Ole Miss: Sometimes It Is Better To Be Lucky Than Good
By: John Harris
The Ole Miss Rebels were seemingly the darlings of college football in 2014, after knocking off the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Oxford 23-17. But, a devastating injury on a potential game winning touchdown to Laquon Treadwell against Auburn begat a crushing season ending run, that culminated with a 42-3 blowout loss to TCU.
Could the Rebels rebound? Could Hugh Freeze put the end of the 2014 season behind him? Could Chad ‘Swag’ Kelly make the Magnolia State forget about three year starting QB Bo Wallace?
And, finally, yes.
Ole Miss was the national team of the week after a 43-37 win over Alabama, the second consecutive win over Nick Saban’s Alabama squad. The Rebels’ consecutive wins were the first back-to-back wins over Alabama in school history. It was Ole Miss’ first win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa since 1988, the year Vanilla Ice burst on the scene. It was a serious statement win for Freeze and company, but as typically happens, it came with a little bit of luck.
In the third quarter, facing a key 3rd and one against the Crimson Tide, Kelly couldn’t initially corral a shotgun snap and the ball popped straight up in the air. As he finally got his hands on the ball, Kelly just flung the ball out to the left flat as three Alabama defenders converged on Kelly. Treadwell went up for the ball but it was knocked out of his hands, popped up in the air…
… and straight into the hands of Ole Miss WR Quincy Adeboyejo who sprinted into the end zone to give the Rebels a two touchdown lead that they would never relinquish.
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
Ole Miss has been very good and a little bit lucky. That’s helped them get to 3-0 with Vanderbilt on the horizon.