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Posted: Saturday, 19 October 2013 10:45PM

Ole Miss upsets the Tigers in Oxford



How it happened: LSU rallied back from a 17-0 deficit, to tie the game at 24 in the 4th quarter. But Ole Miss senior kicker Andrew Ritter kicked a 41-yard field goal with two seconds left to give the Rebels a 27-24 win over the Tigers. It’s Ole Miss first victory over LSU since 2009 and the defeat ends the Bayou Bengals chances of playing in the BCS national championship game.
 
Offense: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw three interceptions in the first half, two of them were in the Tigers end zone. The other was at the Ole Miss 11-yard line. The three turnovers kept LSU scoreless through the first 30 minutes of play for the first time since the BCS National championship game against Alabama in 2012.
 
Mettenberger recovered to throw for 274 yards and one touchdown, but the three interceptions and the halftime deficit was too much to overcome.
 
LSU didn’t have much of a running game. The Tigers averaged just 3.3 yards a rush. Jeremy Hill had 16 carries for 64 yards and one touchdown, but his longest run was for just seven yards. Kenny Hilliard was more effective, 11 carries for 58 yards.
 
Jarvis Landry had a huge game, seven catches for 121 yards and one touchdown, but it wasn’t enough.
 
Defense: All the talk about LSU’s defense returning to a dominant unit could be put to rest after this game. The Rebels had 522 yards of total offense and they were 11-of-18 on 3rd down conversions. Ole Miss Quarterback Bo Wallace had the best game of his college career as he was 30-of-39 for 346 yards. Donte Moncrief was a thorn in LSU’s side again, as he caught 5 passes for 107 yards.
 
Ole Miss’ leading rusher, Jeff Scott, didn’t play because of an injury, but the Tigers couldn’t slow down Jaylen Walton. Walton had 129 yards rushing coming into the game and had 106 yards and two touchdowns against LSU’s defense.
 
Ronald Martin led the Tigers with 12 tackles and recovered a key fumble in the 3rd quarter that helped turn the momentum in the game. Jalen Mills had two sacks.
 
What it means: It’s a crushing loss for the Tigers, who will need a miracle to win the SEC west, as Alabama is two games ahead of the Bayou Bengals in the division standings. The Tigers host Furman this Saturday for homecoming, but it will be difficult for LSU to let go the loss to the Rebels.
 
But LSU should have its way with Furman, who is just 3-and-4 on the season.

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