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              === Hill's late TD lifts No. 8 LSU past Ole Miss ===
 
 Baton  Rouge,  LA (Sports Network) -  Jeremy Hill's third rushing touchdown of
 the  game,  a 1-yard plunge  with 15 seconds  left, provided the difference as
 eighth-ranked  Louisiana State staved off an upset bid by Ole Miss with a wild
 41-35 victory at Tiger Stadium.
 
 Hill finished with 77 rushing yards and Zach Mettenberger overcame two second-
 half  interceptions  to throw for 282  yards on 22-of-37 passing as the Tigers
 (9-2, 5-2 SEC) registered their second straight win since their narrow loss to
 rival Alabama on Nov. 3.
 
 LSU  overcame an eight-point deficit to begin the fourth quarter by outscoring
 the  Rebels 21-7 over the final 12 minutes. The Tigers pulled even at 35-35 on
 an  89-yard punt return  by Odell Beckham, then moved in front for good with a
 9-play, 64-yard march capped by Hill's third score of the afternoon.
 
 "You  have to play four quarters of football. That's what this program teaches
 us," said Tigers running back Spencer Ware. "How we train enables us to go out
 there and finish strong like we did tonight."
 
 Ole  Miss (5-6, 2-5)  outgained the Tigers by a 463-427 margin in total yards,
 but committed four costly turnovers that were converted into 13 points.
 
 "I  think  everything we were  doing was  working," said Rebels quarterback Bo
 Wallace. I thought we executed, for the most part, pretty well, but there were
 still  times that we were shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to eliminate
 that."
 
 Wallace  amassed  310 passing yards  and accounted  for four touchdowns -- two
 passing, two rushing -- but was intercepted three times and completed only 15-
 of-35 attempts in the Rebels' third consecutive setback.
 
 Donte  Moncrief  had a huge  day for Ole Miss  in defeat, catching six Wallace
 passes for a career-high 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
 
 Moncrief's  second  score, a 30-yard  hookup with Wallace  that came a mere 28
 seconds  after Hill capped a 12-play, 88-yard drive by powering in from a yard
 out,  gave the Rebels a 35-28 lead with 11:11 to go, and Ole Miss had a chance
 to add to it after forcing LSU to go three-and-out on the ensuing possession.
 
 The  LSU defense  would come  up with  a quick  stop, however,  causing a  Jim
 Broadway  punt that  Beckham fielded  at his  own 11-yard  line, found  a seam
 heading towards the left sideline, then cut back right to outrace the coverage
 team to knot the score with 9:10 left to play.
 
 "If  there was one game ball to be given in this evening, it is given to Odell
 Beckham,"  stated LSU  head  coach  Les Miles.  "That  was  maybe the  biggest
 momentum changer in a game that I saw."
 
 Ole  Miss failed to  generate a first down on its next two series, the last of
 which gave the Tigers back the ball at their 36 with 4:18 remaining.
 
 Mettenberger  came  up with a clutch  third-down completion to Kadron Boone to
 extend  the drive,  and  a roughing  the  passer call  on  the Rebels'  Denzel
 Nkemdiche  on  the next  play moved LSU  to the  Ole Miss 20  with 1:04 on the
 clock.
 
 Hill broke off a 16-yard run to the 2-yard line shortly afterward, and after a
 penalty  for the Rebels having 12 men on the field inched the football closer,
 the  powerful freshman  plowed  his way  across  the goal  line  to break  the
 deadlock  with just  15 seconds left. Kicker Drew Alleman would misfire on the
 subsequent point-after try.
 
 Ole  Miss  had little trouble  moving the ball on  a usually stout LSU defense
 during  the first  half, piling up an  impressive 285 yards over the first two
 quarters in taking a 21-17 lead into the locker room.
 
 A  pair of big  plays in which the Rebels capitalized on a defensive breakdown
 by the Tigers enabled Ole Miss to hold a 14-7 edge after one quarter.
 
 The  first came less  than five minutes into the contest, when Wallace got the
 Tigers  to  bite on  an  option  fake and  sprinted  untouched  for a  58-yard
 touchdown for the game's opening points.
 
 It  took LSU a mere 21 seconds to answer, however. Mettenberger connected with
 James  Wright for a  48-yard gain on the ensuing play from scrimmage, and Hill
 followed by breaking free for a 27-yard touchdown to tie the score.
 
 After  the  Rebels got  the ball back  following a 48-yard  field goal miss by
 Alleman  later in  the quarter,  Wallace  fired a  strike down  the middle  to
 Moncrief,  with the Ole Miss wideout eluding a pair of tackles on the way to a
 56-yard catch-and-run that staked his team to a 14-7 edge.
 
 LSU  would move back  ahead by taking advantage of a pair of Ole Miss miscues,
 with  a muffed  punt by  the Rebels'  Korvic Neat  deep in  his own  territory
 leading to a 22-yard Alleman field goal 10 seconds into the second quarter and
 Jalen  Collins  intercepting Wallace  on the subsequent  possession to set the
 Tigers up at the Mississippi 36-yard line.
 
 Ware totaled 33 yards on a reception and two strong runs to produce a 1st-and-
 goal  at  the Ole  Miss 1,  then eventually  capped the  drive by leaping into
 the  end  zone on fourth down  to put LSU in  front by a 17-14 count with just
 under 10 minutes left before intermission.
 
 The  Rebels  responded by impressively marching  97 yards on 11 plays later in
 the  half. Wallace  went 5-of-7 for 94  yards on the sequence, including a 20-
 yard  delivery  to  Ja-Mes  Logan  during a  4th-and-3  situation.  A  25-yard
 completion  to Logan later on set the stage for Wallace's 1-yard touchdown off
 the left side that put Ole Miss back ahead with 50 seconds left in the half.
 
 LSU  closed within  21-20 on an Alleman  24-yard field goal early in the third
 quarter, a kick that came about after Tharold Simon intercepted an ill-advised
 Wallace pass on the second play from scrimmage of the period.
 
 The  Rebels  would turn the  tables later in  the frame, however, with Senquez
 Golson  picking  off Mettenberger's  overthrown ball for  Jarvis Landry in LSU
 territory.
 
 Ole Miss cashed in on the turnover, with Randall Mackey's 6-yard run finishing
 off  a  9-play, 38-yard series  that pushed the margin  to eight points in the
 final minute of the third quarter.
 
 LSU  countered by  methodically moving down the field for the tying touchdown.
 The  highlight  of  the  12-play,  88-yard  drive  was  a  22-yard  pass  from
 Mettenberger  to Boone  to the Ole Miss  1-yard line, with Hill punching it on
 immediately afterward and Mettenberger finding an open Ware for the conversion
 attempt to produce a 28-28 deadlock.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  win  gave Miles 84  victories during his tenure at LSU,  moving him  past
 Bernie  Moore for  sole  possession  of second  place  in  school history  ...
 Moncrief's  161 receiving  yards were  the most  by an  Ole Miss  player since
 Cory  Peterson accumulated  164  against  Memphis on  Sept.  5,  1998 ...  The
 Rebels  have now  last 13  straight  games to  ranked opponents  since a  21-7
 triumph over Oklahoma State in the 2010 Cotton Bowl.
 
 11/18 03:48:48 ET