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Halftime: Georgia 24, Ole Miss 13

9/24/2011

One minute, Georgia has looked like it's had this game with Ole Miss wrapped up, but the next, the Rebels come right back.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in Oxford, but thanks to some nifty trick plays, Ole Miss has crawled back into this one.

The Rebels' first bit of trickery came when what started as a reverse turned into a 38-yard pass from quarterback Randall Mackey, who replaced starter Zack Stoudt, to Donte Moncrief to make it 17-7.

Ole Miss then caught the Bulldogs off guard with a nice onside kick, but moments after it looked like the Rebels had a major momentum shift go their way as Mackey tossed a pass right into Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo's hands. Three plays later, quarterback Aaron Murray hit tight end Aron White for a 35-yard touchdown, in which White bounced right off a poor attempt of a tackle by an Ole Miss defender.

As the crowd shrank back to a whisper, the Rebels used yet another trick to get back in when Jeff Scott handed his punt return off to Nickolas Brassell for an 81-yard touchdown. Naturally, the extra point was botched and Ole Miss trails 24-13.

Georgia's receivers are dropping passes like crazy out there on the field and that has to be driving Murray nuts. He has 158 yards and two touchdowns, but his numbers should be much better.

I say hand the ball off to Isaiah Crowell more. He has 14 carries for 92 yards and was trending on Twitter earlier today.

As for Ole Miss, the defense must tighten up and get back to tackling fundamentals. And the running game needs to arrive. The Rebels have carried the ball 18 times for 18 yards. That won't win you games in this league.