FSU/Ole Miss was crazy, full tilt chaos from start to finish.
Chad Kelly went nuts in the first half and Ole Miss got up 28 - 6. He was making NFL throws all over the place. Ole Miss's defensive line got pressure, their WRs got open, and their Oline kept Kelly up on his feet. When FSU looked to cut the lead, Cook just plain dropped the ball short of the end zone, costing 4 points. Though while Ole Miss was building a 28-6 lead, they lost star cornerback Ken Webster, probably for the season, in the process. FSU scored right before the half to cut it to 28-13.
Then FSU went nuts. After a field goal, two quick turnovers were turned into touchdowns. Ole Miss blew up a bubble screen, but Francois eluded the pass rush and raced 25 yards downfield inside the 3. From that point on, it was Charlie Ward behind center for FSU. 477 total yards for Francois. Unreal debut. Open receivers attacking downfield all night. Cook was held in check on the ground but had 100+ yards receiving even with the clutz fumble. Francois got beat up all night. But he hung around and had several big scrambles. DeMarcus Walker, once a clumsy, overmatched freshmen, just went nuclear on the Ole Miss defensive line, with 4 credited sacks, other hurries, a couple of tackles. At one point FSU had 33 points in a row.
And yet Ole Miss hung around. They scored in 45 seconds to make it 39-34. FSU held in, though. Ricky Aguayo made 6 field goals in his first game replacing his brother.
I wouldn't put us ahead of Alabama again after seeing them humiliate Southern Cal. But all of the potential I yapped about all off season, definitely there in the second half. We probably lost WR Bobo Wilson for a while to a shoulder injury.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, is going to be a soap opera all year. They can beat anybody the way Kelly played in the first half. He looked just like his uncle. But he didn't get it done in the second half, with 3 turnovers and a missed TD pass. They have an NCAA hammer coming at them.