The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the BBVA Compass Bowl, which matches up the Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6, 3-4 Big East) and Ole Miss Rebels (6-6, 3-5 SEC). Jerimiah Etters of The Gaming Tailgate community contributes this game in memory of Zachary Jones, an Ole Miss fan known by the user name DariusLock at The Gaming Tailgate, who passed away in a car accident on June 30th, 2012.
Rebels prevail in see-saw game, top Pitt on 4-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds left in BBVA Compass Bowl
Birmingham, A.L. – As the 2012-2013 Bowl Season continues its march on to the BCS National C Championship Game, the Panthers of Pitt and Ole Miss Rebels did their best to put on a good show in the last weekend of Bowl Games at the BBVA Compass Bowl. A highly-entertaining game featuring multiple lead changes, Ole Miss prevailed in the waning seconds of the game to send their fans home happy.
The scoring began early in the first quarter with an 11-yard rush by Ole Miss HB D. Lock #3 to put the Rebels up 7-0. The score was answered not long after as Pitt scored a touchdown of their own on a 31-yard pass from QB #12 to WR #15, leaving the two teams tied at 7 points to end the first quarter.
The beginning of the second quarter was quiet, and neither team was able to put more points up on the board until 1:07 remaining in the half. A 1-yard run by Pitt HB #34 put the Panthers up by a touchdown, and just over 40 seconds later an interception left Pitt in position to score again on an 18-yard pass from QB #12 to FB #43 to go up 21-7.
Ole Miss could’ve given up then, but instead they scored just 10 seconds later on a 75-yard pass from QB D. Lock #14 to WR D. Lock #10 to cut the deficit to a single score heading into halftime. The Rebels would use that momentum swing to their advantage in the third quarter, scoring on a 10-yard pass between the same players and then a 53-yard run by HB D. Lock #3 to tie the game and then go up 28-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
It did not take long in the final quarter for Pitt to get back on the board, scoring on a 3-yard run by HB #1 to once again tie the game up at 28 points. The rest of the quarter passed without any points, and it eventually came down to the final Ole Miss possession of the game. With 5 seconds remaining on the clock, HB D. Lock #3 crossed the goal line on a 4-yard run for his third touchdown of the game to put the Rebels up 35-28 and win the game for the SEC Side.
Player of the Game: Ole Miss HB D. Lock #3, who carried the ball 19 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner.
It was over when… With just 5 seconds remaining in the game, Ole Miss HB D. Lock #3 scored from 4 yards out to break the tie and put the Rebels up by a touchdown.
Game Ball goes to… DariusLock and his family.
Stat of the Game: 2. Despite losing the turnover battle by throwing two interceptions while Pitt didn’t commit a turnover, Ole Miss managed to do enough to prevail in a highly emotional game between these two teams.
Thoughts from The Gaming Tailgate Community on DariusLock
“I got to know Darius the most through playing BF3 and chatting while we played. I’ll never forget how he used to sometimes get put on the other team and every time he’d get a kill on me he’d just laugh, I’d always know when he got me.
I also never forget his efforts in helping the TGT community prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse (link: http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?5098-The-TGT-Zombie-Contingency-Plan&highlight=zombie+apocalypse).” – psuexv
“Zack was a great guy and lots of fun to game with and talk with. We always had some very fun and very interesting conversations that is for sure. So many great times were had by all when we all played together.” — psusnoop