Tempo Intrusion

Ole Miss Quarterback Bo Wallace said the plan heading into the Georgia game was to unleash the Rebs' up-tempo offense on the Dawgs. That plan was changed, but not by the coaches.

On Monday, Ole Miss Quarterback Bo Wallace said he got "frustrated" during the Georgia game.

His frustration did not stem entirely from the Rebs' inability to run the ball or from there not being a lot of open receivers to throw to.

Nope, it was about the flow of the game. To be more exact, the slow flow.

"We wanted to go fast," said Wallace at Monday's press conference, "but we couldn't go as fast as we wanted to."

That statement instantly raised the question of why?

"Some officials set the ball quickly. Some set it slowly," he explained. "The guys last Saturday stood over the ball for several more seconds than we would like.

"We tried to tell the head official that we want it set quickly. Some of them listen and try to get it set like you want it and some of them look at you like 'don't tell me what to do.' All you can do is try to tell them. If they fix it, they fix it. If they don't, you just have to try to play that way."

For a team that wants to speed up play, it can be aggravating.

"It's frustrating. The defense is not set up yet, you are ready to go and the guy (ref) is still straddling the ball," Bo continued. "You can tell in the first couple of series if the ref is going to spot the ball quickly or slowly.

"It was the same deal in junior college last year. We wanted to go fast, but sometimes we would be slowed down by the spot of the ball. It takes away from what you really want to do, something that's within the rules - to play fast."

Bo Wallace
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Wallace said Georgia was not prepared for the up-tempo game early on.

"I could tell they were kind of confused, but the flow of the game helped them get it all corrected," he mentioned.

Another factor slowed the Rebels down also.

CBS, who televised the game, had long commercial breaks, breaks that, frankly, drove Wallace up the proverbial wall.

"Man, when you sit in the huddle that long, waiting on play to resume and you are ready to go, it's frustrating," he noted. "I felt like we needed lawn chairs out there.

"I didn't even think about it before the game, but during the game it was a distraction. But that's not like the slow spotting of the ball - both teams have to deal with those commercial breaks, but I think it detracts from the flow of the game, especially when there is a momentum shift. You just have to deal with it."

Again, nobody in the Rebel camp made either of those factors - slow spotting the ball and long TV timeouts - an excuse for losing. They got beat, but Wallace, in particular, aired his grievances.

Obviously, Coach Hugh Freeze cannot comment on such matters.

Granted, this is not an every-week situation. Some officiating crews spot the ball quickly and get out of the way, but some refuse to and will tell both teams prior to the game - "this is how I do it and I will not change."

It's as though a team is punished for the style of football they want to play.

Ole Miss' plan was to hurry everything up and wear down the Georgia defense for the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, that plan was partly derailed by a head linesman unwilling to adhere to the team's wishes, wishes within the rules.

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