BOONEVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw loves when his unit plays with passion.
BOONEVILLE -- The three national championship football teams at East Mississippi Community College had the knack for beating an opponent in a number of ways. On Thursday, No. 2 EMCC looked like one of those throwback teams in a 59-0 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. at Tiger Stadium.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has proven it has one of the nation's top passing attacks. The problem for the Rebels they need to improve in just about every other aspect.
FULTON -- The Itawamba Community College football team warmed up for archrival East Mississippi C.C. in style Thursday night. The Indians did so with plenty of help from some former local standouts.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Anthony Averett has gone from raw recruit to two-year starting cornerback for the No. 1 Alabama football team. Levi Wallace and Jamey Mosely can top that: They began their Crimson Tide careers as walk-ons.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's starting offensive line did nothing in its season opener against Charleston Southern to suggest changes would come. It wasn't until the first half of the second game against Louisiana Tech that the changes started, but it was unexpected.
STARKVILLE -- The classic dime package never was meant to be strong against the run. With six defensive backs on the field with four defensive linemen and a linebacker or three defensive linemen and two linebackers, the weakness lies in the box. The Mississippi State football team feels it has the players to neutralize that.
STARKVILLE -- Tristan and Peyton Pisacane shared the dream of playing college football. Doing so together seemed almost impossible since Peyton had aspirations to attend the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York.
COVINGTON, Ky. -- Ole Miss' hearing with the NCAA's infractions committee has ended after two days of meetings.
The No. 2 East Mississippi Community College football team will be back in its comfort zone when it plays 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Northeast Mississippi C.C. in its Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division opener. EMCC will bring a 24-game division winning streak into the game. Its last loss came in 2012 in the regular-season finale at Itawamba C.C.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen knew he had to choose his moment carefully.
RUSTON, La. -- Dan Mullen's eyes dropped to the box score in his hands. In addition to seeing two 100-yard rushers -- Nick Fitzgerald and Aeris Williams -- the Mississippi State football coach saw his team more than double Louisiana Tech in rushing yards (327-152).
RUSTON, La. -- As the midway point of the third quarter loomed, Gerri Green and Jeffery Simmons already had made an impact. Green forced a fumble that led to a quick score, while Simmons scored a touchdown after he blocked a punt. Green and Simmons then joined forces to put the game out of reach.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts set the tone for the Alabama football team early in the week and again to start the game. Top-ranked Alabama needed to play better Saturday against Fresno State, he told his teammates. Hurts took care of his part of the bargain, rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns and passing for a third score in a 41-10 victory Saturday.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson had a simple explanation for Saturday's record-breaking performance in a 45-23 victory against Tennessee-Martin.
RUSTON, La. -- The Mississippi State football team hoped to get Daryl Williams some valuable experience on the offensive line Saturday night.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College graduate assistant Rodriguez Moore has high praise for sophomore running back Tyrell Price. "He is going to be better than me, maybe even a lot better," said Moore, with a wry smile.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team defended eight pass attempts in its season-opening 49-0 victory against Charleston Southern last week in Starkville. Meanwhile, in Ruston, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech threw the ball 10 times in the first quarter.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Timorrius Conner was ready to have his number called. The former Noxubee County High School standout played the second half of No. 2 EMCC's 49-10 victory against Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. on Thursday night at Sullivan-Windham Field.
SCOOBA -- Whether East Mississippi Community College quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. saw Derrick Beckom coming for him or felt him, there is no denying Beckom affected him.
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