In Saturday’s LSU-Ole Miss game, Derrius Guice made Tigers coach Ed Orgeron’s return to Oxford, Miss., a run through the Grove.
Guice rushed for 276 yards, leading LSU to a 40-24 win over the Rebels in Orgeron’s first game back at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium since being fired as Ole Miss’ head coach in 2007.
Guice is the first player in SEC history with three career games over the 250-yard rushing mark, breaking a record of two shared by legends Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker as well as former Kentucky running back Moe Williams.
LSU 40, Ole Miss 24
D’Vaughn Pennamon scores on a 4-yard run for Ole Miss, and the successful 2-point conversion draws the Rebels within two scores with 1:51 left.
LSU 40, Ole Miss 16
Connor Culp kicks a 47-yard field goal to extend the LSU lead with 5:07 left in the game.
LSU 37, Ole Miss 16
A Matt Canada play-calling clinic on the drive that should put this one out of reach.
Danny Etling hit an incredibly wide-open Foster Moreau for a 60-yard touchdown as the Ole Miss defense went the opposite direction while Etling bootlegged and had his choice of two open tight ends. Jamal Pettigrew was also uncovered, but Moreau was 5 yards further downfield and made the reception.
Canada also made a nifty call on a screen pass to Darrel Williams as the defense bit on a fake Derrius Guice run before allowing the 13-yard first-down reception.
END THIRD QUARTER: LSU 30, Ole Miss 16
Derrius Guice is closing in on his own single-game rushing record. Guice has 268 yards, just 17 short of the mark of 285 that he set last year against Texas A&M.
Ole Miss surrendered 264 yards to Leonard Fournette last season, which at the time became LSU’s single-game rushing record.
LSU 30, Ole Miss 16
The drought is over!
Senior J.D. Moore, a former walk-on, scored the first touchdown of his LSU career on an 11-yard shovel pass from Danny Etling. Once again a massive Derrius Guice run was part of the story. Guice broke a 26-yarder to the Ole Miss 11, putting him at 249 for the game with a full quarter to play.
LSU 23, Ole Miss 16
Ole Miss countered a potentially devastating LSU touchdown with a big answer.
Running back Jordan Wilkins capped off a 7-play, 69-yard drive with an impressive 28-yard touchdown run. He now has 12 carries for 88 yards.
LSU 23, Ole Miss 9
Another massive Guice run — this one a 33-yarder — moved LSU into scoring position. Guice has eclipsed the 200-yard barrier midway through the third quarter. It’s the third 200-yard rushing performance in Guice’s career, joining last year’s performances against Arkansas (252) and Texas A&M (285).
However, it was quarterback Danny Etling who finished the drive with a 5-yard scramble for the touchdown.
LSU 16, Ole Miss 9
The Rebels took advantage of a short field thanks to Jaylon Jones’ kickoff return to the LSU 41-yard line. Only kicker Cameron Gamble was able to prevent a touchdown, getting just enough of a finger on Jones to force him to step out of bounds.
Shea Patterson returned for the Rebels wearing a knee brace, though most of Ole Miss’ damage was done on the ground. Jordan Wilkins had four carries for 24 yards on the drive.
LSU 16, Ole Miss 6
Another gashing on the ground, yet also another LSU drive that fizzles out once the Tigers get into the red zone.
Derrius Guice is already at 174 yards on the night after a 48-yard jaunt, but the drive fizzled at the Ole Miss 15 as the Tigers handed off to Darrel Williams three times. Guice was gassed after his run, so putting Williams in the game wasn’t a bad decision. At least one pass attempt might have worked, though.
HALF: LSU 13, Ole Miss 6
Ole Miss backup quarterback Jordan Ta’amu didn’t look the least bit fazed taking over for the injured Shea Patterson on the Rebels last drive before the half.
Though he only completed 2 of his 6 passes, Ta’amu scrambled 15 yards for a first down and looked pretty sharp throwing the ball. Gary Wunderlich made a 26-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
There presumably isn’t much film out there on Ta’amu, so it will be interesting to see what adjustments Dave Aranda makes in the seeming likelihood that Patterson doesn’t return in the second half.
Also worth noting: LSU has not completed a pass to a wide receiver in the first half. That’s the second time in three weeks the Tigers haven’t connected with a receiver in the opening 30 minutes. Danny Etling is 3-for-6 with completions to Darrel Williams, J.D. Moore and Derrius Guice.
LSU 13, Ole Miss 3
A pass interference call against the Rebels was the key play on this 10-play, 59-yard drive that resulted in a 38-yard Connor Culp field goal. LSU had a shot at a long touchdown throw, but Stephen Sullivan couldn’t hold on to a Danny Etling pass in the end zone.
The drive began when LSU safety Grant Delpit picked off Patterson, who left the game after suffering an injury on the play.
END FIRST QUARTER: LSU 10, Ole Miss 3
We’ve seen two wildly different LSU offense in the first quarter — the super-successful running attack and the remarkably anemic passing game.
The Tigers have 77 yards on 10 carries, but Danny Etling has only completed one pass in his four dropbacks. The Rebels have two sacks, and Etling’s only completion was a screen pass that Darrel Williams took for 63 yards.
LSU’s defense appears to be in strong form. A now-healthy Arden Key is making a living in the Ole Miss backfield tonight.
LSU 10, Ole Miss 3
Welcome back, Derrius Guice.
Guice gashed the Rebels with three runs for 75 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run. He already has 98 carries on six carries in the first quarter. Guice, who has been slowed by a knee sprain, has not broken the 100-yard mark since Week 2 against Chattanooga.
LSU 3, Ole Miss 3
A very effective 10-play, 67-yard drive by the Rebels resulted in a 31-yard Wunderlich field goal. Ole Miss elected to kick on fourth-and-inches from the LSU 15, which was the safe move. But one wonders if the Rebels might have chosen to handle the situation differently if they didn’t run all of their offensive plays from the shotgun.
LSU 3, Ole Miss 0
Ole Miss’ defense looked very bad on LSU’s opening drive, but the Rebels were able to muscle up when the Tigers got inside the 10-yard line and prevent a touchdown.
Derrius Guice ran for 23 yards on his first two carries and Williams cruised 63 yards on an Etling screen pass to move LSU into the red zone. The Tigers were fortunate to get points — holder Josh Growden grabbed a high Blake Ferguson snap and placed the ball down perfectly for Connor Culp to hit the 35-yard field goal.
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Pregame score predictions
LSU 41, Ole Miss 21
Ole Miss is not a good football team. The Rebels are ranked 116th in the nation in scoring defense and 120th in rushing offense. This isn’t to say Ole Miss doesn’t have redeemable qualities. Quarterback Shea Patterson is a beast and should be counted on for 2 or 3 touchdowns on his own, even if they come in garbage time. But a healthy Derrius Guice and an LSU defense on a roll is a bad recipe for the Rebels. Coach O’s return to Oxford should be a pleasant one. — Nick Suss
LSU 35, Ole Miss 34
Getting to Shea Patterson will be vital to a Tigers win. If Arden Key continues the progress he showed last week, LSU should be able to accomplish that task. And just for fun — Ole Miss blew out South Alabama (47-27), which beat Troy (19-8), but has also been blown out by Auburn (44-23). I think those results portend a zany game in Oxford. — Alex Hickey
Ole Miss 27, LSU 24
There is a talent disparity at quarterback, with Patterson playing the best in the SEC under center. LSU quarterback Danny Etling is coming off his best game of the season, but the problem is the letdown factor. It’s difficult to find any SEC program that has ever had an emotional three-week swing in the middle of the year quite like the Tigers. And let’s be honest, both of LSU’s wins against Florida and Auburn required close-game luck in their favor. — Carter Bryant
LSU 31, Ole Miss 19
If Arden Key can replicate how he looked against Auburn and the secondary continues to play lights-out against Shea Patterson, LSU will be 6-2 entering a bye week before the annual Alabama game. — Sam Spiegelman
Looking ahead: The Tigers have an open date in Week 9 and travel to Alabama in Week 10. Kickoff time and TV network haven’t been finalized.