It seemed like we’d read this script before.
Ole Miss, with a comfortable lead over LSU, makes just enough bumbling mistakes to let the Tigers come back and break their hearts.
Only, that’s not what happened this time.
This time the Rebels overcame their mistakes and made some big plays of their own to hold on for the 27-24 upset over No. 6 LSU in Oxford.
Andrew Ritter’s 41-yard field goal with two seconds to play was the biggest play of them all, but it came after some very nervous moments for Ole Miss.
The Rebels seemed to have the game in control, up 24-14, early in the fourth quarter. The Rebs once again stopped the LSU offense cold and forced a punt at midfield with about 10 minutes to play. But Korvic Neat muffed the punt and the Tigers took over at the Ole Miss 13-yard line. A monster sack by Isaac Gross forced LSU to kick a field goal, but the momentum was shifting.
The pressure increased even more on the next drive, when Ole Miss drove 63 yards to the LSU 12-yard line only to have Ritter’s 29-yard field goal attempt blocked.
Zach Mettenberger then led LSU on an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry to tie the score at 24.
Cue the Ole Miss meltdown, right?
Starting at his own 15-yard line, quarterback Bo Wallace (30 of 39, 346 yards) stepped up and did what he had done all night, completing key passes and rushing for tough yards, while leading his team down the field.
That’s when Ritter got the last laugh.
So not even LSU could avoid the barrage of upsets on Saturday. The Tigers are now 3-2 in the SEC and will need a lot of help to get to the conference title game.
For Ole Miss, it was the biggest win of the Hugh Freeze era. With such a young and talented team still finding its way, it won’t be the last.