Leading up to the LSU game against the Ole Miss Rebels I wondered if the defensive performance we saw in the win over the Florida Gators was a sign of a return to the Tiger defense of old, or if it was a lousy Gators offense making the LSU defense look good.
If the performance against the Rebels in which the LSU defense allowed 28 first downs, 349 passing yards and 522 total yards of offense is any indication, then it’s clear as day that the performance vs. Florida was a blip on the radar. LSU still has a ways to go on defense as they lost 27-24 at Ole Miss dropping them to 6-2 (3-2 SEC).
Bo Wallace was 30-39 for the night with 346 yards and although he was kept out of the end zone, he also didn’t throw any interceptions which has been his Achilles heel. He was nearly perfect in the second half as Ole Miss weathered the comeback attempt by LSU and remained calm in the face of pressure as they snapped a three-game losing streak.
While Wallace was outstanding for the victors, the opposite can be said for Zach Mettenberger who had a miserable first half as he threw three first half interceptions–two in the end zone–and put the Tigers in a hole they were unable to overcome.
The LSU offense has now been less than stellar the past two games after steamrolling their way to 59 points against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and have 44 combined points in their last two games.
But it was the defense’s inability to make a critical stop throughout the game as Ole Miss converted 11 of their 18 third down tries. LSU has owned third down in years past with a ferocious pass rush and a secondary full of future NFL draft picks.
LSU must win out and hope to get a little lucky if they are to get into the SEC Championship Game now that Alabama has a two-game lead over them. Heck, LSU is behind the Auburn Tigers as well who upset the Texas A&M Aggies tonight.
You win and you lose as a team, and both the offense and defense could have played better against Ole Miss, but at the same time you have to tip your cap to the opposition.
Ole Miss had a good game plan and executed it well, but they were also helped by Mettenberger beating himself in the first half and that’s something you absolutely can not do in the SEC.