Guice, Williams Help No. 24 LSU Run Past Rebels, 40-24
OXFORD, Miss. – LSU running back Derrius Guice proved that he was back at full speed with a career performance on Saturday night, as the No. 24-ranked Tigers defeated Ole Miss, 40-24. Guice became the first player in SEC history to rush for 250-plus yards in three games over a career, finishing with 276 yards on the night. His total rushing yards for the game ranks third-highest in school history.
With the win, LSU improved to 6-2 overall, 3-1 in the SEC, and is bowl eligible for a school-record 18th consecutive season.
The Tigers out-gained Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3 SEC), 593-347 in total offense. It was the first time this season that the Tigers surpassed 500 yards of offense in a game and the seventh time in eight games that they have out-gained an opponent. It was also the fifth game this season that the Tigers did not commit a turnover.
Guice only scored once in the high-scoring game, but cut through the Rebels defense for long distance runs of 59, 48, 33 and 26 yards. He moved into seventh-place on the LSU career rushing list with 2,534 yards.
The junior from Baton Rouge had company in the history-making category against Ole Miss. Senior Darrel Williams became the first player in LSU history to record more than 100 yard rushing (103) and receiving (105) in the same game.
LSU’s defense held Ole Miss without a touchdown in the first half and recorded three interceptions. It was the first game that the Tigers grabbed three opponent passes in a game since Oct. 3, 2015 versus Eastern Michigan.
Safety Grant Delpit picked the first opponent pass of his career at the LSU 20-yard line with 5:41 left in the second quarter. Delpit also led the Tigers with a career-high nine total tackles, including eight solo stops, and a tackle for a loss.
Fellow safety John Battle grabbed his first interception of the season and second of his career, on the first Ole Miss drive of the third quarter for a 19-yard return. Corner Kevin Toliver II intercepted Rebel quarterback Shea Patterson in the fourth quarter, just the second steal of his career.
Tiger linebacker Arden Key notched six tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble during the evening. The two sacks moved Key into fourth place on the LSU career sacks list with 20.5.
After an off-week, LSU returns to action on Nov. 4 when the Tigers go on the road to face No. 1 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Game time and network are expected to be announced on Monday, Oct. 23.
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Ole Miss won the toss and chose to receive. The Rebels began the drive on their own 25-yard line and were forced to punt on a three-and-out.
LSU RB Darrel Williams extends a pass reception from QB Danny Etling for 63 yards to the Ole Miss 5-yard line on the Tigers first drive of the game. The play set up a 35-yard field goal by Connor Culp with 10:38 to go in the first quarter, 3-0.
Ole Miss matched the score with a 31-yard field goal by Gary Wunderlich, 3-3, with 5:53 left in the quarter.
On the ensuing drive, LSU RB Derrius Guice rushed for 59 yards to the Ole Miss 7-yard line before taking the ball into the endzone for a score at 4:52. Culp added the extra point to put LSU up, 10-3.
End of 1st Quarter: LSU 10, Ole Miss 3
LSU S Grant Delpit stopped an Ole Miss drive at the LSU 20 with his first interception of the season at 5:41 in the second quarter.
Culp extended the LSU lead to 10 with a 38-yard field goal at the 1:17 mark, 13-3.
Ole Miss responded with a 26-yard field goal by Wunderlich as the clock ran out on the half, 13-6.
End of 2nd Quarter: LSU 13, Ole Miss 6
Culp connected on his third field goal of the game from 32 yards out to put LSU up 16-6 with 12:02 left in the third quarter.
With 9:29 to go in the third, Wunderlich added his third field goal of the game for Ole Miss, a 39-yarder, 16-9.
QB Danny Etling, with his first rushing touchdown of the season, scored from five yards out and Culp’s point after attempt was good to build the LSU lead to 23-9.
Jordan Wilkins 28-yard touchdown run with 4:11 left in the third quarter and the successful PAT by Wunderlich, cut the LSU lead to 23-16.
Guice cracks the 2,500-yard career mark on a 26-yard run. The run set up a John David Moore 11-yard receiving touchdown from Danny Etling with 2:31 left in third quarter. Culp added the extra point, 30-16.
John Battle picked off a Shea Patterson pass at the LSU five-yard line with 1:44 left in the quarter.
Guice passed the 250-yard mark in the third quarter to become the first SEC player to record three 250+ yard rushing games in a career.
End of 3rd Quarter: LSU 30, Ole Miss 16
TE Foster Moreau scores a 60-yard touchdown on a reception from Etling with 10:24 left in the game. Culp made the extra point to push LSU’s lead to 37-16.
Kevin Toliver II grabbed LSU’s third interception of the night at 10:14 in the fourth quarter.
Culp with his fourth field goal of the game at the 5:07 mark, hit a career-long 47-yarder to build the score to 40-16.
With 1:51 left in the game D’Vaughn Pennamon got Ole Miss in the endzone with a 4-yard carry. Jordan Ta’amu’s pass to Dawson Knox was successful for the two-point conversion, 40-24.
Final Score: LSU 40, Ole Miss 24
- The Tigers have won 12 consecutive games during the month of October, a streak that dates back to the 2014 season. Nine of the 12 victories have come against SEC opponents.
- LSU has won five of the last seven games and 12 of 16 against the Rebels going back to 2002. It was the Tigers’ first win in Oxford since 2011.
- LSU is now 11-0 under head coach Ed Orgeron when leading after the third quarter.
- QB Danny Etling was 9-of-13 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns in his 18th consecutive start.
- Connor Culp was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts and 4-for-4 on extra points against Ole Miss. The last time LSU had four field goals in a game was Sept. 15, 2011 at Mississippi State.