OXFORD, Ms. (BRPROUD) — The No. 13 LSU Tigers fall to No. 20 Ole Miss Rebels in a heartbreaker, 55-49, Saturday in Oxford after failing to score in the final seconds of the game and allowing the Rebels to re-take the lead with 39 seconds remaining.
The LSU defense struggled from the jump. On the first drive of the game, Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart connected with running back Quinshon Judkins for a four-yard touchdown strike, capping off a 75-yard drive to go up 7-0.
The Tiger offense struggled early, punting on their first possession of the game, then quarterback Jayden Daniels fumbled the ball on the second possession of the game.
Ole Miss took advantage of the turnover thanks to a 43-yard touchdown run by running back Ulysses Bentley IV to go up 14-0. Ole Miss racked up 232 total yards of offense in the first quarter alone.
After the fumble, LSU’s offense woke up, and the game turned into an offensive shootout. LSU scored touchdowns on four straight drives and Ole Miss scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives.
The Tiger defense didn’t get its first stop until 1:42 left in the first half, forcing the Rebels to kick a 28-yard field goal.
LSU had a chance to tie the game just before the half, however, kicker Damian Ramos’s 56-yard field goal attempt came up short. The Tigers trailed 31-28 at the half. LSU had 373 yards of total offense in the first half, while Ole Miss racked up 387 yards of total offense in the first half.
The shootout continued in the second half with the Tigers taking their first lead of the game on their first drive of the third quarter on a Daniels QB sneak on the one-yard line to go up 36-31.
LSU then extended its lead on their next drive, with running back Logan Diggs rushing in for his second touchdown of the night to make it 42-34.
The Tigers defense continued to have problems with Ole Miss. The Rebels got into the endzone to begin the fourth quarter and went for two to tie the game, however, the LSU defense held on the two-point try to maintain the Tiger lead 42-40.
There was no stopping the LSU offense and Daniels, who found receiver Brian Thomas Jr. for the third time of the night to go up 49-40.
The Rebels made it a two-point game with 5:06 remaining. The LSU defense struggled until the end. Ole Miss scored the go-ahead touchdown by Tre Harris with 39 seconds remaining. The Rebels got the two-point conversation to go up 55-49.
The Tigers allowed 711 total yards of offense to the Rebels.