Despite an angry comeback that included nearly a quarter and a half flawless football, Ole Miss didn’t have enough to put LSU down the street, 53-48 losing to the regular season with a 4-5 record quit

Ole Miss was behind 16 at the start of the third quarter before making a methodical comeback.The Rebels scored touchdowns on four straight runs and took the lead 48:40 before LSU scored 13 unanswered points to get 1: 34 to take the lead

The rebels drove into LSU territory 40 seconds before the end, but a fumble with quarterback Matt Corral, who was recovered from the Tigers, ended the Ole Miss rally

It’s been a comeback for the ages against a big rival Then it wasn’t. There isn’t much to add. Teams that throw five interceptions on the road in a downpour in the first 31 minutes of a game don’t make a comeback, but Ole Miss did it

Defense narrowed in the second half, forcing timely sales, a major punt, and a few field goals instead of touchdowns The offense turned into a scoring machine to turn a sizeable deficit into a significant head start

Big takeaway must be about completion For an Ole Miss team that had struggled to play with small leads and come back from small deficits for years, Ole Miss both did remarkably well on Saturday, then again not for a first year program under a new head coach there is room for growth But Saturday is a good reflection of the Lane Kiffin era

Ole Miss’ offensive averaged over 7 yards per game in the first half, but it was still one of the worst halves of the season due to simple, avoidable mistakes Corral threw four interceptions in the half, bringing the total to 24 LSU points led

Six came straight as a LSU defender returned Corral’s first interception for a touchdown.Some others came after the defense continued to support the Tigers on their own end, but the last three explain better than anyone what for Ole Miss went wrong

Ole Miss struggled to contain LSU’s pass rush throughout the first half Corral spent a lot of time crawling under pressure and taking ill-advised punches, that trend eventually caught up with him at the last minute when he, instead of taking a sack, throwing an interceptor directly at an LSU defender. With that, the Tigers were ready to score another field goal before half-time and instead of 31-21 to lead into the break at 34:21

Kiffin earned his money early in the season by finishing fourth. That wasn’t the case on Saturday. Corral threw Jonathan Mingo his second interception on a fourth drop

Then LSU scored three consecutive touchdowns on the fourth downward attempt, one being a quarterback sneak on the goal line, but the other being broken cover that left LSU’s most trusted receiver, Kayshon Boutte, untouched

Then, in the second half, Ole Miss’s fourth fate turned in the third quarter, Corral stayed near midfield on a fourth and short spot to keep a ride alive. Then, in the fourth quarter, stopped Corral a naked bootleg on the 4th and the goal from the 2 yard line where he fooled everyone, including the referee, Corral had to run through the official to score his touchdown and score eight points for Ole Miss

Parrish, the freshman who ran back, had his party on Saturday, running for 82 yards and two touchdowns 16 times and getting four passes for 27 yards

When Jerrion Ealy trailed with an injury in the third quarter, Parrish stepped in easily and led the rebel comeback for most of the year, Parrish sat and waited behind Ealy and sophomore Snoop Conner on Saturday, Parrish proved he was the Feature type can be if and when needed

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