Ole Miss and a Small Winning Tide: A Look Back at Ole Miss and Alabama

[It was a great weekend of college football.  Unfortunately, it included a devastating loss for my Texas Longhorns to the California Golden Bears.  Among the other big games, Ole Miss and Bama was one of the better match ups.  Ole Miss fans are licking their wounds after a tragic 43-48 loss.  

As we wait for Saturday to arrive, Ezra gives a really interesting piece of history on the Alabama-Ole Miss rivalry.  Ole Miss fans, this one will give you some happy memories to get through the week.  You don’t have long to sulk as Georgia looms this weekend.]


With its loss to Alabama, Ole Miss falls to 10-49-2 against the Crimson Tide (with Alabama forced to vacate or forfeit three other victories due to NCAA penalties). Let’s look at Mississippi’s ten wins against the Tide.

October 27, 1894 – Ole Miss 6, Alabama 0

In what was the first ever game between the two longtime rivals, defenses dominated in Jackson, Mississippi. The game’s only touchdown was scored on a run by back William Cook. Alabama won the next four games by a combined score of 80-10, followed by a 0-0 tie and then Ole Miss’s second win of the rivalry, 16 years later.

November 5, 1910 – Ole Miss 16, Alabama 0

In Greenville, Mississippi, Fran Shields, Alonzo Lee and Steve Mitchell all scored on touchdown runs to give Ole Miss a 2-4-1 record against Alabama. After this, Mississippi wouldn’t win again until 1968, losing 12 in a row (including seven straight shutouts with Alabama scoring at least 50 points in four of them), before finally managing a tie in 1933, followed by another five losses.


October 5, 1968 – Ole Miss 10, Alabama 8

Led by Archie Manning, Ole Miss won its first game against ‘Bama in 58 years. A blocked punt recovered for a touchdown by Alabama was all the Crimson Tide could do to stave off its first shutout in nine years. After a famous loss in ’69 by one point in one of the first prime-time televised games by a major network (ABC), Ole Miss won again in 1970, once again led by Archie Manning.

October 3, 1970 – Ole Miss 48, Alabama 23

Led by Archie Manning’s three passing and two rushing touchdowns, Ole Miss won by its largest margin in the rivalry, winning their second game against Alabama in three years. Ole Miss dropped its next three against Alabama, then won again in 1976 in Jackson.

September 10, 1976 – Ole Miss 10, Alabama 7

In a 10-7 upset win, Ole Miss came out on top in this defensive battle, its third win against Alabama in its past 7 tries. Alabama’s potent offensive attack, led by future NFL Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Newsome, was limited to just 249 yards. After losing its next five against Alabama, Ole Miss finally won again, 12 years later, in its first away win in this rivalry.

October 8, 1988 – Ole Miss 22, Alabama 12

With Ole Miss coming in as 18-point underdogs on the day the Bear Bryant museum was being dedicated, the Rebs upset Alabama for its first win ever in Tuscaloosa. With just 26 minutes left in the game, Ole Miss was down 12-0. Two touchdowns by running back Shawn Sykes, followed by another by fullback Joe Mickles, and 26 minutes later, Ole Miss won its first game ever at Alabama. Losing its next 10, Ole Miss finally beat Alabama again, 13 years later, barely a month after the 9/11 attacks.

October 13, 2001 – Ole Miss 27, Alabama 24

Led by quarterback Eli Manning, son of alum Archie Manning (who led Ole Miss to 2 wins against Alabama more than 30 years prior), Ole Miss won its first game against Alabama in almost 15 years on a rainy day in Oxford, Mississippi. Down 24-14 going into the fourth quarter, the Rebels scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth, including the winning touchdown with less than a minute left, as Ole Miss snapped the Tide’s 10 game winning streak against them.

October 18, 2003 – Ole Miss 43, Alabama 28

Led again by senior Eli Manning, Ole Miss scored the first 24 points of the game and never looked back. Manning threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns to give the Ole Miss Mannings a 4-3 record against Alabama.  Ole Miss has a 6-46-2 record against Alabama without a Manning at quarterback.  Peyton, for his part, went to Tennessee, where he went 3-1 against Alabama.  Tide fans should be very concerned when the next generation of Manning boys — Cooper’s son Arch, and Peyton’s son Marshall Williams – reach college age.

October 4, 2014 – Ole Miss 23, Alabama 17

On the 45th anniversary of the first nationally televised college football game between Ole Miss and Alabama, Mississippi got its ninth win of the rivalry. Down 17-10 midway through the fourth quarter, quarterback Bo Wallace led the Rebels downfield for two touchdowns to complete the comeback and earn Mississippi’s ninth win of the rivalry.

September 19, 2015 – Ole Miss 43, Alabama 37

After a Laquan Treadwell touchdown catch with 10 min remaining gave Mississippi a 43-24 lead, Alabama fans began to leave the stadium. Two touchdowns and nine and a half minutes later, Alabama had the ball around midfield, down 43-37, but they could not score and Ole Miss won back-to-back games against Alabama for the first time ever, giving Alabama, the eventual national champion, its only loss on the season.


Ezra Troy

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3 comments on “Ole Miss and a Small Winning Tide: A Look Back at Ole Miss and Alabama
  1. Rami Sloan says:

    this sucked just as much as him

  2. Sturges says:

    This article was very interesting. You get a good sense for the importance of the Manning family to Ole Miss and their success. What would have happened if Peyton had decided to go there instead of TN? I am assuming both more total victories with the role of a Manning in the number of outcomes even more pronounced than it already is.

    Disappointing loss for Ole Miss…

  3. Professor of the Gridiron says:

    I loved this piece. It was a really good history lesson. You guys should do more of these articles. I would like to read them about all of the big SEC rivalries and I am sure that the TX fan on the site could write one on OU-TX in his sleep…

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