In a Nutshell: A Look at Ole Miss’ 31-17 win over LSU
OXFORD, Miss. – Here’s a quick glance at Ole Miss’ 31-17 victory over LSU at Vaught-Hemingway Saturday.
The response. After LSU basically dominated the first quarter of play, Ole Miss was not in a mood to quit. The Landsharks began to shut down LSU and the offense found its legs.
Yeah, that is not the way a game is supposed to start. With a Vaught-Hemingway Stadium filled to the brim, if Ole Miss had gotten off to a quick start, the Tigers may have folded their tents. But the Rebels let LSU stay around a bit and it could have hurt.
THE KEY PLAY:
LSU had a chance to go ahead 14-0, but the Landsharks had an answer. With the Tigers facing a fourth down inside the Rebels’ five, Tysheem Johnson picked off a Max Johnson pass to halt an LSU threat.
THE KEY PLAYER:
Snoop Conner ran for 117 yards, but when the Rebels were backed up against their own end zone, the Hattiesburg native got the ball out of the shadow of the end zone and got the ball to midfield.
THE KEY UNIT:
With a bunch of injuries, the offensive line had to adapt to new positions. Orlando Umana slid from center to right guard and others stepped up after Ben Brown was unable to go. These guys were able to keep some continuity as the Rebels ran for 266 yards.
THE MOMENTUM SHIFTER:
After the LSU turnover, Ole Miss scored 17-unanswered points. The Tigers could never come back from that deficit.
WHAT THE GAME MEANS GOING FORWARD:
Auburn is 5-2 and had the day off. But the new Tigers’ coach must’ve watched the Ole Miss win on television. After, he may have watched “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” because he must be thinking, “Who are those guys?”