FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Ole Miss vs. Georgia 1969
Sept. 23, 2016

Friday Flashback rewinds to some of the memorable Ole Miss games from this week's all-time series. This week, we go back to 1969 when Archie Manning led the Rebels to victory over the Bulldogs in Jackson, Miss.

OCTOBER 11, 1969

By Lee Baker, Daily News

Jackson, Miss.- Again it was Archie!

Last week's Associated Press national back of the week in a losing cause, Archie Manning came forth with yet another spectacular performance to bring the frustrated Ole Miss Rebels back to victory land with a 25-17 stunning of the Georgia Bulldogs here Saturday. 

With Mississippi Memorial Stadium crowded on a blazing October afternoon with 42,518 witnesses, Ole Miss took the measure of the AP's sixth ranked-nationally Georgians for the second straight time in Jackson. 

Two years ago, under similar circumstances though under the lights, the Rebs did in the Bulldogs by 29-20 in fierce combat. 

Then as now, Ole Miss had dropped two of its first three games-- to Memphis State and Alabama. 

But this time the losses had been in succession to Kentucky and 'Bama with the margin each time a cruel one point. 

From such despair and against a defense ranking with the best to be found, the Rebs rode the rifle right arm of Manning to one of their most glorious wins in the long, successful tenure of Johnny Vaught. 

Georgia even got a handicap- a 34-yard pass interception runback by David McKnight for a touchdown in the opening minute. 

The slender- 6'1, 175 pounds- defensive end snapped off a deflected Manning pass as Archie came out gunning the foot-ball from the opening kickoff and before the Rebs could react, sprinted into the end zone. 

Soon thereafter Ole Miss moved 87 yards in 17 plays for a locking TD with Manning firing four yards to tight end Jim Poole. 

And before the first quarter ended, Manning marched the Rebs from a Glenn Cannon interception at the Georgia 43 as far as the 13, where the fourth and three, settlement was made for a 29-yard field goal by Perry King. 

The margin moved to 13-7 Rebels minutes into the second quarter when Cloyce Hinton, the kicking specialist, tied in his powerful right leg with a jet stream blowing through the stadium for a 59-yard field goal bettering both the national university division record of 57 yards by Dennis Leuthauser of Air Force Academy last year and the Southeastern Conference record of 56 yards set only last week by Auburn's John Riley. 

Longest modern-day goal was a 61-yarder by Bill Shear of Cortland State in 1966, a college division record. 

Georgia shortly thereafter made its best move of the day, stabbing 51 yards in seven plays to regain the lead as hard-charging fullback Bruce Kemp hammered four final yards over left tackle behind a clearing block from end Mike Green. 

Jake McCullough's point-after kick gave the Bulldogs a 14-13 edge that held up until halftime. 

Manning suffered a bruised neck muscle in the second period when thumped after throwing and Shug Chumbler took over until Archie finally came back midway in the third quarter, none the apparent worse for wear. 

By then the 'Dogs had boosted their lead to four with a 31-yard field goal off an opportunity presented by defensive end Phillip Russell recovering a Chumbler fumbles on the Reb 34. 

Once Archie was back, he stayed in until the last minute when Shug returned to kill out the clock as AM monsterman Bill Van Devender choked off the last Georgia gasp with a pass interception at the Bulldog 39. 

Reb end Dennis Coleman provided one brightly glowing chance by covering a fumble by Dog halfback Craig Elrod on the Georgia 20, but that died at the 6-yard line when a fourth-down pass failed. 

But Ole Miss Defenders quickly forced a punt of Spike Jobs into the wind, good for only 35 yards out to the Bulldog 43, and this time Archie was in control all the way.

The redhead from Drew dumped a pass for 12 yards over the middle to fullback Bo Bowen, followed up with a 14-yard flip to Poole, then with a dazzling 17-yard bolt durned loose tailback Leon Felts over left guard for the go-ahead-to-stay touchdown. 

Trying to stretch the lead out far enough that a Georgia field goal couldn't provide a tie. 

Manning sought to throw for two points but Billy Darby intercepted in the end zone. 

The final period was freshly unfolding when Georgia stymied yet another time by great Reb defense, had to kick. 

And in three plays, the Mississippians wrapped it up, Manning on third-and-tow from the Bulldogs 43 crossing up the Georgians with a long heave up the middle that flanker Riley Myers hauled in at the 12 and hurried right on in with the six points. 

King's point after was canceled by a holding penalty and moved back 35 yards from the goal, Perry was off to the right on his second attempt, so as play settled down to defense and Dog desperation through the remaining 12:47, the eight-point spread remained unchanged. 

Manning, completing 16-28 passes with only one interception for 195 yard and running 10 times for 28 more now has 1,108 yards total offense after only four games, putting him well along the road to the 2,000 level reached only by three other SEC players - Heisman trophy winners Frank Sinkwich of Georgia, Steve Spurrier of Florida and Tommy Pharr of Mississippi State.

Felts with 42 yards on 10 carries provided the bulk of the Reb rushing, and area that Georgia led 176-94 thanks to Dennis Hughes with 62 on nine, Kemp 48 and 16 and Elrod 42 of 12, as the Dogs stuck to the ground as much as possible. 

Cavan wound up throwing 21 times, completing nine for 82 yards, but three times was intercepted and had numerous others nearly grabbed. 

Main Reb receivers were Poole with 81 yards for eight catches and Myers with 70 for four. 

Now a winner in the SEC after three tries the Rebs pause from that fare momentarily for Homecoming next Saturday against Southern Mississippi. 






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