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Ole Miss tries to bounce back from Vandy loss

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Posted: Nov 13, 2012 6:38 PM by DAVID BRANDT
Source: Associated Press

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OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says he slept only about 30 minutes on Saturday night.

The bad memories of the Rebels letting a 17-point lead slip away and turn into a 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt were too difficult to push out of his mind.

In a strange way, this was progress for Ole Miss. Freeze is happy expectations have risen.

But the Rebels (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) probably let their best chance to become bowl eligible get away when Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers hit Chris Boyd for the go-ahead 26-yard touchdown pass with 52 second remaining.

Mississippi visits No. 8 LSU (8-2, 4-2) on Saturday then hosts Mississippi State Nov. 24.

Freeze previously said he didn't talk to his players much about the postseason. But rising expectations have made the topic unavoidable.

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