La. (AP) — Bo Wallace was on the cusp of prolonging No. 3 Mississippi's bid for
an unbeaten season until LSU safety Ronald Martin got in the way.
pass was intercepted by Martin at the 1 with 2 seconds left, and the Rebels
fell 10-7 to the 24th-ranked Tigers on Saturday night.
Ole Miss was
lining up for a potential tying field goal from 42 yards, but was called for
delay of game. So the Rebels decided to run a play instead and Wallace threw
his first interception in a Southeastern Conference game this season.
fans were streaming onto the Tiger Stadium field.
Fournette ran for 113 yards, and LSU (7-2, 3-2) finished with 264 yards rushing
against defense that came in allowing 97.1 per game. Anthony Jennings' short
touchdown pass to tight end Logan Stokes gave LSU the lead late in the fourth
(7-1, 4-1) led most of the way, but mainly because LSU turned the ball over
four times and missed a short field goal.
than 24 hours after coach Les Miles' 91-year-old mother died, the Tigers played
with enough passion and confidence on both sides of the ball to overcome their
mistakes and put a dent in the Rebels' national title hopes.
defense, buoyed by the deafening roars of the Death Valley record-tying crowd
of 102,321, largely stifled Wallace and the Rebels' offense that was averaging
14 of 33 for 176 yards and one touchdown — a 15-yarder to Cody Core late in the
first quarter. Wallace, who was sacked twice, still scrambled for 40 net yards,
and led Ole Miss in rushing. LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander was credited with
eight totals tackles — 2 1/2 for losses — and fellow linebacker Kendell
Beckwith led the Tigers with 10 tackles.
only threw the ball 16 times and was intercepted twice. He completed only eight
passes for 142 yards, but came through for the winning score on a roll out
after a play-action fake on second-and-goal.
had two more possessions to come back, but the first one ended with a
fourth-and-1 stop in which Beckwith and Jermauria Rasco held Wallace to no
gain. Because the Rebels had all three timeouts left, they got the ball back
again on their own 25 with 1:19 left.
extended the drive with a fourth-down completion. Later, an LSU pass
interference penalty wiped out what would have been a game-sealing
interception, setting up the frantic finish.
apparent the Tigers were emotionally pumped up for the game — maybe too much
so, judging by three big first-quarter mistakes which arguably resulted in a
17-point swing in the Rebels' favor.
Delahoussaye, who'd been perfect on field goals all season, missed a 28-yarder.
Later, Fournette fumbled on first-and-goal from the 3. Then came cornerback
Jalen Collins' drop of an easy interception of a floating, underthrown halfback
pass by Jordan Wilkins on a trick play Ole Miss tried on second-and-goal from
drop allowed Ole Miss to cap that drive with the game's opening points on
Wallace's 15-yard pass to Cody Core.
LSU, was not
deflated, however. The Tigers quickly rode their punishing running game across
mid-field until Magee was punished for a second-effort run, breaking tackles
and churning his legs relentlessly until safety Cody Prewitt stripped him and
defensive end C.J. Johnson recovered.
By the time
the first half ended, LSU had rushed for 147 yards. But the Tigers trailed 7-3
at halftime because the Rebels forced a field goal after LSU drove inside the
Ole Miss 15 for the third time.
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Posted on Sat, October 25, 2014
by BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer