ä LSU sophomore tight end Travis Dickson led the team with 5 catches for 69 yards. Dickson came into the game with zero catches the entire season. The emergence of Dickson was helpful to LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who threw to him effectively in short-yardage situations. It’s a shame that LSU waited 10 games into the season to discover passing to the tight end, but better late than never.
ä LSU had 4:14 edge in time of possession against Ole Miss (32:07-27:53), but that was deceiving, because of the success and effectiveness of the Rebels’ hurry-up offense. Ole Miss out-gained LSU 463-427. The Rebels even had a 147-145 edge in rushing offense. When Ole Miss had its offense going the LSU defense was on its toes and seemed a step slow, especially when Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace was able to connect on go routes down the sidelines to its receivers.
ä The Rebels came into the game with 30 sacks, which was second best in the Southeastern Conference, but LSU did a good job of protecting Mettenberger for most of the game. Ole Miss got its share of quarterback hurries and even had one sack, but its defensive line wasn’t a major factor in the game. In fact, LSU’s 41 points were 13 points more than the Rebels’ average of 27.7 points allowed per game, which ranked 10th in the SEC.
ä LSU senior defensive end Lavar Edwards came up big with a 7-yard sack of Wallace with less than four minutes remaining on the Rebels’ second to last possession of the game. The Edwards sack forced Ole Miss into a 53-yard field goal, which was missed by Bryson Rose with three minutes remaining. LSU then drove for the game-winning touchdown on the proceeding possession.
“The #LSU Tigers take their field one last time in 2012. Senior Day festivities to follow on a beautiful November afternoon in BR.”
@ScottRabalais. Rabalais is a sportswriter at The Advocate
“#LSU runs twice, throws once on second possession and nets 1 yard again before punting.”
@LesEast. East is a sportswriter at The Advocate.
“Bo Wallace sends early message by getting Mingo to bite! Traditionally LSU comes out flat against Ole Miss. The Tigers better respond & soon”
@TimBrando. Brando is an announcer for CBS.
“Kharma overrules Les Miles, Spencer Ware scores the TD he did all the heavy lifting on anyway. Tigers pull ahead 17-14. @LSU fball”
Michael Cauble is the
sports director at WBRZ.
“Wallace having more success against #LSU than Manziel did because he’s a better pocket passer.”
“That’s the most points an LSU defense has given up since, well, the last time Ole Miss was here.”
@s_hotard. Scott Hotard is a sportswriter at The Advocate.
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