Ole Miss, LSU trending in opposite directions
In a game that could have turned the Ole Miss fortunes around on Saturday, the 24th ranked LSU Tigers used it as validation now having won all three conference games in October.
The two schools are trending in totally opposite directions following LSU’s 40-24 triumph in Ed Orgeron’s inaugural return to Oxford. The Rebels really struggled to defend the run, allowing 393 yards on the ground and 276 to Derrius Guice.
To add injury to insult, they lost starting quarterback Shea Patterson for the season with a torn right knee ligament, paving the way for Jordan Ta’Amu to resurrect an Ole Miss team that’s lost four out of its last five games.
Meanwhile, the Tigers head into their bye week with a newfound identity. LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron said, “They fought, we were in a hole and we dug ourselves out of a hole. But we understand we know who we are now, we’ve got to play with passion, we’ve got to play with energy and we’ve got to work hard to get the things we want. It just doesn’t happen.”
Ole Miss interim Head Coach Matt Luke said, “I was very pleased with his opportunity. You’ve kind of got to base it on what you saw in the game, and that’s really what we’re going off of. But he’s very capable and he’s been preparing and his moment came and he stepped up into that moment and he took advantage of the opportunities that he had, so I’m expecting to see more of the same. And I’m expecting everybody around him to raise their level up too, so that’s a challenge for everybody.”
Ole Miss gets Arkansas at home for an 11 a.m. kick-off Saturday while LSU travels to Alabama after the bye week.