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UGA Vs. Ole Miss Halftime Score: Dawgs Control Ground, But Give Up Big Plays

The Georgia Bulldogs have are being challenged by a Mississippi Rebels team with little to lose, but lead 24-13 at the half in Oxford. The most recent score: an 82-yard punt return by Nickolas Brassell that of course was followed by a bobbled extra point. The Dawgs have dominated the running game, 128 yards to 16, but have given up two unconventional scores, one on defense and one on special teams.

A scary moment in the second quarter: punt returner Branden Smith let a kick bounce between his legs. The Rebels downed it inside the one, but it was very close to allowing an easy Ole Miss touchdown. Not to worry: the Rebels defense went offsides on the next play to give some of that space back. A 29-yard burst by Crowell did the rest.

Fellow Dream Teamer Malcolm Mitchell caught a beautiful over-the-shoulder pass from Aaron Murray, then ran and eventually stumbled for 69 yards into the red zone. A leaping touchdown catch by Orson Charles was the result, and Ole Miss just gave up an every-yard scoring drive.

The Rebels came right back with a skidding, 38-yard catch by Brassell and a reverse-flickery pass from Randall Mackey to Donte Moncrief for the touchdown, making it 17-7. An onside kick recovery by Jeff Scott later, and uh oh.

Mackey followed his first touchdown with a soaring pick under pressure into Bacarri Rambo's hands. A couple plays later, Murray struck Aron White for a 35-yard touchdown. After a slowish start, Murray now has 158 yards and two touchdowns on only 14 attempts -- and at least three of his incompletions were drops.

For discussion, visit UGA blog Dawg Sports and Ole Miss blog Red Cup Rebellion.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.