Ole Miss has a rich football history, but I do not consider myself to be an Ole Miss historian.
Some of these games I covered, others I did not. Some of the games included in this list I’ve only read about.
I’ve enjoyed learning about Vaught’s Ole Miss teams since I moved to Mississippi in 1989, but I didn’t see those teams or the ones in the early years that followed.
With that asterisk, I present my list of the top 10 Ole Miss football wins of the After Vaught Era.
I welcome your opinions and modifications.
1 Notre Dame, 1977: I’m told it was very hot that day, and the Irish didn’t handle the heat in Jackson. Notre Dame was ranked No. 6 and would not lose again in a national championship season. Ole Miss 20, Notre Dame 13.
2 Alabama, 1988: It remains the Rebels’ only win in Tuscaloosa. Ole Miss 22, Alabama 12.
3 Florida, 2008: Florida was No. 4, and Ole Miss provided a glimpse of the team it would become later that season. Kentrell Lockett’s blocked extra point was the difference in a 31-30 win.
4 Florida, 2002: The highest-ranked opponent (No. 4) beaten by a David Cutcliffe team. Ole Miss won 17-14.
5 Georgia, 1976: The Rebels were unranked when they defeated No. 4 Georgia 21-17 at homecoming in Oxford.
6 Auburn, 2003: It was a good Auburn team not a great one. Eli led a second-half comeback, and the Rebels survived a dropped Auburn pass in the end zone in the final seconds. It allowed the Rebels to continue to march unbeaten in SEC play toward the showdown with LSU.
7 LSU, 1986: The Tigers were No. 11 and would suffer their only SEC loss, 21-19.
8 LSU 2009: Ole Miss was unranked and had under-achieved to this point in the season when it out-played LSU in a 25-23 win that is also remembered for Les Miles’ clock management.
9 Auburn, 1999: Again not a great Auburn team, but this was big for what it represented, a win over Tommy Tuberville when ill feelings for the way Tuberville left Ole Miss were still very fresh. Ole Miss 24, Auburn 17.
10 Alabama, 1976: Ole Miss was unranked and Alabama was No. 6 when Ole Miss won 10-7 in Jackson.