Ole Miss remains winless in SEC|[10/21/07]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 21, 2007

OXFORD — Ole Miss had problems all week trying to put last week’s controversial loss to Alabama behind it.

They won’t have any trouble putting behind Saturday’s 44-8 thrashing administered by the Arkansas Razorbacks at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden ran for 110 yards and his backup, Felix Jones, ran for 101 yards and two scores as Arkansas (4-3, 1-3) won its first Southeastern Conference game of the season after suffering close losses to both Alabama and Auburn.

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“To win our first SEC game and on the road, means a lot,” McFadden said. “It was real tough to lose those last two SEC games like we did. But I think we got it going today on those first two drives. I’m glad that I was finally able to get my first 100-yard game against Ole Miss.”

Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner felt the four Ole Miss turnovers — all Seth Adams interceptions — was the primary culprit behind the Rebel debacle.

“The turnovers were the obvious thing. You can’t turn the ball over against a good team like that,” Werner said.

Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron said his team did not overlook the Razorbacks.

“If they did they were foolish. Look at the talent they’ve got. They completely out-manned us,” Orgeron said.

Next up for the Rebels (2-6, 0-5) is Auburn, which beat Arkansas last week 9-7 on a last second field goal.

“We’ve just got to put this behind us and get ready for Auburn,” said Ole Miss running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who led the Rebels with 84 yards rushing.

Most of that yardage came on Ole Miss’ opening possession which ended with a 48-yard field goal by Joshua Shene that missed wide left. it didn’t take long for Arkansas to get on the board.

McFadden ripped off a 30-yard run to convert a third-and-10. On the next play, Jones raced 38 yards untouched around the right side for the touchdown.

It only got worse from there. After a three-and-out by the Rebel offense, Arkansas drove 64 yards in eight plays. Casey Dick found a wide open Peyton Hillis for a 34-yard gain to the Rebel 10. Two plays later, Jones got his second touchdown of the day on a 10-yard run for a 14-0 lead with 3 minutes, 46 seconds left in the first quarter.

The third Razorback score was set up when Adams tried to dump a pass to Green-Ellis but Arkansas linebacker Adrian Davis got in the way and returned the easy pick 24 yards to the Rebel 23. Six plays later, Dick hit Hillis for a 1-yard TD pass just a minute into the second quarter.

Ole Miss’ most promising drive of the half which reached the Arkansas 11, ended when Adams was intercepted again, this time by the Razorbacks’ Mattrerral Richardson at the nine with four minutes left in the half. Richardson jumped a pass intended for Shay Hodge.

Adams’ fourth interception at midfield with five minutes left in the third quarter led to Arkansas’ fourth score. Dick threw a 9-yard TD pass to Hillis, who again, was wide open, catching the ball at the five and trotted untouched into the end zone for a 28-0 lead with 3:09 left in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw the Razorbacks tack on 16 points in between an Ole Miss scoring drive that resulted in eight points. The Rebels’ score came when Mike Wallace caught a 37-yard TD pass with 6:26 left from backup quarterback Brent Schaeffer, who entered the game in the fourth quarter to replace the ineffective Adams.

Adams completed 9 of 21 passes for 79 yards and four interceptions.