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Published on January 5th, 2015 | by Shelby Rayburn

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2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Photographs – by Shelby Hooker Rayburn

Tuesday Evening at the Ole Miss Team Hotel

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Coach Hugh Freeze speaks with Rebel fans at the team hotel on the night before the game.


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Wherever Ole Miss travels, a party is sure to happen. Rebel fans gathered in the hotel lobby in order to greet and cheer the team as they returned to their rooms.


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Coach Freeze takes a little time to sign autographs for younger fans.


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Junior defensive tackle Issac Gross signs a football for a young Landshark in training.


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Ever the showman, junior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche gives the camera a wink as he strolls by.


Wednesday Morning at the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl Parade

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The parade begins…


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You have to get the corporate sponsors their visibility first.


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The creatively named TCU Horned Frog Band was first in the parade. These two drum majors are showing onlookers the just-as-creatively-named “TCU Horned Frog Hand Sign.”


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The TCU Showgirls. Because all institutions with “Christian” in their name should call their co-eds glorified strippers.


super frog and cheerleaders“Super Frog” (I swear I’m not making that up) walks the parade route with the TCU cheer squad.


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TCU’s 120 decibel “Frog Horn” was a gift from the Burlington Northern Railroad Company in Springfield, Missouri in 1994. Since then it has surpassed even the MSU cowbell as the most annoying artificial noisemaker in college football.


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Ole Miss cheerleaders and The Pride of The South were next in the parade column.


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Hotty Toddy, Y’all!


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The Pride of the South marches down Peachtree Street on their way to the Georgia Dome.


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2014 Miss Mississippi USA Chelsea Reardon gives this photographer a smile and a wave while her escort throws Fins Up!


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The Landshark should have been our replacement mascot. I would like to buy whoever is responsible for this a drink.


After the Parade at the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl FanFest inside the Georgia World Congress Center

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Ole Miss Rebelettes lead the crowd in Hotty Toddies from the stage at the Peach Bowl FanFest shortly before the game.


 

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“Rebel,” the Ole Miss black bear mascot, confronts me, saying the he heard that I said I liked the Landshark better. Luckily, the band started playing and the noise scared him off.


 

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The Rebel drum line gets things started with thunderous sounds.


 

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Ole Miss saxophonist play “Dixie” to an excited crowd at FanFest at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.


 

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This Ole Miss cheerleader literally was leading cheers. Good on him.


The Game

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Senior defensive end C.J. Johnson throws “Fins Up” after tackling TCU tailback Aaron Green behind the line of scrimmage.


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Senior defensive end Carlos Thompson tackles TCU tailback Aaron Green after a short gain.


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Freshman running back Jordan Wilkins delivers a stiff arm to TCU senior linebacker Jonathan Anderson until the frustrated defender resorts to grabbing the Rebel ball carrier’s face mask. No flag was thrown on the play.


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Junior running back Jaylon Walton (6) returns a kickoff as freshman running back Jordan Wilkins (22) looks to make a block.


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Senior quarterback Bo Wallace spends most of the afternoon running for his life.


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Sophomore offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil was carted off the field in the second quarter. X-rays revealed that he had fractured the fibula in his right leg.


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Sophomore defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and senior defensive end C.J. Johnson return to the huddle after making a stop at the goal-line.


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TCU tailback Trevorris Johnson grabs the face mask of Ole Miss senior defensive back Cody Prewitt. No flag was thrown on the play.


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Junior running back I’Tavius Mathers splits two TCU defenders while avoiding the umpire.


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Graduate student linebacker Deterrian Shackelford (38) and freshman Marquis Haynes (27) trot off the field as senior linebacker Keith Lewis (24) signals to the sideline immediately after the Landsharks record their second turnover of the day.


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Freshman quarterback DeVante Kincade hands the ball off to junior running back I’Tavius Mathers as junior running back Jaylon Walton looks to down field.


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Junior defensive tackle Issac Gross wraps up TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin while senior linebacker Deterrian Shackelford runs to help his teammate.


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TCU senior offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje (59) blatantly holds Ole Miss defensive end C.J. Johnson (10), while in the end zone, to avoid giving up the safety. No flag was thrown on the play.


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Senior defensive end C.J. Johnson celebrates after tackling TCU tailback Aaron Green for a loss.


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Senior defensive lineman Byron Bennett (95) tackles TCU tailback Aaron Green while defensive backs Cody Prewitt (25) and Trae Elston (7) swarm to help their teammate.


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About the Author

Shelby Rayburn is an Associate Editor and photographer at The Local Voice in Oxford, Mississippi, a 16 year veteran live sound engineer, and a Mississippi Master Gardener. He is a seventh generation Lafayette County native. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of Mississippi and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State.



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