Freeze talks last possession vs. A&M

The play-calling for Hugh Freeze on the Rebels’ last offensive possession, when they were tied at 38 with Texas A&M, has been a hot topic since the 41-38 loss.

The drive began with 3:07 on the clock and used just 34 seconds. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies took over at their 29 with 2:33 to play and kicked the winning field goal on the last play of the game.

Freeze on Monday changed what he’d said on Saturday night in response to questions about that possession.

It’s not unusual for coaches to have different opinions after watching the film, and on Saturday night, offensive coordinator Dan Werner, who was in the press box, had a different opinion of that series than Freeze did then. Said Werner Saturday night: “No, I think (Bo) made a good decision. The (other) guy made a good play.”

This was what Freeze had to say on Saturday night: “The first one was a run-pass option. Wish we’d have handed that one off. I can second-guess all that, but the next play we have a guy wide open and hit him right in the chest. You’ve got to make plays. Run or pass, you’ve got to make plays.”

He spoke with more detail about that last possession on Monday.

Freeze: “We had a little deal we’ve done the whole second half, where we try to short motion and try to see exactly what they’re running to make the call accordingly. They were going to boundary hammer with an eight-man front, which is very difficult to run against. We checked to a pass and unfortunately it didn’t go to the right place. We had a guy in the flat area wide open for nice gainer to get a good drive starter. We made a bad decision. To me, that was better than running it and being in second-and-10 or nine or 11 with what I saw was coming. They checked out of it which took away the two verticals, but we definitely had the flat open. We then came back with another route we felt good about. We should have made the play and we didn’t. We’ve got to make those when those times are like that. The first one was just a check based on what they were in, which we had done pretty much the whole second half.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    The play calling was questionable but the receivers should have caught the balls thrown to them. IF they had done their part then the outcome may have been different. It was not all Bo’s fault.

  • papatoLC

    For fans, if the call does not work it is a bad call. I love Ole Miss football and can second guess with the best, but I am not a football coach. I am not with these kids in practice, nor do I know who is hurt or what is best for the defense that they see. Our staff did not call plays that they didn’t think would work. They wanted to get down the field and win the game. Remember the defense was without several key players. Playing for overtime was not the best way to win the game. I think the coaches felt this was where we win or lose. The offense says, do we continue to do what has worked or give them something we think they will not expect. The defense says do we try to stop what they have been doing or do we expect something different. Against Vandy they were set to stop the pass, we ran and we won. Against A&M they looked to be in a run defense and we passed. Our players did not make the plays. Because of that, fans are saying that Freeze made bad calls. I wonder what they would be saying if the receivers had made the catches.

  • Cid Riley

    Cid Riley likes to watch college football, but if I could only watch one more game and that’s the last one ever..then it’d be Northwestern vs. sharkfins.. ‘Cats would cut their fins off at the spine!

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