Rebels need a repeat of Alabama performance against Arkansas

Updated: October 20, 2003, 8:47 PM ET

OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi needs a strong, physical effort in all three phases of the game against No. 21 Arkansas on Saturday.

Kind of like the one the Rebels had against Alabama last week.

Ole Miss (5-2, 3-0 SEC) scored 24 points in the first quarter and went on to beat the Crimson Tide 43-28 Saturday.

"Our start to the game was just outstanding," Cutcliffe said. "There is plenty to build off of in that game and we want to continue to get better. I was real proud of our effort and think we played real physical."

Arkansas has lost two straight after starting the season 4-0.

"Alabama and Florida were both physical teams, but I think Arkansas is a notch above," Cutcliffe said. "They're a very talented and experienced team. They have the best lineman in the country and some very experienced players."

Arkansas has arguably the best offensive lineman in the country in Shawn Andrews, a 6-foot-5, 360-pound tackle who is an Outland and Lombardi Award candidate.

Versatile quarterback Matt Jones directs the Razorbacks' offense.

"He is a very dangerous player who can do so many things well," Cutcliffe said. "He's an extremely accurate passer. He's a great scrambler and a threat to run when he gets out of the pocket."

A point of interest Saturday will the Rebels' special teams.

Last year, the Razorbacks scored two touchdowns against the Ole Miss special teams, while two long punt returns set up 10 more points in the final two minutes of the first half.

"We continue to work in that area and minimize our mistakes," Cutcliffe said. "We had a breakdown in our punt blocking (against Alabama) on the touchdown. But we have done better there and we want to continue to get big plays on special teams."

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