Rebels Lose Offensive Slugfest Against LSU

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Bo Wallace
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Bo Wallace
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 17, 2012

Final Stats Get Acrobat Reader | Postgame Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Postgame Quotes Get Acrobat Reader | Photo Gallery

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Ole Miss sophomore wide receiver Donte Moncrief had a career day with 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns, but LSU scored with seconds remaining to win an offensive battle 41-35 in the fifth Magnolia Bowl here Saturday in front of 92,872 at Tiger Stadium.

Jeremy Hill scored his third touchdown with 15 seconds left to lift the Tigers in a classic encounter between the rivals. The game included seven turnovers, numerous momentum swings and long touchdowns, perhaps none bigger than Odell Beckham Jr.'s 89-yard punt return for a score in the final frame.

Beckham's return tied the game at 35, but LSU (9-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) still needed a pair of clutch sacks by Anthony Johnson and Lavar Edwards to drive Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5) out of routine field goal range later in the fourth quarter. Bryson Rose then pushed a 53-yard kick wide right, setting up the winning drive.

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace passed for 310 yards and two TDs and ran for two scores, but also was intercepted three times. His touchdowns went to Moncrief, the first for 56 yards and the second for 30. Wallace's first score came on a 58-yard run.

Zach Mettenberger completed 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards and was intercepted twice. Hill finished with 77 yards rushing, including a 27 yard run for his first TD. Spencer Ware had LSU's other touchdown on a leap over the pile on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

The Ole Miss turnovers gave LSU multiple opportunities to seize control, but the Tigers had three drives stall inside the Rebel 10. Two of them ended with field goals and another with Senquez Golson's interception in the end zone, a play that allowed the Rebels to cling to a 21-20 lead in the third quarter.

Ole Miss then widened its lead to 28-20 on a drive set up by Golson's second interception of Mettenberger. Wallace and Ja-Mes Logan connected on a fourth-and-3 play for the second time in the game to extend a scoring drive. This one was capped by Randall Mackey's 6-yard scoring run.

LSU rallied to tie it on Hill's 1-yard touchdown run around the left side and a 2-point conversion on Mettenberger's pass to Ware, but the Rebels marched right back down the field in 28 seconds to regain the lead, 35-28, on Wallace's pass to Moncrief along the left sideline.

That, however, would be the final points for an Ole Miss team that is one win from bowl eligibility and made it clear early on it was not going to lay down against an LSU team favored by more than two touchdowns.

Ole Miss struck first, in fact, when defensive end Barkevious Mingo bit on a fake handoff and Wallace kept the ball, scampering for his 58-yard score.

It was a career-long run for Wallace, and his seventh rushing touchdown this season. It was also the longest running play allowed by LSU this season.

Oddly, the play seemed to rouse LSU from a slumber. After gaining 1 yard on their first two drives combined, the Tigers tied the game with a 75-yard drive on only two plays. First came a 48-yard completion to James Wright, who made a diving catch. Then Hill burst through the line for his 27-yard score.

The Tigers missed an opportunity to take the lead when Drew Alleman missed a 48-yard field goal attempt, then Ole Miss went back ahead on another big play when Wallace hit Moncrief as he cut inside of LSU's top cornerback, Tharold Simon. Simon whiffed on a diving tackle attempt as Moncrief sped away.

That lead evaporated in a spate of Ole Miss turnovers.

Korvic Neat fumbled a punt that the Tigers' Deion Jones recovered on the Ole Miss 18, and LSU made it 14-10 on Alleman's short field goal.

Soon after, Jalen Collins intercepted a tipped pass in Ole Miss territory. Ware then gained 12 yards on a reception and strung together runs of 14 and 7 yards to get LSU to the 1. After the next two plays fizzled, Ware put LSU ahead 17-14.

At that point, LSU was in position to take control, but the Rebels had other ideas.

Wallace converted a fourth-and-3 with a 20-yard pass to Logan, then hit Logan again for 25 yards before keeping the ball for his second rushing TD of the game from the 1. That gave the Rebels a 21-17 lead at halftime.


Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Wallace Looks to Make More History

      Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Football

      Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games.  Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more

    • Rebels Ink Nation's Top JUCO Quarterback

      Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Football

      Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 8-14, 2014)

      Monday, December 15, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more

    • Recapping Monday's Media Opportunities

      Monday, December 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Dec. 14

      Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Athletics

      With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Volleyball Season Highlight

      Friday, December 12, 2014 - Volleyball

      read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football 2014 Season Highlight

      Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss Football 2014 Season Highlight from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 1-7, 2014)

      Monday, December 8, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more

    • Testing One, Two, Three

      Monday, December 8, 2014 - Academics

      While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Dec. 7

      Sunday, December 7, 2014 - Athletics

      In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 13

      Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - Men's Basketball

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 13 - MSU (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rebels Finding a Rhythm after Trip to Florida

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -

      Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more

    • Bjork, Freeze Reach Agreement on New Contract

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Football

      Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (No. 24-30, 2014)

      Monday, December 1, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Nov. 24-30, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss won the annual "Egg Bowl" rivalry 31-17 over No. 4 Mississippi State in front of another sold-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.- The Rebels finish the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 30

      Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss collected a lot of hardware over the weekend, as the football team reclaimed the Egg Bowl trophy and the men's and women's basketball returned home with regular-season tournament championship. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week... read more