Ole Miss vs. LSU: You Just Can't Kill Off the Tigers

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterNovember 17, 2012

LSU head coach Les Miles is crazy, makes crazy decisions and sometimes leaves you wondering how he managed to get one of the most prestigious jobs in college football.

But his team, sometimes even in spite of itself, seems to find that magic when it needs it more times than not.

Saturday afternoon in Death Valley was one of those times.

The Ole Miss Rebels came into Tiger Stadium inspired, and it showed. But in true LSU style, the Tigers came up big when it mattered most in a thrilling 41-35 win over the Rebels.

Three games ago, you would have been told that you were crazy if you said that Tiger quarterback Zach Mettenberger could be a difference-maker. But that's exactly what he was on Saturday, completing 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards.

Sure, he threw two interceptions, but one was in the end zone after his receiver made a wrong cut, and the other was on an overthrown deep ball.

It makes three games in a row that Mettenberger has looked like a weapon, which has been a departure from the norm for these Tigers.

The Tiger defense, which came in ranked as the No. 3 defense in the country, was gashed by quarterback Bo Wallace and the potent Rebel offense to the tune of 463 yards. 

But the Tigers forced three picks, recovered a fumble and got a sizzling 89-yard punt return touchdown from Odell Beckham Jr. to escape with the win.

That's just what LSU does.

Whether it's going for it on five consecutive fourth downs, calling a ridiculous fly route when all you need is a field goal or doing something as simple as trusting your quarterback all the way into November when he has not given you any reason to trust him, LSU always seems to find a way to win.

Usually it's because of its stout defense. On Saturday, it won in spite of its defense.

You just never know with that crew.

What did Miles think of his team's effort on Saturday?


— David Helman(@HelmanESPN) November 18, 2012

And if the quote wan't enough, the video of the presser will get you fired up.

Never change, Les. Never change.