Not since 1988 had #15 Ole Miss defeated #2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, but on Saturday night, they played like they were the best team in the powerful SEC West with an impressive 43-37 victory over Alabama in the Crimson Tide’s home stadium. And to top that feat, it was the second straight victory Ole Miss had over Alabama, something they had never achieved before.
Although led by their stout defense, the Ole Miss offense under the tutelage of QB Chad Kelly, nephew to all-Pro QB Jim Kelly, were rolling along. Kelly completed 18-33 passes for 341 yards and three TD’s. It was speed, quickness, and determined play that gave Ole Miss their victory
For their impressive performance against Alabama, Ole Miss has been honored with the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Week honors.
Unranked Stanford’s 41-31 win over #6 ranked USC was selected as the second best game of the week, while #10 UCLA’s 24-23 nail-biter over BYU was named third best game of the week.
An eminent national panel of former and legendary coaches and administrators, chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award.
Each weekly winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners of these memorable games have included some stunning upsets, conference championship games, and BCS National Championship games.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.