The win ends a three-game win streak in the storied rivalry with LSU and is the signature win of the Freeze Era.
It’s the Rebels’ first win over a top 10 team since beating LSU here in 2009 and the highest-ranked opponent they’ve defeated since Houston Nutt’s first team won at No. 4 Florida in 2008.
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The injury- and suspension-riddled Ole Miss defense got off to a good start in the first quarter, stopping one LSU drive with a sack by Lavon Hooks, then the second, after the Tigers began across the Ole Miss 40, with an interception in the end zone by Chief Brown.
It set the tone for a half of big plays as Ole Miss picked off Zach Mettenberger three times. The LSU quarterback had thrown just two interceptions all year.
The Rebels’ offense didn’t get their first first down until their third possession, but when they did they drove 75 yards to the LSU 5 before settling for a 28-yard field goal by Andrew Ritter.
Ritter is now 8-for-10 on the season and has hit his last three attempts.
That drive kind of got the offense going, and the Rebels added an 83-yard drive in the second quarter, getting the big points when Barry Brunetti, wounded shoulder and all, rolled right and found Nick Parker for a 3-yard touchdown.
The play was set up when Bo Wallace hit Vince Sanders for a 33-yard gain when an LSU DB went for the pick, and Sanders ran to the 3.
The drive was aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct call against the Tigers, and Ole Miss led 10-0 with 12:14 left in the half.
The Tigers drove to the Ole Miss 20, and the Rebels defense produced another big play, an end zone interception by Cody Prewitt.
Charles Sawyer would end the Tigers’ last drive of the half with a pick at the 20 of a ball thrown deep downfield.
Ole Miss has a 236-177 yardage edge. Odell Beckham has three catches for 45 yards, Jarvis Landry one for 12.
Kenny Hilliard is LSU’s leading rusher with 43 yards on eight carries.
Bo Wallace is 16-for-23 passing for 197 yards, no TD, no INTs. He’s been sacked twice, the second near the end of the half when a blitzer was unaccounted for. On the whole there’s been very good protection for Wallace.
The suspension of cornerback Senquez Golson, as reported earlier today by The Ole Miss Spirit’s Chuck Rounsaville, brings the expected total of Ole Miss starters out for this game to five — ends C.J. Johnson and Robert Nkemdiche, cornerback Mike Hilton, linebacker Serderius Bryant and now Golson.
Slowing down LSU’s wide receiver duo of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry would have been a tall order anyway. Now it appears that task will fall to Charles Sawyer and true freshman Derrick Jones.
True freshman Bobby Hill is listed as Golson’s back-up, but there’s been more time invested in Jones of late. The guess is Sawyer moves over to the field corner, and Jones starts at the boundary.
Also, regarding Bryant, there was never a definitive word on his status during the week, but it was also never presented as a promising outlook.
I am reminded of the game Jeremiah Masoli played at Tennessee in 2010 one week after sustaining a concussion against La.-Lafayette. Masoli was cleared and did play against the Vols, but he didn’t play very well in a 52-14 Ole Miss loss.
Specialists from both teams are on the field. Looks like the traditional gray pants for Ole Miss.
I’ll have updates on Twitter and will be back here and halftime and after the game.