Ole Miss Rebels Post-Game Report Ole Miss 30 Fresno St. 24 The Rebels pulled out a wild one in Cali. Fresno's QB, the younger sibling of David Carr, was hot and connected on several deep plays that the Rebel secondary had trouble with. Fresno won the toss and received. After a long pass completion, the Rebel D held tough and forced a punt. On the Rebels first play from LOS, Fresno blew up AA return man Korvic Neat on a sweep and a big lineman scooped and scored to go up 7-0. The Fresno D put it in "Beast Mode" and were out for blood playing the role of spoiler they're so well known for. The FS "D" would force another fumble later in the game to keep the Rebs from getting control of the game. After the initial score, Ole Miss would receive the KO where So Daryl Chavis would return it to the 9. Then just two rushes later, Marques Battle would punch it in by trucking a Fresno DB at the goal-line. Fresno would continue their aerial assault and score again on a short run from a very good Fresno HB, and get a FG. With time ticking away, Raymond Cotton connected with WR Poole to pull within a FG withe 11 seconds on the clock. Fresno would go into the half up 17-14. Ole Miss would win the second half though as Raymond Cotton would find Jr TE Blake Parker in the endzone in each qtr of the 2nd half. Parker would have a career day and be named Player of the Game for his two TD receptions. Freshman Kicker Tim Moore would miss a PAT but would later shake of the rust and make a 42 yarder to put the Rebs up 6 late in the 3rd. The Rebels would put up a respectable 371 yds of Offense with Cotton throwing 3 TD's and 2 INT's for 160 yards. The Rebels ground game cranked out 211 yds led by 3 rushers. Freshman Jarrett Dorsey is listed as the # 1 HB with Battle and workhorse Kevin Thornton behind him battling it out. Dorsey and Thornton are more complete backs as Thornton caught a pair of crucial passes to move the chains on 3rd down late in the game. Thornton replaced Dorsey early in the 4th when Dorsey began to show fatigue easily. Dorsey led the Rebels with 71 yds on 15 carries in his debut, while Battle had 59 yds on 15 carries, and Thornton came up big late in the game finishing with 53 yds on just 11 carries. The HB race appears to be wide open with all three backs competing for PT. Sophomore tailback Daryl Chavis appears to be better suited for the return game but will be worked in the rotation some throughout the Fall. The future of the Rebels' backfield is indeed bright with two So's and two Fr at the helm. This was quite a test for the Rebels as pull out a W on the road against an opponent known for ruining seasons for ranked teams. This will help the Rebs as they get ready to host #11 ranked Texas next week in the home opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.