While Fournette Runs Wild, LSU 'D' Shuts Down Rebels
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE -- Leonard Fournette set a school record with 284 rushing yards, as 25th-ranked LSU pitched a second-half shutout of No. 23 Ole Miss, 38-21, on a late Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
LSU (5-2, 3-1 SEC), which was tied 21-21 at the half, dominated the final 30 minutes of play, allowing only 54 yards of total offense in the second half until the game's final drive. With the game decided, Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3 SEC) added 50 more as fans poured to the parking lots during the game's final drive.
Fournette needed only 16 carries to break Alley Broussard's 2004 record of 250 yards, which was also set against Ole Miss. He scored on runs of 59, 76 and 78 yards, averaging a school-record 17.8 yards per carry (minimum 15 carries).
Meanwhile, quarterback Danny Etling completed 19-of-28 passes for 204 yards with a 40-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Chark. Malachi Dupre caught a game-high five passes for 52 yards, while Travin Dural added four catches for 48 yards.
After allowing 221 yards in the opening half, LSU's defense gave up only 37 in the third quarter while building a 10-point advantage. Derrius Guice slammed the door shut with a 6-yard touchdown run that capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive that lasted 6:03. Guice also had 16 carries for 67 yards.
LSU outgained Ole Miss, 515-325.
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, the SEC's leading passer, was held 90 yards below his season average of 308.2 by a swarming LSU defense. The senior finished 20-of-33 passing for 218 yards and a touchdown on his first drive of the game. He ran 12 times for 56 net yards including two sacks.
Ole Miss opened the scoring at the 10:52 mark of the first quarter when quarterback Chad Kelly connected with wide receiver Van Jefferson on a 15-yard TD pass. The score culminated a six-play, 77-yard march for the Rebels and was just the second first-period touchdown allowed by LSU this season.
Gary Wunderlich hit a 47-yard field goal to increase the Ole Miss lead to 10-0, as the kick completed a 37-yard drive in nine plays.
LSU narrowed the deficit to 10-7 when running back Leonard Fournette blazed 59 yards to the end zone with 3:26 remaining in the first period. The score capped a three-play 75-yard drive for the Tigers and marked the longest run of the season by Fournette, who was playing for the first time since the September 24 contest at Auburn due to an ankle injury.
Ole Miss recovered a fumble by wide receiver D.J. Chark at the Tigers’ 35-yard line, but cornerback Donte’ Jackson intercepted a Kelly pass near the goal line, giving LSU the ball at its own three-yard line.
LSU briskly moved 97 yards on seven plays for the go-ahead touchdown, as quarterback Danny Etling hooked up with Chark on a 40-yard pass.
Wunderlich’s 22-yard field goal with 7:11 remaining in the first half completed an 80-yard, 13-play drive that reduced LSU’s lead to 14-13.
Fournette exploded again, this time with 6:11 left in the first half, as he bolted 76 yards to give the Tigers a 21-13 advantage.
Ole Miss defensive end Marquis Haynes sacked Etling, forcing a fumble that Haynes recovered at the LSU nine with 1:03 left before halftime. The Rebels capitalized on the turnover, as Akeem Judd reached paydirt on a two-yard burst. Kelly crossed the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt to tie the game at 21-21.
After an Ole Miss three-and-out to start the second half, Fournette dashed 78 yards for a touchdown on LSU’s first play from scrimmage, as the Tigers regained the lead, 28-21, with 13:39 left in the third quarter.
The Rebels went three-and-out again on their next possession, setting the stage for a 36-yard, eight-play LSU drive that was capped on a 45-yard field goal by Colby Delahoussaye, marking his longest three-pointer of the season.
Kelly fired his second interception of the game at the 1:05 mark of the third quarter, when linebacker Duke Riley picked off a pass at the Ole Miss 25. The Rebels, however, denied LSU a scoring opportunity when Etling was intercepted by cornerback Derrick Jones at the Ole Miss 16.
The Tigers extended the advantage to 38-21 with a 11–play, 70-yard drive that ended on a five-yard touchdown run by Derrius Guice with 7:26 left in the game.