ä ODELL BECKHAM JR.: Beckham had a run for the ages when he returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown with 9:10 remaining in the game. The punt return was the same distance and basically the same route as Billy Cannon’s Halloween run. Both runs also came in the fourth quarter.
ä TRAVIS DICKSON: LSU has found a new weapon on offense at an old position that it should have been throwing to all season long. Dickson, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound sophomore led LSU with five catches for 69 yards. Dickson came into the game with zero catches the entire season. He is a weapon that LSU should utilize more, especially in the red zone.
ä ZACH METTENBERGER: It was the good Zach and the bad Zach on display in this game. The bad Zach was evident in the two interceptions he threw, including one in the red zone on LSU’s first drive of the second half. The good Zach was evident in the way he threw the ball in the face of pressure, got up after hard hits and led LSU with four passes, including two third-down passes, on the game-winning, nine-play, 64-yard touchdown drive. Mettenberger finished the game 22 of 37 for 282 yards, no TDs and two interceptions.
ä LSU DEFENSE: The Tigers allowed their most points of the season on Saturday. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace burned the LSU secondary with completions on go routes down the sidelines on plays where the Tigers’ safeties were too late to arrive for help or didn’t arrive at all. Wallace completed 15 of 35 passes for 310 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. But the key stat: He averaged more than 20 yards per completion.
ä LSU DEFENSIVE CONVERSION LAPSES: Ole Miss was 8 of 19 on third-down conversions and 2 of 2 on fourth-down conversions against LSU, and the result almost cost the Tigers the game. Ole Miss did a good job of extending drives by executing big plays, most of which came against LSU blitzes. It’s no shame to sit back in coverage and force guys to make completions on third downs if they can.
ä LSU PENALTIES: The Tigers only had six penalties for 56 yards, but most of them came at bad times during the game. The Tigers have clearly cut down on the penalty problems they had earlier in the year, but now they need to cut down on the timeliness of their penalties.
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