Matt Corral promised it might be completely different this time towards No. 13 Arkansas.
The Mississippi quarterback, who threw six interceptions final 12 months towards the Razorbacks, delivered, main the Rebels to a wild victory that was sealed by the protection.
Sam Williams and Tavius Robinson pressured Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson on a possible game-winning 2-point conversion and No. 17 Mississippi held on 52-51 Saturday after permitting a landing on the ultimate play of regulation.
Arkansas (4-2, 1-2 SEC) scored on a 9-yard go from Jefferson to Warren Thompson as time expired to drag inside some extent and determined to go for the win.
Jefferson rolled proper and below prolonged stress from Williams and Robinson, overthrew Treylon Burks ultimately zone.
“Nevertheless it really works, it’s a win,” Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin mentioned. “Clearly, it’s an enormous play on the finish. Offensively, we did properly. I’ve been in video games like this earlier than and it’s lots higher if you win.”
Ole Miss (4-1, 1-1) took the lead with 1:07 remaining as Corral threw a 68-yard landing go to Braylon Sanders, accompanied by a hovering clipboard flip by a trailing Kiffin, racing down the house sideline.
Arkansas answered with a 9-play, 75-yard landing drive to arrange the decisive 2-point play.
“We had three choices on the two-point play,” Razorbacks coach Sam Pittman mentioned. “We might pitch, go or run and we felt assured. They made the play.”
The frantic remaining two minutes capped an amazing offensive efficiency by each groups with 1,287 complete yards and 14 touchdowns.
Corral vowed way back to SEC Media Day in July to redeem himself towards Arkansas: “The subsequent time I play that protection, it’s going to be a lot completely different,” he mentioned then.
Corral accounted for 4 touchdowns, two on runs of 5 and seven yards and was 14 of 21 for 287 yards passing.
“Right down to the final seconds and them with the ball of their palms and you actually don’t need that,” Corral mentioned. “But it surely was an ideal soccer sport and an ideal crew win for us.”
Sanders had two receptions for 127 yards whereas Henry Parrish Jr. and Snoop Conner rushed for 111 and 110 yards, respectively.
“My quantity was known as and I’m presupposed to make performs,” Sanders mentioned. “It was a double transfer and I used to be capable of promote it and run by the defensive again. After that, I knew Matt would see me open. Our protection actually stopped as much as get the cease on the finish.”
Jefferson accounted for six touchdowns, was 25 of 35 passing for 326 yards and added landing runs of 5, 6 and 10 yards. Burks had seven receptions for 136 yards and Raheim Sanders rushed 17 occasions for 139 yards because the Razorbacks had 676 complete yards.
It was a heck of a soccer sport and we knew we have been going for 2 if we had the possibility on the finish of the sport,” Pittman mentioned. “The distinction within the sport was we put the ball on the bottom as soon as, missed a subject objective and so they didn’t. We simply had too many errors on protection.”
Arkansas: Jefferson was sensible and the Razorbacks confirmed no sick results from final week’s loss at No. 2 Georgia. However the protection gave up 324 yards speeding yards, together with two late lengthy landing runs by Conner.
The highest-loaded schedule eases a bit after subsequent week, which ought to permit the Razorbacks a possibility to regroup for a November run that features a street date at No. 1 Alabama.
Ole Miss: Any questions concerning the flexibility of the Rebels to reply after a disappointing street loss to Alabama have been answered, however a protection that struggled a lot final season continues to be removed from mounted.
“We stopped them on one play within the second half, so I suppose that’s a very good factor,” mentioned Kiffin, with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
The Rebels and Razorbacks have been as evenly matched as doable over the previous seven conferences, with 5 of these video games being determined by 4 factors or much less. Ole Miss has gained three of the final 4 within the collection.
The win ought to present a bump up for the No. 17 Rebels, however transferring to the High 10 can be unlikely. Regardless of the diploma of problem and heart-breaking end, No. 13 Arkansas might be onerous pressed to stay within the High 15 after consecutive street losses.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks return house to face No. 18 Auburn.
Ole Miss: The Rebels go to Tennessee on Saturday.