LSU gets another big ground game effort against Ole Miss

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Let the countdown begin.

After all seemed lost as the calendar turned to October following a Sept. 30 loss to Troy, LSU completed a perfect run through the month with a 40-24 victory over Ole Miss Saturday night in Oxford, Mississippi.

For the second consecutive year, the Tigers used a huge rushing performance to push their way past the Rebels.

A year ago, it was Leonard Fournette setting a school record with 284 yards on only 16 carries, as LSU put up 515 total yards on the Rebels – 311 rushing and 204 passing.

Saturday, it was Derrius Guice showing signs of his 2016 form, rushing for 276 yards on 22 attempts, as the LSU offense rolled up 593 yards – 393 rushing and 200 passing. Add in the historic night for senior Darrel Williams, the first player in LSU history to have 100 yards rushing and another 100 receiving in the same game.

Do the math, and the Tigers’ lead ball carrier has accounted for 560 yards on 38 carries (that’s nearly 15 yards per attempt) in the last two years against Ole Miss.

Entering last year’s game with Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium, Alley Broussard held the LSU single-game record with 250 yards rushing – coincidentally, set against the Rebels in 2004.

A year later, Broussard’s memorable day now stands fifth on the LSU list behind, in chronological order, Fournette’s effort against Ole Miss last year and Guice’s big days against Arkansas and Texas A&M last season and Ole Miss on Saturday.

Now, Guice and his teammates get a little rest time. The Tigers are off next week leading up to their trip to top-ranked Alabama on Nov. 4.

The way the Crimson Tide has dominated all comers this year, Nick Saban’s club figures to be somewhere between a two- and three-touchdown favorite.

There will be plenty of time to break down the Tigers and Tide. For now, LSU fans can revel in a 3-0 October, one that seemed highly unlikely when the month began.


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Lenny Vangilder


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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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