Tigers Maul #7 Ole Miss 45–20

Since being destroyed at home by red-hot Tennessee three weeks ago, LSU is playing its best football as they held #7 and previously undefeated Ole Miss scoreless in the 2nd half and cruised to a 45–20 victory on Saturday in Death Valley.

The game didn’t start out well for the Tigers, falling behind 17–3 in the 2nd quarter. But LSU came storming back, outscoring the Rebels 42–3 the rest of the way to get the big win on Homecoming.

LSU scored 45 points for the second consecutive game.

The Tigers executed a balanced attack against Ole Miss (7–1), throwing for 248 yards and rushing for 252. They took care of the football, committing zero turnovers and converted 6 of 11 on 3rd down (55%).

For the game, the Tigers churned out 500 total yards.

RB Josh Williams gained 76 yards and scored a TD. WR Jaray Jenkins got the comeback started by working back toward the ball and making the catch of a wounded duck from QB Jayden Daniels in front of two defenders and getting in the end zone for the score.

Freshman TE Mason Taylor also scored on short pass play.

LSU (6–2) now sits atop the SEC West standings at 4–1. Ole Miss falls to 3–1 in the division.

As LSU QB Jayden Daniels goes, so goes LSU. Daniels turned in yet another spectacular performance, accounting for five touchdowns (2 passing, 3 rushing) and 369 yards of total offense.

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Through eight games, Daniels has passed for 1812 yards and 12 touchdowns and just one INT. He has also rushed for 524 yards and 9 TDs (a school record for rushing touchdowns by a QB). He also leads the team in rushing.

It was the second consecutive game in which Daniels rushed for three TDs and accounted for five or more scores.

Coming into the game, a Lane Kiffin-coached offense was ranked 3rd nationally in…rushing. The Rebels averaged 271 yards per game on the ground. However, the LSU defense held the Ole Miss rushing attack to just 116 yards on 37 carries (3-yard per carry average).

They also picked off Ole Miss QB Jaxon Dart, a one-handed pick by LSU DB Joe Foucha in the end zone to end an Ole Miss scoring threat. Dart completed just 56% of his passes, throwing for 284 yards and no touchdowns.

Dart was constantly pressured all afternoon and suffered some hard hits. He will be sore tomorrow. RB Quinshon Judkins rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Probably the most telling stat line on the day for the Rebels was penalties. Ole Miss committed 10 for 111 yards, negating positive plays and killing scoring drives. They were also just 4 of 13 on 3rd down conversions.

Ole Miss travels to College Station, TX to take on Texas A&M next Saturday.

LSU will reap the benefits of a bye next week before hosting the Alabama Crimson Tide on November 5th, a game that will surely have division title implications.

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I’m a Grandparent, military veteran, and college football junkie. I operate the website thegridironnews.com. Email: amichael0864@yahoo.com.