No Contest: No. 4 LSU Crushes OIe Miss, 40-7

LSU scored its first points on a team safety with 5:27 to play in the first quarter.
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OXFORD, Miss. -- The No. 4 LSU football team came one step closer to an SEC Western Division Championship on Saturday, handing punch-less Ole Miss a 40-7 loss at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The victory for LSU (9-1, 6-1 SEC) was by the largest margin by an Ole Miss opponent in Oxford since a 47-0 defeat at the hands of Kentucky in 1949.

The Rebels fell to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in SEC play.

LSU runningbacks Joseph Addai ran for 70 yards on 14 carries, while Justin Vincent also carried 14 times for 54 yards. Each scored a touchdown on the ground.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell finished 13 of 22 for 142 yards and two touchdowns. His backup, Matt Flynn, entered in the fourth quarter and tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass. He finished 2 of 4 for 61 yards.

LSU gave up only seven yards rushing on 22 Rebels attempts. The Tigers out-gained Ole Miss, 381-175 and scored on all four red zone appearances.

Ole Miss backup quarterback Michael Spurlock was 11 of 23 for 119 yards and a touchdown. Four Ole Miss runners each had less than 10 yards rushing.

Ole Miss won the toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Tigers the ball to start the game.

The Tigers' offense stalled after a 19-yard completion from Russell to Bowe, allowing punter Chris Jackson to pin the Rebels at their 14. An illegal block by the Rebels foiled the first drive.

After LSU again watched its drive end in Ole Miss territory, Jackson's punt put the Tigers in positive field position. The Rebels took over at the 11 and were penalized five yards for a false start. Consecutive rushes for lost yardage give the Rebels a third-and-20 from the 1.

Much like the way the 2003 LSU-Ole Miss game ended, Flatt was stepped upon by his pulling guard, fumbled in the endzone and recovered for an LSU team safety.

LSU led 2-0 with 5:27 to play in the first quarter.

Skyler Green returned the Ole Miss punted free kick 24 yards to the Ole Miss 48, but a holding penalty on the first play of the drive stopped the Tigers in their tracks.

Another fine punt by Jackson pushed the Rebels to their 17-yard line and forced a three-and-out.

Green returned the Ole Miss punt 16 yards to the Ole Miss 47, where Russell connected with Craig Davis for a 32-yard reception. Four consecutive rushes by Justin Vincent advanced the Tigers to the Rebel 3-yard line when the first quarter ended.

Including the safety, the Tigers have outscored opponents 70-10 and have allowed only one touchdown (Mississippi State) in the first quarter this season.

On the second play of the quarter, Davis earned his first touchdown reception of the season on a perfect pass from Russell over the top of the Ole Miss defense.

LSU led 9-0 after the four-play, 47-yard drive that took 2:59.

Ole Miss again went three-and-out, and gave the Tigers another start inside Rebel territory at the 45. Nine plays later, Joseph Addai ran untouched over the left side of the LSU line for a 1-yard touchdown. Addai's eighth rushing touchdown of the season and 17th of his career gave LSU a 16-0 lead with 9:42 to play in the half.

A third-straight drive without a first down allowed LSU to start its fourth-straight drive in Ole Miss territory at the 44. However, on the second play of the drive, Davis bobbled a long pass by Russell at the goal line and Rebel safety Charles Clark intercepted the ball in the endzone for a touchback.

Ole Miss again went without a first down and LSU took over at their 46-yard line. With Vincent running through and around the Rebels defensive line, the Tigers looked to be headed for another score before the half. However, on his fourth run in a row, Vincent had the ball stripped by Ole Miss' Corvelli Haynes. Jayme Mitchell picked up the ball for Ole Miss and returned to the Rebels 36-yard line.

However, Ole Miss' longest drive of the game ended at the LSU 40-yard line on Jessie Daniels' first interception of the season at the LSU 18.

Ole Miss' did not get into LSU territory until this final drive of half with 1:20 to play.

Prior to that drive, the Rebels did not get past their 28-yard line, which came on their second offensive play of the game.
LSU led 16-0 at the half.

In the half, the Tigers out-gained Ole Miss 178-36 and held the Rebels to minus-13 yards rushing.

LSU wasted no time in the second half, driving 68 yards and scoring on its first possession with a 20-yard reception by Early Doucet from Russell. The Tigers led 23-0 with 8:36 left in the third quarter.

A season-long 48-yard field goal by Jackson extended the lead to 26-0 at the 4:04 mark of the third quarter.

The scoring continued with a fourth-and-goal touchdown 1-yard run by Vincent and a 55-yard pass from backup quarterback Matt Flynn to Bennie Brazell with 11:44 to play in the game.

LSU led 40-0.

The reception was Brazell's second career touchdown and, more remarkably, Flynn's fourth touchdown pass in 12 pass attempts this season.

Ole Miss scored their lone touchdown with 2:28 to play in the game, a 7-yard reception from Michael Spurlock to Taye Biddle

The Tigers return to action on Friday, Nov. 25, when they complete the regular season against Arkansas (4-6, 2-5 SEC) at 1:30 p.m. on CBS.

LSU at Ole Miss
Nov. 19, 2005 - Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (Oxford, Miss.)
Game Notes
Team Notes
1. LSU's game captains are 16 Craig Steltz, 41 Chris Jackson, 46 Cameron Vaughn and 64 Rudy Niswanger.  
2. Ole Miss won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU received the opening kickoff.
3. Tigers extending their consecutive starts' streak today were: OT Andrew Whitworth (49), FS LaRon Landry (30), DT Kyle Williams (30) and LB Cameron Vaughn (22).
4. LSU recorded a team safety with 5:27 left in the first quarter. It is the second safety recorded by the Tigers this season and the fourth time the LSU defense has scored this season. (The interception return against Tennessee and a safety and fumble return against Vanderbilt).
a. LSU's team safety is the first since the Georgia punter ran out of the end zone in the 2003 SEC Championship game.
5. LSU has outscored its opponents 53-6 in the first quarter since the game at Vanderbilt on Oct. 8. LSU has outscored its opponents 70-10 in the first quarter for the season and has allowed only one first-quarter touchdown (at Mississippi State).
6. LSU intercepted a pass (Jessie Daniels in the second quarter) for the first time since the North Texas game back on Oct. 29
7. LSU shut out Ole Miss in the first half, marking the second time this season the Tigers have blanked a conference opponent in the opening two quarters (Tennessee on Sept. 25). Overall, it was the third time LSU shutout an opponent in the first half (Appalachian State on Nov. 5).
8. LSU held Ole Miss to 7 rushing yards, marking the fewest yards allowed since holding South Carolina to zero yards in 2003.
9. LSU's eight straight victories marks the longest streak since winning eight straight to finish the 2003 season.

Individual Notes
10. OT Andrew Whitworth broke LSU's career record for starts, starting his 49th straight game. Her passed Jerel Myers and Rodney Reed who each started 48 games. 
11. With a tackle in the first quarter, both DT Kyle Williams and FS LaRon Landry extended their tackles in consecutive games streak. They each have now made a tackle in 36 straight games .
12. WR Craig Davis pulled in a 32-yard reception with 2:40 left in the first quarter to extend his consecutive games with a reception streak to 20 (games in which he has played).
a. Davis pulled down his first touchdown of the season and second of his career on a 3-yard pass from Russell with 14:50 left in the second quarter.
13. RS Skyler Green moved over 1,000 career punt return yards on his second return of the game. He needed 14 yards to reach the milestone entering the game.
14. QB JaMarcus Russell tossed his 13th ad 14th touchdowns of the season and 22nd and 23rd of his career on a 3-yard lob to WR Craig Davis in the second quarter and the 20-yard pass to Early Doucet in the third quarter.
a. Russell has now thrown at least one touchdown in eight straight games.
b. With his two touchdown passes tonight, Russell moved into a tie for ninth place for touchdown passes in a single season at LSU with 14. He is tied with Bert Jones (14 in 1976).
15. RB Joseph Addai scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and 17th of his career on a 1-yard run with 9:42 left in the second quarter.
16. SS Jessie Daniels intercepted a pass with 0:38 left in second quarter. The pick was his first of the season and fourth of his career.
17. WR Early Doucet pulled in his fifth touchdown of the season and seventh of his career on a 20-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell with 8:36 left in the third quarter.
18. PK Chris Jackson kicked a 48-yard field goal with 4:04 left in the third quarter, marking his season long. He had hit a 44-yarder against Auburn.
a. Jackson kicked his 23rd field goal of his career in the third quarter. He remains in seventh-place on LSU's career field goals made list. He is now 10 away from moving into a sixth-place tie.
b. 13 of Jackson's 23 field goals have been from 40-yard or more, including his 48-yarder tonight.
19. DB Jonathan Zenon's interception late in the third quarter was the first of his career. 
20. RB Justin Vincent scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and 16th of his career on a one-yard run with 14:53 left in the fourth quarter.
21. WR Bennie Brazell pulled down his second touchdown of the season and his career with a career-long 55-yard reception early in the fourth quarter.
22. QB Matt Flynn tossed his fourth touchdown of the season on a 55-yard strike to WR Bennie Brazell in the fourth quarter. Flynn has attempted 12 passes with eight completions and four touchdowns this season.
a. Flynn completed nine straight completions (7-7 against Appalachian State and his first two in tonight's game).

November 19, 2005
Postgame Quotes

LSU Head Coach Les Miles
Opening Statement
"I felt like we came into this game to get a win. Now we get to move forward and focus on Arkansas and winning the SEC West."

On the game
"We played a great game. Our offense, defense and special teams complimented each other."

On JaMarcus Russell
"JaMarcus has put together several quality games in a row. He is putting the ball where the receivers can catch it. He has learned how to throw the ball away, and when to pull it down and scramble."

On the offense
"Our offense is built around getting people the ball, handing the ball off and getting the ball in the hand of our receivers.  We did a good job of that today."

On the defense
"I knew it would take time to get the defense where it needs to be. I think we are in a good position."

#46 LB Cameron Vaughn
On the game
"We did what had to do tonight.  Our defense and our offense played great.  We have some guys out there on defense that our opponents should be afraid of, and it is an honor to be out there with them."

#10 RB Joseph Addai
On the game and his performance
"My ankle feels a whole lot better.  I made a couple mistakes, but everything went pretty good.  I feel like our offense left some points on the field in the first half, but once we got in a rhythm and established ourselves in the second half we played well."

On the possibility of playing in the SEC Championship game
"We just need to take it one game at a time and focus on Arkansas next week."

#4 QB Jamarcus Russell
On the game
"We played a great game tonight.  We left some points on the field in the first half, but we came out in the second half and did what we do best."

GAME #10 * VS. LSU * NOVEMBER 19, 2005 * 6:45 P.M. CT

This game marked the 94th meeting all-time between Ole Miss and LSU dating back to 1894.  LSU is Ole Miss' second-most played opponent besides Mississippi State, whom the Rebels will play for the 102nd time on Nov. 26 in Starkville.
LSU now leads the series 53-37-4.
LSU has now won four straight and five of the last six meetings. 

Tonight's attendance was 59,543.
The Rebels have appeared on TV six times this year.  The Memphis game was televised by ESPN, the Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Auburn games were carried by JP and the Alabama match-up was on CBS.
Tonight's game marked the fourth ranked opponent the Rebels have faced this season.  Tennessee was ranked No. 9/10, Alabama was No. 6/7 and Auburn was No. 19.

The offense allowed its first safety since the Nov. 2, 2002 game versus Auburn at home.  That safety occurred in the third quarter of the game.
Senior wide receiver Mike Espy has recorded a catch in 24 consecutive games.  The Madison, Miss., native has recorded a catch in 43-of-47 career games played.
With his start against LSU, senior OL Tre' Stallings extended his stretch of consecutive starts to 47, which is the third longest active streak in the SEC and tied for the fifth-longest in the nation.  If he starts against Mississippi State, Stallings would tie the school record for consecutive starts of 48, held by Marcus Johnson (2001-04).
The seven net yards on the ground was Ole Miss' least since rushing for two yards against Alabama in 2004.

Junior DB Charles Clark recorded his first career interception, picking off LSU QB JaMarcus Russell in the second quarter.
Senior DE Jayme Mitchell notched his first career fumble recovery in the second quarter. 
With his 15 tackles, junior LB Patrick Willis tied his career-high for total tackles and also tied a career-best with 10 solo tackles.  He now has three games with at least 15 tackles and five career games with at least 10 solo tackles.
The Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist now has 114 tackles for the season, the most since Eric Oliver had 129 in 2002.
Willis has recorded double digit tackles in seven of his eight complete games played.
Senior LB Kelvin Robinson registered a career-high 12 total tackles.

Sophomore Matt Hinkle converted on a PAT and is now 4-of-4 on PATs this season.

Ole Miss Head Coach Ed Orgeron

Opening Comments
"Give LSU credit. They are an excellent football team. They are well-coached and very talented. They are physical, fast, and they know what they are doing. I thought they were excellent on defense. Obviously, we couldn't get much done. Their kickoff team really hurt us in terms of field position. They made the big plays when they had to. JaMarcus Russell made some big plays. We got beat deep again. But again, I have to give them credit. They are an excellent and very talented football team."

On the emotion of the game
"Our guys, before the game, were fired up. Competition-wise, we have a ways to go. Offensively, we just could not get anything going. Defensively, we struggled a little bit again with the passing game. On special teams, we did nothing."

On Ethan Flatt's injury
"It was a really hard hit. He took a couple of hard knocks. A couple of linemen were getting knocked back into him and he was getting shook up. We were just not physical on the line of scrimmage. I think he is okay, but I have not checked up on him yet."

On the toughness of LSU
"They are tough. We knew that going in. I didn't think it would be that bad. I was hoping we could do a better job, but we didn't.

On the level of Ole Miss to LSU
"We know we have got to get bigger, stronger, faster, and more physical to play a team like LSU, who wins the SEC West. They are a lot farther along than we are. We have a ways to go to catch up with LSU."

On comparing LSU to Southern Cal
"I don't know. I know that LSU is one of the better teams we have faced this season. They and Auburn are two very tough teams that we have played. LSU is very physical on both sides of the ball with a lot of speed and they are well-coached."

On not having Mico McSwain tonight.
"I think Mico always has the ability to give us the big play. Mico has made a lot out of nothing for us this year. He may have been able to get a couple of big runs against them, but we will not be able to have an offense until we get better at the line of scrimmage."

#16 QB Micheal Spurlock

On the game
"They just beat us from the beginning to the end. We didn't come out and get the job done tonight."

On coming in for Flatt
"I felt fine out there, we just didn't get the job done. Ethan went down, and I came in looking to help the team put some points on the board. We tried to get it going, but couldn't."

On bouncing back for next weekend
"It's Mississippi State. We'll be up for it just like any other time we play. We have to work on carrying through our preparation into the game. It's the last game for the seniors, so we'll be giving our all to come out on top."

#7 WR Taye Biddle
On the game
"There aren't many ways to say it. We just didn't execute and didn't create many opportunities for ourselves tonight."

On his touchdown
"We have an attitude around here that we will always keep fighting, regardless of how good or bad things might look. We just kept going at it on offense. Micheal found me out there and I took it in. It was the perfect play call."

On playing his final home game
"It meant a lot (for the seniors) to be playing our final game out there, especially against LSU. It's disappointing though to play like that. Everyone was out there fighting hard, we just didn't get it done."

#25 RB-WR Larry Kendrick
On the game
"We just didn't play like we know we can. We were ready to go tonight, but just couldn't get it going on offense."

On LSU's defense
"Their performance was pretty self-explanatory. They were really good but, as an offense, we didn't execute."


#20 DB Charles Clark
On his interception
"We were in a cover 2, and I was just following Trumaine (McBride) in case he didn't make the play or get the tackle. I saw the ball and made the play on it."

On LSU's passing game
"We knew they were going to line up and try to go deep often.  We were trying to get some close protection but we had to stay deep.  We did get beat on the deep ball a couple times today but we had to stay in coverage.  They have very talented receivers.

#49 LB Patrick Willis
On the game
"It was a tough game.  They came out from the get-go and really jumped on us.  Field position really kept us in the hole.  We were on the field for a long time.  It's very hard to keep up when you're playing a good team like LSU.  They are the best team we have played this year by far."

On LSU's run game
"They have some great running backs.  They are a good team with a really good offensive line, so they're going to have some good runs.  I thought for the most part we did a good job containing their backs throughout the game.  Even when it seems like there's nowhere to go they seem to find holes."

On the rest of the season
"It's thanksgiving break and there's no school so all we can do is concentrate and prepare for Mississippi State.  This is a game that we must win."



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