Ole Miss at LSU

Fournette sets LSU record, Tigers top Ole Miss, 38-21

By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU running back Leonard Fournette broke something all right - and it wasn't the left ankle that had sidelined him for nearly a month.

Fournette rewrote LSU's single-game rushing record on just his first eight carries - scoring three touchdowns of 59 yards or more - and the 25th-ranked Tigers beat No. 23 Mississippi 38-21 on Saturday night.

''I've never been (associated with) a player like Leonard,'' LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said. ''He's dynamic. I believe he's the best player in the country.''

Fournette finished with 284 yards rushing in his first action since aggravating a bone bruise in his ankle on Sept. 24. His touchdowns went for 78, 76 and 59 yards. He averaged 17.8 yards on 16 carries. Fournette broke Alley Broussard's LSU record of 250 yards rushing (on 26 carries) in 2004, also against Ole Miss.

He ran the ball with speed and force, at one point leveling Mississippi defensive back Deontay Anderson while turning a screen pass into a 22-yard gain.

''This has been one of the hardest seasons for me. Especially dealing with this injury. I'm still dealing with it,'' Fournette said, adding that he heeded a pre-game text message from his mother, Lory, advising him to ''keep the faith.'' ''Everybody thinks I'm healthy, but I'm out of shape, too.''

The victory puts LSU (5-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) at 3-0 under interim coach Ed Orgeron, who replaced Les Miles four games into the season.

Since Orgeron took over and promoted Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator, the Tigers have demonstrated a penchant for big plays . They had four TDs of 40 or more yards against the Rebels, including Danny Etling's 40-yard pass to D.J. Chark.

LSU finished with 515 total yards against Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3), which saw its chances of getting back into the SEC West race take a huge hit.

''We've got to really, really look at ourselves hard - coaches and players - and figure out why we're not putting together complete games,'' said Rebels coach High Freeze, who served as an assistant under Orgeron at Ole Miss nearly a decade ago. ''Youth is no longer an answer in certain places, and neither are injuries. It's time to grow and be able to play a complete game in this difficult conference.

LSU ''really dominated this game in the second half,'' Freeze added. ''When things didn't go well for us, we didn't respond.''

Fournette's 78-yarder, which gave him 249 yards on his first seven carries, put the Tigers up for good in the third quarter. Derrius Guice iced it with a 6-yard TD.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi: The Rebels' defense is sprinkled with big-play talent, but the unit as a whole doesn't consistently play together and gives up too many big plays and too many points. In all of their losses, they've allowed 34 or more points.

LSU: Fournette certainly made up for lost time. His performance puts him right back in Heisman Trophy consideration. To stay there, he'll have to keep it up against Alabama, which held him to 31 yards on 19 carries last season in Tuscaloosa.

KELLY CONTAINED

Chad Kelly, who came in averaging an SEC-best 308.2 yards passing, was intercepted twice and sacked twice. He finished 19 of 32 for 209 yards and one touchdown, and the Rebels failed to scored 30 points for the first time this season.

COMPETITIVE START

Kelly capped Ole Miss' opening drive with a 15-yard scoring pass to Van Jefferson, and the Rebels briefly led 10-0 before Fournette came rumbling through the right side of LSU's offensive line for his 59-yard score. Fournette's 76-yard run put the Tigers up 21-13, but Marquis Haynes' sack and strip of Etling gave Ole Miss the ball on the LSU nine. Three plays later, the Rebels tied it at 21 when Akeem Judd scored from 2 yards out and Ole Miss added a 2-point conversion on Kelly's keeper.

INJURIES

Haynes, who leads Mississippi with five sacks, left the game in the second half, unable to put weight on his right leg.

BIG-TIME BLOCKING

Orgeron called the play of his offensive line ''tremendous.'' Fournette said his record is an honor he shares with Tigers linemen. Fournette had big holes on all three of his scoring runs. Twice, he cut inside stout blocks on the right edge by Maea Teuhema.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

LSU, which just got back into the AP Top 25 poll last week, should continue to move up. Ole Miss, which was the only three-loss team in the poll, is unlikely to remain ranked.

UP NEXT

Mississippi: The Rebels hosts surging Auburn next Saturday.

LSU: The Tigers get next weekend off before hosting the top-ranked Crimson Tide in what could be a pivotal game in both teams' seasons.

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Scoreboard
Ole Miss #23  (3-4)10110021
LSU #25  (5-2) «71410738
Players of the Game
Rebels

C. Kelly
Att 33
Comp 20
Yds 217
TD 1
Tigers

L. Fournette
Rush 16
Yds 284
Avg 17.8
TD 3
Scoring Summary
MISSVan Jefferson 15 yd pass from Chad Kelly (Gary Wunderlich kick)
MISSGary Wunderlich 46 yd FG
LSULeonard Fournette 59 yd run (Colby Delahoussaye kick)
LSUD.J. Chark 40 yd pass from Danny Etling (Colby Delahoussaye kick)
MISSGary Wunderlich 22 yd FG
LSULeonard Fournette 76 yd run (Colby Delahoussaye kick)
MISSAkeem Judd 2 yd run (CHAD KELLY 2pt run)
LSULeonard Fournette 78 yd run (Colby Delahoussaye kick)
LSUColby Delahoussaye 44 yd FG
LSUDerrius Guice 6 yd run (Colby Delahoussaye kick)
 
Team Stats
 MISSLSU
First Downs1920
Third Down Efficiency5-154-11
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards68-32564-515
Rushes-Yds36-11636-311
Passing Yds209204
Kick Return Yds12458
Punt Return Yds1654
Passes19-32-219-28-1
Punts8-3585-224
Fumbles-Lost0-02-2
Penalties-Yds4-306-43
Time of Poss.27:4732:13
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
MISS: Chad Kelly 12-56, Akeem Judd 13-39, D'Vaughn Pennamon 6-17, Eugene Brazley 4-8, Markell Pack 1--4
LSU: Leonard Fournette 16-284, Derrius Guice 16-57, Team 1--1, D.J. Chark 1--14, Danny Etling 2--15
PASSING
MISS: Chad Kelly 19-32-209-2
LSU: Danny Etling 19-28-204-1
RECEIVING
MISS: Damore'ea Stringfellow 4-92, Van Jefferson 4-43, Evan Engram 3-15, Akeem Judd 3-2, Quincy Adeboyejo 2-31, Eugene Brazley 1-12, Taz Zettergren 1-10, DaMarkus Lodge 1-4
LSU: Malachi Dupre 5-52, Travin Dural 4-48, D.J. Chark 3-45, Leonard Fournette 3-25, Colin Jeter 2-21, Darrel Williams 1-8, Derrius Guice 1-5
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Ole Miss7th SEC West2-65-7
LSU2nd SEC West5-38-4

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