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October 19, 2013

LSU-Ole Miss pre-game notebook

For many years, LSU played Ole Miss around Halloween. Since 2002, the Tigers and Rebels have squared off on either the third or fourth Saturday in November. There is another change this season as LSU and Ole Miss will be playing at the earliest time since 1997 (October 18).

Saturday's game will be the Tigers' third Southeastern Conference record game in a four-week span. The last time that type of schedule occurred was in 2004 when LSU played at Auburn, Georgia and Florida in a four-week span. The Tigers won just one of those games - against Florida.

LSU has won nine of the last 11 games, including three in a row, against the Rebels. Four of the last seven games in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Tigers have won three of those four one-possession games.

Coach Les Miles' LSU teams have won six of eight games against Ole Miss. Following the 2003 season, Miles' Oklahoma State team lost 31-28 to the Rebels in the Cotton Bowl. Under MiIes, the Tigers have a 52-20 record against SEC teams.

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Zach Mettenberger remains No. 1 in the SEC in pass efficiency with a 184.1 rating. Colby Delahoussaye leads the conference in scoring with 62 points. Odell Beckham is first in the SEC in all-purpose yardage with 1,464 yards and in kickoff returns with a 25.0-yard average.

Jarvis Landry's 46 receptions through the first seven games are the most for a LSU receiver in 12 seasons. Josh Reed caught 59 passes in the first seven games of the 2001 campaign.

Jeremy Hill has rushed for 1,470 yards in his career. Hill reached the 1,000-yard career rushing mark in 165 carries. The only Tigers running back to get to that mark faster was Justin Vincent, who reached the 1,000-yard mark in 154 attempts.

Only two players in the country have more than Hill's nine rushing touchdowns - Ball State's Jahwan Edwards and Arizona State's Marion Grice, both of whom have ten. Only Oregon State's Sean Mannion (45) has more passing plays of at least 20 yards than Mettenberger (39).

Beckham is fourth in the country in receiving yards with 733. Landry is fourth in the nation in touchdown catches with seven. Mettenberger is ninth among FBS quarterbacks in touchdown passes with 15.

Beckham's next 100-yard receiving game would tie Michael Clayton for the seventh most in a Tigers career. Beckham has registered six 100-yard receiving games. Beckham needs 21 all-purpose yards to move ahead of Dalton Hilliard and Patrick Peterson into seventh place on LSU's single season rankings.

Hill's next 100-yard rushing game will be the ninth of his career. Only Kevin Faulk (22), Hilliard (20) and Charles Alexander (16) have more 100-yard rushing games than Hill. Charles Scott and Harvey Williams finished their careers with eight 100-yard rushing games.

Mettenberger needs two touchdown passes to move into tenth place on LSU's career rankings. Rohan Davey is No. 10 with 29 touchdown passes. Mettenberger needs 143 passing yards to move into sixth place on the school rankings. Jordan Jefferson is currently sixth with 4,733 yards.

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Center Elliott Porter leads the Tigers offensive linemen in knockdown blocks with 30. Both left guard Vadal Alexander and left tackle La'El Collins have 29 knockdown blocks.

This year's LSU-Ole Miss game will be the sixth since the two schools' student governments named it the Magnolia Bowl. The student body president of the winning school presents the trophy to their team following the game. The Tigers have won three of the last five games.

LSU leads the SEC in pass efficiency (184.1 rating), red-zone offense (scoring on 88 percent of its chances) and third-down conversions (58 percent). Ole Miss leads the conference in punt return average (19.6).

Mississippi State is the only team which has played the Rebels more often than LSU. Ole Miss has met the Tigers 101 times with LSU holding a 58-39-4 series lead. The Rebels and Bulldogs have played 109 times. Only 16 LSU-Ole Miss games have been played in Oxford. The Tigers have a 9-6-1 record there.

LSU will be the Rebels' third top-ten opponent in their past for games. Ole Miss lost to No. 1 Alabama and No. 9 Texas A&M. It has been four years since the Rebels beat a top-ten team. Ole Miss beat No. 8 LSU 25-23 in 2009.

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Ole Miss has allowed at least 30 points in three of its four SEC games - Vanderbilt (35), Auburn (30) and Texas A&M (41). The Rebels yielded fewer than 30 points in their 25-0 defeat at the hands of Alabama.

Rebels safety Cody Prewitt shares the SEC lead in passes defended with eight - five breakups and three interceptions. There are three players tied with Prewitt - Florida's Vernon Hargreaves, Auburn's Jonathon Mincy and Vanderbilt's Andre Hal.

Prewitt and Ole Miss defensive end Channing Ward are tied for the league lead in forced fumbles with two. Alabama's Denzel Devall, Florida's Dante Fowler and Arkansas' Trey Flowers have also forced a pair of fumbles.

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has set an Ole Miss freshman record with 32 receptions this season. Treadwell's nine receptions in the season-opener against Vanderbilt is also a Rebels record for a first-year player.

Running back Jeff Scott, who is doubtful for the game, leads SEC backs who have at least 50 rushing attempts with an 8.2 average per carry. Scott ran for 138 yards against Vanderbilt and 164 yards against Texas in Ole Miss' two best victories of the season.

Quarterback Bo Wallace is eighth in school history in passing yards (4,438) and total offense yardage (4,972). He is tied for fourth in touchdown passes (31). Wallace needs 316 passing yards to pass Archie Manning for seventh place and 60 yards of offense to pass Mark Young for seventh place.

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With 119 receiving yards, Donte Moncrief could pass three players and move into sixth place on the Rebels career rankings. Moncrief has 1,791 yards. He is third in touchdown receptions (18) and fourth in 100-yard receiving games (5).

Linebacker Serderius Bryant, who may miss the LSU game due to an injury, leads all SEC players with 11 tackles per game. He made a career-high 15 tackles against Southeast Missouri State which ties for the second most by a SEC player this season.

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There are two Louisiana natives on Ole Miss' roster - running back Eugene Brazley (Carver), offensive lineman Ethan Hutson (Destrehan). Neither player is on the Rebels' two-deep. LSU has two players from Mississippi - tight end Travis Dickson (Ocean Springs) and cornerback Jalen Collins (Olive Branch).

The LSU-Ole Miss game will be televised on ESPN2. The broadcasting crew will be Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst) and Maria Taylor (sideline reporter).


Team statistical comparison

LSU points per game: 41.4
Ole Miss opponents points per game: 27.8

LSU rushing yards per game: 194.1
Ole Miss opponents rushing yards per game: 186.7

LSU passing yards per game: 271.6
Ole Miss opponents passing yards per game: 212.3

LSU pass completion percentage: 67
Ole Miss opponents pass completion percentage: 70

LSU turnovers: 8
Ole Miss opponents turnovers: 10

LSU sacks allowed: 11
Ole Miss sacks: 6

LSU red-zone touchdown percentage: 71 (24-of-34)
Ole Miss opponents red-zone touchdown percentage: 60 (15-of-25)

Ole Miss points per game: 29.0
LSU opponents points per game: 22.0

Ole Miss rushing yards per game: 175.5
LSU opponents rushing yards per game: 152.6

Ole Miss passing yards per game: 258.0
LSU opponents passing yards per game: 196.3

Ole Miss pass completion percentage: 57
LSU opponents pass completion percentage: 54

Ole Miss turnovers: 9
LSU opponents turnovers: 9

Ole Miss sacks allowed: 16
LSU sacks: 14

Ole Miss red-zone touchdown percentage: 68 (15-of-22)
LSU opponents red-zone touchdown percentage: 45 (10-of-22)


Individual statistical leaders

Rushing
LSU: Jeremy Hill - 98 carries, 715 yards, 9 touchdowns
Ole Miss: Jeff Scott - 53 carries, 434 yards, 2 touchdowns

Passing
LSU: Zach Mettenberger - 174 attempts, 116 completions, 1,890 yards, 15 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Ole Miss: Bo Wallace - 202 attempts, 120 completions, 1,444 yards, 9 touchdowns, 3 interceptions

Receiving
LSU: Jarvis Landry - 46 catches, 674 yards, 7 touchdowns
Ole Miss: Laquan Treadwell - 32 catches, 327 yards, 2 touchdowns

Tackles
LSU: LB Lamin Barrow - 49
Ole Miss: LB Serderius Bryant - 55

Sacks
LSU: DE Jordan Allen, DT Anthony Johnson - 2
Ole Miss: DT Isaac Gross - 1

Interceptions
LSU: CB Jalen Mills - 2
Ole Miss: S Cody Prewitt - 3

Punting
LSU: Jamie Keehn - 21 punts, 40.1-yard average
Ole Miss: Tyler Campbell - 24 punts, 45.7-yard average

Kicking
LSU: Colby Delahoussaye - 8-of-8 on FG, 38-of-38 on XP
Ole Miss: Andrew Ritter - 7-of-9 on FG, 19-of-20 on XP

Kick returning
LSU: Odell Beckham - 21 kickoff returns, 524 yards; 7 punt returns, 74 yards
Ole Miss: Jaylen Walton - 10 kickoff returns, 196 yards


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