The line between winning and losing in college football is extremely fine. For the Ole Miss Rebels, a team that was looking to get off to a good start following a disappointing 4-8 season in 2010, Saturday’s season opening 14-13 loss to BYU at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium boiled down to just a few plays that prevented them from earning a much-needed victory.
Mistakes cost the Rebels in last year’s season-opening loss to Jacksonville State and it was miscues at the most critical points of the game that hurt them again this year.
Carried by a much improved defensive effort through most of the game, the Rebels led BYU 13-0 with a little over 14 minutes left in the contest. That’s when the wheels fell off for the Rebels, who were outscored 14-0 by the Cougars the last 9:52 of the contest. (September 5, 2011, Page 1B)