Bo Wallace, Anthony Johnson

Ole Miss hangs on to upset No. 6 LSU, 27-24


It seemed like we’d read this script before.

Ole Miss, with a comfortable lead over LSU, makes just enough bumbling mistakes to let the Tigers come back and break their hearts.

Only, that’s not what happened this time.

This time the Rebels overcame their mistakes and made some big plays of their own to hold on for the 27-24 upset over No. 6 LSU in Oxford.

Andrew Ritter’s 41-yard field goal with two seconds to play was the biggest play of them all, but it came after some very nervous moments for Ole Miss.

The Rebels seemed to have the game in control, up 24-14, early in the fourth quarter. The Rebs once again stopped the LSU offense cold and forced a punt at midfield with about 10 minutes to play. But Korvic Neat muffed the punt and the Tigers took over at the Ole Miss 13-yard line. A monster sack by Isaac Gross forced LSU to kick a field goal, but the momentum was shifting.

The pressure increased even more on the next drive, when Ole Miss drove 63 yards to the LSU 12-yard line only to have Ritter’s 29-yard field goal attempt blocked.

Zach Mettenberger then led LSU on an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry to tie the score at 24.

Cue the Ole Miss meltdown, right?


Starting at his own 15-yard line, quarterback Bo Wallace (30 of 39, 346 yards) stepped up and did what he had done all night, completing key passes and rushing for tough yards, while leading his team down the field.

That’s when Ritter got the last laugh.

So not even LSU could avoid the barrage of upsets on Saturday. The Tigers are now 3-2 in the SEC and will need a lot of help to get to the conference title game.

For Ole Miss, it was the biggest win of the Hugh Freeze era. With such a young and talented team still finding its way, it won’t be the last.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.