(Saturday, September 27th)
Final Score: Ole Miss 31, (4) Florida 30
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Shay Hodge's 86-yard touchdown reception and Kentrell Lockett's blocked extra point late in the contest were the difference as Ole Miss upended fourth-ranked Florida, 31-30, in an SEC tussle.
Jevan Snead completed only 9-of-20 passes for 185 yards, two scores and a pick, but ran for a touchdown for the Rebels (3-2, 1-1 SEC).
Dexter McCluster added 60 yards on 11 carries and a 40-yard touchdown run while Cordera Eason hauled in two passes for 28 yards including one for a score.
"I'm very proud of this team, because it took offense, defense, and special teams," said first-year Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt. "To win a game by one point, it took everybody."
Tim Tebow threw for 319 yards and one touchdown on 24-of-38 passing for the Gators (3-1, 1-1). Tebow added a pair of scores on the ground.
Percy Harvin led all receivers with 13 catches for 186 yards and a TD, also picking up 82 yards and a score on 10 carries.
Florida deadlocked the game, 24-24, with a little more than 3 1/2 minutes played in the fourth as Tebow carried in from the one.
After a trade of punts, Ole Miss countered on the 86-yard strike from Snead to Hodge. That three-play drive consumed only 1:28 off the clock and left Florida just under 5 1/2 minutes to attempt to tie it.
The Gators responded when Harvin rumbled 15 yards to the end zone with 3:28 to play in regulation. The extra point from Jonathan Phillips was blocked by a swarming Rebels surge led by Lockett -- and Ole Miss led by a single point.
"I expected it," said Lockett about the blocked kick. "When I crossed the line, I made it up in my mind I was going to get the block. In the gap, the guard didn't step down and I took advantage of his mistake."
Florida's defense held on the next series, forcing a punt from the 40, and the Gators' final drive began at their own 22 with just over two minutes left.
Tebow completed three passes to put Florida into Ole Miss territory, then missed his next two throws. After a nine-yard pickup on third down, Tebow was stopped by the Rebel defense on 4th-and-1 at the Ole Miss 32-yard line with just 41 seconds remaining.
"I always feel uneasy, especially after a loss," said Florida head coach Urban Meyer. "It will teach us how to come back. I like the maturity of this team. The challenge is to rally back up and go. We will come back tomorrow and get going. That is college football."
A one-yard scramble by Snead with 3:12 to play in the opening quarter put Ole Miss ahead by seven, then a Phillips 32-yard field goal early in the second brought Florida within 7-3.
Tebow hooked up with Harvin on a 43-yard catch-and-run score which saw the fleet-footed wideout haul in a ball tipped by a Rebels' defender for a 10-7 Gators lead.
Tebow then took a shotgun snap and scored from two yards out with 1:06 left in the half and Florida led 17-7.
Ole Miss cut its deficit to 17-10 with four minutes played in the third quarter as Joshua Shene nailed a 33-yard field goal. Snead followed by hitting Eason 18 yards for a score to tie the game only 30 seconds later, as Tebow fumbled on the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff.
A 40-yard run by McCluster with under a minute to go in the third gave the visitors a 24-17 edge.
Ole Miss holds a slight 12-10-1 edge in the all-time series...The Gators racked up 443 yards of total offense to 325 for the Rebels...Ole Miss committed 10 of the game's 15 penalties...Florida also compiled 24 first downs to 10 for Ole Miss.
09/27 18:22:20 ET