, one thing is necessary above all else for Ole Miss to find success between the hedges.

"You have to be focused and motivate each other throughout the game and never put your head down, just fight for 60 minutes," Moncrief said.

The repaired psyche gives extra confidence away from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Except for maybe the Texas game, the Rebels have been consistent most of the season. The goal remains to get late in the game with an opportunity.

"We have guys playing at their highest level right now," wide receiver Vincent Sanders said. "We know every game that if we go out and do our jobs we'll be in the game in the fourth quarter. We've bought into that, and it gives us great confidence."


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