BATON ROUGE, La. — There were a lot of things the Ole Miss Rebels did right in Saturday’s matchup with No. 8 LSU at Tiger Stadium. Instead of kicking field goals like they did in a one-point loss to Vanderbilt, the Rebels scored more touchdowns than any other team has all year on the vaunted LSU defense.
An Ole Miss defense that was short handed entering the nationally televised game made its fair share of big plays against an offense that had become more balanced in recent games.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, another great overall effort was trumped by an outstanding punt return for a touchdown from Odell Beckham Jr., and some key mistakes late, both on offense and defense. The end result was a 41-35 come-from-behind victory for the Tigers in front of a capacity crowd of 92,872.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has had to deal with three close losses this year in Southeastern Conference play, but unlike the setbacks to Texas A&M and Vanderbilt at home, Saturday’s loss comes just a week before the final game of the regular season against the program’s biggest rival in Mississippi State. (November 19, 2012, Page 1B)