Sunday, November 21, 2010

LSU outlasts Ole Miss, 43 - 36

Against a stubborn and determined Ole Miss squad, LSU somehow scored early and often, outgunning the Rebels 43-36.
Of all people, quarterback Jordan Jefferson turned in a lights-out offensive performance. Jordan passed for a career-high 254 yards, running and passing for a score. Of course, he also threw a pick.
They needed every ounce of Jefferson this week because Ole Miss, led by senior quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, almost won the game.
He threw for 177 yards, but had two interceptions. Fleet-footed Mississippi running back Brandon Bolden churned up 91 yards on the ground and made several athletic plays that left Purple and Gold defenders in the dust.
The first thing people are going to say is that LSU's defense got shredded against a team that came in with six losses.
But Ole Miss stayed in the game by going for fourth down FOUR TIMES. And making it ... all four times.
LSU also had 2 turnovers (Ole Miss had 3, the last one an interception on a deep heave to the end zone).
Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard said Ole Miss had some razzle-dazzle that the Tigers hadn't seen before, and he said their starting running back, who scored two touchdowns, is the real deal.
"I didn't realize he was that fast," Sheppard said. "When he got to the edge, he took it. I tip my hat off to Bolden."
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has a knack for showing off against LSU. He'd been 3-0 against the Tigers the previous three games before Saturday. He was proud of his guys at the end.
"You like the way they played," Nutt said of his team. "You like the way they competed and they left their heart out there. That's the thing that I'll go to sleep with tonight."
Mississippi's kick return game was huge, amassing 188 yards with at least three almost broken for touchdowns.
After the game, Jefferson did a Cam Newton: He went up to the fans and raised his arms in the air as they chanted his name.
"I have definitely been waiting on a night like this," Jefferson said. "I'm just glad that [the passing game] finally came through when we needed it."
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