Final: Ole Miss 25, Georgia Tech 17

A Music City Bowl victory in a truly inspired defensive effort and a determined effort by quarterback Bo Wallace, the game’s MVP.

It was a signature Wallace game. He forced one play that turned into an interception and Tech quickly converted with a long touchdown pass to get back in the game.

But Wallace — as he does when he’s on — had many more positive plays. He rushed for a career-high 86 yards on 13 carries and scored on runs of 17 and 10 yards. He was 22-for-32 passing for 256 yards, a 28-yard touchdown to Donte Moncrief and the interception.

Here’s the Ole Miss Postgame:


Serderius Bryant and Issac Gross each had eight tackles and combined for five of the Rebels’ 10 tackles for loss, three by Gross.

Interesting postgame comments from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, who was adamant that he saw nothing from the Ole Miss defense that he had not already seen on video.

That wasn’t what Dave Wommack said:

“It was almost a total adjustment of the scheme. A whole new package went in for it. Our kids took time on it, executed. Some of the passing stuff was what they had run during the year, but most of it was all brand new. You can’t stand in a conventional defense against them and hold in against it. You’ve got to change the windows on the back, and change the window on the pitch and change the windows on the quarterback. … You’ve just got to go through it. You don’t believe it until you see it.”

More in tomorrow’s Day After Observations.

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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  • Lee814

    Parrish, you were very close on OM’s final total, but I am glad you missed the mark on GT. It would have been a long ride home if OM would have lost, especially as cold as it was out there. I thought the defense played a really good game. After that first Tech drive, they made some adjustments and played well. Aside from Conner falling down allowing the big TD play, the Rebels shut them down. Bo Wallace had an incredible game!

    • Parrish Alford

      Lee, I really did not expect Ole Miss to run the ball the way it did. To me, that was the difference in the game. I thought they would play well on defense and give themselves a chance but that Tech would score some points. I didn’t think they would be as dominant against Tech’s run as they were. I just try to call it like I see it. If I pick against them and I’m wrong it means they’re getting better.

  • Killer_Beeze

    Bo Wallace put the whole team on his sore aching shoulder and carried them to a victory. A real gutsy game by a real gutsy guy. I hope he can finally get that shoulder healed and back into shape during the off season and start the 2014 season with a win in Atlanta–first game–and a win in Atlanta–in the last game. (wink) (wink)

  • Missouri Rebel

    Glad to see Bo have that performance. I was glad they finally admitted that he still has arm problems. I thought it was pretty evident during the last games of the season. During the Missouri game and the State game he stayed away from the deep ball and when he tried it, he threw short of his target. The interception yesterday was the same way. Hopefully he will heal in the offseason and have a pain free senior year.

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