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Tigers, Ole Miss rivalry comes to an end on the field

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Memphis, TN (WMC-TV) - It's a rivalry that's stood the test of time, but on Sunday, two Mid-South teams played their last game against each other for the foreseeable future.

Ole Miss kicked off their season in the Bluff City against the University of Memphis.

The nationally televised game marked the 59th meeting between the two backyard rivals...with only brief interruptions. It's a rivalry that brings out passion on both sides.

"We want to see the Tigers whoop Ole Miss Rebels and take down that ranking they ain't supposed to have," said longtime Memphis fan Cedric Canada.

While the fight is always bitter on the field, in the stands, most fans manage to be civil.

"Ole Miss is going to score a lot more points," Ray Bobbinfloss said to a Tigers fan.

Tigers fan Lynn Alford replied, "We'll still be friends."

The rivalry between two schools, separated by just 85 miles, always manages to bring out the masses. 45,000 fans turned out Sunday.

"It's a special rivalry because you have a lot of Ole Miss Alumni in Memphis and vice versa," Bart McAtee said. "A lot of Memphis fans in Mississippi. Southaven, Olive Branch."

While the Rebels dominated through the years, like most rivalries the games were often close. Sunday was no different until the fourth quarter, when Ole Miss ran away with the game, beating Memphis 45 to 14.

The recent agreement in place since 2002 came to an end this year because the two schools could not agree on schedules.

The game could still return at some point in the future, but when it will and if it will is anyone's guess.

The recent agreement in place since 2002 came to an end this year because the two schools could not agree on schedules.

 

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