The Rebels did a number on Fournette: LSU needed Leonard Fournette to control the game, and that didn’t happen, though it started troubling enough when he rambled to the Ole Miss 30. The play was wiped out by a penalty, one of many for the Tigers. Fournette finished with 108 yards on 25 carries, a great day for some but not for him. He averaged 4.3 yards. Two Ole Miss players — Chad Kelly and Akeem Judd — averaged more. Ole Miss played without some very good tacklers in this game — Denzel Nkemdiche, Fadol Brown, C.J. Hampton — but DeMarquis Gates stepped up with 14 tackles, and Mike Hilton was strong playing both nickel and corner.
Kelly was huge: Chad Kelly was again strong in the run game and had a second-straight turnover-free performance. Ole Miss took a lot of shots downfield and didn’t hit many of them, but Kelly made good decisions, and Dan Werner had some good play calls, like the tight end screen to Evan Engram in the third quarter. Ole Miss had gone right a couple of times and when Kelly threw back to the left side to Engram there were just Rebels and green space ahead of him. The play covered 36 yards for a touchdown.
Brandon Harris wasn’t huge: Ole Miss followed the plan that was so successful for Arkansas in Baton Rouge. The Rebels were able to build a lead, and make the Tigers win it with quarterback Brandon Harris. They couldn’t Harris threw for 324 yards, most of it given to him when Ole Miss was dropping in coverage deep late in the game. He was intercepted twice and completed just 26-of-51 attempts.
Nice game from Judd: Kelly led the team in rushing, but Judd was big too finishing with 61 yards on 12 attempt, 5.1 yards per carry. Kelly had 81 yards on 12 rushes.
Getting off the field: Opponent third downs have been a problem at times, but LSU converted just five of 18.