This past Saturday, the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels now 7-1 (2nd SEC West) were upset 10-7 by the No. 24 LSU Tigers now 7-2 (5th SEC West). The game was played at the Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and shown on ESPN TV. Let's recap how the Rebels fell to the Tigers.
The Ole Miss Rebels tried their best to stay undefeated for the 1st time in more than fifty years, but it was not to be. Rebel QB Wallace, trying to win the game moved his team to within scoring range, then was intercepted on the LSU one yard line with 2 seconds left in the game, thus LSU beat the Rebels 10-7.
The scoring in the game as points were few and far between, the Rebels scored 7 points in the 1st quarter, then the Tigers scored 3 points in the 2nd quarter, neither team scored in the 3rd quarter, and the Tigers scored 7 points in the final 4th quarter to win the game 10-7.
Statistically the LSU Tigers had a slight advantage as they had 22 first downs on 406 offensive yards with 142 passing and 264 yards rushing with 4 turnovers, while possessing the ball for 24 minutes. The Rebels had 15 first downs for 313 offensive yards, with 176 passing and 137 rushing with 1 turnover and possessed the ball for 36 minutes during the 60 minute game.
The offensive leaders for Ole Miss, was QB Wallace, who was 14 of 33 for 176 yards passing with 1 TD and 1 interception. RBs Mathers & Wallace combined for 20 carries for 75 yards. Receivers Treadwell & Core had 8 receptions for a combined 116 yards and Core scored their 1st and only TD in the 1st quarter.
Ole Miss was in position for a game winning field goal of 42 yards, and they were called for delay of game, and then lined up again for a 47 yard attempt with 9 seconds left in the game. Their coach Miles called a timeout, and they decided to run one more play instead. Which was erroneous as their QB Wallace threw an interception, his first this season, and they lost the game with LSU gaining possession.
Leading the offense for the Tigers was QB Jennings, who was 5 of 16 for 142 yards and 1 TD. RBs Fournette & Magee combined for 35 carries for 187 yards, while Receivers Magee & Quinn had 4 receptions for 87 yards.
With an attendance of 102,321 spectators for the game at Tiger Stadium, which tied the attendance records for the Stadium, the fans were ready to take the field when the game ended with the Tiger’s victorious.
The game was won by the LSU Tiger by their defense, which had 2 critical stops in the last 2 minutes of the game, when with 1:44 left in the game, and with a 4th and 1, the Tiger defense stopped the Rebels. Then, with seconds left in the game, Rebels coach Miles decided to run one more play, rather than kick a field goal. The Tiger defense made the Rebel coach pay for that decision as the intercepted his QB Wallace, gained possession and won the game.
Will be interesting, for those that bet on college football at gaming sites like SBG Global, as to next week’s AP Top 25 rankings. The Ole Miss Rebels now 7-1 play at home the No. 5 Auburn Tigers now 6-1, next Saturday Nov. 1st at the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi at 7 PM ET. The LSU Tigers now 7-2 play at home against the now No.4 Alabama Crimson Tide 7-1 on the 8th of Nov. 2014 at their Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.