OXFORD, Miss. – It lasted all of one play, at least on Ole Miss’ end.
The Rebels hoped to get, No. 1-ranked Alabama into a shootout, the only hope for a team scoring more than 60 points per game through its first two outings against a Crimson Tide team that had been nearly unstoppable. The Rebels didn’t have a reliable defense, but was armed with a play-making quarterback and an impressive corps of receivers.
If Alabama had a weakness, it was a young secondary. The defensive backfield starters, who replaced a group that now mostly occupies spots on NFL rosters, was in the crossfire.
So Ole Miss went for it from the first snap. Jordan Ta’amu faked a handoff up the middle and heaved a pass to D.K. Metcalf, who beat Saivion Smith in single coverage for a 75-yard touchdown.
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