By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. — In what will go down as one of the biggest wins for LSU in recent history, the Ole Miss Rebels are left to pick up the pieces after suffering their first loss of the 2014 season.
The No. 24 LSU Tigers rallied, and then held on late, to defeat the No. 3 Rebels Saturday night in front of a record crowd of 102,321 at Tiger Stadium. It was not only the first loss of the season for the Rebels, but it came in crushing fashion.
Ole Miss’ top-rated scoring defense gave up a touchdown with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter after the Tigers drove 95 yards on 13 plays. Then, with the offense needing to mount a drive, the Tigers stopped the Rebels, and quarterback Bo Wallace, twice in the final four minutes to preserve the victory. Wallace’s first interception in SEC play came with three seconds remaining, ending the Rebels’ chance to pull off a comeback.
LSU (7-2 overall, 3-2 in the SEC) never led in the game until quarterback Anthony Jennings hooked up with tight end Logan Stokes on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 5:07 left in the contest. Stokes’ touchdown catch was the only pass on the 13-play drive that lasted almost six minutes.
The Rebels, who dropped to 7-1 overall heading into a home contest with No. 5 Auburn, were limited to a season-low 313 total yards on offense. Until the last drive, the Rebels only had three first downs in the second half. LSU forced the Rebels to punt eight times during the contest.
Ole Miss forced four LSU turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles, but the Rebels were unable to garner any momentum, or scores from them.
The Rebels’ best drive of the night came late in the first quarter when Cody Core capped a six-play, 80-yard drive with a 15-yard reception.
Here is Hugh Freeze following the Rebels’ loss to the Tigers.