By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – A year ago, Mississippi State fans had Bo Wallace’s number before the game. Wallace had the Bulldogs’ number on game day.
Wallace threw for 294 yards and five touchdowns as Ole Miss defeated MSU 41-24. It was the Rebels’ sixth win and brought bowl eligibility, two things the Bulldogs will be seeking Thursday night at 6:30 at Davis-Wade Stadium.
In the run-up to the 2012 game, MSU fans found Wallace’s cell phone number and made repeated calls.
That was three phones ago, and he said he has been very guarded with his number this time around.
“I had them all saved on my phone, but I lost that phone. There were none to look back at and laugh at,” he said.
Wallace says he’s almost 100 percent recovered from flu-like symptoms that made him feel “awful” during the Rebels’ 24-10 loss to Missouri last week.
‘Ready to go’
He said he was OK in practice Monday.
“I came over here (Monday morning), and I wasn’t running a fever. I was ready to go. I’m definitely at the end of it,” Wallace said. “There won’t be an effect at all. Tomorrow I’ll be 100 percent almost.”
The Rebels were able to get behind the Bulldogs’ secondary last year. Donte Moncrief had seven catches for 173 yards and three scores.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says MSU has made some changes with how often they play certain coverages.
“They’re a little different than they were last year,” he said. “They’ll still do some of the same stuff, but the percentages are different.”
The Rebels’ success was less about MSU coverages and more about Ole Miss preparation, Wallace said.
“We showed them some looks that maybe we hadn’t shown earlier in the year that got them. We’ll have a few new wrinkles in this week just like we do every week. Hopefully we’ll be able to score some points on them.”