By Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel
OXFORD – Ole Miss sophomore free safety Cody Prewitt made huge plays against Texas A&M on Saturday night, but it will go down as a footnote, after the Rebels came away empty-handed in a 30-27 loss.
The Rebels forced six turnovers and Prewitt had a hand in four of them.
He forced two fumbles in the first half – one each in the first and second quarter. In the third quarter, he recovered a muffed punt return that set the Rebels up at the Texas A&M 5-yard line. They would score a few plays later to lead 27-17. On the Aggies’ first dive of the fourth quarter, he stepped in front of a Johnny Manziel pass at the Rebels 20-yard line.
Prewitt also shared the team lead with six tackles – five solo – a week after leading the Rebels with 13 against Alabama.
Noticeably upset after the crushing loss, Prewitt wouldn’t take credit for his performance, insisting he was just doing his job – supporting his teammates.
“The bottom line is my teammates are dependent on me and I’m dependent on them,” Prewitt said. “Whenever we have a chance to make a play, we need to make them for our teammates, not for ourselves.”
Silent locker room
Prewitt said the locker room was silent, reflecting on the fact that the Rebels beat themselves, but he added that they will recover as they prepare for SEC West foe Auburn, which visits next Saturday. He said the loss won’t be a difficult one to get over.
“It’s pretty devastating, but it’s not going to be difficult to overcome,” said Prewitt, who was second on the team with 29 tackles entering the game. “We don’t blink. We play the next play. We get better.
“We come in tomorrow, fix the mistakes we made in this game and get ready for Auburn.”