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No. 1 LSU throttles Ole Miss

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OXFORD, Miss. -- LSU's domination of Mississippi was so complete that with more than five minutes remaining in the game, the Tigers lined up in a victory formation, content to kneel four straight times rather than try for another touchdown.

It was the only mercy No. 1 LSU would show during the 52-3 rout Saturday night.

"Victory was assured," LSU coach Les Miles said. "There was no reason to take snaps at that point."

Actually, the Tigers had the win in hand much sooner.

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Ron Brooks returned an interception for a touchdown 28 seconds into the game, LSU built a 35-3 lead by halftime and kept pounding away at the Ole Miss defense all night, rushing for 353 yards.

LSU running back Michael Ford said Brooks' big play was all the Tigers needed.

"It definitely took their breath away because it took our breath away, too," Ford said.

The Tigers (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) matched their best start since 1958. It was the worst margin of defeat for Ole Miss since a 49-0 loss to Georgia in 1974.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson started his second consecutive game, completing 7 of 7 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Alfred Blue led the Tigers with 74 rushing yards while Spencer Ware added 70 yards and a touchdown.

Ole Miss (2-9, 0-7) has lost six straight games and a school-record 13 straight conference games. Barry Brunetti rushed for a team-high 74 yards as the Rebels managed just 195 total yards.

LSU completed all eight of its pass attempts -- seven by Jefferson and one by Jarrett Lee -- but was content to run the ball for most of the game after building a 21-0 lead with 5:11 remaining in the first quarter.

Kenny Hilliard rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown and Terrence Magee added 55 yards as LSU emptied its bench early and recovered from a lackluster effort in last week's 42-9 win against Western Kentucky. Seven different players rushed for at least 25 yards and the Tigers averaged nearly eight yards per play.

Miles was almost apologetic postgame.

"It's unfortunate to have a coach (Houston Nutt) end a home stand in a fashion like today," Miles said. "That being said, we look forward to our future. It's something that we're really pointed to. It's a short week, but we're looking forward to taking on a very talented Arkansas team (next weekend)."

LSU hosts No. 6 Arkansas on Friday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Ole Miss continued a miserable season that seems to find a new low each week.

The already outmanned Rebels were further crippled when Nutt suspended starting quarterback Randall Mackey and leading rusher Jeff Scott for violating team rules. Without them, the game turned ugly in a hurry.

Ole Miss started with the ball, and its first three plays were a disaster. Starting quarterback Zack Stoudt bounced an incompletion on the first play, Brandon Bolden dropped the next pass and then Stoudt threw a wild lob on a screen pass that was picked off by Brooks and returned 46 yards for a touchdown.

"You can't start the game the way we started, especially with a team like that," Nutt said. "The No. 1 team in the nation, you can't give them gifts. One thing we didn't want to do was turnovers, especially when they get seven points off the bat. That was the worst thing that could happen. They're a really good football team. They're a good football team, but we helped them."

It never improved for the Rebels, who are 0-2 since it was announced on Nov. 7 that Nutt would not return for a fifth season. Nutt agreed to stay for the remainder of the season, and now Ole Miss must win next week's game against Mississippi State to avoid its first 10-loss season in program history.

The Rebels' lone score came on a 39-yard field goal by Bryson Rose, which was set up by Brunetti's 47-yard run.

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Quarterback Jordan Jefferson helps LSU match its best start since 1958 by hammering Ole Miss. (AP)
Quarterback Jordan Jefferson helps LSU match its best start since 1958 by hammering Ole Miss. (AP)

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Scoring Summary
LSURon Brooks 46 yd interception return (Drew Alleman kick)
LSUKenny Hilliard 1 yd run (Drew Alleman kick)
LSURussell Shepard 22 yd pass from Jordan Jefferson (Drew Alleman kick)
LSUKevin Minter 0 yd fumble return (Drew Alleman kick)
LSUSpencer Ware 35 yd run (Drew Alleman kick)
MSBryson Rose 39 yd FG
LSUMichael Ford 19 yd run (Drew Alleman kick)
LSUJames Stampley 1 yd run (Drew Alleman kick)
LSUDrew Alleman 29 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 LSUMS
First Downs2113
Third Down Efficiency5-96-16
Fourth Down Efficiency1-21-2
Plays-Net Yards58-45861-195
Rushes-Yds50-35342-148
Passing Yds10547
Kick Return Yds15160
Punt Return Yds64-1
Passes8-8-08-19-1
Punts1-465-217
Fumbles-Lost1-02-2
Penalties-Yds3-354-29
Time of Poss.30:4729:13
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
LSU: Alfred Blue 4-74, Spencer Ware 10-70, Kenny Hilliard 9-59, Terrence Magee 7-55, Michael Ford 5-50, Jordan Jefferson 6-26, Zach Mettenberger 1-25, Odell Beckham 1-4, James Stampley 3-2, Team 4--12
MS: Barry Brunetti 15-74, Brandon Bolden 13-58, Enrique Davis 11-41, Nickolas Brassell 1--11, Zack Stoudt 2--14
PASSING
LSU: Jordan Jefferson 7-7-88-0, Jarrett Lee 1-1-17-0
MS: Barry Brunetti 5-10-30-0, Zack Stoudt 3-8-17-1, Brandon Bolden 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING
LSU: Deangelo Peterson 2-28, Odell Beckham 2-18, Russell Shepard 1-22, Rueben Randle 1-22, Chase Clement 1-12, Michael Ford 1-3
MS: Vince Sanders 3-39, Jamal Mosley 2-14, Ferbia Allen 1-4, Donte Moncrief 1--5, Nickolas Brassell 1--5
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
LSU4th SEC West4-48-5