Ole Miss, Arkansas score 41 in 4th quarter in rivalry shootout; CFB Twitter goes crazy
Arkansas and Ole Miss turned back the clock a few years on Saturday to deliver a wild, high-scoring SEC West shootout.
The game was far from over, only midway through the fourth quarter, when the total yardage hit the 1,000-yard mark.
Ole Miss appeared to make a key stop up 45-38 with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter, forcing Arkansas’ second punt of the game, the Razorbacks’ first punt since the 12:23 mark in the first quarter. The Rebels weren’t able to make it a two-possession game, however, punting back to Ole Miss after holding the ball for 1 minute 40 seconds.
Arkansas made the most of the opportunity, tying things up on an 8-play, 65-yard drive, capped by a KJ Jefferson touchdown run. There was plenty of Twitter debate about whether the Hogs should go for 2 to take the lead, but Sam Pittman opted to kick the extra point and make it 45-45 with 1:22 left.
All eyes were on Matt Corral to lead a game-winning drive, perhaps with a late field goal. Instead, on the second play of the drive, Corral hit Braylon Sanders for a 68-yard TD. With the extra point, Ole Miss went up 52-45 with just over a minute left. Corral’s bomb got a play sheet toss from Lane Kiffin.
AIR. IT. OUT. pic.twitter.com/fsD0vzxlqz
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) October 9, 2021
Unsurprisingly, the game wasn’t over. Jefferson and the Hogs fought to the final snap. It was first-and-goal from the Ole Miss 9-yard line with 6 seconds left on the clock. After an incompletion, Arkansas got one more snap with 1 second left on the clock. Jefferson found Warren Thompson for a touchdown, making it 52-51. This time, Pittman elected to go for 2 and the win.
— Follow @TPortalCFB (@LorneMalvoSzn) October 9, 2021
The 2-point try did not work, and Ole Miss held on 52-51.
Ole Miss STOPS Arkansas on the 2 point conversion to win the game🔥 pic.twitter.com/14LRuxfUOe
— On3 (@On3sports) October 9, 2021
CFB Twitter was quite entertained by the shootout in Oxford:
Pittman has some serious stones to go for 2 there..
— Eric Sullivan (@EricSully22) October 9, 2021
These @SEC West B Flight battles between Ole Miss-Arkansas and OU-Texas are totally bonkers.
— Kevin Scarbinsky (@KevinScarbinsky) October 9, 2021
This is one of those games that would be really fun to watch if you aren’t emotionally invested in it.
— Tera Talmadge (@TeraTalmadge) October 9, 2021
#OleMiss offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby and Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles coached in a 70-63 ranked-vs-ranked game in 2012 and a 61-58 ranked-vs-ranked game in 2014.
I guess what I'm saying is we ain't seen nothing yet?
— Nick Suss (@nicksuss) October 9, 2021
Arkansas and Ole Miss have never played a normal football game against each other.
I love this sport so much.
— Jeremy Muck (@JeremyMuckADG) October 9, 2021
My god, this football game. I need an IV and a therapy appointment.
— Bennett Hipp (@BennettHipp) October 9, 2021
Welcome to the Ole Miss/Arkansas series.
It’s pure pandemonium.
— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) October 9, 2021
Sam Pittman and Lane Kiffin. Thank you, sirs. pic.twitter.com/sHhzJksMo3
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) October 9, 2021
Still think we can get there in regulation pic.twitter.com/XnUO7lCZDi
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) October 9, 2021