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Vanderbilt @ Ole Miss: Game Note Golden Nuggets

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Each week we rifle through the game notes for each team and post what we consider to be items of interest. They shall be ordered by when we came across them. Here are the links to them in full: VU Notes; Miss Notes. Most, if not all, of the following was produced/compiled by the SIDs of each school. All credit belongs to them.

  • Dave Neal, Andre Ware, and Cara Capuano will be the TV crew. I recommend the radio for your aural pleasings unless you prefer bleeding from your ears and wishing for nothing but suicide for 3 hours.
  • Ole Miss was founded in 1844 and has an enrollment of 18,344. All you do is insert the 3 in the middle of its founding year? I find this mildly troubling. To contrast, Vanderbilt was founded in 1873 and has an enrollment of 6,794. Find the random pattern in that, jerks.
  • Stadium capacity ratio: Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium holds 60,580. Vanderbilt stadium holds 39,773, for a ratio of 1.523. This is important in some way.
  • Vaught-Hemingway is FieldTurf whereas Vanderbilt Stadium is old-fashioned natural grass.
  • Houston Nutt is 130-79 (0.622) as a head coach. Robbie Caldwell is 0-2 (0.00000000000).
  • This is the 85th meeting between the schools which qualifies it as one of the SEC's most frequently played series.
  • Last meeting: Ole Miss 23, Vanderbilt 7 (2009). First meeting: Vanderbilt 40, Ole Miss 0 (1894). Last game in Oxford: Vanderbilt 23, Ole Miss 17 (2008). VU road record vs. Ole Miss: 9-24. VU home record vs Ole Miss: 26-23-2. VU all-time record vs. Houston Nutt: 2-2.
  • Vanderbilt has won three out of the last five meetings. VU has also won the last 3 meetings played in September, by an average of 9.3ppg.
  • Tennessee is the only team VU has played more than Ole Miss.
  • Unlike the LSU game, the VU Game Notes "Key Games" all have come since 1997. The list? 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008.
  • VU freshman Steven Clarke and Ole Miss' Cliff Coleman were teammates in the same defensive secondary at Boyd Anderson H.S. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • "One week into the season the Commodore depth chart features an array of sophomores (28), redshirt freshmen (14) and true freshmen (20). Nearly 30 sophomores and freshmen are featured on the Vanderbilt two-team depth chart. Only eight seniors have contributed vs. Northwestern and LSU."
  • Jonathan Krause (Fr. WR) and Archibald Barnes (R-So., LB) - earned their first starts against LSU. Also, it shall be Archibald "Moonlight" Barnes, at least according to posters in one of the forums. We concur. We do not take credit for this; we only officially recognize it.
  • True freshmen that have seen action for Vandy: Krause, Karl Butler (S), Steven Clarke (DB), Chase Garnham (LB), Andre Hal (DB), Kenny Ladler (S), Fitz Lassing (TE), Jordan Matthews (WR), Andre Simmons (S), Carey Spear (K)
  • In addition to the 19 first-time contributors from the Northwestern game, Walker May (R-Fr., DE) and Taylor Loftley (R-So., DT), earned their frist action against LSU, bringing the total to 21 this season so far.
  • Vince Taylor (Fr., DT) is the only active Commodore from Mississippi. He attended Oak Grove HS in Hattiesburg, MS. He has been slowed by a broken hand and has not yet played this season.
  • Commodores are just 4-21 in their last 25 conference openers, and 2-4 since 2005. We are on a 2 game losing streak, which is much shorter than the 14 game streak from 1991 through 2004, and also shorter than the official 11 game streak from 1994 through 2004 when you factor in the fact that the 1993 Alabama victory magically became a forfeit. Thanks Bama!
  • VU has now lost six straight to teams ranked by the AP Top 25.
  • Since the 2005 opener, the Commodores are 15-8 in games played before October 1. This number looked much better prior to our 2 game losing streak to open this season.
  • QB Jared Funk and WR Turner Wimberly are enrolled in graduate courses at Vanderbilt's Peabody College.
  • Vanderbilt is 0-2 when playing at home this season. Vanderbilt is also 0-2 when playing at night. Fortunately Vanderbilt is N/A when playing both away and during the day. I think you know what that means. Also, we have yet to lose on FieldTurf this season.
  • Houston Nutt has also served head coaching stints at Boise State and MURRAY STATE (ugh), where he captured two OVC Championships. He graduated from Oklahoma State in 1981.
  • "Senior wide out Markeith Summers had a career day against the Green Wave last Saturday. He posted a career-best 165 yards receiving on five catches, including a 70-yard strike. It was the seventh-highest single-game total in Ole Miss history and earned him Honorable Mention Wide Receiver of the Week from the College Football Performance Awards."
  • Ole Miss has had nine first time starters this season to Vanderbilt's 11. Also, 15 Rebels have made their debut to Vanderbilt's 21.
  • Ole Miss was not flagged for a penalty against Jacksonville State, which is believed to be the first time since 1944 that has happened to Ole Miss.
  • Ole Miss ranks second int he SEC in scoring at 37.5 points per game. They lead the SEC in pass efficiency (195.8) and are third in passing offense (262.0/g).
  • The Rebel defense is tied for second in the SEC in sacks (3.5/g), while the Ole miss offense is third in the SEC only allowing 1.0 sack per game.
  • Ole Miss has five players from Tennessee: OL Jared Duke (Cleveland), FB E.J. Epperson (Humboldt), OL Michael Brown (Lexington), TEs Z. Mason and Jack Nuismer (Nashville). [UPDATE: Michael Brown is from Lexington, TX according to ESPN.com. Ole Miss' SID listed him as from Lexington, TN in their game notes, which is the root cause of the mistake. Many thanks to the Ole Miss fans who filed a support request to fix the error. Please contact the Ole Miss Football SID to have the information corrected.]
  • Ole Miss is 144-76-7 (.650) all-time during the month of September and are 44-39-1 (.536) in SEC games, going 11-8 (.579) in Oxford.
  • The Rebels will play all of their games this season either in Oxford or in a state that borders Mississippi. (Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Tulane).
  • Ole Miss permanent captains: WR Lionel Breaux, SS Johnny Brown, LB Jonathan Cornell, DE Kentrell Lockett and DT Jerrell Powe.
  • "In the spring, DE Kentrell Lockett was been [sic] selected as the 2010 recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, which goes to a rising senior defensive player each year. The award, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, honors the late Chucky Mullins, who had his Ole Miss career come to an end during the 1989 Homecoming game against Vanderbilt when he was paralyzed after making a tackle. After returning to his studies at Ole Miss, Mullins passed away on May 6, 1991. Lockett, who wears No. 40, will have the honor of wearing a "38" patch on his jersey during his senior campaign. Mullins wore No. 38 as a player at Ole Miss."