FRIDAY FLASHBACK: OLE MISS - LSU 2001
FRIDAY FLASHBACK rewinds to some of the memorable Ole Miss games from this week's all-time series. Ole Miss and LSU have produced several of the most exciting moments in SEC history. Their match-up in 2001 is one that Eli Manning describes as the game where the Rebels earned respect.

Victory Over LSU Special For Manning, Rebels

By Don Whitten, Oxford Citizen

October 29, 2001

BATON ROUGE, La.-
Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning doesn't study a whole lot of history about Rebel football, but he'd heard enough from family members in the past and the media in the last week or so to know the Ole Miss-LSU game was special for a wide variety of reasons. 

For him, that reason wasn't because his father, Archie, had played well against LSU or that he was going back "home to Louisiana" to play the Tigers. For Manning, who helped lead his Ole Miss team to a come-from-behind 35-24 victory, the reason the win was special was simple: respect. 

"This helps us get some respect," Manning said after completing 28 of 44 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns. "LSU was picked to win the West and we were picked last. To beat them should help get us some respect.

"It's a huge win for us. It helps us in the SEC West race," Manning said.

Manning admitted, too, that it was good to help the Rebels win in front of his family. 

"It was special to have Peyton here and Cooper and the whole family. It was fun to get the win here," Manning said. "I've seen (Peyton) celebrate some big wins and it was good to know he and the rest of the family were her helping me celebrate this one."

Manning set single-game marks for completions and attempts in the game, but fell short of a seventh straight 250-yard passing performance.

Manning suffered his second interception of the year, snapping a streak of 168 consecutive passes without a pick.

His three TD passes gives him 17 for the season, one shy of the school record help by Charlie Conerly and Romaro Miller. He tied the record held by Archie Manning and Miller for throwing a TD pass in eight consecutive games. 

Ole Miss safety Matt Grier's interception in the first period helped set up the Rebels' first score. It was Grier's second interception this season. 

"The interception was real big," Grier said. "I dropped back into coverage and figured they were going to do the same thing we have been practicing all week for. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and I just caught the ball."

The victory was the fifth in a row for the Rebels, matching their longest winning streak since taking the last five games of the 1992 season. It improved Ole Miss to 6-1, matching their best start since 1990.

Getting the sixth victory made the Rebels "bowl eligible" for the fifth straight year. Ole Miss is the only team in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division to go bowling each of the past four seasons. 


 

 

 

 

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