The sun came up Saturday morning and a new football gameday was born. It would be a memorable one for those who were asked to wear blue. And for some who chose to wear red. Hey, that's OK. You were here.
Somebody wondered aloud in the press box after Ole Miss' 17-7 win against Auburn if Coach Vaught should get some credit since he is now watching over the stadium that bears his name from just out front of the Starnes Center.
I'll buy that. But I'll buy just about anything after the Rebels' highly significant victory on a perfect football afternoon.
Ole Miss has now beaten Auburn nine times in 33 tries. Not since sending Pat Dye out with a 45-21 waxing in 1992 had the Rebels beaten this set of Tigers on this field.
In Houston Nutt's first try, he was able to beat Auburn at home. Most are wondering if it is Tommy Tuberville's last time to coach on this field, the one where he got his start as a head coach in college. More than a few have speculated that it is.
Unless, of course he is still at a school the Rebels have on their upcoming schedule - like Auburn or somewhere else. That happens more than it used to.
Like today, for example. On both sidelines.
I got to the press box half an hour before the Vaught statue unveiling. One of the first people I met in the press box was a Cotton Bowl rep from Dallas. Let that sink in for a moment.
When I got back from the Vaught statue ceremony, I wandered through bowl reps from the Liberty (Memphis) and Independence (Shreveport) and Papa John's (Birmingham) and Capital One (Orlando). I didn't see the Peach or Music City. You can bet the Rebels are on their lists.
With back to back wins, not just SEC wins but wins of any kind, for the first time since 2004, Ole Miss is in the hunt for postseason play. The Arkansas game kept them in the running. The Auburn game put them squarely in the mix for something special.
For a week they don't play a game. Open date weeks like this one are just the way you'd draw them up. Off after two big SEC wins, heal up a bit, let the whole world talk you up even more, and let more Rebel fans buy some tickets for the final two home games.
Ole Miss needed some positive things to happen this season. One of them was some significant winning at home. It had been tough so far with close losses to Vandy and South Carolina.
Chalk up beating Auburn on Hollingsworth Field as a most significant win.
The Rebel defense was superb for the most part on this day. Holding an SEC offense to seven points? A very good day.
The Rebel offense got better as the game went on. The team as a whole did.
Vintage Houston Nutt.
This season continues to get better and better, now also with back to back league wins and some smiling bowl reps making their way through the press box and into the locker room and postgame media areas.
To visit with Houston Nutt and the Ole Miss Rebels.
There's still work to be done. Lots of it. But there's more good news with each passing week, it seems.
And November, like this gameday itself, dawned as perhaps one to remember. Today was clearly a good start.
So don't dissect it too much. Just enjoy it. Savor it all week long.
Better yet, Rebel fans, make that two weeks.
A day to savor and enjoy for a while
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