LSU-Ole Miss breakdown

How they scored

Score by quarters

Ole Miss 14  7 7  7 — 35

LSU 7 10 3 21 — 41

First quarter

OM: Bo Wallace 58 run at 10:16 (Bryson Rose kick). DRIVE: 6 plays, 82 yards, 1:52. KEY PLAY: On third-and-5, Randall Mackey 7 pass from Wallace. OM 7, LSU 0.

LSU: Jeremy Hill 27 run at 9:55 (Drew Alleman kick). DRIVE: 2-75-0:21. KEY PLAY: James Wright 48 pass from Zach Mettenberger precedes the touchdown. LSU 7, OM 7.

OM: Donte Moncrief 56 pass from Wallace at 5:15. DRIVE: 4-70-0:55. KEY PLAYS: Alleman misses a 48-yard field goal, giving OM the ball at its 30. Jeff Scott 11 run gets the drive started. OM 14, LSU 7.

Second quarter

LSU: Alleman 22 field goal at 14:50. DRIVE: 6-13-2:07. KEY PLAYS: Deion Jones recovers Korvic Neat’s fumble at the OM 18 for LSU. On third-and-goal from the 5, Jarvis Landry can’t hold on to Mettenberger pass in the end zone. OM 14, LSU 10.

LSU: Spencer Ware 1 run at 9:57 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 8-36-3:30. KEY PLAYS: Jalen Collins intercepts Wallace pass at the OM 42 and returns 6 yards. On third-and 8, Ware 12 pass from Mettenberger puts the ball at the 22. Ware 14 rush to the 8. LSU 17, OM 14.

OM: Wallace 1 run at 0:50 (Rose kick). DRIVE: 11-97-3:14. KEY PLAYS: Moncrief 24 pass from Wallace gets the drive started. On third-and-9, Moncrief 18 pass from Wallace. On fourth-and-3, Ja-Mes Logan 20 pass from Wallace moves the ball to the LSU 27. Logan 25 pass from Wallace moves the ball to the 1. OM 21, LSU 17.

Third quarter

LSU: Alleman 24 field goal at 11:42. DRIVE: 5-13-2:26. KEY PLAYS: Michael Ford 11 rush moves the ball to the 9. Tharold Simon interception of Wallace gives LSU the ball at the OM 20. On third-and-goal from the 4, Hill loses 3. OM 21, LSU 20.

OM: Mackey 6 run at 0:50 (Rose kick). DRIVE: 9-38-4:16. KEY PLAYS: Senquez Golson intercepts Mettenberger and runs 21 yards to the LSU 38. On third-and-8, Wallace 12 run. On fourth-and-3, Logan 8 pass from Wallace. OM 28, LSU 20.

Fourth quarter

LSU: Hill 1 run at 11:39 (Ware 2-point pass from Mettenberger). DRIVE: 12-88-4:05. KEY PLAYS: On third-and-3, Travis Dickson 6 pass from Mettenberger. On third-and-1, Hill 7 rush to the OM 23. Kadron Boone 22 pass from Mettenberger to the 1. LSU 28, OM 28.

OM: Moncrief 30 pass from Wallace at 11:11 (Rose kick). DRIVE: 4-65-0:28. KEY PLAYS: James Hairston’s kickoff goes out of bounds, giving OM the ball at its 35. Vince Sanders 35 pass from Wallace to LSU 30. OM 35, LSU 28.

LSU: Odell Beckham Jr. 89 punt return at 9:10 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: None. KEY PLAY: The return. LSU 35, OM 35.

LSU: Hill 1 run at 0:15 (rush failed). DRIVE: 9-64:4:03. KEY PLAYS: On third-and-1, Ware 6 rush. On third-and-3, Boone 7 pass from Mettenberger moves the ball to the OM 35. Roughing-the-passer penalty on Denzel Nkemdiche moves the ball to the 20. Hill 16 rush to the 2. LSU 41, OM 35.

FINAL SCORE: LSU 41, OM 35.

RECORDS: LSU 9-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference, OM 5-6, 2-5.

ATTENDANCE: 92,872.

Les East

How they scored

WHAT WE LEARNED

The LSU-Ole Miss rivalry still has the power to produce unparalleled drama. Every LSU rivalry is overshadowed by Alabama these days, and Texas A&M may soon follow right behind. But since 1958, the Tigers have played more heartstopping, on-the-edge-of-your-seat games with the Rebels than any other opponent. Saturday’s win was but the latest thrilling chapter in a most compelling history.

TRENDING NOW

Odell Beckham Jr., or OBJ to his friends. His 89-yard punt return, against Ole Miss, running south to north just like Billy Cannon in 1959, won’t eclipse Cannon’s Halloween night legendary run. But much like Cannon’s run, it was hugely important for LSU’s hopes Saturday, and few who saw it will soon forget it.e_SClBFinal thoughts

LSU’s defense hasn’t really looked right since the last drive of the Alabama game, the Tigers could have lost multiple games with the self-destructive mistakes they made and they almost let the Rebels blow their BCS hopes to smithereens. And yet, the Tigers won another nail biter, a win that for LSU’s 15 seniors was made sweeter for the struggle.

Scott Rabalais

NUMBERS TO KNOW

2 - Number of times LSU has beaten Ole Miss when having an 89-yard punt return in Tiger Stadium.

59 - Number of scholarship players Ole Miss brought to Saturday’s game.

293 - Number of days until LSU’s next home game, Sept. 7 against UAB.

THUMBS UP

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.

thumbs down

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.

HOT TOPICS

MOVE OVER JIMMY GRAHAM

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.

OLE MISS’ HURRY-UP OFFENSE

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.

OLE MISS SACK MACHINE

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.

HAPPY SENIOR DAY

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.

Tweet talk

“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”

@MichaelCauble.
Michael Cauble is the
sports director at WBRZ.

“Wallace having more success against #LSU than Manziel did because he’s a better pocket passer.”

@LesEast.

“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.

Pierce Huff