Saturday night a depleted Ole Miss Rebel team upset the No. 6 LSU Tigers. Ole Miss played beyond expectations, but the true deciding factor in the game was the lack of production by LSU.
LSU only managed 388 yards against a defense that was without five starters in the game. On the flip side the Ole Miss Rebels racked up 525 yards on an LSU defense that had been showing signs of improvement.
Grade for LSU Running Backs: D
Jeremy Hill has looked like one of the top running backs in the country this season. However, this was not the case on Saturday, as none of the LSU running backs performed well.
As a group the LSU running backs found the end zone twice. However, neither one of them was longer than three yards. LSU only managed 114 yards on the ground. Ole Miss gained 62 yards more rushing yards than LSU, and they were without their leading rusher, Jeff Scott.
Jeremy Hill was a major disappointment. He has been punishing defenses all season, but only picked up 64 yards on 16 carries, four yards a rush. This was 3.5 less yards a carry than he was averaging entering the game. He had more than double the rushing yards against a talented Florida defense just a week prior.
Kenny Hilliard was a pleasant surprise who received 11 carries after Hill fumbled on the first series and finished with 58 yards, but the team sorely missed fullback, J.C. Copeland who did not play. Copeland is one of the best fullbacks in the nation and his absence limited the effectiveness of the LSU ground attack.
The LSU running backs did not perform well at all against Ole Miss, and it proved costly. The two rushing touchdowns keep them from earning an F, but it was a truly disappointing performance. The running game should be able to respond against the punching bag (Furman) that the Tigers will play next Saturday in Death Valley.