It was a wild game in Baton Rouge with Ole Miss giving LSU everything they wanted, but Les Miles’ Tigers did enough late to win the game and move to a 9-2 record.
What It Means: LSU stays in contention for a BCS bowl. Assuming the Tigers finish 10-2, it’ll likely be between LSU and the Aggies for the SEC’s second BCS Bowl. Moreover, LSU can still win the SEC West if Alabama somehow loses to Auburn in next week’s Iron Bowl. Ole Miss moves to a 5-6 record – they need a win in the Egg Bowl to get to bowl eligibility.
What I Liked: While a somewhat sloppy game, the two things that stand out are Zach Mettenberger’s arm and the big play for both teams. Mett didn’t play the best game (22 of 37, 281 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT) but he has an absolute cannon. If you watch him play, you’ll see in a hurry how well he can sling the ball. The other key play of the game was Odell Beckham’s punt return which tied the game at 35-35 in the 4th quarter. RB Jeremy Hill turned in another solid performance with 3 TD’s.
On the Ole Miss side, they can put up points with the big play. They aren’t the most efficient offense or the most consistent, but they do a great job of getting big plays. Bo Wallace had some big plays including a 58-yard touchdown run to start the game, but he also does a great job of keeping the play alive to connect to some of his playmakers like Moncrief and Mackey.
What I Didn’t Like: It was a sloppy with game with a number of turnovers. Both teams combined for 7 turnovers. Moreover, the Ole Miss offense needs more consistency. Wallace’s 15 of 36 passing is hardly efficient. Ole Miss struggles to put long drives together, but part of that is also a function of relying on the big play.
LSU’s defense had a good game plan for the Ole Miss offense. They employed a bend, but don’t break type of scheme, and it worked well except for some missed tackling which enabled some big plays. The game plan was good; the execution was lacking at times.
Key Play: The Beckham punt return was huge. It flipped the momentum in the 4th quarter and tied the game at 35 allowing LSU to win the game on their final drive.
What’s Next: Ole Miss takes on in-state rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl next Saturday. LSU plays Arkansas on Friday.
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