Associated Press/Rogelio V. Solis
OXFORD, Miss. - Andrew Ritter kicked a 41-yard field goal with two seconds left to give Ole Miss a 27-24 victory against LSU at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
Score: Ritter 28-yard field goal. Ole Miss 3, LSU 0
Drive: 17 plays, 69 yards
Time of Possession: 6:38
Time Remaining: 1:23, first quarter
Key Play: On third-and-nine, Bo Wallace completed a 16-yard pass to Vince Sanders for a first down at LSU's 21.
Score: Nick Parker 3-yard pass from Barry Brunetti. Ritter PAT. Ole Miss 10, LSU 0
Drive: 6 plays, 83 yards
Time of Possession: 2:05
Time Remaining: 12:14, second quarter
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger accepts blame for defeatClick Key Play: On second-and-six, Wallace completed a 33-yard pass to Sanders for a first down at LSU's 3. Here to view this Link.
Score: Jaylen Walton 2-yard run. Ritter PAT. Ole Miss 17, LSU 0
Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards
Time of Possession: 3:52
Time Remaining: 9:29, third quarter
Key Play: On second-and-11, Wallace completed a 17-yard pass to Walton for a first down at LSU's 2.
Score: Kenny Hilliard 1-yard run. Colby Delahoussaye PAT. Ole Miss 17, LSU 7
Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards
Time of Possession: 3:06
Time Remaining: 6:16, third quarter
Key Play: On second-and-ten, Zach Mettenberger completed a 22-yard pass to Kadron Boone for a first down at Ole Miss' 16.
Score: Jeremy Hill 3-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. Ole Miss 17, LSU 14
Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards
Time of Possession: 2:08
Time Remaining: 3:09, third quarter
Key Play: On third-and-ten, Mettenberger completed a 34-yard pass to Jarvis Landry for a first down at Ole Miss' 17.
Score: Walton 26-yard run. Ritter PAT. Ole Miss 24, LSU 14
Drive: 7 plays, 76 yards
Time of Possession: 3:00
Time Remaining: :03, third quarter
Key Play: On second-and-two, Wallace completed a 17-yard pass to Donte Moncrief for a first down at LSU's 26.
Score: Delahoussaye 41-yard field goal. Ole Miss 24, LSU 17
Drive: 4 plays, minus-10 yards
Time of Possession: 2:17
Time Remaining: 11:22, fourth quarter
Key Play: Alfred Blue recovered a Korvin Neat fumble at Ole Miss' 13.
Score: Landry 4-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye kick. LSU 24, Ole Miss 24
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards
Time of Possession: 3:10
Time Remaining: 3:19, fourth quarter
Key Play: On fourth-and ten, Mettenberger completed a 15-yard pass to Odell Beckham for a first down at Ole Miss' 16.
Score: Ritter 41-yard field goal. Ole Miss 27, LSU 24
Drive: 14 plays, 61 yards
Time of Possession: 3:13
Time Remaining: :02, fourth quarter
5-star athlete Adoree' Jackson talks LSU and recruiting.Click Key Play: On second-and-three, I'Tavius Mathers ran for 12 yards and a first down at LSU's 30. Here to view this Link.
The LSU defense had two opportunities to stop the Rebels on the game-winning drive. On third-and-six from Ole Miss' 19, Wallace scrambled for exactly the yardage needed for a first down. Two plays later, the Rebels had a third-and-nine at their 26. This time, Wallace completed a 13-yard pass to Ja-Mes Logan for a first down. Ole Miss didn't face another third down until it was getting the ball in position for Ritter's game-winning field goal.
LSU KEY OFFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Landry was the only offensive player to have a positive impact for the Tigers. Landry gained 121 yards and scored a touchdown on seven receptions. All but one of Landry's catches came in the first half. Beckham finished with five catches for 72 yards. Hill and Hilliard combined for 122 rushing yards on 27 carries. Hill picked up 64 yards and one touchdown on 16 attempts, while Hilliard gained 58 yards and one touchdown on 11 tries.
LSU KEY DEFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Ronald Martin, who returned to the starting lineup at safety, made a career-high 12 tackles. He also forced a fumble, which he recovered. Linebacker Lamin Barrow had eight tackles, while tackle Ego Ferguson had seven tackles, including one for a loss, and blocked a field goal attempt. Two of cornerback Jalen Mills' six tackles were sacks. Cornerback Tre'Davious made five tackles and broke up two passes.
LSU MISSED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
2014 LSU quarterback commitment Brandon Harris wants to be challengedClick The Tigers came away without points on their first four possessions even though all four reached Ole Miss territory. LSU had a third-and-six at Ole Miss' 38, but Mettenberger was sacked forcing a punt. The Tigers started their next series at the Rebels' 38, but Mettenberger had his pass intercepted in the end zone by Chief Brown on the first play. On the next possession, LSU had a second-and-eight at Ole Miss' 49, but Mettenberger was sacked basically ending the drive. LSU then had a first down at the Rebels' 20, but Mettenberger was intercepted by Cody Prewitt in the end zone. In the second half, the Tigers had to settle for a field goal after Blue recovered a fumbled punt at Ole Miss' 13. On third-and-four, Mettenberger was sacked for a 16-yard loss forcing the Delahoussaye field goal.Here to view this Link.
LSU CRITICAL MISTAKES
Obviously, there were none bigger than the three interceptions thrown by Mettenberger. Two of the picks came on first-down plays in Rebels territory. The third was an underthrown ball at Ole Miss' 11. There were a series of mistakes by the Tigers defense - particularly on third down. Of the Rebels' 28 first downs, eleven came on third-down plays.
Mettenberger barely completed 50 percent of his passes - 19 of 33 - for 274 yards and just one touchdown. Mettenberger was involved in six bad plays - three interceptions and three sacks which resulted in 30 yards of losses. Walton, subbing for the injured Jeff Scott, rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Wallace completed 30 of 39 passes for 346 yards. The Rebels four wide receivers - Logan, Laquon Treadwell, Moncrief and Sanders - combined for 21 receptions for 264 yards. Moncrief gained 107 yards on his five catches. Ole Miss was 11-of-18 on third-down situations. The Rebels gained 525 yards - almost 140 more than LSU.
LSU coach Les Miles called the timeout prior to a punt in the second half because a fake had been called and Ole Miss was in a defense to stop it from succeeding. . .LSU fullback J.C. Copeland didn't make the trip because of a concussion, which he received when he slipped in his shower Thursday. Connor Neighbors started at fullback . . .Linebacker Tahj Jones once again didn't play because of his hamstring injury. . .The Tigers' streak of consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown ended at seven when Ole Miss scored early in the second quarter. . .Beckham has now caught a pass in 22 consecutive games. He had 185 all-purpose yards which moved him into sixth place among LSU players in a single season. Beckham, who has 1,649 all-purpose yards, passed Dalton Hilliard (1984), Patrick Peterson (2010) and Kevin Faulk (1997) on Saturday. . .Landry had the fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and the fifth of his career. . .Mettenberger's three interceptions were a career-high. . .Mills was the first LSU player to have multiple sacks in a game this season. . .Both Martin and Blue had the first fumble recoveries of their careers. . .Only three teams are in control of their destiny in the SEC championship race - Missouri in the Eastern Division and Alabama and Auburn in the Western Division. . .Of the eight ranked SEC teams, only three won Saturday - Alabama, Missouri and Auburn. . .LSU is 6-2 overall, 3-2 in the conference. Ole Miss is 4-3 overall, 2-3 in the SEC. . .The paid attendance Saturday was 61,160.
WHAT THE HEAD COACH HAD TO SAY
Les Miles: "I did a poor job on preparing this football team for playing this game. We gave them too many turnovers and we were not patient enough handing the football off to run it. That's my fault being impatient. This one is on me. I take it."
LSU will play host to Furman next Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. The Paladins (3-4, 2-2 in Southern Conference) defeated Appalachian State 27-10 on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The game will be televised by TigerVision. It will be homecoming for LSU.
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