Aftermath, Afterglow

It's the morning after and I need a pill, a reality pill. Did the Rebels just defeat Alabama in a come-from-behind game for the ages? Did the Rebels score two TDs in the final six minutes of the game and did the defense hold the Tide to just 3 points in the second half? I must be dreaming. . . .

Did that just happen a few hours ago?

Did an upstart Ole Miss team come from a 14-3 halftime deficit to beat Alabama, the same Alabama that nearly everyone, including Vegas, said was going to win?

Did Nick Saban and his highest-paid staff in the country - I'd guess - just get schooled by Hugh Freeze and his staff with a "stubborn" gameplan of patience and opportunity on offense and a somewhat conservative plan on defense?

Did the Ole Miss staff learn a valuable lesson last year against the Tide when they got behind and starting throwing the ball all over the yard, essentially abandoning the run game and ultimately becoming one-dimensional and defensible?

Did Rebel Defensive Coordinator Dave Wommack really say he believed his front four was better than Alabama's OL and he wasn't going to try to trick the balanced Tide offense?

Did super talented Bama WR Amari Cooper only make one or two significant plays the whole day?

Did the Rebels really overcome and survive an obvious missed facemask call that led to a fumble and supremely deflating scoop and score for the Tide with just seconds remaining in the first half, a missed chip shot field goal and two shots at an important extra point?

Did the same refs really call a hold on the Alabama offensive line?

Did the defense rise up time and time again when it looked as if Alabama was about to impose their will on them and get in a rhythm with their powerful run game?

Did sophomore DT Robert Nkemdiche really rag doll and pancake the Bama OL as much as it looked like he did?

Did the "old" Issac Gross have six tackles and finally return to the form he had prior to injury?

Did Husky Tony Conner dominate at times with 10 tackles?

Did the much questioned Rebel offensive line stand up to arguably the best defensive line in the country, allow only two sacks and give QB Bo Wallace time to operate at the most critical times?

Did freshman Punter Will Gleeson prove once and for all what we have been saying all along - he is a weapon, he is unshakeable and he is a factor?

Did Wallace put to rest the "good Bo, bad Bo" jargon?

Did the Rebel run game have their read game stuffed, but actually started getting some meaningful yardage when they started running downhill?

Did CB Senquez Golson make an incredibly athletic interception in the back of the end zone to seal the game?

Did WR Laquon Treadwell show why most defenses shade/double him in coverages most of the time or pay the price?

Did every coach, administrator, trainer, manager and team member deserve this victory?

Did Rebel Nation show its true colors from about 6 a.m. until the torn down goalposts made their way to the Square?

Did Corso, Howard and Herbstreit all go against the grain of good TV and all pick the Tide?

Is ESPN's Mark May really as biased and bogus about Ole Miss as it seems?

Did the Rebels just pull off one of the biggest wins in the history of their program?

Yes, to all of the above.

Yes, I'm awake.

Yes, it happened.


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