It was a 21-yard touchdown pass hauled in by Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell that gave the Rebels (7-2, 4-1 SEC) all the cushion they needed in their 27-19 win against Auburn on Saturday.
“I think I just made a play when it came to me,” Treadwell said following the game. “I stayed in the moment. … There were moving objects and they were trying to take me out of the game. The coaches ran the ball and ran the ball and then we went high and took a chance. I made the play.”
Treadwell, who is one year removed from breaking his leg the last time these two teams battled each other, finished the day with seven receptions for 114 yards and the touchdown.
Earlier this week, Treadwell said he was going to make Auburn “feel his pain,” but after the Rebels got the win, the star wideout insisted that it wasn’t any different than any other game.
“No, this wasn’t a revenge game,” Treadwell said. “We knew we were going to have to go out there and battle. They were going to try to win just as much as we were going to try to win. We just knew it was a 60-minute game and we had to play lights out and depend on each other, and that’s what we did.”
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he knew Treadwell wouldn’t let what happened last year distract him. In fact, the two had a conversation about it earlier this week.
“This game is about us getting closer to winning the SEC West,” Freeze said. “It (Treadwell’s injury) happened against Auburn at home last year. I don’t know why people are making it out to be a big thing. It was a freak accident. They didn’t try to do it to him on purpose. If you get caught up thinking about that, what are you going to think about the next game and when it’s time to play? He told me ‘Coach, I’m not worried about that. I just want to play.’”
Treadwell obviously didn’t allow it to cloud his play on the field Saturday.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had his fourth consecutive 100-yard performance and his fifth of the season, which ties a single-season school record.