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‘5 1/2 Point Favorites…’ : Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss Player Reminisce Over Beating Penn State

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and Penn State head coach James Franklin speak with the media ahead of the 2023 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, in Atlanta, Ga. (Paul Abell via Abell Images for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl)

It’s been well over 24 hours since Ole Miss beat Penn State in the 2023 Peach Bowl.

But Ole Miss was sure to keep having fun on social media.

The bowl game got quite interesting within the last 12 hours before kickoff due to a bizarre troll account on X (formerly Twitter) that was reveled to belong to an Ole Miss student assistant (head coach Lane Kiffin himself confirmed it in his postgame presser).

Kiffin has been known to have fun on social media, and he took another opportunity to do so New Year’s Eve. The catalyst was Ole Miss receiver Dayton Wade.

“Wait, Penn State actually thought they was gone win?” Wade, who caught three passes for 61 yards, posted to X (formerly Twitter) New Year’s Evening.

Kiffin responded:

“5 1/2 point favorites son,” in an obvious reference to the spread coming into the game.

Oh, that Lane.

When Kiffin admitted to an Ole Miss student assistant creating the troll account, he didn’t exactly express any remorse, even though the account was responsible for a false quote attributed to Penn State linebacker Kobe King.

I was made aware of that,” Kiffin said. “I’m glad we won so you wouldn’t be bringing that up in the press conference and they’d be saying that motivated them.”

Kiffin thought the whole thing was “pretty funny”. 

“I thought it was really cool last night when he showed it to me, he’s like, these Penn State fans now, they’re into this. They researched his password and e-mail and were able to figure out which guy it was that started it. It was all in good fun. I hope the fans had fun with it.”

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