Upset in Oxford

An Ole Miss field goal with two seconds remaining sealed a 27-24 victory for the Rebels against the No. 6 LSU Tigers. Zach Mettenberger threw three interceptions while the defense again struggled, resulting in LSU's second loss of the season.

OXFORD, Miss. — LSU couldn't escape the upset bug that swept through the SEC on Saturday.

Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3) made a 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to seal a 27-24 victory in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The No. 6 Tigers (6-2, 3-2) became the fifth conference favorite to lose Saturday, and one of three that were ranked in the top 11.

"I can tell you that I did a poor job on preparing this football team," said LSU coach Les Miles. "I could have put them in a better position emotionally to play in the kind of stadium they played in tonight."

LSU dug itself into a 17-0 hole after Zach Mettenberger threw three interceptions in the first two quarters. Meanwhile the defense reverted to its Georgia form, surrendering 525 total yards — 349 through the air.

All that being said, LSU still forced a tied game with 3:19 remaining. Hill and Kenny Hilliard each had third quarter touchdowns, and Colby Delhoussaye made a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to make it 24-17.

Later in the final frame, Mettenberger connected with Jarvis Landry on a four-yard touchdown pass to even it at 24, but the defense couldn't stop one last Rebel effort.

That drive started at the Ole Miss 15-yard line, and LSU quickly forced the Rebels into a third-and-six. Bo Wallace avoided a sack and scrambled just past the first-down marker to prolong the drive, one of three third-down conversions on the possession.

LSU eventually brought up a fourth-down, but not until the Rebels reached the Tiger 24-yard line. Les Miles waited until six seconds remained in the game to call his final timeout, but Andrew Ritter still nailed the 41-yarder to win it.

"I thought their quarterback played extremely well," Miles said. "On that last drive, he just squirted out of there and got 10 yards a play."

Though Ole Miss came into the game with a defense depleted by injury, it was the LSU defense that struggled to get off the field. Ole Miss won the time of possession battle and converted 11-of-18 third downs.

The Tigers had no answer for Wallace, who completed 30-of-39 passes for 346 yards. RB Jaylen Walton tacked on another 105 on the ground and added a pair of scores.

"We got to make those stops, and it would have been a different game," said Ego Ferguson."

The loss erases any remaining national championship aspirations this team has, and leaves any SEC title hopes on life support. The Tigers have two weeks to regroup before heading to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the No. 1 Crimson Tide.

"Our football team will get better," Miles said. "This one is on me."


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LSU vs. Ole Miss: Game Thread


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