OXFORD, MS (WAFB) - The last time LSU and Ole Miss met in Oxford, it wasn't pretty for the Tigers. Most fans remember the issues with the clock, but there were no such problems Saturday. In fact, LSU was up so big early in the game, the team just wanted to burn the clock and get out of town without any major injuries.
LSU had no trouble against Ole Miss, steam-rolling over the Rebels 52-3. With the win, LSU moved to 11-0 on the season. It marked the team's best start since 1958.
Jordan Jefferson started the game. He completed all seven passes he threw for 88 yards and a touchdown. The 22-yard dart went to Russell Shepard, who scored his third touchdown reception of the season.
LSU racked up 353 yards on the ground. Alfred Blue led the way with 74 yards rushing, 58 of them on one carry. He actually was injured on the play but is expected to be okay. Spencer Ware ran for 70 yards and scored a touchdown.
The plan for LSU was to dominate early, which it did. A 46-yard pick-six by Ron Brooks only 28 seconds into the game got the Tigers off on the right start and they never looked back.
"We want to make sure that when we come into an opponent's stadium that we play our football and play the LSU way," Brooks said. "And, that means taking over the stadium and that's how we're going to play."
It was such a blowout, there were a few things to happen that weren't expected. Ronald Martin, a DB from White Castle, ran around making plays even though he didn't appear on the roster for the game. Also, James Stampley, the big fullback known for opening holes for other runners, scored a touchdown on a bizarre play.
"It was unbelievable to me," Stampley said. "I've never thought that I would actually get into the end zone, but to actually do it, I was in shock. I was surprised that I was there. It didn't hit me until I got to the sideline that I had just scored. My mom's probably going crazy right now. She really is. I think I can hear her over here, actually."
Late in the fourth quarter, Zach Mettenberger adlibbed a bootleg that got the Tigers down to the 1-yard line. However, the coaches didn't want to score again, so the offense kneeled the ball for the next four plays.