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GAMEDAY College Football

Louisiana State 45, Mississippi 20

(AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer

BATON ROUGE, La. - Jayden Daniels ran for three touchdowns and passed for two scores, and LSU roared back from an early two-touchdown deficit to hand No. 7 Mississippi its first loss this season, 45-20.

The performance gave the dynamic Daniels the LSU record for touchdowns rushing in a season by a quarterback with nine. Daniels also has accounted for 11 TDs rushing or passing combined in the span of two games. He had three of each in a 45-35 victory at Florida last weekend.

Reveling in the resounding triumph over a historical and highly-ranked rival, LSU fans stormed the field as the game ended. Now LSU (6-2, 4-1 SEC) is back in the race to win the SEC West - if the Tigers can beat No. 6 Alabama.

After being outgained 200-80 in the first quarter and falling behind 17-3 on Jonathan Cruz's field goal to start the second quarter, LSU outscored Ole Miss (7-1, 3-1) 41-3 the remainder of the game.

The Tigers finished with 500 total yards to 404 for coach Lane Kiffin's vaunted Mississippi offense.

Daniels passed for 258 yards and ran for 121 without a turnover. His scoring passes went for 34 yards to Jaray Jenkins and 1 yard to tight end Mason Taylor. He ran for touchdowns of 3, 11 and 17 yards, the longest all but salting the game away in the fourth quarter.

Josh Williams ran 1 yard for the Tigers' final TD late in the fourth quarter.

Nearly everything went right for LSU in the second half. Even linebacker Harold Perkins Jr.'s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a third-down stop at the Rebels' 15-yard line early in the fourth quarter couldn't turn the tide in the Rebels' favor. Down 11 points at the time, Ole Miss wound up having to punt anyway minutes later.

Daniels then drove the Tigers 75 yards for a touchdown to make it 38-20.

After first-quarter touchdown runs of 3 and 6 yards by Judkins, Ole Miss was threatening to go ahead 21-3 when LSU's defense finally got a stop on third-and-5 from the LSU 13, limiting the Rebels to a field goal.

The Tigers then scored two touchdowns to tie it. Daniels hit Jaray Jenkins with 34-yard scoring pass and Daniels capped the Tigers' next possession by keeping the ball on a read-option run from the 3.

Jonathan Cruz's 48-yard field goal gave Mississippi a 20-17 lead that stood until halftime.

But LSU's defense battered Ole Miss QB Jaxson Dart in the second half. The Rebels QB finished 19 of 34 for 284 yards. He was intercepted in the LSU end zone by Joe Foucha in the third quarter on a pass thrown under pressure from linebacker Micah Baskerville.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi: Oddsmakers clearly had been unimpressed with Ole Miss' schedule through its first seven games, and also by the Rebels' inability to quickly put away struggling Auburn last week. Mississippi was listed as a slight underdog at Tiger Stadium and LSU covered by more than three touchdowns. Kiffin also had foreshadowed a tough game, calling LSU "by far" his team's most talented opponent this season. That proved prophetic.

LSU: First-year coach Brian Kelly has the Tigers playing their best football on the heels of what could have been a demoralizing 40-13 loss at home to No. 3 Tennessee three weeks ago. LSU also again showed its resolve in winning for the third time this year after trailing by 13 or more in conference play.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MissLSU
Miss TD 13:23 Quinshon Judkins 6 yd run (Jonathan Cruz kick) 7 0
LSU FG 8:44 Damian Ramos 23 yd FG 7 3
Miss TD 6:01 Quinshon Judkins 3 yd run (Jonathan Cruz kick) 14 3
Second Quarter MissLSU
Miss FG 14:57 Jonathan Cruz 32 yd FG 17 3
LSU TD 12:11 Jaray Jenkins 34 yd pass from Jayden Daniels (Damian Ramos kick) 17 10
LSU TD 8:20 Jayden Daniels 3 yd run (Damian Ramos kick) 17 17
Miss FG 4:08 Jonathan Cruz 48 yd FG 20 17
Third Quarter MissLSU
LSU TD 8:25 Mason Taylor 1 yd pass from Jayden Daniels (Damian Ramos kick) 20 24
Fourth Quarter MissLSU
LSU TD 14:18 Jayden Daniels 11 yd run (Damian Ramos kick) 20 31
LSU TD 8:36 Jayden Daniels 17 yd run (Damian Ramos kick) 20 38
LSU TD 2:05 Josh Williams 1 yd run (Damian Ramos kick) 20 45
Team Stats
  Ole Miss LSU
First downs 24 35
  Rushing 7 17
  Passing 12 14
  Penalty 5 4
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 6-11, 55%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 37-116 48-252
Passing Yards 288 248
Return Yards 42 33
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-35-1 21-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--26 4--16
Punts 3 2
Punts-Average 45.3 42
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 10-111 8-71
Time of Possession 23:41 36:19
Ole Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Dart 19 34 284 0 1
J. Watkins 1 1 4 0 0
LSU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 21 28 248 2 0
Ole Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Q. Judkins 25 111 4.4 2
J. Dart 10 6 0.6 0
D. Wade 1 2 2.0 0
U. Bentley IV 1 -3 -3.0 0
LSU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Daniels 23 121 5.3 3
J. Williams 17 76 4.5 1
A. Goodwin 8 55 6.9 0
Ole Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Heath 8 145 18.1 0
J. Mingo 4 69 17.3 0
J. Watkins 5 54 10.8 0
Q. Judkins 2 13 6.5 0
U. Bentley IV 1 4 4.0 0
LSU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jenkins 2 51 25.5 1
M. Taylor 3 44 14.7 1
K. Boutte 4 43 10.8 0
M. Nabers 4 37 9.3 0
B. Thomas Jr. 2 26 13.0 0
J. Williams 3 25 8.3 0
K. Lacy 2 18 9.0 0
A. Goodwin 1 4 4.0 0
Ole Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
LSU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Foucha 1 0
Ole Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
F. Masin 3 136 45.3
LSU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bramblett 2 84 42.0
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Watkins 2 9 4.5
LSU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Ole Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Jones 1 18 18.0
D. Wade 1 15 15.0
LSU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Cain 1 33 33.0
Ole Miss Missed FG
Player Length
LSU Missed FG
Player Length
D. Ramos 42




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