With a combination of relentless rushing and a shutout second half by its ever-improving defense, the 24th-ranked LSU football team overcame a slew of mistakes and came back to knock off No. 3-ranked Ole Miss, 10-7, Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) put together scoring drives of 90- and 95-yards at the end of the first and fourth quarter, respectively, to bring the previously undefeated Rebels to their knees.
"You might have thought it was a middle-1970s game," LSU head coach Les Miles said just before asking how many rushes his team attempted. The Tigers ran 55 times for 264 yards, while attempting only eight passes.
Miles was presented the game ball by his team on the day after learning that his 91-year-old mother, Martha, died.
Trailing 7-3 in a field-position, back-and-forth test of wills, the Tigers broke through for a go-ahead 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Anthony Jennings to tight end Logan Stokes with 5:07 remaining in the game.
LSU buried Ole Miss senior quarterback Bo Wallace's fourth-down run at the LSU 47 to take over with 1:44 to play, punted after a three-and-out and put its defense back on the field for one final stop in the last 99 seconds.
Wallace, who was harrassed by the Tigers into 5-of-15 passing, converted a fourth-and-8 to keep his final drive alive and reached the LSU 25 with nine seconds to play. While mulling its options, Ole Miss was flagged for a critical delay-of-game penalty as it lined up for a game-tying 42-yard field goal. LSU took a timeout to prepare for the play and Ole Miss put its offense back on the field for a final shot at the endzone.
Wallace's pass to the right-front corner of the endzone was intercepted by Ronald Martin with two seconds to go, sending the stadium into a frenzy.
Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC), which entered Tiger Stadium undefeated for the first time since 1963, exited with its sixth loss in its past seven trips to Baton Rouge.
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