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HT Sports Round UpHottytoddy.com is giving readers a roundup of all the commentary and information about the Ole Miss Rebels from various publications around the Web.

Readers will be able to check out the latest information in a single post every week throughout the season. Here at HottyToddy.com, we are doing all the leg work to find the information that people want to hear about Ole Miss sports.

This week, the roundup will consist of articles on Rebels moving up in Polls and Ole Miss named national team of the week.

The Rebel Walk

Ole Miss Moves up to No. 3 in the AP Poll

After defeating Alabama in Tuscaloosa 43-37 Saturday night, Ole Miss made huge jumps in the nation’s polls moving to No. 5 in the Amway Coaches Poll and to a tie for 3rd in the Associated Press poll.

Last week, Ole Miss was ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Rebels jumped 12 spots this week to a tie for third with TCU. Alabama dropped to No. 12.

In the Coaches Poll, the Rebels jumped six spots, the highest gain of any team in the rankings. Alabama dropped to No. 12.

Ohio State remains No. 1 in both bolls.

Evelyn Van Pelt to read more click here

The Rebel Walk

Chad Kelly poised and confident in Ole Miss road victory over Alabama

Before Chad Kelly won the starting quarterback job for Ole Miss, he watched hours and hours of film on Alabama in the offseason, taking note that the Crimson Tide’s base defense was cover 2.

Confident Kelly took what the Tide defense gave him

Throughout Saturday night’s showdown against one of last year’s college football playoff teams, Kelly stayed the course and used the advice his uncle, former NFL Hall of Famer quarterback Jim Kelly, once told him: “Just take what the defense gives you.”

And the junior college transfer did exactly that–and more–to give the 15th-ranked Rebels the 43-37 win inside Bryant-Denny Stadium over No. 2-ranked Alabama. Kelly didn’t panic each time the Crimson Tide’s defensive line came roaring his way, and he didn’t hang his head after a 6 of 14, 36-yard first-half performance.

Kelly wasn’t even nervous about playing in his first big Division 1 football game against a Southeastern Conference powerhouse program like Alabama. Instead, he rose to the challenge and put on a first-class performance in the second half, completing 12 of 19 passes for 305 yards and three touchdown passes to Cody CoreLaquon Treadwell and Quincy Adeboyejo.

Courtney Smith to read more click here

Ole Miss Sports

Rebels Grace Sports Illustrated Cover

It’s one of the most recognizable honors in sports. And for the second straight year, Ole Miss is being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated after a win over Alabama.

This week’s issue, which hits newsstands today, shows a jubilant Trae Elston after the senior safety’s interception of Alabama quarterback Cooper Bateman in the Rebels’ 43-37 win, their first in Tuscaloosa since 1988.

The cover story title suggests that college football fans should “Re-Embrace the Mayhem,” harkening back to last year’s Oct. 8 cover of Ole Miss and Mississippi State after the Magnolia state programs produced landmark wins over Alabama and Texas A&M, respectively.

Ole Miss finds itself on the front cover of Sports Illustrated for the sixth time. Here are the other occurrences:

  • October 8, 2014: Ole Miss receivers celebrating a 23-17 win over then-No. 1 Alabama.
  • August 12, 2009: College football preview edition featured Rebel QB Jevan Snead and center Daverin Geralds and ranked Ole Miss No. 6 in its preseason top 10.
  • Sept. 30, 2008: Rebel DE Greg Hardy tackling Florida QB Tim Tebow during the Rebels’ 31-30 upset over the No. 4 Gators, who would go on to win the national title.
  • Sept. 14: 1970: Archie Manning, “Idol of Ole Miss”
  • Sept. 24, 1962: College football preview showcased the Rebelettes.

In addition, the Archie Manning 1970 cover was part of the Sept. 26, 1996 issue along with his son, Peyton.

Several former Rebels have also appeared on the front of Sports Illustrated as professional athletes, including New York Giants quarterback Charley Conerly on Dec. 3, 1956, PGA golfer Cary Middlecoff on June 10, 1957 and Giants QB Eli Manning on Jan. 28, 2008 and Feb. 8, 2008.

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Ole Miss Soccer

Kizer’s Two Goals Push Ole Miss Past Memphis

Freshman CeCe Kizer scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift Ole Miss to a 2-1 comeback victory over Memphis Sunday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. With the road victory, the Rebels finished non-conference play unbeaten and improve to 6-2-2 overall on the 2015 campaign.

“It was a big time match. Every time we play these guys, a rival, it’s always a great game,” said head coach Matthew Mott. “We went into halftime and challenged them a little bit. We said every team faces this stuff during the season, and they stepped up.”

Kizer scored her fifth game-winning goal of the season, a mark that leads the nation, in the 98th minute of play. The second multi-goal game of her young career gives the freshman a total of nine goals in 2015.

“She snuck it in near the post, and it was a great finish for her,” noted Coach Mott. “Her composure for a freshman is just really big time.”

Ole Miss outshot Memphis, 15-9, in the non-conference rivalry. Redshirt-freshman Marnie Merritt (6-2-2) earned the victory in goal, making five saves and holding Memphis scoreless for the final 90 minutes.

The Rebels nearly claimed the lead in the seventh minute but Addie Forbus fired a shot that clanked off the crossbar. Less than one minute later, it was the home team that struck first. Memphis served in a long free kick that connected with Marie Levasseur, who headed the ball past Merritt to give the Tigers the early advantage.

Ole Miss controlled ball possession throughout the majority of the opening 45 minutes, outshooting the Tigers 8-3. However, the equalizer was not found before halftime. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Olivia Harrison almost squared the match to a header near the far post, but the Memphis keeper made a diving save to keep the Tigers ahead, 1-0, at the break.

Trailing, the Rebels came out of the locker room aggressive, earning the game’s first corner kick just 15 seconds into the second half. Liza Harbin advanced up from the back line and took a shot on goal, but the Memphis goalie stopped it from finding the back of the net.

Continuing to push the action, Ole Miss finally found the equalizer in the 65th minute. In a busy right side of the box, Kizer followed Forbus’ blocked shot and blasted the ball into the goal. On the 11th shot of the match, the Rebels finally squared the match at 1-1 with 35:36 remaining in the second half.

Merritt produced a clean sheet in the second half, stopping all three of the Tigers’ shots on goal during the period. Her best save came with 50 seconds left in regulation, diving for the save as the clock ticked down. After 90 minutes of play, Ole Miss and Memphis would need extra time with the tied at one goal apiece.

Memphis took the first crack at the goal in overtime as Merritt found herself with a difficult one-on-one situation. However, the redshirt-freshman held her ground and made an incredible save to keep the Rebels alive.

With less than three minutes remaining in overtime, a scramble occurred around the Memphis net, and Kizer emerged with the game-winning goal. The freshman once again secured a rebound and fired the shot into the back of the net to cap off the Rebels’ comeback victory.

Following the pair of road contests, Ole Miss returns home to continue grinding through SEC play next weekend. First, the Rebels host Alabama Friday night, Sept. 25, before facing LSU two days later, Sept. 27. Both matches will take place under the lights of the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m. CT. As usual, all Ole Miss home games will be available on SEC Network+.


Ole Miss named National Team of the Week

The Ole Miss Rebels beat Alabama on its home field for the first time since 1988, forcing five turnovers that led to 24 points in a thrilling 43-37 win in Tuscaloosa. Beating Alabama in consecutive years for the first time in the 60-game series earned the Rebels (3-0) the AutoNation National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 19.

Junior quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 21 yards and another score in handing Alabama its first home loss in three seasons. Senior wide receiver Cody Core caught four passes for a career-high 123 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Rebels ahead by 14 points.

“Oh man, what a game,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “It was definitely a four-quarter battle. We thought we had it put away a couple of times, and they just wouldn’t go away. The great thing about it is we can improve so much from this. Hopefully, we’ll take all the positives from it and be excited about the win, but look at everything that we didn’t do properly and get better for next week.”

This was the Rebels’ second straight win over a top-five team. Ole Miss beat No. 4 Mississippi State 31-17 last year. Ole Miss also scored at least 43 points for a third consecutive game, the first time that has happened in school history. The Rebels were perfect in the red zone (4-for-4, 2 touchdowns, 2 field goals) and remain perfect on the season at 15-for-15 (12 touchdowns, three field goals). Kelly has now accounted for 12 total touchdowns this season.

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