Bo Wallace Plays Game of Life, Becomes a Star as Ole Miss Upsets LSU

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace
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The Ole Miss Rebels finally got the signature win they were looking for in 2013 with their 27-24 upset of the LSU Tigers. And it was all thanks to quarterback Bo Wallace, as he was 30-of-39 on his passing attempts and racked up 346 yards through the air. 

Wallace's 76.9 completion percentage was over eight points higher than his second-best showing in that category this season. His performance against LSU also set a season high for passing yards and was his third straight game with over 300 yards through the air. 

It was on that last drive of the game, though, that Wallace was truly great. With the Rebels tied 24-24 with the Tigers, Wallace led a 13-play, 61-yard drive that took up all but two seconds of the remaining 3:19 on the clock. 

Sep 28, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze talks with quarterback Bo Wallace (14) during a timeout against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the third quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Missi
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Wallace first converted on a 3rd-and-6 with his legs, scrambling out to the right to pick up a first down and avoid a three-and-out. He then completed four straight passes and ran for another 10 yards to advance Ole Miss to the LSU 42-yard line. 

After three runs by running back I'Tavius Mathers, who had just 51 yards on the ground in the game, the Rebels buried the Tigers with a 41-yard game-winning field goal by Andrew Ritter. 

Wallace and the Rebels have been aching for a marquee win all year and have come close quite a few times. 

On Oct. 5, the Auburn Tigers made a statement by upsetting the then-No. 24 Rebels, 30-22. One week later, last-minute heroics by Johnny Manziel allowed the Texas A&M Aggies to kick a game-winning field goal of their own to beat Ole Miss, 41-38. 

Wallace has also struggled in the past against elite SEC teams. In 2012, he threw for over 300 yards in a game just three times and only once against a ranked team. He also never completed 70 percent of his passes against a ranked team. 

Against LSU last year, Wallace struggled a great deal. He completed just 15 of 35 passing attempts and had three interceptions in a 41-35 loss. 

But on Saturday against LSU, Wallace and Co. finally pulled it all together and upset the sixth-ranked LSU Tigers, and Wallace's play was the biggest reason why.