The LSU defense was dominant against Florida, and fans were beginning to get excited about the possibility of a defensive revival in Baton Rouge. The hype was short lived as Ole Miss proved the Tiger defense still has a long way to go to return to greatness.
Bo Wallace has been an extremely average quarterback in the SEC, but the LSU defense made him look anything but average on Saturday. Wallace threw for a season high 349 yards, while completing 77% of his passes. He was clutch, leading the Rebels to eleven third down conversions, including two vital conversions on the Rebels’ game winning drive.
Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott was unable to play due to a leg injury, but with how the LSU defense was playing it didn’t matter who was carrying the ball for the Rebels.
Jaylen Walton was the starter for the game after gaining only 129 yards on the ground through six weeks. The Sophomore back was vital in the Rebel’s victory. He ran all over the LSU defense, gaining 106 yards and two key second half touchdowns.
As a team they struggled, but a few individuals played exceptionally well on the defensive side of the ball. Jalen Mills and Ronald Martin displayed what they were capable of, putting together incredible performances.
Mills had six tackles, and two sacks. Two sacks would be a solid game for anyone, but it is even more impressive coming from a cornerback.
Ronald Martin made plays all over the field. He finished the game with 8 solo and 12 total tackles. Late in the third quarter, Ole Miss was driving down the field with a ten point lead, trying to put the game out of reach. Ronald Martin came up huge forcing and recovering a fumble to breath life into the Tigers.
The LSU defense didn’t play well at all. They allowed 525 yards in a poor defensive performance. However, they only allowed 24 points which is close to their season average. The performance of Martin and Mills helped the defense’s grade, but they still end up with a C-.
LSU will have plenty of time to rest up. They play Furman next week before a bye week. The rest will be needed as they prepare to play top ranked ranked Alabama, and the prolific Aggie offense in consecutive games.
Grade for LSU Defense: C-