Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze must have felt like he was dreaming. It looked like his Rebels were going to head into halftime against Florida State on Monday night with a commanding 22-point lead.
Then the dream turned ugly.
The Rebels allowed a touchdown pass by FSU QB Deondre Francois with 28 seconds left in the half, and the game deteriorated from there.
“It was a nightmarish second half,” Freeze said after the game. “You have to give credit to Florida State. I really thought that things started to turn a little bit for them the last drive of the first half. And we blew a coverage there and gave them–or the technique on the coverage and gave them a score right before half and they definitely came out of the locker room with a lot more life and, you know, we turned the ball over twice.”
Freeze said that drive “really shifted the momentum” in the Seminoles’ favor, and that showed in the second half.
The Rebels gave up 33 unanswered points over less than two quarters, turning a 28-6 lead late in the second quarter into a 39-28 deficit early in the fourth. The Rebels eventually fell 45-34.
“(FSU head coach) Jimbo (Fisher) and I were talking before the game (that) there was going to be a good football team that walked out of here tonight not feeling well, and it’s us,” Freeze said. “And we did not deserve to win the game the way we played the second half.”