The LSU Tigers now have a little momentum going into the bye week as they defeated the Ole Miss Rebels, 40-24. The Tigers were hungry and ready to eat! LSU looked like the team, offensively and defensively, that we’ve been expecting to see all season, finally! They move to 3-1 and 6-2 overall on the season. The Rebels continue to struggle in SEC play, as they fall to 1-3 and 3-4 overall.
The Tigers had 585 total yards, of which 385 were on the ground. Running back Derrius Guice accounted for 276 of those yards, a season-high for him and put him in the history books as well. Guice is the only player in SEC history to rush for over 250 yards three times in his career. Guice carried the ball 22 times and scored a touchdown, too.
Quarterback Danny Etling completed nine of his 13 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Darrel Williams led all LSU receivers with four receptions for 105 yards.
The LSU defense looked great as they forced Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson to throw three interceptions and sacked him three times. Two were from defensive end Arden Key.
Ole Miss couldn’t quite get things to flow their way. Patterson completed 10 of his 23 passes for just 116 yards. He suffered an apparent knee injury and had to come off the field towards the end of the first half. Replaced by junior Jordan Ta’amu, the Rebels backup went 7-11 for 78 yards. Patterson came back in the second half to finish the game and make an attempt to lead his team to a victory. Unfortunately, it was all for naught.
Jordan Wilkins led the Rebels in rushing with 13 carries for 86 yards and one touchdown.
The Tigers looked more comfortable offensively and this win is a great momentum boost going into the bye. And, well, for preparing to take on Alabama Crimson Tide on November 4. Guice now seems to be 100 percent after knee issues and this was much needed for him as the Tigers prepare for their annual, hotly contested battle with their SEC West rival.