Upset Special: Ole Miss over (4) Florida, 31-30

Derek StephensSenior Analyst ISeptember 27, 2008

When I said the key of the game for the Ole Miss Rebels was to blitz Tim Tebow, I found it very ironic on 4th-and-1, trailing by one, Tim Tebow is stuffed by the Ole Miss blitz to seal the upset and shock around the world for Ole Miss and Houston Nutt.

This game not gives Ole Miss its first win in the SEC, but it snaps the the nine-game winless streak in the SEC for the Rebs.

I've been preaching that Ole Miss is a whole different team this season after three years of nothing under Ed Orgeron, but even I was questioning my Rebels after last week's six-turnover meltdown letdown.

Snead tossed another INT early on, but eventually ran for one  and threw for two more to help the Rebels win their first SEC game since the end of 2006 against Mississippi State.

Ole Miss started off first with a Jevan Snead TD run, but Florida ended the half with 17 unanswered points to give the Gators a 17-7 edge.

Ole Miss then capitalized on two key fumbles for the Gators and turned those into 10 points to tie, with a 33-yard field goal by Joshua Shene and a 18-yard screen pass to Cordera Eason, courtesy of Jevan Snead. 

Then, with :52 seconds to go in the third quarter, Dexter McCluster put on the jets for a 40-yard TD run out of the Wild-Rebel offense to make the score 24-17.

Florida responded with a one-yard TD run by Tim Tebow to make the score 24-all, but Ole Miss answered right back with an 85-yard TD pass to Shay Hodge. 

Tim Tebow led another heroic drive, with less than four minutes left, he led the Gators to the end zone to tie...

No, not to tie.  The key of the game for the Rebels was on the extra point as Kentrell Lockett leaped in the backfield to block the extra point wide right. 

Ole Miss tried to run out the clock, but was forced to a three-and-out as Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin led the way down field.  They were forced with a 4th-and-1 on the 32 yard line and elected to go for field position over the FG, but Tim Tebow was denied on the QB draw to seal the win for the Rebels.

Ole Miss improves to 3-2 (1-1 in the SEC), and Florida falls to 3-1 (1-1 in the SEC).

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