By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — There was a chill surrounding Reynolds Razorback Stadium Saturday afternoon, but the feeling Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze had in his bones wasn’t because of damp air.
Freeze said following his Rebels’ 30-0 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks that he never felt right about the matchup, or the way his team went into the contest. A slow start resulted in the Rebels falling behind 17-0 after the first quarter.
Six turnovers prevented them from doing much to catch up to the Razorbacks, who are now bowl eligible for the first time under coach Bret Bielema.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace, injured in the first half, finished with two interceptions, both coming in Arkansas’ red zone. One of the picks was returned for a touchdown, putting the Razorbacks way up at 26-0 in the third quarter.
The Rebels, ranked No. 8 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, had a chance to stay in the hunt to win the SEC West, and improve their bowl destination with a win. A trip to Atlanta is now dashed for the Rebels, who will wrap up the regular season at home next Saturday against No. 4 Mississippi State.
Here are Freeze’s comments following the setback.
Here is tight end Evan Engram discussing the loss, and how he felt nothing good happened for the Rebels. Engram finished the game with five catches for 65 yards.