"He had been telling us he can throw the whole time, but we never really believed him," quarterback Greg McElroy said. "He did a great job putting it right where it needed to be, high and outside to the tight end."
Maze also may have solved an ongoing riddle over who has the best arm: Maze or running back Mark Ingram?
"Maze," said Ingram, who missed an open receiver last season. "He put that ball right on the money. Even if I did say I had a better arm, he proved me wrong. I'm 0-for-1, he's 1-for-1."
Hightower said this defense is starting to remind him of the vaunted 2009 defense.
"I kind of feel like we wanted it a little bit more this game," he said. "It kind of feels like what I expected in fall camp. That's kind of what I saw and felt, was that defense right there. It reminds me a lot of last year's defense, but to me it seems like everybody was a lot more hungry, and everybody wanted to make plays that game."
“Sliding just feels like to me a sign of weakness. I guess that’s just my ego or whatever,” McElroy added. “I probably need to start doing it for my own sake and my team’s sake. It’s just not the smartest thing to do.”
Spurrier's next Southeastern Conference win would be his 107th. That would move him out a tie for second with Ole Miss great Johnny Vaught. Alabama icon Paul "Bear" Bryant is the conference's all-time leader with 159 league wins.
I'm pretty sure Vaught is safe for another week... #totallyjustjinxeduswitharrogancegrrrrr
"I didn't expect for it to be that many yards," Ingram said. "It was crazy. It was really surprising. When I first heard the number, I had to turn and double-check."
And speaking of...
Let's hope Ellis Johnson has figured out something to prevent what happened last year from happening again.