It was a strange night in Oxford. Ole Miss had a depleted squad entering the game due to injuries. The Rebels came out strong scoring the first 17 points of the ball game that would not be decided until the final two seconds.
LSU did not quit despite the early hole. They responded with 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, but Ole Miss scored a touchdown on the next drive to push the lead to 24-14.
With the help of an Ole Miss fumbled punt, then a blocked field goal, LSU was able to tie the game at 24 with three minutes to go in the game. This ended up being too much time for Ole Miss as Bo Wallace led the Rebels down the field, and Andrew Ritter hit a game winning field goal from 41-yards out with two seconds remaining.
LSU did not play up to their standards in any aspects in tonight’s loss. The running attack has been a force for the Tigers this season, but this was not the case against Ole Miss. LSU gained only 114 yards rushing on 35 attempts for a paltry 3.3 yards a carry. Kenny Hilliard’s 12-yard run was the longest rush of the game for LSU.
Mettenberger had a quality second half, but his first half was absolutely atrocious. He threw three interceptions in the first half, which was the main reason the Tigers failed to score in the first half for the first time since the 2012 BCS National Championship game. He was not patient and he forced several throws that proved to be costly for the Tigers.
Jeff Scott was out with a leg injury, but it didn’t matter. Jaylen Walton filled in beautifully. Walton was a force, primarily in the second half, sealing the game for the Rebels. He finished the game with over 100 yards on the ground and two pivotal second half scores.
Bo Wallace played one of the best games of his career as the junior threw for a season high 346 yards. His success on third down made the difference in this game. Wallace led the Rebels to eleven third down conversions, including several late in the fourth quarter.
Ole Miss snapped a three game losing streak with their victory over the Tigers. They shouldn’t have any problems next week as Idaho visits Oxford.
The loss practically shatters all LSU hopes for an SEC Championship Game berth. They lone bright spot may be that they have an easy matchup with Furman next week. However, they will need to be at full strength in three weeks if they want to avoid a third loss as they travel to Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide.