Sideshow with Dale McKee

Meridian, Miss. (WTOK) –

Ole Miss held off a feisty Auburn team last Saturday, 48-34, to take first place in the SEC West. The No. 7 Rebels’ ground game was unstoppable as running backs Quinshawn Judkins and Zach Evans, along with quarterback Jackson Dart, all rushed for over 100 yards as the Rebels held the Tigers’ defense to 448 yards rushing. Dart also threw for 130 yards and three points. The only downside was that the Rebels defense had trouble slowing down the Tigers running game as they rushed for 301 yards. Ole Miss (7-0, 3-0) will now travel to LSU (5-2, 3-1) in the CBS National Game of the Week on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Jake Lange came off the bench to lead Southern Mississippi to its first Sun Belt Conference win as the Golden Eagles rallied for a 20-19 win over Arkansas State. Lange brought the crowd of more than 27,000 to life at MM Roberts Stadium as he led field goals of 95 and 55 yards in the final ten minutes of the game. The Eagles’ Frank Gore Jr. rushed for 96 yards on 19 carries, capped by a 30-yard touchdown run of 95 yards. Janari Dean then hit a 3-yarder to put the Golden Eagles up with just 2:12 to play. This week, the Golden Eagles (3-3, 1-1) play at Texas (3-4, 1-2) before returning home on Thursday, Oct. 27, to host Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Kentucky Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) defense held Mississippi State to just 225 yards of offense in a 27-17 win over the visiting Bulldogs. The Wildcats’ ground attack rushed for 248 yards and accounted for another 239 through the air against the Bulldogs. Mississippi State entered the game scoring more than 40 points per game with two wins over Texas A&M and Arkansas. The Bulldogs’ running game lacked just 22 yards, while quarterback Will Rogers was 27-of-37 for 203 yards and a TD. MSU defensive back Emmanuel Forbes tied an SEC record with his fifth career pick as he scored on a 59-yard punt return. The No. 24 Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2) travel to Tuscaloosa to host No. 6 Alabama (6-1, 3-1) this Saturday night.

The No. 1 HBCU Jackson State Tigers dominated Bettun-Cookman as quarterback Shedur Sanders threw five touchdowns in a 48-8 Tiger victory. The SWAC East-leading defense tied an NCAA record with three shutouts in the tournament. The Tigers, 6-0 overall, host Campbell for the first time since 1983 this Saturday. Alcorn (3-3, 2-1) fell to South, 21-17, and now hosts Texas Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m. Mississippi Valley (0-7, 0-3), fell to Alabama State, 24-9, and will do. currently accepting Bethune-Cookman.

Delta State had 494 yards on the ground in beating West Alabama, 20-7. No. 10 State (7-0,4-0) travels to Shorter this Thursday night. Mississippi College (4-3, 3-1) will travel to West Florida on Saturday after beating Valdosta 49-40. Belhaven (5-1, 3-1) rolled over Greensboro, 59-7, and will host Southern Virginia on Saturday. Millsaps (3-3, 2-1) was blanked by Birmingham Southern, 28-0. The Majors host Rhodes on Saturday night.

Mississippi had six teams ranked in the nation’s top 20 in last week’s national junior college polls. Northwestern was ranked No. 2, with Jones at No. 4, East Mississippi at No. 7, Pearl River at No. 17, Gulf Coast at No. 19 and Hinds at No. 20. In last week’s JUCO action, Jones and Northwestern remained perfect, while Northeastern upset East Mississippi. Other winners were Gulf Coast, Hinds, Holmes and Pearl River. This Thursday’s games Northwestern (7-0) hosts Holmes (4-3), Jones (7-0) hosts Delta (0-7), Coahoma (3-4) hosts Northeastern (4-3), Co – Lynn (3-4) travels to East Central (0-7) and Hinds (4-3) to entertain Gulf Coast (4-3). In Saturday’s game, East Mississippi (4-3) hosts Itawamba (3-4) and Pearl River (4-3) travels to Southwestern (2-5).

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