OXFORD, Miss. — In the biggest game in school history, No. 11 Ole Miss rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to stun No. 3 Alabama 23-17 on Saturday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
“I’m just so proud of our young men,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “You can’t lose a game in 30 or 45 minutes. You have to play for 60 minutes and that is something we’ve preached since we’ve been here. That’s all I told them at halftime.”
The Rebels’ student section rushed the field to celebrate the school’s first victory in the series since 2003.
“We can’t say enough about our fans,” Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said. “They were crazy tonight and definitely helped our defense out.”
Ole Miss moved the ball at will in the second half, outscoring the Crimson Tide 20-3 in the final 30 minutes. But it was the Rebels’ defense that sealed the win as cornerback Senquez Golson intercepted Alabama
quarterback Blake Sims’ pass in the end zone.
“We didn’t finish the game the way we needed to finish it,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “The big question for our team is how do you respond to a loss.”
After Golson’s interception, Wallace took the field for the victory formation. Wallace finished 18 of 31 for 251 yards and three touchdowns. He also had the go-ahead score on a 10-yard strike to running back Jaylen Walton in the back of the end zone with 2:54 remaining.
Sims struggled in the first true road start of his career. He completed 19 of 31 passes for 228 yards and the interception.
The Rebels (5-0, 2-0 SEC) have won five games to start the season for the first time since 1962 and ended a 10-game losing streak against the Tide (4-1, 1-1).