Johnny Football does it to Ole Miss again.
The Rebels led 38-31 with 6 minutes, 5 seconds left in the game, but Manziel led the Aggies on an eight-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game, then after Ole Miss went 3-and-out with three incomplete passes — one a drop by Ja-Mes Logan that would have moved the chains — Manziel guided A&M into point-blank field goal range where Josh Lambo drilled a 33-yarder on the last play of the game.
Among the numerous injuries for OLe Miss was an apparent head injury for Serderius Bryan, who Freeze said was knocked out on the field. That play came on the next to last drive for A&M. Bryant was carried off on a stretcher.
There will be a lengthy injury list to consider on Monday.
CJ Johnson didn’t play, and defensive linemen Robert Nkemdiche, Woodrow Hamilton and Issac Gross all left with injuries at some point.
Freeze talked about dropped passes at crucial times, some poor decisions by quarterback Bo Wallace but also talked about the heart and fight he sees in a team that is becoming further depleted by injuries and about calls he felt should have been made against A&M in the final minutes.
One in particular comes to mind, a block in the back against Denzel Nkemdiche around mid-field.
Ole Miss players Trae Elston and Keith Lewis received targeting penalties. Those come with an automatic ejection, but both players were reinstated after video review.
After being reinstated, Elston had a big play late when he jumped on a Manziel fumble to give Ole Miss the ball on the plus side of the 50 and set up Wallace’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Laquon Treadwell.
Treadwell had not reached the end zone this season but did so twice tonight, catching a 16-yard scoring pass from Barry Brunetti prior to the Wallace pass.
Brunetti also had a 9-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram.
Here are a few Wallace quotes from his postgame radio interview:
WALLACE: “We knew we were going to have to score with the great offense that they have, and we didn’t score enough. We left points on the table.”
On his TD pass to Laquon Treadwell: “We caught them before they lined up, and Jaylen made a great play on the ball and got in the end zone.”
On his protection from the OL: “I thought they did a great job. We have to continue that on to LSU.”
A few other notes.
The Rebels were good running between the tackles at times but still finished with only 133 rushing yards against an A&M defense that was giving up 214.8 yards a game on the ground.
Wallace was protected better, only sacked one compared to six last week at Auburn. Wallace was 22-for-36 passing for 301 yards, three touchdowns and 1 interception.
Jaylen Walton led Ole Miss with 41 yards on seven carries, and I’Tavius Mathers added 31 yards on eight attempts.