By Jeff Palermo
The 24th ranked LSU Tigers knew they had a chance to get their ground game on track against Ole Miss. Derrius Guice was returning to full health and the Rebels are poor against the run. That hope became a reality in Oxford as Guice rushed for 276 yards and one TD to help the Tigers secure a 40-24 victory against Ole Miss.
Guice is the first running back in the Southeastern Conference to rush for at least 250 yards in three different games.
Guice's backup also had a big game. Darrel Williams rushed for 103 yards on 22 carries and he also caught four passes for 105 yards.
LSU ended up rushing for 393 yards and finished with 593 total yards of offense.
Quarterback Danny Etling only completed nine passes on 13 attempts, but threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown and zero interceptions.
Etling connected with J.D. Moore on a 11-yd TD on a shovel pass. And in the 4th quarter, Etling lofted a pass to a wide open Foster Moreau who ran down the field for a 60 yard touchdown.
It was another solid game for kicker Connor Culp, as he connected on four field goals, including a career-high 47 yards to complete the scoring.
LSU's defense was up to the challenge as they went up against one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. D-B-U intercepted Shea Patterson three times. Freshman Grant Delpit, John Battle and Kevin Toliver each picked off a pass.
Delpit had nine total tackles and Arden Key had two sacks.
Patterson finished the night, 10-of-23 for 116 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. The former Calvary Baptist standout came into the game averaging 358 passing yards a game.
The Tigers are now 6-2, 3-1 in the SEC. They'll have two weeks to get ready for top ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Bama beat Tennessee 45-7.