College football’s first night did not disappoint. Tight games and great plays flowed like wine. But the best drama belonged to Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, who battled to the wire in an instant classic.
Late in the fourth quarter with Ole Miss leading 32-28, Commodores standout wide receiver Jordan Matthews was crushed by a Rebel defensive back. He spent several moments down on the field, puking his guts out. It was gross.
Somehow, he returned to the field a few plays later in time to catch a do-or-die 4th-and-18 conversion.
Vanderbilt then scored a go-ahead touchdown on the next play thanks to an epic blown coverage. All was right in Nashville. It was close to 1 a.m. and everyone was feeling loose and conversational.
Then Ole Miss answered in stunning fashion. Running back Jeff Scott broke off a 75-yard touchdown scamper to make it 39-35.
The Commodores’ last-ditch effort was derailed when Matthews allowed an easily catchable ball to deflect off his hands for an interception.
It was enough to make a guy sick – again.