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Live Updates: No. 12 Ole Miss vs. LSU

The Ole Miss Rebels welcome Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers to Oxford for an SEC West rivalry battle. Check back for here the latest updates.

The Ole Miss Rebels will welcome their long-time rival LSU Tigers to Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium on Saturday afternoon, looking to make a statement win, and move to 6-1 on the season.

The Tigers, who are coming off of a 49-42 win over Florida last week, will be looking to make a statement of their own, however, after head coach Ed Orgeron and LSU announced that 2021 would be his last season in Baton Rouge.

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Pre Game

The scene is set for a historic day in Oxford in more ways than one.

Not only is Rebels legend Eli Manning set to have his jersey retired at halftime, but Eli's nephew Arch, the top recruit in the country regardless of classification, is in town to visit the program. 

Former Ole Miss and current lame duck LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron is also returning to Oxford for what could be the last time, setting the stage for an emotional and unpredictable afternoon.

Not to mention, it is Ole Miss' first home sell-out of the year, and both the Grove and Vaughty-Hemmingway stadium are ablaze. 

As Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin would say, "Get your popcorn ready."

1st Quarter

Ole Miss got off to a promising start on their first drive of the game, stringing together a handful of first downs and approaching midfield.

Thanks to a penalty and a negative play, however, the Rebels were forced to punt, with LSU taking over deep in their own territory.

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On their opening drive, LSU was able to take advantage in a hurry, marching the ball down the field with a balanced attack to get into the end zone on a Tyrion Davis-Price touchdown.

The Tigers' drive went 90 yards in nine plays and took up 4:33 of game time. 

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Thanks to another false start penalty, the Rebels were unable to get anything going on their next possession, punting right back to the Tigers trailing 7-0.

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The Tigers were once again able to take advantage of Ole Miss on the next drive, with multiple penalties and missed opportunities extending the drive deep into Ole Miss territory. 

The Rebels defense was able to hold the Tigers to a fourth down inside the five-yard line, where the Tigers would elect to go for the touchdown instead of settling for a field goal. The attempt would fail with the Rebels intercepting the pass, and taking over from their own one-yard line. 

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The Rebels exploded out of the gate on their next drive, handing the ball to Snoop Connor for three straight plays, getting them near midfield quickly. 

2nd quarter

Following a pass interference penalty on LSU, and a big first down run for Jerrion Ealy, the Rebels found themselves deep in Tigers territory. However, after an intentional grounding call and a sack of Corral, the Rebels were sitting at third and long.  

After a short gain on third down, the Rebels were forced to settle for a field goal, which split the uprights, cutting the LSU lead to 7-3

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The Tigers were once again able to move the ball into Rebels territory thanks to an Ole Miss pass interference penalty. However, the defense was able to get the stop, forcing a 55-yard field goal attempt. 

The attempt would sail wide-right, giving the Rebels the ball at the Tigers 45-yard line. 

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The Rebels used trickery to open up the next drive with Dontario Drummond hitting Matt Corral on a reverse pass for a first down. Snoop Connor then get the Rebels deep into LSU territory with a big run up the middle. 

The Rebels got into the endzone on an Ealy touchdown, but the play was negated by an Ole Miss hold. Ealy, however, got the Rebels back into the red zone with a huge run down inside the LSU five.

Just a couple of plays later, the Rebels were in the end zone for the first time on the day, taking a 10-7 lead with 3:12 left to go in the half. 

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On the next Tigers possession, the Rebels defense made an emphatic stop, forcing a three and out, and taking over with time to spare in the second quarter. 

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The Rebels would take full advantage of the stop on the next drive, move the ball patiently down the field to get into the end zone, using a balanced attack of rush and pass. 

The Rebels drive went 80 yards in nine plays and took just two minutes off the clock.

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Halftime 

3rd Quarter

The Ole Miss defense lost no momentum coming out of the half, stopping the Tigers on a three and out, and starting with great field position after a solid punt return from Dontario Drummond 

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Ole Miss then looked to capitalize on the field position, with Corral hitting Parrish for a big play on first down to get into Tigers territory. Snoop Conner then moved the chains on third and long with a powerful run up the middle, extending the drive. 

Just a couple of plays later, the Rebels were back into the end zone on a Henry Parish run, taking a commanding 24-7 lead with 8:59 to go in the third quarter.

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After a big play in the passing game by the Tigers, the Ole Miss defense one again made a big play, forcing a Max Johnson fumble, with Jake Springer falling on the ball, and the Rebels taking over. 

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The Rebels were unable to move the ball after the turnover, punting back to the Tigers.

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The Rebels defense was unphased by the quick turnaround, however, forcing the Tigers into a three and out, and forcing a punt. The Rebels would take over at their own 39. 

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On this possession, the Rebels would take full advantage of the field position, with Jerrion Ealy taking a third and long run to the house for a touchdown, and putting Ole Miss up 31-7.

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For the second time in three possessions, the Ole Miss defense would make a huge play, forcing another fumble of LSU QB Max Johnson, and taking over deep in LSU territory. 

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4th Quarter

The Rebels were stagnant and disorganized on their next possession, failing to capitalize on a turnover once again, and punting back to the Tigers with 12 minutes to go in the game. 

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LSU changed quarterbacks on their next possession, going to Garrett Nussmeier. As a result, the Tigers had one of their best drives of the day, gaining five first downs, and moving into Rebels territory. The Rebels defense would tighten up there, however, forcing a Tigers field goal. 

The field goal would split the uprights, cutting the Ole Miss lead to 31-10.

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Ole Miss looked to slam the door shut on LSU on the next drive, and would have... had Snoop Connor not fumbled the ball into the endzone, resulting in a touchback. The Ball would go over to LSU, and the Tigers would start on the 20 yard line. 

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The Tigers moved the ball right down the field on their next possession, getting into the end zone on the Nussmeier pass, and cutting the Ole Miss lead to 31-17

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Ole Miss would do their best to close out the game from there, winding down the clock to under a minute remaining, with fourth down and seven to go. Ole Miss went for it on fourth and converted, closing the game, and giving the Rebels the 31-17 win. 


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