"I felt like our biggest advantage was our receivers versus their defensive backs", Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. The starting assignment for Mississippi State's bowl game will likely fall to freshman Keytaon Thompson, assuming Fitzgerald isn't available for the contest.
The game took a rough turn later in the first quarter when Fitzgerald took a snap and ran to the left before being tackled to the ground. He had 1,770 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 picks on the season along with 968 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.
After the game, players chanted "We want Luke!" in the locker room and Brown said he thought Luke should be the coach going forward.
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Brown became Ole Miss' single-season leader in receiving yards.
"I was kind of nervous that (Ta'amu) overthrew me", Brown said. He was hit low as he tried to lean forward for more yards.
"I knew I had a lot of eyes on me", the Starkville High School graduate Brown said. The Rebels are ineligible for postseason play due to a self-imposed bowl ban. Anchored by 12 and 19 yard runs from Wilkins and Ta'amu, the Rebels found themselves with a fourth-and-1 at the Mississippi State 36-yard-line. "Our guys gave relentless effort for 60 minutes".
Ole Miss thought it had put the game away with scoring strikes to Brown and Metcalf in the third quarter. "It wasn't just me, they opened up holes and I got here". "I don't have any regrets, I'm grateful for this opportunity".