By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
– The Rebels competed hard and showed fire that they did not show in a 52-14 loss at Tennessee the previous week.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli again a factor in the run game, a true dual threat with 64 rushing yards and two touchdowns and 177 passing yards and another touchdown.
Redshirt freshman receiver Ja-Mes Logan had four catches for 59 yards, a couple of them on fourth-down conversions, and freshman Jeff Scott was a positive change on kick returns.
– With a final margin of seven points in defeat, two Masoli turnovers led to 10 points for LSU. The defense, again, couldn’t make key stops.
Keys to victory review
– Evaluating the keys to victory in Saturday’s GameDay section:
1.Eliminate big plays. There were no 80-yard plays allowed by the Rebels, but LSU ran 59 plays. Eleven went four 14 yards or more, six for 20 or more, two for 30 or more, including a 39-yard gain on third-and-16 that kept a touchdown drive alive.
LSU averaged 8 yards per play.
2.Force turnovers. For the game the Rebels were minus-1, but the last one, an interception, was a desperation heave by Masoli on the game’s final play.
The Rebels gained two turnovers, one an under thrown ball by LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson that was picked off by safety Fon Ingram, the other a fumble that was forced on special teams by Lekenwic Haynes.
The fumble was recovered on the LSU side of the 50 but resulted in no points.
3.Get off the field. Ole Miss forced only two punts in the game and in the third quarter gave up a 39-yard completion on third-and-16 to keep alive an LSU drive for a touchdown.
– Jeremiah Masoli. The senior quarterback played hard and kept the chains moving, helping the offense gain 420 yards, 134 more than given up on average by an LSU defense that ranks No. 1 in the SEC, No. 5 in the nation.
– The defense hasn’t improved this season, and Ole Miss must have the type of offensive performance that it did at LSU to give itself a chance to win. That offense was missing at Tennessee. The Rebels will need to click on all cylinders to have a chance to win against rival Mississippi State this week.