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All puking aside, Ole Miss-Vandy stage instant classic

Jeff Scott, Andre Hal AP

Well hello, college football.  Oh how we’ve missed you.  And, Saturday’s slate, you have one helluva act to follow.

Twice during Ole Miss’ Big 12-esque 39-35 win over Vanderbilt, the Rebels reached down and came back from 11-point deficits — and that was after Vandy fell down 10-0 in the first quarter.

With just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter of the back-and-forth affair, Ole Miss held a four-point lead before Jordan Matthews turned a fourth-and-18 into a 42-yard gain — one play after vomiting all over the Vanderbilt Stadium turf as Twitter concussion specialists cried foul — and Steven Scheu turned a busted coverage the next play into a 34-yard touchdown catch-and-run.

35-32 Commodores with just 1:30 remaining and, after the ensuing kickoff, the Rebels 75 yards from a game-winning touchdown.  Following an incomplete pass on first down, the Vandy defense proceeded to pull its best Matthews, coughing up a 75-yard touchdown run (pictured) to Rebels running back Jeff Scott with just over a minute left.

As deflating as that turn of events was, Vandy still had the opportunity to shock Ole Miss late in back-to-back seasons.  A facemask penalty on the kickoff return following Scott’s TD stunner handed the ‘Dores the ball just shy of midfield, at their own 49.  On a third-and-four with 30 seconds or so left, a tipped Austyn Carta-Samuels pass was intercepted by the Rebels, sealing the Ole Miss win in the SEC opener for both schools.

The player who tipped the final, catchable pass?  Jordan Matthews, which just makes ya sick to your stomach.

While there will be plenty of pundit bloviating over Matthews and whether he should’ve been in the game, there is one certainty coming out of Nashville very early Friday morning: that was college football at its finest between two very solid teams.  And, it should be noted, a warning shot across the bow of the rest of the SEC that neither Ole Miss nor Vandy will be easy outs in 2013.

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13 Responses to “All puking aside, Ole Miss-Vandy stage instant classic”
  1. kcrobert10 says: Aug 30, 2013 7:52 AM

    What a game. Fitting that the best conference in college football opens with a game like that. Its going to be an awesome yr. Go tigers and go sec….

  2. bigmeechy74 says: Aug 30, 2013 8:46 AM

    Only the SEC fans care that much about their stupid conference. Just root for your favorite team and shut up about the conference

  3. mediocrebob says: Aug 30, 2013 9:19 AM

    I understand wanting your conference to be good and having pride. The thing that bothers me are the people that cling on to the SEC bc their university is at the bottom of the best conference. They know the team they support is never any good, so they just claim all of their rivals as their own? Weak

  4. chc4 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    Didn’t take long for the SEC envy to come out. I’m guessing the bigmeechy are mediocrebob are Big10 and Pac12 geeks. That explains the inferiority complex.

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 30, 2013 9:42 AM

    I am not a fan like southernpatriots who has more than a generation of experience with the Ole Miss Rebs (Bear now?) and wants them to become competitive again, but this game was a great game. I turned away from it a minute and the Rebs seemed to have it, turned away again and turned back and Vandy seemed to have it, back and forth.

    I was shocked to see Matthews back in there after his obvious pain and expulsions. Then to make such a play! I doubt anyone could have predicted how this game was going to go and who would win until it ended.

    This was a fun game and may show us what is to come this season. I hope so.

  6. sportsdrenched says: Aug 30, 2013 11:15 AM

    Not sure why everyone thinks it was a concussion. Could have just as easily been heat related considering it was in the low 90’s.

    Anyway, Great game that I enjoyed. I’m just wondering if this game was an aberration in terms of scoring…or we’ll see more of that in SEC this season. Something to keep an eye on.

    And speaking of conference pride. I can take it or leave it. But what I don’t understand is criticizing the SEC. If you enjoy college football as a whole; I don’t know how you don’t enjoy the SEC even if your favorite team plays in another conference. You’re not watching football if you don’t think it’s the best conference.

  7. nirvana504 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:04 PM

    The SEC is better than your conference. Championships tell me so. Now go cry about it.

  8. ancientcougar says: Aug 30, 2013 1:45 PM

    SEC is a great conference. I wish my team was in it.

  9. normtide says: Aug 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Why do people get so upset over SEC pride? My team is doing pretty well right now, so it isn’t living through other teams.

    If I’m an OSU fan, I want the other B1G programs to be good. To be the best you have to play the best. Steel forges steel. Secondly, your less likely to be left out if you win a tough league. I bet Louisville wishes the AAC was seen as a tougher place.

    Do you want your league to be weak? Just for easier and more wins? I don’t, I want to beat the best, otherwise, it didn’t matter. OSU was a great team last year, went undefeated, but the AP didn’t have them top two, or any first place votes. Why? Because they played weak teams. Not their fault, the others need to step up.

    Southerners have stood by each other for generations. We are raised that way. Ignore it, because you won’t change it. If Bama can’t win it all, I hope LSU, UF, UGA, AU, USCe, or A&M does.

  10. fuzzynormal says: Aug 30, 2013 5:50 PM

    A guy playing with a concussion drops a pass that he would have otherwise caught and he gets lauded for “helping” his team win?

    If he’s not in the game, that doesn’t happen.

    Yeah, the “iron man” narrative is a ridiculous thing to celebrate. Not that this article is doing so, but anyone that doesn’t realize how dangerous it was for the player and how his continued playing affected the income is delusional.

  11. geodude11 says: Aug 30, 2013 7:23 PM

    “classic”? These two don’t have a defense between them! Ol Miss had the No 1 prospect last year a defensive lineman, so much for that. At least we get Ol’ Miss too!!! hahaha

  12. namriverrat69 says: Aug 30, 2013 7:42 PM

    chc4 – It is not envy nor an inferiority complex. The SEC is a very good conference. It would be nice to get through a week without listening to people bloviating about the SEC like it is the greatest thing since the snuggie. People just have to brow beat their view into the rest of the country. If that is all people have to talk about their life is pretty shallow.

  13. mstiger1 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:55 AM

    Ramriverhead just get over it. The SEC rules. Pull up your panties and go watch your pansie team play and stay off the boards. It will make you feel better.

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