Boise State received a violent gut check Thursday night.
The Broncos came into their season opener at the Georgia Dome looking for an upset. Instead they found Ole Miss lying in wait with a boom stick, fully prepared to dish out a painful and unceremonious welcome to the South.
Bystanders watched as the Rebels defense—a project long in the works—unloaded pound after pound of hurt on Boise State receivers.
Every time a Bronco caught the ball, a crimson blur snapped his body backward.
Vine user @sp0rts brings us footage of the carnage laid down by Ole Miss defensive back Cody Prewitt (No. 25), linebacker Keith Lewis (No. 24) and DB Tony Conner (No. 12).
They are terrifying men. Remember their names.
While it made for excellent television, Ole Miss' "destroy first, count the bodies later" defense came at a price.
An above-the-shoulders hit by Serderius Bryant on Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick in the first quarter ended in ejection for the Ole Miss linebacker.
Officials flagged Bryant for targeting and sent him to the locker room to decompress. The linebacker maintains that he scarcely touched Hedrick.
"I barely even hit him, to tell you the truth," Brant told Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel. "If I had hit him hard, then I think it [would have been] worthy of a flag, but I barely hit him."
Here's a GIF of the hit, courtesy Nick Bromberg of Yahoo Sports. You be the judge:
In any case, this is not your typical Ole Miss defense.
This is an entirely different monster, and if Thursday night was any indication, more than one opposing receiver will leave Vaught-Hemingway Stadium icing his kidneys this season.
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