LIVE: LSU 41, OLE MISS 24 (F)
Sorry for the delay ... bit of technical difficulty in the press box.
The postgame press conference wasn't exactly all smiles and laughter for LSU head coach Les Miles. He's trying to figure out how the Ole Miss Rebels collected nearly 500 yards of offense.
However, he said at this point in the season, he's just looking for wins.
LSU scores pick ... this one is over.
Rebels force Tigers to punt
With 7:43 left, anything can still happen. For some reason, the Tigers just don't make anything easy. Ole Miss takes over at their own 13.
Ole Miss' onside kick fails
LSU takes over at the Rebels' 40
SHAYFUH scores from 39 yards out
Brent Shaeffer scrambles for a touchdown run with 9:11 to go. The sloppy play the Tigers have showed throughout the day is precisely the stuff that comes back to haunt you. Not today, but perhaps some day soon.
Drive stalls again; David comes through again
LSU takes a 27-10 on a 43-yard field goal from Colt David. LSU's 12-play, 66-yard drive erased 5:25 off the clock, but the Tigers have got to start punching these opportunities in. However, LSU has scored on all three of its second-half possessions.
Charles Scott big gainer
The 28-yard gain up the middle put the Tigers at the Rebels' 45. That is how you put a team away.
Big drive for LSU
The Tigers will likely win this game, but there is something to be said for putting a team away (not named La. Tech). Tigers start at their own 9.
Colt David makes school-record 20th field goal
The Grapevine, Texas, kid is good from 48 yards (had plenty of leg) and LSU is back in front by two touchdowns.
LSU holds Rebels to field goal
Joshua Shene makes good from 23 yards and Ole Miss climbs within 21-10. LSU is lucky this game's not a one-possession contest again.
Rebels march right back down the field
I'm wondering where the oh-so dominant LSU defense from the month of September disappeared to. Ole Miss, not exactly the most prolific offense in the nation, is already down the LSU 6.
Keiland Williams scores from 10 yards out
It's a 21-7 lead for LSU. It's a familiar look, let's see if the Tigers can keep the Rebels at a distance this time.
Meanwhile, LSU is on the move.
The Tigers have taken the second-half kick and are at the Rebels' 10.
BAMA LOSES TO ULM???
There is a buzz throughout the press box right now, and it has nothing to do with the game everyone is watching here. ULM has just defeated Alabama 21-14 in Tuscaloosa. Holy cow!
Steltz hauls in big interception
Penalties cost Ole Miss this time. The Rebels got to LSU's 4 before a delay of game and personal foul sent them back. LSU hauls in a pick and heads to the locker room up 14-7.
WOW! Ole Miss converts a third-and-29
Shaeffer hits Shay Hodge for 39 yards and Ole Miss is knocking on the door. THIS is the stuff that has to make you worry about LSU being able to run the table.
LSU avoids disaster
Shaeffer had Mike Wallace alone in the end zone, but Wallace was unable to hauled the ball in and the Tigers maintain their lead for now.
Shaeffer has been electric
Ole Miss hasn't scored yet, but Brent Shaeffer has provided a bit of a spark on offensive. LSU has had a little trouble containing the former Tennessee QB.
Brent Shaeffer is in at quarterback for Ole Miss.
Good drive hampered by ... shocker ... penalties
LSU lost its hope for a third score early in the second quarter thanks to a pair of penalties (illegal touching and intentional grounding). The Tigers committed a third penalty (holding), but Ole Miss declined to give LSU a fourth-and-24.
Things have settled down as the first quarter ends
LSU with the ball at the Ole Miss 49.
Anything you can do I can do better
Track star Trindon Holliday returns the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers the lead back immediately. It took all of 14 seconds for the speedster to change the tide.
Amazingly, the Tigers' longest kickoff return this season coming into the game was a 44-yarder by Holliday (at Kentucky, Oct. 13)
Well the Rebels got their touchdown anyhow
Ole Miss keeps the Tigers pinned and then gets a 44-yard punt return by Marshay Green to help tie the score late in the first quarter.
What a killer for the Rebels
Ole Miss used a nice kickoff return and a defensive pass interference penalty to drive deep inside LSU's 10-yard line before BenJarvus Green-Ellis coughs up the pigskin at LSU's 1.
If Ole Miss has any hopes of hanging in this game, those mistakes just can't happen.
A methodical march ends in 7 points for the Tigers
What a drive by LSU. The Tigers march 98 yards in 4:25, collect 5 first downs and get a 5-yard touchdown run on the option from quarterback Matt Flynn. Could this be an easy victory for LSU in the SEC. It's been a while for that.
When in danger, give it to Hester
Former Evangel standout Jabob Hester has received the ball in his hands on all three LSU plays in the shadow of its own goalposts. The Tigers have collected a first down and have some breathing room.
McCluster's got some speed.
McCluster just too and end-around and turned on the turbo boost to gain about 30 yards.
Ole Miss was soon forced to punt, but the Rebels down the ball at the LSU 2.
Tough sledding for the Tigers on their first posession.
What a Mc-Cluster-
Dexter McCluster fumbled the opening kickoff and Ole Miss had to start deep in its own territory. I can hear the "That was a McCluster..."
LSU to kick
As expected, HUGE turnout by the Purple and Gold
Ole Miss fans are the majority, but not as much as you might think for the final home game of 2007. The entire north end zone is purple and gold while all four corners of Vaught-Hemingway boast a Tigers' tint.
Good jokes abound in the press box.
The best pregame jokes so far involve LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux.
"Perrilloux make it to Tunica last night?"
Greetings from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Roy Lang III here to inform and possibly entertain you from Oxford, Miss.
It's a beautiful day for football. Partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the 60s and a fairly stiff breeze out of the south. LSU looks to continue its run toward the national championship game as they visit the Ole Miss rebels.