FACT & FACTORS: LSU vs. Ole Miss

We break out the microscope on the LSU-Ole Miss game and point out details you might have missed.

Quote of the Game:


"To be honest I haven't had an extra point blocked since early in high school. I thought the kick was one of my better kicks. I hit it solid and everything felt good, it just didn't follow through. I was glad I got another chance with the field goal in the end."


- LSU kicker Colt David on getting a potential game-winning PAT blocked



Turning Point:


There were several times throughout the fourth quarter when LSU looked to be on the ropes.


After JaMarcus Russell completed a pass to Early Doucet for 42 yards at the end of the third quarter, LSU looked to be in business. But that drive stalled on the Ole Miss 38 where Russell's pass was incomplete to Craig Davis.


After holding the Rebels to a three and out, LSU got on the board with a four-yard touchdown pass from Russell to Doucet cutting the lead to 20-14.


Again the Tigers forced a three and out and got the ball at the 50, but a sack on third and 10 negated prime field position and LSU looked to be in trouble.


But the Tiger defense stepped up a third time, this time setting up LSU's game-tying drive, which was capped off by a five yard pass from Russell to Dwayne Bowe with 14 seconds remaining.


After the extra point was blocked, the game went to overtime, where Ole Miss went on offense first. On third and five from the LSU 20, Danile Francis hit quarterback Brent Schaeffer, who fumbled the ball. Tyson Jackson recovered the loose ball.


LSU took over and won the game six plays later with a 26-yard field goal.



Stat of the Game:


33:35 – Time of possession by Ole Miss, the Rebels may have gained a mere 195 yards of total offense in the game. But Ole Miss held onto the ball 7:10 longer than LSU did in the game.



By the Numbers:


5 – Straight victories by LSU over Ole Miss. The Rebels last beat LSU in 2001 by a 35-24 score. LSU went on to win its last six games and win the SEC title.


0 – 100-yard rushers by LSU opponents this season. BenJarvus Green-Ellis nearly topped the century mark versus the Tigers running 28 times for 96 yards and a touchdown. Green-Ellis rushed for 96 yards while his teammates combined to rush for a mere four yards.


10 – Or more wins in the last two seasons. It is the first time in the history of the LSU program that the Tigers have won 10 or more games in consecutive seasons.



Three Points:


1. BOWE-DACIOUS - Dwayne Bowe pulled in a 13-yard reception in the second quarter to extend his consecutive games with a reception streak to 23 straight games. Bowe pulled in his 10th receiving touchdown of the season and 24th of his career on a 13-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell with 13:55 left in the second quarter. Bowe's second-quarter TD score moved the senior into a tie for third-place on LSU's single season receiving TD list. Bowe later hauled in his 11th receiving touchdown of the season and 25th of his career on a six-yard pass from Russell with 0:14 left in the game. With his 64 yards receiving tonight, Bowe moved into fifth in LSU career receiving yards with 2,257.


2. RIFLE-ARMED RUSSELL - With his three touchdown passes tonight, QB JaMarcus Russell now has 24 TD passes this season, which is the second-best total in LSU single season history. For his career, Russell now has 48 TD passes. Russell accumulated 217 yards passing tonight, moving his career total to 6,077 yards, which ranks fourth all-time in LSU career passing yards. Russell moved into fourth place in LSU career passing attempts with his 35 attempts tonight. The junior now has 740 passing attempts for his career. Russell led the Tigers to a fourth quarter or overtime victory for the eighth time in his career. It was also the second game-winning drive Russell has engineered this season. With their two touchdowns tonight, the duo of JaMarcus Russell and Dwayne Bowe became the most prolific pass-catch combo in school history surpassing Tommy Hodson and Wendell Davis. The two shattered the mark with 22 career pass-catch touchdowns culminating on the game-tying score with 0:14 remaining in the game.


3. STREAK SNAPPED - Colt David's streak of consecutive successful PATs made came to an end at 77 following the blocked extra point with 0:14 left in the fourth quarter. David's streak finishes as the second longest in school history.

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