Ole Miss and quarterback Eli Manning entered the game averaging 36 points and close to 500 yards of offense per game, both of which ranked first in the SEC.
For the year, Lavalais leads the Tigers with six sacks and 14 tackles for losses. Lavalais has 48 tackles, 20 quarterback hurries and one interception for the nation's No. 1 rated scoring defense. The Tigers also lead the nation in rush defense, allowing only 57.7 yards per game and they are third in the country in total defense, giving up only 256.7 yards a contest.
Lavalais earned his first SEC Player of the Week award following LSU's 31-7 win over Auburn back in October.