The Ole Miss Rebels hosted Texas A&M in the first SEC road game in A&M’s history, and the Reb’s couldn’t have been a more hospitable host.
The Rebels gave up 13 points in the final six minutes to allow the Aggies to escape 30-27, in a hard fought game both teams desperately wanted.
The day started off with great fanfare typical at the idyllic Oxford, MS campus where friends are made and love endures. The clouds moved in late in the afternoon and brought a slow rain that dampened the grove, but was more foreboding than we knew at the time.
Visions of Coach Orgeron come to mind when discussing another failed 4th down-and-1 inch play that resulted in a turnover at a critical time in the game.
Coach Hugh Freeze showed no lack of confidence in his offense, even after the play.
“Not winning an SEC game in however long. I was going for it… period. I didn’t want to kick it back to Manziel.”
The play called on 4th and less than 1 was not a QB keeper by a very agile Bo Wallace, but rather a draw to scat-back Jeff Scott from the shotgun formation.
Freeze went on to say, “Obviously. I wish I’d have called something different now.”
The emotion of such a big game for these two clubs extended to the visitors, as Aggie WR Ryan Swope stated:
“That’s the most emotional game I’ve ever played in. I walked off with tears in my eyes.”
With the thrill of victory or another agonizing loss, no one left Vaught-Hemingway stadium with dry eyes Saturday night. Somehow, the Rebels must get over the barrier of an ever-increasing SEC losing streak—now reaching 16 games.
Rebels wide receiver Donte Moncrief said it best:
“Everybody says, we play hard, we play hard. Well eventually we’ve got to win an SEC football game. We’ve got to come back and prepare next week.”
Let’s look at some of the individual performances from Week 6 of Ole Miss Football 2012.