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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 7 LSU got all it could handle from Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon, but the Tigers squeaked out a 41-35 win on a Jeremy Hill touchdown plunge with 15 seconds remaining in the game. With the win, LSU (9-2, 5-2 SEC) keeps its Western Division title hopes alive as we head into the final week of the regular season.
It didn’t take long for a shootout to materialize in Baton Rouge, as Bo Wallace opened up the scoring for Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5) on a 58-yard touchdown scamper just 4:44 into the game to give the Rebels a 7-0 advantage. The Tigers answered in the form of a 27-yard run from Jeremy Hill to even the score, and it was off to the races from there.
There was no shortage of explosive plays in this one. All in all, there were five touchdowns that came on plays of 20 yards or more, the longest of which came on an 89-yard punt return by LSU’s Odell Beckham in the fourth quarter. That score knotted the game at 35 apiece, and the Tigers got another shot at the win after a long field goal miss by the Rebels with less than five minutes remaining. LSU drove 64 yards on nine plays in 4:03 and clinched the win when Hill leapt into the end zone with 15 ticks on the clock.
LSU was outgained 467 yards to 427, and outrushed on the day 157 to 146. The Tigers forced four turnovers from Ole Miss, however, to offset three turnovers of their own and found a way to win late in the game. Hill scored three times on the day and finished with 93 yards on the ground. Wallace racked up 354 total yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort.
LSU will round out its regular season slate next week when it takes on Arkansas.
Passing – Zach Mettenberger, 22-for-37, 281 yards, 2 INT
Rushing – Jeremy Hill, 21 car, 93 yards, 3 TD
Receiving – Travis Dickson, 5 rec, 69 yards
Passing – Bo Wallace, 15-for-36, 310 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing – Bo Wallace, 10 car, 54 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Donte Moncrief, 6 rec, 161 yards, 2 TD
• Ole Miss was the first unranked opponent for LSU in seven weeks.
• Since the start of 2009, LSU is 38-2 when scoring 20 points or more. The last time the Tigers lost when scoring 20-plus was against Arkansas in 2010.
• LSU is now 50-7 at Tiger Stadium under Les Miles.
• Ole Miss remains one game away from bowl eligibility, with one game left next week against Mississippi State.