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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Another week, another top 5 tumble.
This time, it was fourth-ranked Mississippi caught by surprise, beaten 16-10 by South Carolina on Thursday night.
"I'm glad it's over with so everyone can just stop talking about it," Rebels offensive lineman Bradley Sowell said.
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• South Carolina ended a 22-game losing streak against AP top-5 teams, winning its second straight game vs. the Rebels following a five-game losing streak in the series.
• The loss snapped Ole Miss' eight-game win streak, which had been tied for the second longest in the FBS.
• Mississippi's Jevan Snead finished 7 of 21 for 107 yards and a touchdown, ending his school-record streak of eight straight games with multiple touchdown passes.
• Ole Miss has now lost six straight SEC openers.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Sowell or his teammates won't have to worry about that. All he'll hear the next few days is how far down the Rebels (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) might slide when the new rankings arrive.
And it'll bring up the same sick feeling felt by No. 3 Oklahoma after losing to BYU in week one, or No. 5 Oklahoma State after a loss to Houston on Sept. 12, or, just a week ago, by No. 3 Southern Cal after getting upset at Washington.
The Rebels entered with their highest ranking since Archie Manning was quarterback in 1970. They left with their eight-game losing streak gone, along with any sense they could challenge for the national title.
"I never did sense that we were feeling a lot of pressure," coach Houston Nutt said. "Now it is what it is. You've lost your first conference game. You've got to work hard and win the next conference game."
That could be difficult unless Jevan Snead and the offense perk up. They entered averaging 48 points and 424 yards a game its first two weeks, but except for a fourth-quarter stretch, couldn't solve South Carolina's defense.
The Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1) had been 1-31 all-time against top 5 foes, but left Williams-Brice Stadium with the biggest win of coach Steve Spurrier's five seasons.
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Spencer Lanning kicked three field goals and fullback Patrick DiMarco a key 2-yard TD catch for the Gamecocks.
"It was good to get a win when everybody watches," Spurrier said. "It was good for all Gamecocks."
Ole Miss had one last chance at a go-ahead TD that would've extended its eight-game winning streak. But Snead was sacked by Cliff Matthews, then had a fourth-down pass knocked away by Darian Stewart.
The Gamecocks jumped around when the game ended, celebrating a victory these players had never enjoyed before at their own stadium. South Carolina's lone top-5 win came at North Carolina in 1981.
"It was a pretty ugly win, but a win and we'll take it every time," Gamecocks quarterback Stephen Garcia said.
Snead came into the season with a Tim Tebow-like buzz -- Spurrier even voted him preseason first-team SEC quarterback before changing to Tebow.
Snead, though, flopped in front a national audience eager to see what the Rebels were made of.
The Ole Miss junior missed six straight throws during one stretch and only once came through with a critical play. His 45-yard TD pass to Markeith Summers with under 10 minutes left in the game that cut it to 16-10.
South Carolina's defense had to come through after that because the offense, which controlled things for much of the first three quarters went three-and-out on its final four possessions.
Snead's 11-yard pass to Pat Patterson brought Ole Miss to the Gamecocks 32 with 2:55 to play. Then Nutt tried to outfox South Carolina.
Matthews followed with his sack of Snead before Stewart preserved the win by batting down the final pass.
"We thought we could beat them. Thought it was a toss-up game," Spurrier said. "But the way it turned out, the way our defense played, 16 points was enough."
Along with field goals of 26, 20 and 30 yards, Lanning also made a touchdown-saving tackle on Marshay Green that earned the kicker a game ball and Spurrier's praise.
"Up top, they said, 'Oh, he's gone," Spurrier said of Green's punt return. "Somehow, Lanning got him. Saved seven points."
Snead had thrown at least two TD passes in each of his past eight games and the Rebels were averaging 424 yards and 48 points a game coming in. Yet, he finished this game 7 of 21 for 107 yards and the team came far short of their earlier production.
"We really hurt ourselves and we continued to do it all throughout the game, into the last series. It's tough," Snead said.
Right from the start, Snead and the Rebels looked tight. They had only four drives in the opening half, three that ended without a first down.
Eric Norwood ended the Rebels' first drive with his school-record 27th sack. He added another in the third quarter and also got a piece of punt.
South Carolina's senior knows how to play to the ESPN cameras. Two years ago, Norwood returned two fumbles for touchdowns as the 11th-ranked Gamecocks ended No. 8 Kentucky's unbeaten start.
"I'm glad he's on my side," Garcia said.
The Rebels, outgained by South Carolina 181 yards to 71 in the first 30 minutes,
Bolden appeared to get things going with a 59-yard touchdown run. A holding penalty, however, brought that back and the Rebels eventually settled for their only points of the half on Joshua Shene's 42-yard field goal.
Mississippi came close to scoring just once more in the half, but instead of another field goal, Nutt went with a fake. Holder Justin Sparks' pass to Derrick Davis came up 2 yards shy of a first down.
Posted on: September 7, 2009 3:58 pm
1Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756 65 17 .793 Our forecasters say the champion Lakers will edge the Cavs for best record in the NBA and home court throughout the playoffs, which will come in handy if we get a Kobe-LeBron showdown. That's the only close race the Lakers will be in, according to our panel, which doesn't seem too worried about potential disruptions by Ron Artest .
2San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 54 28 .659 The aging Spurs appear to be back in business, though in fact they somehow managed 54 wins and the No. 3 seed last season before being bounced in Round 1. This time around, their hopes rest on a return to health by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and the additions of Richard Jefferson , Antonio McDyess and DeJuan Blair .
3Portland Trail Blazers 52 30 .634 54 28 .659 Can Portland become the proverbial "team nobody wants to face" in the Western Conference playoffs? Or are they ready for true contender status? Expectations are large, as are the variables: Can Greg Oden find himself? How will Andre Miller 's go-go style mesh with the walk-it-up Blazers? And who's the starting point guard, anyway?
4Denver Nuggets 51 31 .622 54 28 .659 The Nuggets won't sneak up on anyone this year, and perhaps they won't need to. With largely the same roster as they had in May, Denver is counting on good health and the further development of Carmelo Anthony to stay among the West's best. If these predictions hold, they might get a playoff rematch with the Lakers.
5Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 50 32 .610 The Mavs had a topsy-turvy summer that, according to our panel, will leave them right where they were last season: 50-32, and in the middle of the pack. They brought back Jason Kidd and acquired Shawn Marion and Drew Gooden , but lost a battle of wits with Orlando for Brandon Bass and Marcin Gortat . Expect the moves to keep coming.
6Utah Jazz * 47 35 .573 48 34 .585 Utah was a trendy name a year ago, but barely rates a mention now, for a couple of reasons: The team is coming off a disappointing season, and the Carlos Boozer situation is unresolved. But the Jazz still have a potent roster led by Deron Williams , and the dark-horse label seems to fit this team as well as any other in the West.
7New Orleans Hornets * 47 35 .573 49 33 .598 It was a disappointing season in New Orleans, relative to the high expectations they started with, but they still won 49 games and they still have Chris Paul . The Hornets are another of the West's "if everything breaks right" contenders, as they need Julian Wright , Ike Diogu and Hilton Armstrong to do more to justify being lottery picks.
8Phoenix Suns 42 40 .512 46 36 .561 The Suns were a lottery team last season, but a good one, winning 46 despite a coaching change and an eye injury to Amare Stoudemire . Now Shaq's gone, and the speed game is back, led by Steve Nash . If Amare returns to full health, the Suns will light it up again. But will that be enough for more than 8th best in the West?
9Houston Rockets 37 45 .451 53 29 .646 The Rockets were a remarkable story last season, taking the Lakers to seven games without Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady . Now Houston is in a transition year, as Yao appears out for the season and T-Mac's return is iffy. One thing does seem certain: The Rockets will scrap and claw and make every opponent's W well-earned.
10Los Angeles Clippers 33 49 .402 19 63 .232 Giddy Clippers fans might not appreciate this forecast, but keep in mind: A 33-49 record would be a 14-game leap, and L.A. has been such a disheveled franchise it's going to have to prove itself to our panel. That said, some see the Clips winning as many as 50 games, thanks in large part to the arrival of Blake Griffin .
11Oklahoma City Thunder 32 50 .390 23 59 .280 No West bandwagon is more crowded than OKC's, with our panel seeing the team that started 1-16 a year ago making the leap to mediocrity. Given the age of Kevin Durant (20), Russell Westbrook (20), Jeff Green (23) and newcomer James Harden (20), it's not hard to see what the excitement is about. But it will be hard to see them on TV.
12Golden State Warriors 31 51 .378 29 53 .354 Golden State celebrated its crowning as Team Turmoil with another heaping helping of controversy, as putative team leader Stephen Jackson reportedly asked to be traded to a good team. The talent of such youngsters as Monta Ellis and Anthony Randolph is undeniable, but clearly our panelists just do not trust the Warriors to pull it together.
13Minn. Timberwolves 26 56 .317 24 58 .293 Minnesota's noisy offseason of trades, controversial draft picks, the firing of Kevin McHale, the hiring of Kurt Rambis and a failed bid to sign Ricky Rubio is likely to be followed by a quiet season on the hardwood. The immediate future is about getting Al Jefferson healthy and seeing what youngsters Kevin Love and Jonny Flynn can do.
14Memphis Grizzlies 25 57 .305 24 58 .293 The talent base is improving thanks to youngsters Rudy Gay , O.J. Mayo , Marc Gasol , Hasheem Thabeet and Mike Conley . However, the arrival of Zach Randolph , our pick for Worst Newcomer , means that chemistry will continue to be an issue in Memphis, which also has its sights set on the 34-year-old Allen Iverson . Go figure.
15Sacramento Kings 21 61 .256 17 65 .207 The Kings take the honors as the NBA's worst team, both in last season's standings and this season's projections. Reasons for optimism include a return to health for Kevin Martin and the arrival of Tyreke Evans , but even that is a bit troubling, as they might end up playing the same position. Expect another long year in Sac-Town.
Posted on: September 5, 2009 2:22 am
I believe Lakers might be able to continue the streak by going to back