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Nutt secures first big win at Ole Miss

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Houston Nutt said there would be days like this.

But taking down No. 4-ranked Florida at the Swamp a week removed from turning the ball over six times and losing at home to Vanderbilt?

Welcome to the chaotic SEC. And welcome, Mr. Nutt, to your first big-time win at Ole Miss.

The Rebels deserved this one. They outplayed the Gators for most of the day in winning the 31-30 shocker in Gainesville. The Rebels probably deserved better last week against Vanderbilt, not to mention two weeks prior to that at Wake Forest.

This time, they got it done.

One of Nutt's best qualities is getting his teams to believe, no matter how much adversity they face. There's an upbeat quality about him that's infectious.

For whatever reason, that quality wore out its welcome after 10 years at Arkansas.

It's been a hit at Ole Miss.

Now that the team's defensive line is healthy, the Rebels are good enough to make some noise in the Western Division. They're probably not good enough to win it. But in snapping a string of nine straight SEC losses dating back to last season -- and with Greg Hardy, Peria Jerry and Ted Laurent all together and healthy now up front -- Ole Miss proved emphatically Saturday that it won't be an easy out for anybody the rest of the way.

For the Gators, it was a bitter reminder that winning in the SEC without a running game that features a true running back isn't the easiest thing to do.

And when Tim Tebow is held to 7 yards on 15 carries, it's nearly impossible to do.