Ole Miss and Arkansas combined for 61 first downs, 1,287 yards, 103 points and one insane finish on Saturday as the No. 17 Rebels escaped with a 52-51 over the visiting No. 17 Razorbacks. The wild game ended with Arkansas quarterback K.J. Jefferson firing an incompletion on a two-point conversion attempt with no time left on the clock.
Even then it wasn't clear that the game was truly over, as a penalty flag temporarily halted the Ole Miss celebration. The penalty was on Arkansas, however, which allowed the Rebels to resume their celebration. A week after his now-infamous "get your popcorn ready" remark before his team's loss to No. 1 Alabama, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin told ESPN after the game, "finally, we can go have some popcorn."
While last week's Ole Miss performance was a dud, this one was worthy of some salty snacks. Both teams surpassed 300 yards rushing for the game and exchanged blow after blow in the second half. It appeared the Rebels may have jumped ahead for good with 1:07 left when quarterback Matt Corral found Braylen Sanders for a 68-yard touchdown to make it 52-45.
Arkansas marched back down the field in the game's final moments, though, and capped a nine-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown strike from Jefferson to Warren Thompson. Though the potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt failed for the Razorbacks, the game still marked a bounce back for Arkansas.
A week after suffering a 37-0 loss at Georgia, the Razorbacks proved against Ole Miss that they can operate on the road after all. In the end, a back-and-forth game went against them. That popcorn should taste great for the Rebels.