Coming off a brutal defeat at the hands of ASU the challenge didn't get any easier for the Ole Miss Rebels, as they traveled to Happy Valley to face the Penn State Nittany Lions. Ole Miss took an early lead on a long touchdown pass when it didn't appear the corner was aligned near WR Korvic Neat (after a defensive audible or shift) and Brunetti thought "if he doesn't take a first step toward Neat I'm gonna take it" and it went to the house. Penn State countered with a field goal after a nice drive to make it 7-3. As the second quarter started we got the ball back and embarked upon our longest and most impressive drive of my career at Ole Miss. It included a couple of third and long conversions, a couple of third and shorts, and lasted about 19 plays. We got to the 1 yard line at one point, only to have a holding penalty take us back to the 11... Where Korvic Neat promptly dropped a WIDE OPEN touchdown pass. Brunetti found a hole in the zone (Jms played safety and brought him up to cover another guy), floated it in and we took a 14-3 lead with an 11-yard James Logan TD reception. Penn State had a drive going late in the first half but Rob Bolden was picked off by FS Rickey Burley to end the threat, and it was 14-6 at halftime. The defenses took over for most the third quarter before Penn State kicked another field goal to get within a score at 14-6. They then got a stop and Silas Redd broke off a 75-yard run just barely being chased out of bounds at the five yard line. No matter as he scored on the next play. The 2-point conversion was successful and the game was tied at the end of the third quarter. Ole Miss felt the pressure in front of 90,00+ people and knew we had to put some points on the board. On this drive Penn State had a lot of guys up near the line of scrimmage aiming to stuff the run (and they did) mostly in the 4-4 defense. Once we got into range we decided to take a shot downfield against the 4-4 knowing it would be single coverage. James Logan got on a smaller guy and just outjumped him for a 35-yard TD reception and we had a 21-14 lead. Rob Bolden had been scrambling here and there all day. We vowed that if he tried any Fran Tarkenton twinkletoes action we would make PSU pay. We had guys spying him from every angle and he took off one too many times. After eluding a potential sack in the backfield, he actually made a couple guys miss (badly) but the third guy hit him from behind and knocked the ball loose. Cameron Whigham recovered the fumble and we were in business. A few plays later Jeff Scott scored on a 15-yarder right up the middle to put us up 28-14 with 2:10 to go. Penn State's hectic drive was successful as they scored from 6 yards out to get within a touchdown at 28-21 with 33 seconds remaining and no timeouts. The question was could we recover the onside kick? The answer was just barely, as it bounced off one Rebel's hands before another finally recovered it and we breathed a sigh of relief. GG JMS.