By Parrish Alford
STARKVILLE – Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace had made major strides in protecting the football this season, but his first trip to Davis-Wade Stadium was a flashback to 2012.
Wallace threw 22 touchdown passes a year ago, but also 17 interceptions.
He went into Thursday’s game against Mississippi State with only six interceptions on the season but threw three in the first half and fumbled into the end zone on an apparent game-tying touchdown in overtime.
Wallace has now thrown five interceptions against MSU in two games.
Decision-making and ball-protection had been a major emphasis for Wallace this season.
“They were bad decisions, totally,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said.
Wallace said the ball sailed on first interception, a diving pick by Nickoe Whitley.
MSU’s Richie Brown and Justin Cox also had interceptions, and Whitley was credited with a forced fumble against Wallace on the last play of the game.
Wallace disagreed with Freeze’s assessment about his turnovers.
“The first one sailed on me. I make that throw every day. It was one bad decision. He can say what he wants,” Wallace said.
Wallace finished 26-for-40 passing for 182 yards and did not throw a touchdown pass.
The Rebels had 318 total yards, their second-lowest output of the season. Alabama held Ole Miss to 205 total yards.
Wallace said he thought he was about to score to force a second overtime period.
“I kind of relaxed, I guess. It opened up, and I made a cut. I thought I was there,” he said. “It’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to me. It feels like your heart is ripped out.”