Six years after a Rebel win over the Tide, fans still tell former Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace how much the victory means.
OXFORD, Miss. — Probably every Ole Miss fan remembers where they were Oct. 4, 2014. ESPN’s College Gameday came to The Grove, Katy Perry made an appearance and the Rebels beat Alabama 23-17.
It’s such an important date in Rebel football lore that people remember what they had for lunch, at which sports bar they watched the game or, for the lucky, which seat they had in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that day.
No matter the choice of seat, no one had the view of one man, Bo Wallace. He had the best view in the house. Wallace quarterbacked Ole Miss to that monumental win that day. Six years later, he is reminded of it daily.
“It happens all the time,” Wallace told The Rebel Walk recently. “People come up to me and tell me how much that game means to them.”
Wallace is now the offensive coordinator at Coahoma Community College just north of Clarksville, Miss., but that Alabama game is never far from his mind. But what he remembers most is not so much the game nor the postgame celebration. Wallace recalls the preparation more than anything.
“Oh, I remember our game plan and how good it was,” Wallace said. “I think they played West Virginia earlier and we saw that film. We took a lot of things they did and mixed in some things we did well, and it worked out.”
It worked out well, indeed.
Wallace threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the game. The last scoring pass was a 10-yard TD strike to Jaylen Walton that provided the Rebels’ winning points.
Wallace hopes Ole Miss will have the same kind of success when the Crimson Tide comes back to Oxford Saturday. He believes the Rebels have the offense to do the job.
“I love (coach Lane) Kiffin’s offense. Matt (Corral) knows this offense and he looks like a different quarterback this year.”
Former Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace
Wallace’s offense at Coahoma is not bad either. In their first game, the Tigers beat Itawamba 37-23 in the opener of the seven-game season.
“Our offense is similar (to what we ran at Ole Miss),” Wallace said. “We do some things that I learned from Coach (Hugh) Freeze and combine it with some things I have learned from other coaches. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some great coaches.”
Even as he concentrates on his team this week, on Saturday he will be watching the Rebels, even though he will not be at the game due to the COVID-19 restrictions in the stadium.
He will also be thinking about the teammates he had that October day in 2014 when Ole Miss outscored the Tide 13-0 in the fourth quarter to come from behind and win.
“When we are in Oxford, we (former teammates) reminisce about that game. It was definitely the biggest game of my college career and it is what Ole Miss fans remember me by.”
Perhaps Saturday night, the current Rebels will create similar memories.