In the coaching profession, there isn’t much time to savor a victory. But Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze took a minute on Wednesday to recall last year’s 23-17 win over Alabama.
“The wins don’t last very long in your memory in football because you gotta move on and the losses sting a lot worse it seems, so when you finally get one like that one was, it is emotional,” Freeze said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
Former Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson intercepted Alabama quarterback Blake Sims’ pass in the end zone with 37 seconds left in the fourth quarter to seal last season’s victory. It was the first Rebels win over Alabama since Eli Manning’s senior season in 2003.
Freeze and his players now face the difficult task of beating Alabama in back-to-back seasons, which Ole Miss has never done. Additionally, Alabama hasn’t lost to the same team in back-to-back seasons since 2010 and 2011, when the Crimson Tide fell to the LSU Tigers both years.
“It’s daunting to beat them one time much less back-to-back, so I don’t think about those things as much. It’s a very tough task to beat them and a lot of teams in this league,” Freeze said. “Alabama has been arguably the toughest to beat.”