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The Ole Miss Rebels rolled into Tiger Stadium and defeated LSU in all three phases of the game to capture a 31-13 victory and move their record to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. Read what Reb Coordinators Tyrone Nix and Kent Austin had to say about the total team effort inside.

The Ole Miss Rebels left no doubt in Baton Rouge late Saturday afternoon.

Not only did they defeat LSU on their home turf - Death Valley, they did it convincingly, 31-13. So thorough was the whipping that Reb QB Jevan Snead took a knee on the LSU 2 to end the game - it could have been worse.

"We are blessed," said Defensive Coordinator Tyrone Nix. "We are blessed to have kids who believe in us and blessed to have a head coach who knows how to win in this conference.

"Coach (Houston) Nutt is a great leader and our kids are buying into what we are trying to do here. When you have that combination, you can win games like these."

The Tigers had been struggling on offense in some games this year. The Rebs took advantage of that to the tune of holding LSU to 215 total yards.

The Tigers gained only 37 yards rushing and the Rebel defense held feared TB Charles Scott to just 10 net yards on 10 carries.

"We felt to have a chance we had to stop the run and make them put the ball in the air where they have been vulnerable," Nis continued. "For the most part, we controlled the running game. They got a little spurt going to start the second half, but we regained our composure and shut them down from there on the ground."

"Overall, the run defense was the best it's been. Coach Tracy Rocker does a tremendous job with those guys - rolling them in and out, keeping them fresh, preparing them each week for what the opposing team tries to do in the run game. He deserves a lot of credit, as do his players."

Again, the Rebels depended on their bell cow - DT Peria Jerry, who had a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. He owned the LSU OL. We'll go ahead and say it - Jerry is the best DL in the SEC and we defy anyone to prove differently.

"Not only does he make big plays week in and week out, he is our leader. It all starts with Peria. Everyone on this defense feeds off of him," Tyrone stated. "I don't know what else can be said about him. We are where we are because of his efforts and the way this defense has followed his lead. His will to win is incredible."

The Rebels had a lot of big plays, but perhaps the series that defined the game most vividly was after TB Dexter McCluster coughed up the ball in Rebel territory with Ole Miss clinging to a 28-13 lead with plenty of time remaining for an LSU comeback.

"It was important for us to stop them there and not allow them to regain the momentum," Nix said. "We had a great series, culminating with a sack by Greg Hardy on fourth and long."

From there, it was game, set and match Rebs.

"We challenged our kids to start the second half that we had enough points on the board then to win and there was no reason to let them back in the game," Tyrone stated. "The kids took that to heart and got it done, even after that sudden change.

"We had two interceptions also and those were good to see."

When LSU starting QB Jarrett Lee got hurt in the first half, backup Jordan Jefferson took over and provided the Tigers a momentary spark, but Nix said he was not concerned who was playing quarterback.

"It really doesn't matter. You know whoever a team like LSU puts in the game is going to be a great athlete," he explained. "We didn't change anything or adjust anything. We knew the Jefferson kid was a better runner, but other than a couple of plays, we felt we could bottle him up. I think he was their leading with 23 yards.

"We knew if our kids would handle their assignments, we would win the game."

Offensive Cordinator Kent Austin felt the Rebel attack may play out just the way it did.

The Tigers, like the Rebels, are tough against the run, so Ole Miss went to the airways early and QB Jevan Snead was on.

"We felt there would be some opportunities downfield and that if we could hit them we would be in business," Austin began. "As I said Thursday, we weren't going to get a lot of chances so when we got one we had to make them pay, we had to execute.

"That was the Jevan Snead I have been looking for. He was in a great rhythm and seemed really in control."

When the Tigers cut the score to 21-13 in the second half, the crowd started getting back into the game and LSU was in striking distance.

But the Rebel offense responded with one of the more satisfying drives for Kent all year, a 72-yard, 12-play TD march that stretched the lead and was capped by a 13-yard Markeith Summers run for the score on a reverse out of the Wild Rebel.

"It was very important for us to answer them right then and Jevan and the guys did that. The 39-yard pass to Lionel Breaux was a great throw and catch and then we set up the reverse out of the Wild Rebel with a couple of keeper out of the Wild Rebel to the opposite direction. When Markeith planted and got downhill, he was going to get in that end zone."

Austin was very pleased with the protection the offensive line gave Snead and with the way the running game eventually evolved in its productivity.

"We knew we were not going to hold their defensive line out all night. We knew they would make a couple of plays, but our offensive line was outstanding against a quality, quality defensive front. For the most part, Jevan had time to throw and as the game wore on they were able to block some running lanes for our backs to pick up yards and to eat the clock," he explained. "I think we got more and more physical as the game progressed and that was good to see."

"Being able to run the ball at the end to eat the clock up and to respond with that great drive after LSU cut into our lead in the second half were real keys to the game. They both showed how far we have come and how much we have matured as an offense and as a team."

Austin had a slight scare when Snead had to leave the sideline before the intermission to check on his shoulder after he was slammed to the ground by an LSU defender on a sack.

"I did not want him to come out of the game because he was doing well and was making throws and running the offense, but I have faith in Billy Tapp if Jevan could not have played in teh second half," Kent noted.

Austin said the win was a total team effort.

"We put 31 points on the board, the special teams set up a score on a fake punt and contained Trendon Holliday and the defense was awesome," Austin closed. "They never let LSU get in an offensive rhythm and they gave us the ball in great field position a couple of times.

"It was a great performance by our kids and coaching staff in a game we really wanted to raise our bowl status and keep our momentum going."

The Rebs have one more regular season game - Mississippi State in Oxford next Friday.

"We need to play our best game of the year and finish this regular season off in style with five straight wins," Nix said.

So far, this has indeed been a November to Remember for the Rebels. . . . .


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