What sparked the run game at LSU?

There have been mixed signals this week from Ole Miss offensive line coach Matt Luke and head coach Hugh Freeze regarding what exactly led to the improved running game at LSU.

The Rebels had averaged just 1.8 yards per rush and hadn’t reached 100 yards on the ground over their previous three games. Against LSU, the nation’s No. 7 run defense at the time, the Rebels rushed for 147 yards and averaged 3.6 yards per carry.

The Rebels had some big gains in the run game early. Bo Wallace’s 58-yard touchdown run was set up by four-straight successful runs of at least 5 yards by Randall Mackey and Jeff Scott.

After the game, Freeze said, “I don’t think it had to do as much with Jeff or Mackey as much as we had a new blocking scheme that we brought into this game. It worked early, and then they made their adjustments to squeeze it off.”

On Tuesday, Luke had a different take as to why the run game was better against LSU.

We didn’t do anything different. We played better. We played with more energy maybe than in the last couple of weeks, and the kids played with some confidence. Obviously, that happens when you make some big plays early in the game. That kind of happened for us. It’s good for us to understand that we can play with anybody in the country, and we need to carry that confidence over into the next game.”

LSU made some adjustments and slowed things down later, but Wallace averaged 4.9 yards per carry, Mackey 4.6 and Scott 3.2.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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