Football Looks to Continue Efficient Offense
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE - LSU will look to continue what has been its best offensive play of the season over the past two weeks on Saturday when the eighth-ranked Tigers welcome Ole Miss to Tiger Stadium in what will be the home finale.
Kickoff between the Tigers and Rebels is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on CBS. The game will serve as Senior Day for LSU as the Tigers will honor its 15-player senior class prior to kickoff.
LSU brings an 8-2 overall mark and a 4-2 league record into the game, while the Rebels are 5-5 overall and 2-4 in conference action under first-year coach Hugh Freeze.
"We had a good practice today and the work for the week has gone well," LSU coach Les Miles said following Wednesday's practice. "I think our team is looking to finish strong and preparing well. We're going to see if we can do whatever we can to play well and play our best against Ole Miss. We recognize Ole Miss as a rival and certainly a team that this team knows well and they know us. We look forward to playing our best in that game."
The Tigers go into the Ole Miss game having played its best two offensive games of the year in a loss to Alabama and the win over Mississippi State. In its last two games, LSU has completed 43-of-65 passes for 571 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. LSU has also converted 19-of-35 third-down attempts and hasn't had an offensive turnover.
One of the big reasons for LSU's recent offensive surge has been the play of junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who became the first Tiger to throw for 250 yards or more in consecutive Southeastern Conference games since Matt Flynn did it against Auburn and Alabama in 2007.
"He seems to be insistent that he performs well, and that's always the mark of a pretty good quarterback," Miles said of Mettenberger. "There needs to be the impatience with yourself and the want to get everything right. He has that."
Against the Rebels, the Tigers will face a much different squad than the one they defeated 52-3 last year in Oxford. Ole Miss features a spread attack on offense and they have played well behind sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace. Last week in the loss to Vanderbilt, Wallace threw for a career-best 403 yards.
"I think they have a nice scheme and they are using their talent well," Miles said. "I think they've established who their quarterback is, and they're doing the things that make his skills more productive for them. I think they're running a real quality scheme on defense. They're doing the right things on defense. They're still very capable on special teams.
"Ole Miss has been very competitive every time that we've lined up against them. It's always going to be a pretty exciting game. I think our team looks forward to playing quality opponents, and this week will be no different."