From 2-and-10 to a .500 record and a bowl invite.
Not a bad turnaround for Ole Miss, and not a bad way to get the Hugh Freeze era started in Oxford.
Rebels looked to complete the comeback with a win in their first bowl game since the 2009 Cotton Bowl, facing Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
The Panthers fell behind in the opening minutes after quarterback Tino Sunseri threw his first interception since Sept. 15 and trailed the remainder of the game.
Bo Wallace's 13-yard touchdown pass to Ja-Mess Logan gave the Rebels the 7-0 lead. Wallace added first-half touchdown passes to Randall Mackey, for 27 yards, and Vince Sanders, for 18 yards.
Wallace was named MVP of the game, completing 22 of 32 passes for 151 yards with three touchdowns. to lead the Rebels to a 38-17 win over the Panthers.
Ole Miss finishes the season 7-and-6.