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LSU vs Ole Miss, live from Oxford

The Tigers are shooting for their fourth SEC win, while the Rebels are looking to prevent their fourth straight loss.

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  1. THIRD QUARTER

    Well that's certainly not how LSU wanted to come out. The Tigers went three and out on their first offensive possession. Then Jamie Keehn shanks a punt. Then the Rebels get the ball.

    Ole Miss 17, LSU 0
    Eight plays, 46 yards
    Jaylen Walton two-yard touchdown run
    Walton scored one play after Bo Wallace found him for 17 yards on 2nd and 11. Wallace got rid of the ball right as he was about to get sacked, and Walton did the rest.

    Ole Miss 17, LSU 7
    Eight plays, 61 yards
    Kenny Hilliard one-yard touchdown run
    Hilliard gets the touchdown here after an official review, but the biggest play of the drive might've been an incomplete pass. Mettenberger had Jarvis Landry wide open down the middle of the field with no deep safety, but underthrew the ball again. It should've been intercepted, but Landry came back and made a play on the ball to prevent the INT. Huge play, considering LSU went down and scored for the first time.

    HUGE play by the LSU defense as Ronald Martin strips the ball and recovers a fumble. LSU needs to cash in on it, and guess what? ...

    Ole Miss 17, LSU 14
    Eight plays, 51 yards
    Jeremy Hill three-yard touchdown run
    The second half has featured an increase in Jeremy Hill and Jarvis Landry use. The two combine for a couple big plays on the drive, and Hill just looks infinitely more fresh than an already short-handed Rebels' defense.

    Ole Miss 24, LAU 14
    Seven plays, 76 yards
    Jaylen Walton 26-yard touchdown run
    Walton is looking a lot like injured running back Jeff Scott. He jitterbugged his way for an easy score, outrunning LSU's secondary to the endzone. Biggest play on the drive was when Wallace calmly converted a third and long in Ole Miss territory to keep the drive going.

    FOURTH QUARTER
    Things start to get a little bit crazy in the fourth quarter. So crazy that I haven't had time to keep this blog up to date. So let's go fast.

    LSU recovered a muffed Ole Miss punt deep in Rebels' territory, but wasn't able to do anything with it. Mettenberger was sacked for a huge loss on third down, pushing LSU back to the 24 yard line. Colby Delahoussaye came in and hit a 41-yarder, but if it were any further back it probably would've been short. It cut the Rebels lead to a touchdown.

    Ole Miss countered by driving all the way down the field, looking ready to score a touchdown to put it ahead by 14. But the LSU defense again found a way to stiffen when it mattered most, and held Ole Miss to attempt a short field goal attempt. LSU defensive end Ego Ferguson reached his paw up and swatted the ball away, keeping it a one-score game.

    LSU drove down the field thanks to some pinpoint throws by Mettenberger, who eventually found Landry in the endzone for a four-yard touchdown to tie the game. 

    Ole Miss took the ball  and did what it's been doing all game long. If it was faced with a third and long, it converted. It did it all the way down the field until it got within its kicker's range. 

    With two seconds remaining, Ritter drilled a 41-yarder to put the Rebels ahead 27-24. Vaught-Hemingway Stadium erupted. It would prove to be the final score.

    FIRST QUARTER

    LSU forced a three-and-out on its first defensive possession. Freak Johnson broke up a first down pass attempt, Lamin Barrow made a nice play on a sweep and Bo Wallace's third-down pass for Donte Moncrief sailed high. 

    The Tigers showed some promise on their first offensive drive, but it stalled after getting into Ole Miss territory. The LSU offense looked a lot like it did last week, as it called six run plays compared to just two passes -- one of which ended the drive when Zach Mettenberger was sacked on third and six. Jamie Keehn pinned Ole Miss deep with a beauty of a punt.

    Barry Brunetti in at quarterback for the Rebels. 

    It did it again -- the LSU defense forces its second straight three and out. Then Odell Beckham fields a low punt off the bounce, reverses his field and gains 21 yards to give LSU excellent field position. On the next play, Beckham was streaking down the middle of the field with nobody in front of him, but Mettenberger's pass was underthrown and intercepted.


  2. Ole Miss 3, LSU 0
    17 plays, 69 yards
    28-yard field goal by Andrew Ritter

    Ole Miss marched right down the field against the Tigers' defense. The most important part of the drive was the Rebels' performance on third down. On two separate third and longs, the Rebels' offensive line picked up an LSU blitz and Bo Wallace found a man for a first down. The only time Ole Miss didn't convert was on third and goal, which set up the short field goal. 

    My, oh my. Jerald Hawkins got abused on a sack to end the first quarter.
  3. 2ND QUARTER

    The sack made it 3rd and 17. Mettenberger had all day to throw, but didn't have anything downfield, so he checked down to Terrance Magee, who was able to get 14. 

    Ole Miss 10, LSU 0
    Six plays, 83 yards
    Three-yard touchdown pass from Barry Brunetti to Nicholas Parker
    Once again, the Rebels made it look easy. Almost all of this drive went through the air against an LSU secondary that is showing a lot of the same problems that plagued it early in the season. 
  4. LSU is running the ball. A lot. You need confirmation?
  5. Listen to the man. He knows from experience.

    That being said, Mettenberger found Travis Dickson for 23 yards on 3rd and 6 to keep LSU's drive alive. It was LSU's first pass play of the drive.

    Oh boy. Mettenberger has been great at taking care of the football this season, but he just threw his second ugly interception of the contest. He floated one in Beckham's direction, Beckham was double covered and it was easily intercepted. That might've been his worst throw of the season.

    Ole Miss looked like it was going to continue doing what it's done for most of the game, but the LSU defense once again came up with a crucial thrid down stop. 

    How did this happen? 


  6. Or better yet, how did this happen? Mettenberger threw ANOTHER interception. And yes, he was targeting Odell Beckham. The other two were underthrown, this one overthrown, again into double coverage. 


  7. That'll do it for the first half. Whatever LSU thought it was going to do offensively before the game started probably needs to be changed -- completely. That was the ugliest half of football the Tigers have played all season.

    HALFTIME STATS

    Zach Mettenberger was starting to cause some whispers about a potential invite to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. He'll need to turn in quite the second half for that to continue. He completed 7-of-11 passes in the first half: Pretty good until you consider that three of those four incompletions were caught by Rebel defenders. That's the worst Mettenberger has looked in a long, long time.

    Want to know the rest of the offensive story? Well, there are more questions than answers.

    For instance, where is Jeremy Hill? He disappeared for a long stretch after a fumble on LSU's first drive, and only carried the ball seven times in the first half despite the fact that he was having success against a depleted Ole Miss front. Kenny Hilliard had a nice first half as he took some of his carries, but Hill is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the conference. There's no way he should be sitting on the bench if LSU's going to run so much.

    And where, oh where, is Jarvis Landry? 

    Crickets.

    More than 26 minutes went off the clock before Landry had his first catch of the game. All of Mettenberger's interceptions came on either over or underthrown balls to a double-covered Beckham. It would seem entirely logical to make the other half of LSU's 1-2 punch at wide receiver a featured part of the offense if this is the case. We'll see in the second half if that happens.

    Defensively, the Tigers are giving up a lot of yards, but they've done a great job keeping the Rebels off the scoreboard. The 10-point deficit really could've been much, much worse. LSU stiffened on third down once the Rebels started getting close to LSU territory. It's the only thing keeping LSU in the game right now.

    Bo Wallace has been fantastic. He's 16-of-23 with 200 yards. Sooner or later, he'll punch one in the endzone. LSU needs its offense to pick it up, or it'll be the latest SEC power to go down on an upset-filled Saturday. 
  8. By LUKE JOHNSON
    Tiger Rag Associate Editor

    PREGAME

    OXFORD, Miss. --
    We're about an hour away from kickoff as LSU will try to not become the latest SEC power to be upset on the road today.

    At least the Tigers aren't playing in Tennessee. Injury-ravaged Georgia lost in Nashville today and South Carolina was upset by Tennessee in Knoxville. If the Rebels want to become the latest to knock off a member of the SEC elite, it'll have to overcome some injuries.

    Out are defensive linemen Robert Nkemdiche, Carlos Thompson and C.J. Johnson, linebacker Serderius Bryant, defensive backs Mike Hilton and Senequez Golson and running back Jeff Scott. Essentially, if the Rebels want to pull off an upset, they'll have to do it with a M.A.S.H. unit.

    It's a gorgeous day in Oxford. Here's my view from today's office. Y'all can follow along here, or on Twitter @Tiger_Rag or @lukejohnson44
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