Texas A&M was lucky to get past Ole Miss when the two met in 2012 as the Aggies got 13 unanswered points in the final seven minutes to steal the win. In 2013, Johnny Manziel and company still had enough magic left in the tank as the Rebels once again fell victim to a fourth-quarter comeback.
Manziel did what Heisman trophy winners do, and led the game-tying touchdown drive after Bo Wallace found Jaylen Walton for a 50-yard touchdown with just over six minutes to go to give the Rebels a lead.
Ole Miss believes they can compete with anyone and despite back-to-back losses, they came into the game vs. the potent Aggies’ offense confident they can score with them. And score with them they did, as the Rebels put up 28 points in the final 20 minutes.
That just wasn’t enough, as Wallace could not lead another go-ahead drive with three minutes on the clock, promptly leading a three-and-out which set the stage for Manziel to do what Manziel does.
And he’s only played 19 games. RT @AggieFootball 4th career 300 pass/100 rush game for Johnny Manziel, that’s the most in NCAA FBS history.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 13, 2013
An injury-depleted Rebels defense that lost Robert Nkemdiche early with a hamstring injury and Serderius Bryant late with a scary head/neck injury had no answer for the reigning Heisman winner.
Manziel is a magician on the field, and he pulled off another magic trick to set up the Aggies for a 33-yard try after orchestrating a 56-yard drive over six plays in a span of 2:30. Former soccer player, Josh Lambo split the uprights and Ole Miss felt the dagger go through their chest as they watched Manziel and the Aggies celebrate on their field for the second year in a row.
Despite the gut-wrenching loss as time expired, the Rebels displayed a lot to be proud of as they fell to 3-3 on the season. The defense held Manziel without a passing touchdown and limited potential All-American wide receiver Mike Evans to only four receptions for 46 yards. Barry Brunetti showed he can spark the offense with him at quarterback. Laquon Treadwell, not Donte Moncrief, is the team’s best receiver.
Most importantly, Ole Miss believes they can compete with any team in America. Even in the defeat to Alabama, they played tough and were in the game late. Sometimes you need to learn how to win when you’re a rebuilding team, and you need to take these lumps as you scratch and claw your way to the top of the mountain.
Ole Miss will get another crack at upsetting a top-10 team next week at home when they host LSU, who also needed some last-second magic last year to survive vs. Ole Miss. Will history repeat itself or will the Rebels finally get over that final hurdle?