Is LSU dead? It certainly appears LSU is dead.
The 15th-ranked Tigers have been flattened by No. 22 Ole Miss through one half in Oxford, trailing 24-7.
After a 3-0 first quarter, Ole Miss cranked its offense into gear with two long, consecutive touchdown drives. The first moved 80 yards in eight plays, capped by a two-yard Jaylen Walton plunge at the 12:30 mark of the second quarter. After a three-and-out, the Rebels then marched 70 yards in 10 snaps, ended by a five-yard Chad Kelly jaunt.
LSU quarterback Brandon Harris has been, in a word, inconsistent. He ended the Tigers’ first scoring opportunity when, trailing 3-0 in the first quarter, he airmailed Malachi Dupre for what could have been a clear 10-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-5. Trent Domingue missed the ensuing field goal. Harris then set up the Rebels’ third touchdown when he tossed a midfield interception to Christian Harris, which he returned to the LSU 11. Kelly hit Laquon Treadwell for a touchdown on the following snap.
LSU did respond with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, highlighted by a busted coverage 39-yard touchdown catch by Tyron Johnson.
For the half, Harris hit 9-of-16 passes for 151 yards with a touchdown, an interception and an end-of-half fumble, while Leonard Fournette has rushed 14 times for a quiet 41 yards.
Kelly completed 11-of-19 throws for 188 yards and a touchdown while rushing eight times for a game-high 59 yards and a touchdown.
LSU will receive to open the second half.