"I thought I was going to the house," he said. "But my gas tank wasn't full. I only had about a quarter tank and it ran out."
Bell, who has two interceptions this year and six in his career, did take one to the house in last year's SEC Championship Game. He didn't need much gas because he only had to cover 10 yards for that touchdown.
During film study of Ole Miss, Bell said it was obvious the Rebels might try to go deep.
"That's how they got ahead of Arkansas the previous week, by getting deep on them,"?he said. "We were determined not to let Ole Miss get deep on us."
The junior cornerback said the Tigers did a lot of little things right in the win over Ole Miss, especially in a pivotal third quarter when they limited Ole Miss to only 22 yards and scored 14 points on offense after being tied 17-17 at the half.
One of the little things stopping Ole Miss getting to the outside on running plays.
"We had to many guys peeking into the backfield in the first half and letting them get the edge on us," Bell said. "Coaches said if we don't shut down the edge, we won't win the game. We got the edge shut down and we won the game. When we do the little things wrong, it can cost us a lot, so we can't make the little mistakes."
Asked about Auburn's impressive win over the Rebels, Bell said the main thing is winning the game--not necessarily the score. "Any win is fine with us, but the fashion in which we did it against Ole Miss is a good momentum builder," he admitted.
In other news and notes:
*Michael Dyer needs to circle the 2012 Ole Miss game on his calendar. As a true freshman last year he rushed for a career-high 180 yards on 21 carries. In this year's 41-23 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, Dyer picked up 177 yards on 27 rushes, the second-best effort of his career.
*It was Dyer's ninth career 100-yard rushing game. He has 2,082 yards for his career to move into 13th place all-time among Auburn rushers, passing Lionel James, who had 2,068 yards from 1980-83. Dyer is now two yards behind James Bostic (1991-93) for 12th place. Dyer has 989 yards with three regular-season games remaining to become only the fourth running back in school history with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
*Onterio McCalebb extended his pass reception streak to 12 games with a five-yard catch in the second quarter.
*Emory Blake became the 24th player in school history to go over 1,000 receiving yards in his career. With 71 yards on five catches against Ole Miss, Blake has 1,024 yards for 22nd on the school list, 24 yards behind Willie Gosha (1993-96). After missing the games against Arkansas and LSU, and being in only one play against Florida with an ankle injury, Blake returned to action against the Rebels. He caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Clint Moseley, the 13th of his career and fifth of the season.
*Auburn's 92-yard scoring drive in the first quarter, capped by a TD pass from Moseley to Philip Lutzenkirchen, was the longest of the season for the Tigers.
*Auburn has won 60 games in a row when scoring 30 or more points and is 289-4 when scoring 30 or more points. Dating back to 1971 the Tigers are 13-0 when rushing for 200 or more yards. They had 254 yards against the Rebels.