Tigers dominate Rebels from start to finish

The Rebels didn't get on the scoreboard until late in the contest against the Tigers.

Ole Miss backup/one-time starting quarterback Micheal Spurlock hit receiver Taye Biddle on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 2:28 to go in Saturday night's football game between LSU and Ole Miss. There wasn't much of a roar. That's because at that point there appeared to be quite a few more LSU fans remaining in an original crowd of 59,543 than Ole Miss fans.

The LSU Tigers now have only the Arkansas Razorbacks standing between themselves and another trip to Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. They'll get their shot at the Hogs Friday afternoon in Tiger Stadium.

The Rebels fell to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in SEC play heading into next Saturday's Battle for the Golden Egg against Mississippi State in Starkville. LSU, meanwhile, positioned itself for a run at not only an SEC title but a national championship, moving to 9-1 and 6-1, the lone loss a 30-27 overtime setback to Tennessee in Baton Rouge way back on Monday, Sept. 26.

"Give LSU credit," said Ole Miss first-year head coach Ed Orgeron. "They are an excellent football team. They are well-coached and very talented. Obviously we couldn't get much done."

LSU first-year head coach Les Miles agreed it was a good night for the Tigers.

"We played a great game," Miles said. "Our offense, defense, and special teams complimented each other. Now we get to move forward and focus on Arkansas and winning the SEC West."

The Tigers got on the scoreboard first in this rout with a safety. The Rebels got the football after a Chris Jackson punt at their own 11-yard line. Two plays later on third and 20, current starting quarterback Ethan Flatt stumbled as he rolled back from under center, fumbled the football, recovered it in the end zone for two points - for the visiting Tigers - with 5:27 to go in the first quarter.

In the second period, LSU, which won the field position battle the entire first half, wasted little time adding to its two-point lead. Tiger quarterback JaMarcus Russell hit Craig Davis on a 3-yard pass for a score with only 10 seconds gone in the quarter. Colt David made the extra point for a 9-0 LSU lead, capping a seven-play, 47-yard drive which began following a Rob Park punt of 48 yards and a 16-yard return by Skyler Green.

After the Rebels went three plays and called on Park again for another punt, this time for 40 yards, the Tigers moved 45 yards for their second touchdown of the evening, a 1-yard rush by Joseph Addai and a conversion by David with 9:42 to go before halftime. The 16-0 lead held up until intermission.

After the Rebs failed to produce points on their opening drive of the third period, Park punted again, this time for 39 yards with a Green return of five yards to the LSU 32. Eight plays and 68 yards later, Russell passed to Early Doucet for 20 yards and a touchdown with 8:36 to go in the third. David was good on the point after, and it was 23-0 Tigers.

As has become the norm, Ole Miss didn't move it again on its next possession from its own 8-yard line and on fourth and 13 from the 5, Park trotted back out for another punt. This one was 37 yards and Green simply fair caught it. In six plays the Tigers stalled at the Rebel 31. David was true on a 48-yard field goal with 4:04 to go in the third for a 26-0 lead for his team.

After the next Ole Miss possession ended when Spurlock threw an interception, the Tigers had only 15 yards to go for another touchdown, which they got six plays later. Justin Vincent rushed for a yard for the score, and David added the PAT with only seven seconds gone in the fourth quarter for a 33-0 LSU lead.

Ole Miss could not move the football on its next possession and Park again punted, this time 38 yards to the LSU 33 where Shyrone Carey fair caught it. Thre plays later backup quarterback Matt Flynn connected with Bennie Brazell on a 55-yard pass play for the Tigers' final touchdown of the game. David added the extra point for a 40-0 Tiger advantage with 11:44 to go in the contest.

Ole Miss' lone score was way too little too late on this night.

LSU outgained Ole Miss 380 yards to 175 and outrushed the Rebels 177 to 7.

The Tigers had the best of it in the first down department 19-11.

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