The stage was set for an epic battle as the Ole Miss Rebels prepared for their matchup with the no. 9 Texas A&M Aggies. Led by their quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel, the Aggies won a barn-burner last season in a 30-27 A&M victory in Oxford . The second time around proved to be just as difficult as the Rebels pushed Texas A&M to the limit in a 41-38 defeat.
Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace was not fazed by the Texas A&M defense and came through in the clutch for Ole Miss. Wallace spread the ball around to nine different receivers on Saturday and made solid decisions in the passing game. He connected on 22 of 36 passes for 301 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Wallace led the Rebels back from an 11-point third quarter deficit and continued to battle throughout the game, connecting on deep strikes over the Aggies’ secondary. Wallace’s 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaylen Walton put the Rebels up 38-31 with 6:07 remaining in the game.
The junior has struggled with consistency in the passing game throughout the 2013. Wallace had mediocre performances in back-to-back losses against Alabama and Auburn. However, Wallace stood tall last night and led the Rebels down the field against a suspect Aggies defense. Wallace challenged the Aggies’ cornerbacks and safeties with seam and crossing routes that put pressure on the defense.
If Wallace can continue to build off of this performance, the Rebels can make some noise down the stretch in the SEC.