NCAA Football

Alabama/Ole Miss Recap

Alabama coach Nick Saban looks on after suffering an SEC-Opening loss to Ole Miss.

Tonight marked the biggest upset of the college football season.

The #15 ranked Ole Miss Rebels pulled a very stunning win, beating the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide 43-37.  They capitalized off of five Alabama turnovers that led to 24 points.

The Rebels led by scores of 30-10 and 43-24 throughout the contest, but not before the Tide led a late charge that made it 43-37 with a little over three minutes left.

That’s when Ole Miss’s defense stepped up.  Defensive back Tony Bridges intercepted a Jake Coker pass with 2:36 left in the game.  Ole Miss bled the clock to around 30 seconds left, and Alabama eventually turned it over on downs.

Surprisingly the Tide started Cooper Bateman even though quarterback Jake Coker opened the previous two games.  Bateman had 87 yards with an interception and was yanked for Coker.  Coker finished with 201 yards passing, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.  Alabama tailback Derrick Henry had 127 yards and a touchdown.

Ole Miss on the other hand had stats that would make any fantasy team owner jealous.  Quarterback Chad Kelly had 341 yards to go with three passing touchdowns, and star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell had 80 yards and a touchdown.  Cody Core led all receivers with 123 yards and a touchdown.

The most amazing play of all though was a 66 yard deflected pass from Kelly for a touchdown that receiver Quincy Adeboyejo turned into six points.  It seemed nothing could stop Ole Miss tonight.

This marked the first time in the Rebels history that they had beaten Alabama in back-to-back seasons.  This also marked the first Mississippi victory in Alabama since 1988.

It certainly throws a wrench into the college football playoff.  #6 USC was upset 31-21 by Stanford today, and there is no telling what other dominoes will fall in Week 4 later.  For now the people in Oxford can celebrate, but they must be wary lest they suffer the same fate the Tide did tonight.

Ole Miss is at home to Vanderbilt, and Alabama is playing the University of Louisiana Monroe next week.