Baton Rouge, LA (SportsNetwork.com) – Anthony Jennings’ 3-yard touchdown pass
to Logan Stokes with 5:07 remaining provided the winning points as No. 24 LSU
dealt third-ranked Ole Miss its first loss of the season with a 10-7 decision
at an emotional Tiger Stadium.
Held to just a field goal while turning the ball over four times through three
quarters of play, the Tigers went ahead by putting together a 13-play, 95-yard
drive that ended in Stokes — a seldom-used senior tight end — making his
first catch of the season.
Jennings was intercepted twice earlier and completed just 8-of-16 passes for
142 yards, but got plenty of help from a ground game that churned out 264
yards and a defense that frustrated Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace all game
Leonard Fournette rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries and Terrence Magee added
74 on 12 attempts in a game LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) virtually needed to win to keep
its SEC West title chances intact.
The comeback victory also capped a roller-coaster weekend for head coach Les
Miles, who was on the sidelines less than 24 hours after his 91-year-old
mother, Martha, passed away.
Wallace got Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1) down as far as the LSU 25 in the closing
seconds, but his final pass was intercepted by Ronald Martin near the goal
line to seal the result.
The pick finished off a rough night for the senior quarterback, who went just
14-of-33 for 176 yards with a touchdown and the one interception.