OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) – Matt Corral threw one touchdown and ran for another, leading Mississippi’s No.12 towards a 31-point blast that lasted the second and third quarters to beat lame duck coach Ed Orgeron and LSU 31-17 Saturday.
LSU (4-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) have lost their first game since it was announced Orgeron would not return next season. A former Mississippi coach, he led the Tigers to the national championship less than two years ago.
Mississippi retired former All-America quarterback Eli Manning’s No.10 jersey at halftime. The crowd of 64,523 enthusiastically cheered Manning and his family members during the tribute.
Trailing 7-0, Corral led four consecutive goals, including a 3-yard touchdown run and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Casey Kelly. The Rebels (6-1, 3-1) were leading 17-7 at halftime and continued to move away.
Corral improved his status as a Heisman Trophy contender with an efficient performance after being viewed as questionable due to injuries sustained in last week’s win over Tennessee. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 185 yards, rushed for 24 yards, including three third conversion passes before giving in to the reserves in the final period.
Henry Parrish Jr. scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and Jerrion Ealy ran for 36 yards for Mississippi. The Rebels totaled 470 yards on offense, with Snoop Conner going 117 yards on 14 carries. Dontario Drummond had a record eight catches for 93 yards.
LSU led 7-0 on a one-yard run from Tyrion Davis-Price, but only managed 51 yards of total attack in Ole Miss’s 31-point explosion.
Reserve quarterback Garrett Nussmeier threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Malik Nabers and Cade Davis added a 47-yard field goal in the final eight minutes.
TO TAKE AWAY
LSU: The Orgeron era, which includes a national title in 2019, still has the potential to finish above the 0.500 mark overall with a strong November streak that includes three home games. He’s 49-18 in six seasons at LSU. It was Orgeron’s first loss to Ole Miss while at LSU. … After running for 321 yards in the previous week’s win over Florida, the Tigers struggled to rush for 77 yards, including 53 from Davis-Price.
Ole Miss: The victory ended a five-game losing streak against the Tigers and kept Mississippi in line for team and individual honors. … After a slow opening quarterback, the Rebels dominated defensively, forcing three turnovers with five sacks and seven tackles for a loss.
Seven teams with one loss, including the Rebels, were classified in the No.4 through No.15 slots this week, so Ole Miss did nothing to injure himself. A solid victory in a historic rivalry should keep the Rebels in a position to earn a spot in the Top 10.
LSU: An open date precedes a road trip to Alabama’s No.4 on November 6.
Ole Miss: The rebels visit Auburn No.19 on Saturday.
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