Rebels finally win the close one and the big one

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Ole Miss tight end Lavon Hooks pulls down LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger for a sack during the first half of Saturday’s game at Ole Miss.

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Ole Miss finally won a close – and big – game, a 27-24 win Saturday over No. 6 LSU.

A week after Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M broke nearly 61,000 hearts on a last-second field goal, the Rebels – depleted Rebels – deleted that memory.

“It seems like, with a lot of those that we’ve had, I’ve been here longer than I have,” second-year Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “We’ve had quite a bit of those go the other way.”

An 8-point loss at Auburn marred a comeback attempt two weeks ago. Last season, the Rebels (4-3, 2-3) lost games against Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and LSU by a combined 10 points.

Quarterback Bo Wallace had taken much criticism and fans were on edge after the loss to A&M. Wallace was asked about his mindset with the ball starting at his own 15 yard line with 3:15 left to play.

“I’m not letting this happen again,” Wallace said.

It was Ole Miss’ first win over a Top 10 team since a win over No. 8 LSU in 2009. It was also the highest-ranked team Ole Miss has beaten since a win against Tim Tebow and No. 4 Florida in Gainesville in 2008.

Despite the winning effort from the beat-up Rebels’ replacements, Ole Miss isn’t where Freeze wants just yet. But it was a second straight weekend of highly-ranked recruits on campus. They saw the Rebels fall just short seven days earlier, then saw them finally make a climb over the hill that has proved tough footing – a win in a close game.

“There’s some really good recruits in that locker room that see we’re really close and we could use a little help, because we’re not where we need to be depth-wise in certain spots,” Freeze said.

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  • Kevin

    Wallace and the whole team really surprised me last night. It was good that they hung on in the end when I thought they were going to ride the train to chokesville. Now I hope that this win gives the team confidence as the year goes along and maybe we can get another 7-win season.

  • REB

    You mean you hope they falter somewhere down the tracks so you can tell us how they suck and how bad a team they are? You have a terrible smell about you and everyone knows it.

    • Kevin

      I don’t ever want the team to lose. If I believe they’ll lose and then they win, then I’m surprised and happy. If I expect them to win, which is hardly ever, and they lose, then I’m disappointed. This is my way of coping with 40+ years of mediocrity.

      • Roger Davis

        Again, your own words – they’ve ‘sucked’ for 40 plus years…so that makes you a sucker.

  • REB

    Kenvin there are some real good psychiatrist in the area. You need one bad.