UM wins all 3 phases in 31-13 victory at LSU

BATON ROUGE – LSU head coach Les Miles summed it all up fairly simply after Ole Miss handily defeated his team 31-13 Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

"They beat us in all three phases," said Miles, whose team fell to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play while the Rebels improved to 7-4 and 4-3.

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said things are going well right now for his team, which has won four games in a row, because the players are making positive things happen.

"Just to see the joy in the players' faces, they just love football right now," he said as his team added LSU to its recent victories over Arkansas, Auburn, and Louisiana-Monroe. "I love these seniors and their attitude. I thought our defense did a remarkable job. They stopped the run and that was the key. And we didn't give up the big play."

Nutt also praised his quarterback.

"Jevan Snead came to play today," he said. "He was so accurate and he was hitting passes that were awesome. He handled the offense and you're seeing him come on as a quarterback."

And there's one more aspect, the one that Miles also added earlier to the Rebels' list of positives.

"You can't forget special teams," Nutt said. "Everything is important."

Snead was 16-of-25 for 274 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target on the day was Mike Wallace with five catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns.

Cordera Eason was the leading ground gainer for Ole Miss with 60 yards on 17 carries.

Defensively Kendrick Lewis led Ole Miss with eight tackles, six of them solos, along with a sack and an interception. Allen Walker, Tony Fein, Jamarca Sanford, and Kentrell Lockett all had five tackles.

The Rebels outgained the Tigers 409 yards to 215 and had 21 first downs to 15 for the Tigers.

On the ground Ole Miss had 102 yards and the Rebel defense held LSU to 37 yards on 29 rushes.

Through the air the Rebels had 307 yards to the Tigers' 178.

For LSU, Lee was 4-for-12 for 49 yards and one interception. Jefferson was 10-for-20 for 129 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Jefferson was also the leading rusher for the Tigers with 23 yards on 10 keeps.

Terrance Toliver was the top receiver for the Tigers with five catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.

After LSU won the opening toss and deferred, Ole Miss opened the game's scoring by taking the kickoff and driving it downfield for a touchdown. Jevan Snead passed the Rebels deep into Tiger territory from his own 30 to the LSU 26. On second and nine at that point, Snead was pressured and took off running with daylight before him, eluding one tackler and scoring. But the play was called back because of illegal procedure on the Rebel offense. Two plays later Snead hit a wide open Mike Wallace across the middle for 34 yards and a touchdown. Joshua Shene connected on the point after and the Rebels were up 7-0 four minutes into the contest.

The Tigers cut the UM lead to four points in the second quarter on a 46-yard Colt David field goal as LSU moved from its own 40 after a Rob Park punt to the UM 29 before the drive stalled.

Up 7-3 Snead took Ole Miss downfield for more points. After the Tigers kickoff, the Rebs started at their own 29 and in nine plays had another touchdown. The big play of the drive was actually a pass, not from Snead but from Jason Cook, who hit Kendrick Lewis on a fake punt completion down to the LSU 5-yard line. Two plays later Brandon Bolden was in the end zone on a 3-yard rush for a touchdown. Shene was good and the Rebs led 14-3 with 9:01 to go in the second quarter.

The Rebels got the football back after a punt and scored again. Beginning at its own 11, Ole Miss moved quickly in only five plays as Snead went 4-for-4, two of them pin-point accurate sideline completions, one to Dexter McCluster for 20 yards, another to Markeith Summers for 33 yards. Then it was a perfect throw into the end zone to Wallace for 25 yards and a touchdown. Shene was true again, and Ole Miss led 21-3 with 5:36 to go in the first half.

The Tigers got on the scoreboard before intermission. After a Park punt, LSU started at its own 16 and and scored seven plays later. On a third and 5 back on his own 21, Tiger quarterback Jarrett Lee was hit hard by Peria Jerry, even though he completed a pass of 19 yards to the Tiger 40. Lee left the game and didn't return.

Jordan Jefferson came in to replace Lee and led LSU in for points. Jefferson hit Terrance Toliver on a 9-yard pass in the end zone and David added the extra point to cut the Rebel lead to 21-10 with 2:13 left in the first half.

LSU used its three timeouts prior to the break and forced Ole Miss to punt with 1:25 to go. The Tigers appeared poised to get something done, but a sack of Jefferson by Kendrick Lewis near midfield allowed the clock to expire.

LSU took the second half kickoff and drove downfield for points. Colt David connected on a 52-yard field goal to cut the Rebel lead to eight points at 21-13 with 11:11 left in the third quarter.

Ole Miss answered and more. Moving from their own 28, Summers took it in from 13 yards out on the drive's eighth play. Shene was good and the Rebels were in front 28-13 with 7:53 to go in the third.

The Ole Miss defense would continue to stand tall and not allow the Tigers anything further. After the Tigers desperately went for it on fourth and 22 at their own 48 with just over eight minutes left, Greg Hardy sacked Jefferson for an 8-yard loss and UM took over at the 40.

Eight plays later when the Reb drive stalled at the 2, Shene was good on a 19-yard field goal with 4:23 to go.

LSU tried to get anything late, but on second and five near midfield, Jefferson was intercepted by Allen Walker at the Rebel 38, and Walker returned it to the Tiger 13.

Ole Miss simply ran out the clock. And on the day that LSU honored its 1958 national championship team along with All-American Billy Cannon, it was the Ole Miss Rebels who were the toast of college football.

"The opponent played well," Miles said. "We knew they had a pretty good defense. We did not expect them to throw it that well. The fake punt really got us. They beat us in all three phases. That really distanced our opponent from us."

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