LSU vs. Ole Miss: Score and Analysis for Rebels' Upset Win
The Ole Miss Rebels were able to pull off the major upset win on Saturday night, taking down the No. 6 LSU Tigers, 27-24, in Oxford, Miss. thanks to a game-winning field goal by Andrew Ritter with just two seconds remaining.
Heading into the game, LSU was looking like one of the most complete teams in the nation. Zach Mettenberger was having an incredible season under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, passing for 1,890 yards, 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions to lead the Tigers on offense.
Things didn't get off to a good start for Mettenberger though. With just over eight minutes left in the first quarter, the Tigers quarterback went for the end zone on the first play of their second drive, but Chief Brown came up with the interception, giving the Rebels the ball.
Ole Miss then slowly drove down the field, running six minutes and 38 seconds off of the clock. Ritter came up with a 28-yard field goal to draw first blood and put the Rebels up 3-0.
After another stalled drive by the Tigers, the Rebels capitalized with some big plays from Bo Wallace and his receivers. Wallace found Vince Sanders on a 33-yard play that set up a three-yard touchdown pass from Barry Brunetti to put Ole Miss up 10-0 in the second quarter.
On the next LSU drive, the Tigers got to the Rebels' 20-yard line, but Mettenberger threw another interception in the end zone. This one was much uglier, with the LSU quarterback throwing into double coverage.
Ole Miss was forced to punt on their next drive, and just a couple of minutes later, Mettenberger threw his third interceptions of the night.
The half ended with the Rebels still up 10-0. ESPN Stats & Info pointed out that Mettenberger has historically always struggled against Ole Miss.
Zach Mettenberger has thrown 3 INT vs Ole Miss so far. In his career, he has 0 TD & 5 INT vs Ole Miss. Against all others: 28 TD, 7INT— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 20, 2013
The second half didn't start any better for LSU. Ole Miss drove again on the Tigers, this time scoring on a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Jaylen Walton, putting the Rebels up 17-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers finally started to turn things around after that, however. Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill scored on two rushing touchdowns within about three minutes of each other to make it a game at 17-14.
Walton answered for the Rebels, scampering in for this 26-yard touchdown to end the third quarter and make it a two-possession game once again.
LSU got another field goal in the fourth quarter to put the Tigers back in it, but then the Rebels started to drive. Ole Miss got it all the way to the Tigers' 12-yard line and had a chance to make it a two-possession game once again with an easy field goal, but the kick was blocked and LSU had life once again with less than seven minutes remaining.
Low line-drive FG from Ole Miss is blocked and Rebels get nothing from great drive, first-and-goal. LSU down 24-17 w/ 6:29 to play.— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) October 20, 2013
Mettenberger started driving the Tigers down the field with three-straight completions that went for a total of 49 yards, but then he missed three straight passes in Ole Miss territory to set up a critical fourth down.
With five minutes left and 10 yards needed to convert, LSU went for it. Mettenberger was able to step into the pocket and complete a pass to Odell Beckham to keep their hopes alive.
After the conversion, Mettenberger was finally able to find the end zone, throwing a four-yard touchdown to Jarvis Landry on a play-action fake near the goal line. After being down 17-0, LSU had finally tied things up at 24-24 with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
Wallace had an opportunity to drive down the field and give Ole Miss the big win. The drive got off to an ugly start, but Wallace completed a big third-down pass and ran for another first down to get things moving.
A big 12-yard from I'Tavius Mathers put Ole Miss at LSU's 30-yard line with a minute left, putting the Rebels into field goal position. The Rebels then ran the clock down and gave Ritter the chance to kick the game-winning field goal.
From 41 yards out, Ritter nailed it, and just like that, the Rebels pulled off the upset at home and beat the No. 6 Tigers.
No. 6 LSU goes down! A 40-yard FG by Ole Miss with :02 remaining gives the Rebels the 27-24 victory.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 20, 2013
Wallace was critical for the Rebels in the win. He went 30-for-39 with a season-high 346 yards. He didn't have a touchdown, but he set up scores for others. Walton was big on the ground, going for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
For the Tigers, Mettenberger struggled all night. He went 19-for-33 with 274 yards and a touchdown, but those three interceptions cost his team.
LSU will likely now be out of the Top 10. They are 6-2 on the season and 3-2 in the SEC, killing their hopes of winning the SEC West and getting a shot at the SEC Championship.
It was one wild game, but the Rebels came out on top and pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the season so far.
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