As beautiful as Saturday’s 43-37 victory over Alabama was to Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, the game’s signature play resembled something straight out of the old NFL Films series, “Football Follies.”
On 3rd-and-1 at his own 34-yard line, Kelly mishandled a high snap and heaved up a desperation pass down the sideline just before being sacked. Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell could not secure the pass and tipped it into the air. Somehow, it landed in the hands of fellow Rebels receiver Quincy Adeboyejo.
“That’s exactly how I saw it the night before the game,” Kelly said during the Reb Talk radio show Monday night. “I saw it. I just had that feeling it was going to be crazy like that, and look what happened.”
Adeboyejo ran to the end zone, giving the Rebels a 24-10 lead. Despite the two-touchdown cushion, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was less than impressed with the circus play, but Freeze and his quarterback can joke about it now.
“I went straight to him (Kelly). I didn’t watch him (Adeboyejo) walk into the end zone. I went straight to him and I said to Chad, ‘You need to thank God tonight. And let’s never do that again,'” said Freeze.