OXFORD, Miss. — When Derrius Guice can’t be tackled and Arden Key can’t be blocked, LSU is bound to win.
Behind 276 rushing yards from Guice and 2 sacks from Key, LSU improved to 4-1 in SEC play and 6-2 overall with a 40-24 win over Ole Miss. Guice set an SEC record with his third game of 250 or more rushing yards, passing Heisman Trophy winners Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson in the process. With his 2 sacks, Key became the fourth player in LSU history to record at least 20 sacks in a career.
Fellow running back Darrel Williams shined in the receiving game for the Tigers, catching 4 passes for 105 yards. The senior added 103 rushing yards on 22 carries. Veteran H-backs Foster Moreau and J.D. Moore each scored touchdowns, Moore on an 11-yard shovel pass and Moreau on a 60-yard play-action pass. Kicker Connor Culp provided plenty of offense as well, connecting on three field goals from 35, 38, 32 and 47 yards out.
Safeties Grant Delpit and John Battle and cornerback Kevin Toliver II all intercepted Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson. Delpit led LSU tacklers with 9, while Battle had 7 and Key had 6.
Derrius Guice: Against Mississippi State, Syracuse, Florida and Auburn, Guice rushed for a combined 211 yards. He topped that in one game Saturday, nearly breaking his own LSU single-game record. If there was ever any question about Guice’s health heading into the Tigers’ pivotal game against Alabama in two weeks, the junior announced his freshness loud and clear Saturday.
Arden Key: His game-winning sack against Auburn must’ve woken him up. Key finished with 6 tackles, 5 of which were solo, 2 sacks and a forced fumble. All of those stats either tied or set season-highs for Key.
LSU safeties: Battle and Delpit were everywhere for LSU on Saturday. Facing the SEC’s most potent passing offense, the pair of deep defenders finished with 16 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 pass breakup and 1 tackle for loss. Thirteen of the pair’s 16 tackles were solo.
Receiving receivers: Despite passing for 200 yards, LSU quarterback Danny Etling didn’t complete a pass to a wide receiver Saturday. Russell Gage and Derrick Dillon rushed 3 times for 14 yards, but all 9 of LSU’s receptions went to either Guice, Williams, Moore or Moreau.
Kickoff coverage: The Rebels gashed LSU with kickoff returns all night. Ole Miss return man Jaylon Jones returned 6 kicks for 194 yards, averaging 32 yards a return with a long of 56 yards.