FINAL: Ole Miss 41, MSU 24

Great video of the bedlam that followed the final horn here from Kyle Alford.

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Here’s Hugh Freeze’s postgame.

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As the lead video suggests, it was a big, big night for Ole Miss and its fans. It started out, though, like many Ole Miss games this season, mistakes that could lead to the wrong result in the end.

But the Rebels dominated the third quarter 17-0. They finished by outgaining MSU 527-333. The Rebels completely stuffed the MSU run game, holding the Bulldogs to just 30 yards on 25 carries, an average gain of 1.2 yards.

That Ole Miss run game that was MIA just two weeks ago put up 233 yards and averaged 4.2 per rush.

While Freeze didn’t grab a mike and address Ole Miss fans the way Dan Mullen did in 2009 in Starkville, the Ole Miss video crew played repeatedly Mullens comments following the 2010 game here in which he told his players they would never again lose to Ole Miss.

Much more tomorrow in Day After Observations.

All things considered, Ole Miss has to be pleased with a tie game.

The Rebels have helped State along in this game with some turnovers and coverage busts, but they’ve made enough plays to off-set those mistakes and be in the game.

Murphy Holloway told us last night the game plan should be to “feed Moncrief,” and Moncrief’s 77-yard touchdown catch is what has Ole Miss even after two quarters.

Bo Wallace has thrown for 249 yards against the MSU secondary, picking on State’s Johnthan Banks early.

But Wallace has also accounted for three turnovers, a fumble and two picks. Oddly, neither pick has been by an MSU defensive back, but both by linebacker Cam Lawrence.

Well, odd things happen in this series.

Wallace has completed 13 of 19 attempts with a touchdown pass of 25 yards to Jamal Mosley in addition to the 77-yarder to Moncrief.

Moncrief has five catches for 136 yards.

Ole Miss has outgained MSU 313-218. The Rebels have been pretty average in the run game with 64 yards on 21 attempts.

While the blown coverages show up big, there have been a couple of nice pass break-ups in the red zone as well. Charles Sawyer’s came on fourth down and returned the ball to Ole Miss. Minutes later Trae Elston had one that forced the Bulldogs to settle for a field goal.

And after that, Dehendret Collins ended an MSU scoring threat with an interception on a tipped ball.

State will get the second half kick. Lots of football to be played in a game that so far has been as close as many predicted.

 

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Archaeo

    Great game for the team and fans. There were a lot of…….adjectives coming from my living room in that first half, but the guys cleaned up their play and came out and took control in the second half. They have come a long way from the last two seasons – well done men.

    This game seemed more ‘chippy’ this year than in years past as well which was good. Its good to see emotions run high in rivalry games. Looks like the SEC got the better of all their rivalry games this weekend.

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