BLOG — Ole Miss couldn’t make it two straight wins against rival Mississippi State Thursday night in Starkville, ending the regular season with a 17-10 loss to the Bulldogs.
We’ve got a game summary already posted in a separate blog, but we’ve got the reactions of several players and coaches here in the aftermath of the loss, which dropped the Rebels to 7-5 overall and 3-5 in SEC play. Ole Miss grabbed the lead in the second half and held it until the final couple of minutes of regulation before losing in overtime.
A quick disclaimer: Some of these videos were shot outside right under Mississippi State’s jumbotron. There was a lot of background noise, and it may be a little difficult to hear parts of these interviews.
Here’s Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze talking about the game and what the Bulldogs did — and what Ole Miss did to itself — to slow down the Rebels’ offense among other things.
One of the main topics of conversation is sure to center around the play of quarterback Bo Wallace, who admitted he and the rest of the Rebels’ offense were “awful.” Wallace had an uncharacteristically bad night in the ball security department, throwing three interceptions — half of his season total coming into the game — and fumbling on the game’s final play. Here’s Wallace talking about his performance, including what happened on the last snap.
On the defensive side, coordinator Dave Wommack said his unit prepared for both Damian Williams and Dak Prescott at quarterback during practice this week and figured the Bulldogs would keep the ball in Prescott’s hands on the fourth-down play in overtime. Below is Wommack talking about the defense’s effort and dealing with Mississippi State’s two signal callers.
Below, linebacker Serderius Bryant talks about the frustration of losing a game in which the defense only gave up 10 points in regulation. But Bryant admitted it was a much tougher task slowing down the Bulldogs once Prescott came in the game.
For complete coverage from Thursday night’s game, see Monday’s edition of the EAGLE. (November 29, 2013)