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Oher, Ole Miss hungry for more

11/21/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Michael Oher and the Ole Miss football team know exactly what's at stake Saturday when they take on No. 18 LSU in Tiger Stadium.

It's a chance to make what has been a breakthrough season a special season that will endure in Ole Miss football history.

"Just getting to a bowl has been a long road for us," said Oher, the Rebels' senior All-SEC offensive tackle. "But we want to increase our stock. We don't want to just stop with getting to a bowl. We want to finish this thing the right way."

The Rebels (6-4, 3-3 SEC) could supplant the Tigers as the front-runner for the Cotton Bowl by winning Saturday. But the statement it would send about where Ole Miss football is right now would be even more important, Oher said.

The players on this team feel like they're much better than their record indicates, and here's another chance to prove it after losing four games by a touchdown or less this season and having all four of those games decided in the final minutes.

"Everything's coming together now, and we've got to show that on the field," Oher said.

The Rebels had lost 15 straight to nationally ranked teams before upsetting Florida earlier this season. But a win Saturday would give them two wins over ranked teams in their last three tries -- both on the road.

It would also give them four SEC wins, which would be more than they won in the previous three seasons combined.

"We feel like this is just the start, something that's only going to build here down the road," Oher said.