It finally happened. A Hugh Freeze team held on in the fourth quarter to win a marquee matchup against a ranked SEC squad. After three straight losses against solid SEC competition, the Rebels pulled it out to win over the rival LSU Tigers in front of a sold out crowd in Oxford's Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
After a back-and-forth affair, senior kicker Andrew Ritter hit a 42-yard field goal leaving just two seconds on the clock for LSU, who couldn't return the ensuing kickoff as the clock struck zero. It was as wild and wacky as a game we have come to expect when the Rebs play the Tigers. Thankfully, it swung our way.
At the moment, I'm still not at all sure what to say. The second half was an emotional rollercoaster, with Ole Miss' flimsy lead, established via opportune turnovers, vanishing right before my eyes via, you guessed it, turnovers. But the Rebel offense was absolutely masterful, accounting for 522 yards on the night, with 346 of those yards coming from Bo Wallace's throwing arm. Dr. Bo, by the way, was as good as ever tonight, slicing up the LSU defense and selling the play action well enough to give Jaylen Walton and I'Tavius Mathers room to work with.
And for the defense to play as well as they did, considering the injuries this team has suffered over the past few weeks, was remarkable. Even though they were down six starters, including C.J. Johnson and Robert Nkemdiche, they put pressure on Zach Mettenberger, hauled in timely interceptions, and kept LSU from making any real big plays.
Gosh. Just... Gosh. I'm still shaking. I have way too much too say and no time to say it. We'll give you more in depth coverage of the game tomorrow and throughout the next week but, for now, here's your celebration music: