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
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
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
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,
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
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
How the SEC Fared
LSU 24 Ole Miss 21
Ole Miss 21 LSU 24