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LSU has its way in 52-3 victory over Rebels

BLOG: Hello from Oxford, Miss., the site of tonight’s Magnolia Bowl showdown between No. 1 LSU and the Ole Miss Rebels.

The game is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPN.

Tonight’s meeting will mark the 100th time the Tigers and Rebels have meet on the football field, dating back to 1894. LSU leads the series 56-39-4. The only opponent Ole Miss has played more is Mississippi State.

POLAR OPPOSITES: If ever there was a meeting of two teams headed in opposite directions, it’s this one.

While LSU (10-0 overall, 6-0 SEC) looks to be headed to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, and then onto the National Championship Game, Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6) is looking to just keep tonight’s game competitive (and again, next week at MSU).

The Tigers tank amongst the top in the conference in most major categories: Scoring offense (2), scoring defense (2), total offense (5), total defense (2), rushing offense (2), rushing defense (2), pass offense (7) and pass defense (3).

Ole Miss, meanwhile, is at the bottom of most of those lists: Scoring offense (11), scoring defense (12), total offense (11), total defense (12), rushing offense (10), rushing defense (12), pass offense (10) and pass defense (11).

STARTERS: Ole Miss’ projected starters are: QB Zack Stoudt, RB Brandon Bolden, FB E.J. Epperson, FL Vince Sanders, SE Donte Moncrief, FL Nickolas Brassell, TE Ferbia Allen, RT Bobby Massie, RG Matt Hall, C Evan Swindall, LG Aaron Morris, LT Bradley Sowell, K Bryson Rose, DE Kentrell Lockett, DT Justin Smith, DT Bryon Bennett, DE C.J. Johnson, MLB Mike Marry, WLB Serderius Bryant, LB Joel Kight, SPUR Damien Jackson, LCB Senquez Golson, SS Cody Prewitt, FS Charles Sawyer, RCB Wesley Pendleton and P Tyler Campbell.

SENIORS: Members of Ole miss’ senior class include: RB Brandon Bolden, RB Enrique Davis, DE Wayne Dorsey, K David Hankins, WR Derrick Herman, S Damien Jackson, TE Layton Jones, DE Kentrell Lockett, CB Vincent Moss, DT Justin Smith, LT Bradley Sowell, CB Marcus Temple, OL Alex Williams.

GAME DAY MAGAZINE: For this week’s Game Day: LSU football section we talked to two seniors that have seen both the highs and lows of Houston Nutt‘s tenure as Ole Miss head coach, Kentrell Lockett and Brandon Bolden.

All the focus wasn’t on the out-going seniors, however. We also caught up with freshman safety Cody Prewitt, who talked about what it meant to be a starter. He also discussed what Nutt meant to him and how much of an impact the out-going coach had on his college decision.

With the 2011 season almost wrapped up for the Rebels, everyone’s attention has been turned to the coaching search. Every day it seems like there’s a new frontrunner to be Nutt’s successor. John Davis caught up with current CBSSports college football writer Bruce Feldman last week to discuss Mike Leach and his newly released book.

Also, this week’s recruiting file focused on Amory gunslinger Forrest Williams. The quarterback has been passing almost at will this season for the Panthers. Next weekend the Panthers will host the No. 1 Lafayette Commodores in the MHSAA Class 4A North Half Finals.

——— SCORING SUMMARY ———

LSU 7, Ole Miss 0 (14:32/Q1): Zack Stoudt got LSU on the scoreboard first by serving up a 46-yard interception. LSU’s Ron Brooks returned the pick-6.

LSU 14, Ole Miss 0 (6:45/Q1): Kenny Hilliard capped LSU’s nine-play, 86-yard drive with a 1-yard dive into the end zone.

LSU 21, Ole Miss 0 (5:11/Q1): Two plays after Brooks stripped Stoudt, Tigers QB Jordan Jefferson connected Russell Shepard for a 22-yard score.

LSU 28, Ole Miss 0 (12:42/Q2): Kevin Minter recovered a fumble in Ole Miss’ end zone, extended LSU’s lead.

LSU 35, Ole Miss 0 (3:01/Q2): LSU running back Spencer Ware broke through the middle of the offensive line and raced 35 yards for LSU’s fifth touchdown of the game.

LSU 35, OLE MISS 3 (1:03/Q2): Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose broke up the shutout with a 39-yard field goal. Barry Brunetti aided the drive with a highlight reel run of 47 yards.

LSU 42, Ole Miss 3 (12:35/Q3): Michael Ford capped LSU’s first possession of the second half with a 19-yard touchdown run.

LSU 49, Ole Miss 3 (0:54.1/Q3): Jame Stampley punched the ball into the end zone on his third try from 1 yard out on fourth-and-goal  to extend the Tigers’ lead.

LSU 52, Ole Miss 3 (9:30/Q4): Drew Allemon tacked on a 29-yard field goal.

STAT LINE: LSU had scored four rushing touchdowns by different players (Spencer Ware, Kenny Hilliard, Michael Ford and James Stampley). Alfred Blue led the Tigers on the ground with 74 yards on four carries.

Jordan Jefferson was 7-for-7 for 88 yards and one touchdown, while Jarrett Lee completed his only pass for 17 yards.

For Ole Miss, Brunetti rushed for 74 yards on 15 carries and completed 5 of 10 passes for 30 yards. Zack Stoudt completed 3 of 8 passes for 17 yards. He was also sacked twice and threw one interception.

WRAPPING IT UP: The most telling series of plays from tonight’s game was when LSU’s third-string quarterback, former UGA QB Zach Mettenberger, broke free for a 25-yard run and was called out just shy of the goalline. Instead of punching in the score, already up 52-3 with just over five minutes remaining, LSU coach Les Miles opted to knee four straight times.

“I didn’t want to take a 5-yard penalty, so I called a timeout. Then at that point in time I realized I didn’t want to score, either. So I told them to kneel on it and used the clock. Victory was assured, there was no reason to take snaps at that point.”

Earlier in the press conference Miles said, “It’s unfortunate to have a coach have to end a homestand in a fashion like today.”

Ole Miss (2-9, 0-7) will conclude its season next weekend at Mississippi State. (November 19, 2011)

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