VIRTUAL TIGERS: LSU-Ole Miss Simulated

Although it was promised we would take a look to see how close the computer has been to predicting the real Tigers' performances this season this week, we're going to hold off until after the SEC Championship Game.

How weird does that sound?

With two regular season – two conference – games still left to play, LSU has secured its place in the SEC Championship Game. Even if the Tigers fall to Ole Miss and Arkansas, they are still going to have a chance to play for a berth in the Sugar Bowl and a likely date with … wait for it … Hawaii.

Doesn't that sound exciting?

OK, not really. No LSU fan wants to see the Tigers slide into the SEC Championship Game. Fans want to see LSU finish off a march to Atlanta that will mean they are playing an SEC Eastern Division opponent for the right to go to New Orleans and play for the BCS National Championship.

Over the last decade or so, Ole Miss has found opportunities to be the fly in LSU's ointment. Since 1997, the Rebels have won just four times against the Tigers, but they've made it close way too many times. In 2002, the margin of victory for LSU was one point.

In 2003, it was three points. In 2004, it was three points. And last year, the Tigers needed overtime to finally put Ole Miss away.

According to the computer, LSU fans can expect another close one.

LSU 24, Ole Miss 21

VIRTUAL OXFORD, Miss. With just two seconds showing on the clock, Colt David hit a 36-yard field goal to lift Virtual LSU to a 24-21 victory over Virtual Ole Miss.

With 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, Seth Adams hit Mike Wallace on a 41-yard streak for a touchdown to knot the score at 21-21. The play was the first from scrimmage after an interception and gave the Rebels the chance they needed to potentially keep the game going. Overtime, however, would not be forthcoming.

Taking the ensuing kickoff to their own 17-yard line, the Tigers took over with just 57 ticks left in the fourth quarter. Matt Flynn immediately hit tight end Richard Dickson on a 67-yard skinny post, and the Tigers would simply run the ball into the line three times before David's game-winning field goal devastated Ole Miss.

"I got a Hummer. You need a Hummer. Tell 'em about it, Jo-Jo," was the only comment Virtual Rebels coach Ed Orgeron managed to muster.

Flynn ended the day completing 10 of 24 passes for 220 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions. Jacob Hester led the ground attack with 13 carries for 44 yards and a score, while Dickson's three catches for 100 yards led all receivers. Brandon LaFell hauled in three catches for 30 yards, Terrance Toliver had one catch for 39 yards, and Demetrius Byrd rounded out the receiving corps with one catch for 37 yards that was good for a touchdown.

For the Rebels, Adams completed 10 of 21 passes for 257 yards with three touchdowns but marred his performance with four interceptions. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was held to 26 yards on 15 carries. Wallace's three catches for 63 yards and a touchdown led the Ole Miss receiving corps. He was followed by Shay Hodge with two catches for 71 yards and a score,

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with two catches for 24 yards, and Eric Nicks' one catch for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Nicks' score came on the Rebels' first possession to put Ole Miss ahead 7-0, but the Tigers would answer right back when Flynn hit Byrd on LSU's third play from scrimmage on a skinny post for 37 yards and a score. The Tigers would go on to take a lead when Hester covered 24 yards on a counter to the right, which put LSU up 14-7. That capped a six-play, 60-yard drive with four seconds to play in the first quarter.

Facing a third-and-long on its fifth possession, Ole Miss tied the game when Adams completed a 66-yard touchdown pass with 1:02 to go in the first half. LSU had a chance to answer, but Flynn overthrew a wide-open Hester on third-and-inches to lead to a punt.

Driving down to the Rebels 27-yard line to start the second half, Flynn threw an interception. It didn't lead to points, however, and it was actually an Ole Miss interception that made the difference when Adams, facing a second-and-eight at LSU's 30, found Chevis Jackson instead of a teammate. Jackson would return the interception 71 yards for a touchdown.

How the SEC Fared


Alabama 30 UL-Monroe 7

Arkansas 35 Mississippi State 17

Auburn OPEN

LSU 24 Ole Miss 21

Ole Miss 21 LSU 24

Mississippi State 17 Arkansas 35


Florida 49 Florida Atlantic 14

Georgia 59 Kentucky 50

Kentucky 50 Georgia 59

South Carolina OPEN

Tennessee 42 Vanderbilt 10

Vanderbilt 10 Tennessee 42

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