OXFORD, Miss. — Good Bo. Bad Bo. Criticized Bo.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has been called each name in a book — some that usually Twitter could create.
“That thing’s a many irritating thing I’ve ever heard,” Wallace pronounced Saturday of a good-bad moniker.
After Saturday’s 23-17 win opposite Coaches’ Poll No. 1 Alabama, capping an ancestral day of college football in a state of Mississippi, call a comparison signal-caller what we will.
“He managed a diversion intensely good for us,” Ole Miss manager Hugh Freeze said. “Nothing is going to only burst out on a stat piece that’s going to wow you, though that was kind of a devise we talked about all week.”
Game-manager Bo? How about estimable Bo? Wallace has been a theme of many ire. The many gifted quarterback returning in a Southeastern Conference, he has a knack for creation outrageous plays, also a knack for throwing a round into triple coverage.
But what mostly gets ignored in a large design is this: Since Wallace took over in 2012, Ole Miss has done a plain stand from a SEC groundwork to this year, SEC contender. The Rebels won 7 games his sophomore deteriorate and 8 final season. He has dual play wins, MVP of both. He’s climbing adult each record in a Ole Miss book, Eli Manning status. After finishing 3-5 in a discussion both a final dual seasons, he has led a Rebels to a 2-0 discussion start, 5-0 altogether after Saturday’s win.
Against Alabama, he used his legs — 32 yards rushing on a team-tied high 11 carries. He used his arm — 18-for-31, 251 yards and 3 touchdowns. The final dual touchdowns were purchase throws on back-to-back drives to tie a diversion and take a lead, a 34-yarder to Vince Sanders and a 10-yarder to Jaylen Walton.
Last season, forward of a Alabama game, Wallace drew inhabitant courtesy for his mouth when he pronounced he felt like his group could measure on a Tide. What was taken out of his quote was that he felt like Ole Miss could measure on anybody. It wasn’t a appropriate during Alabama. It was a opinion of certainty for his team. What should he say? I’m flattering certain we can measure on everybody solely Alabama?
There were missed opportunities on Saturday. On a game’s opening drive, Alabama unsuccessful to cover a slot, though instead of a intensity touchdown pass, a Rebels called a timeout and after staid for a margin goal. In a second quarter, Wallace missed a far-reaching open Cody Core station past midfield on a third down.
“He came to a sidelines and said, ‘Coach, we only missed it. Man, we only done a bad throw,’” Freeze said. “He managed a diversion really nicely. In a second half, he done some big-time plays. He only played so solid. On that final touchdown, that round was right where it indispensable to be for us.”
Freeze pronounced before a go-ahead score, he gave Wallace a possibility to collect between dual calls. He done a right call and done a right play.
Wallace managed a win over Alabama, though he’s some-more than a diversion manager. He’s a risk-taker, a healthy one. He’s going to chuck a round into a chest of a defender each now and then. He took second-half chances opposite Nick Saban’s rarely touted unit. But Freeze couldn’t consider of a chuck that Wallace forced on Saturday, a trait he’s mostly guilty of.
But Bo Wallace now owns dual wins over top-10 teams. Saturday noted a initial time Ole Miss has beaten a No. 1 group and a initial time a Rebels have beaten Alabama in 10 tries. (He also kick No. 6 LSU final season.) Katy Perry was one of an lavish volume of celebrities in Oxford, a list that might not even stop with Woody Harrelson, Ronnie Dunn, Zac Efron, Liam Hemsworth and Octavia Spencer. Five Memphis Grizzlies — Mike Conley, Tayshaun Prince, Vince Carter, Jon Leuer and Nick Calathes — watched from a sidelines.
But Bo was a biggest star. And yes, only Bo. And right now, Ole Miss is ideal as it heads to nonetheless another SEC slugfest — subsequent week during Texas AM, that only fell a integrate hours divided to in-state opposition Mississippi State, a state’s other undefeated team. If Wallace gets a blame, shouldn’t he get a credit?
“Who knows what a subsequent week holds, though we know tonight, Bo played and led his group to defeat, depends on that check we demeanour at, a No. 1 or No. 2 or No. 3 group in a nation and he deserves credit for being a large partial of that,” Freeze said.
No matter what happens subsequent week or a week after, Bo Wallace has been an infinite partial of what Freeze described when he was hired as a group perplexing to find a approach out of a wilderness.
Ole Miss is out of a wilderness. And even if a betrothed land is an SEC championship or, wait for it, a container in a four-team playoff, Wallace might unfortunately never get a credit he deserves. That’s unfair. That’s Unfortunate Bo.