Mississippi wasn't ready for the top five—or South Carolina's defense. Star passer Jevan Snead was hounded all game and the fourth-ranked Rebels never got in gear, losing at South Carolina 16-10 tonight. The Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) had been 1-31 all-time against top-5 foes, but gave its home fans the biggest win in coach Steve Spurrier's five seasons.
Ole Miss (2-1, 0-1) had one last chance at a go-ahead TD that would've extended its eight-game winning streak. But Snead was sacked by Cliff Matthews, then had a fourth-down pass knocked away by Darian Stewart. The Rebels began the day with their highest ranking in nearly four decades. But they lost their SEC opener for the sixth consecutive season—and will likely drop down the polls once the new rankings come out.