November 19, 2007

Extra Points: Green-Ellis passes milestone

While the Ole Miss football team didn't pull off an upset over No. 1 LSU Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, one Rebel passed a major milestone in the Rebels' 41-24 loss.

Senior running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries, giving him 1,020 yards on the season. Green-Ellis rushed for exactly 1,000 yards his junior season.

He's just the second Ole Miss runner to have two 1,000-yard seasons in a career. John "Kayo" Dottley accomplished the feat in the 1949 and 1950 seasons.

Green-Ellis said the honor was nice, but he wished the accomplishment could've meant more.

"I wish I could have helped the team win more games by doing it," he said.

The day was bittersweet for Green-Ellis, as the senior fumbled on the LSU two-yard line in the first quarter.

Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron said the fumble was out of character.

"If there's anyone I trust with the ball, it's BenJarvus," Orgeron said. "I know he feels bad about it.

"He just made a critical mistake at a critical time."

On the move

Facing the nation's top defense, the Ole Miss offense went to work. The Rebels out-gained LSU 466 yards to 396.

LSU had allowed an averaged of 66 rushing yards per game before the Rebels gashed the Tigers for 201 yards on the ground.

"We got more yards than they did by putting Brent (Schaeffer) in there, and spreading them out was a good idea," Orgeron said.

Schaeffer did plenty of damage with his feet, rushing for 94 yards on a combination of designed runs and scrambles.

LSU head coach Les Miles said the Tigers were caught off guard with Schaeffer in the game.

"We weren't looking for him. That's partially my fault. He wasn't in our gameplan," Miles said. "He's more mobile than I thought. He really put the ball in there and wasn't afraid to take it in."

Turkey, then eggs

There's plenty at stake Friday, when the Rebels travel to Starkville for the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.

And as soon as the game ended with LSU, the Rebels began to prepare for their in-state rivals, trying to avoid a winless SEC season.

""We're going to be fine going down there to Mississippi State," Green-Ellis said. "If there is one game on the schedule we have to win, this is it."

Orgeron is 1-1 in games against Mississippi State, winning last year in Oxford.

"I know exactly what it means," Orgeron said.

For Ole Miss' seniors like Schaeffer, the game will be special.

"I'm not playing this last game for me, I'll be playing for Ole Miss," Schaeffer said. "We really need the win over Mississippi State with them being an in-state rival and the season we've had.

"We need the win."

One last walk

Prior to the start of the game, 17 Rebel seniors were honored prior to their final home game - Corey Actis, Seth Adams, Christian Albarracin, Nate Banks, Marcus Cohen, Viciente DeLoach, Thomas Eckers, Ryan Favret, Jeremy Garrett, Green-Ellis, Bruce Hall, Darryl Harris, Robert Hough, Brandon Jenkins, Robert Lane, Schaeffer and Josh Zettergren.

Extra, extra points

•For the first time this season, wide receiver Mike Wallace didn't catch a pass. Wallace nearly had a touchdown reception in the third quarter but Chevis Jackson reached in and raked the ball out. Despite not catching any passes, Wallace contributed on special teams, returning five kicks for 117 yards.

•Marshay Green returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Prior to the return, Green had averaged negative 1.7 yards. It was Green's second career return for a score.

• Jamarca Sanford led the Rebels with 10 tackles. Since returning from an injury for the Auburn game, Sanford's averaged over 11 tackles a game.

•Justin Sparks averaged 40 yards on four punts, with the highlight coming on his first punt of the day, which Cassius Vaughn downed on the two-yard line.

•Greg Hardy returned from his two-game suspension to record a pair of sacks.


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