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Behind the Box Score: Ole Miss

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Ole Miss’ defense is bad

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It didn’t take a full effort, but Ole Miss was sent to hell. Yeah, it could have been worse, but let’s be honest, the game was never really competitive and LSU won this won easily. But we should still check out the box score for entertainment purposes.

96. Joe Burrow’s rushing yards! Joe Burrow led the team in a rushing. I don’t even know what to do with this information. Nick Brossette had 72 yards on 20 carries and Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 67 yards on 11 carries, so it’s not like the running game didn’t show up. But that 35 yard touchdown on LSU’s final drive put Burrow over the top. Brossette’s role as the to pruning back doesn’t seem all that secure.

-1. LSU’s turnover margin. LSU fumbled twice in the red zone, which is the difference between a run of the mill blowout and the kind of blowout we talk about years later. Still, LSU has been riding the turnover margin advantage for a while, so it was nice to see LSU blow out a rival while being on the wrong side of the turnover divide.

17. Luke Logan’s second field goal length. 17 yards. Down 28-3 and on fourth down with mere seconds left in the half, Ole Miss kicked a field goal from the goal line instead of going for it. It was like sending up fireworks which spelled out “WE CONCEDE.” I was rooting against Ole Miss and this kind of gutless call made me irrationally angry. I’m still pissed about it. A 17-yard field goal when down 25 is almost like you’re not trying to win.

573. LSU’s total offensive yards. 409 was the team’s previous high, against La Tech last week. So, either the offense has turned a corner or Ole Miss’ defense is absolutely terrible. Hopefully, it’s more of a combination of the two. Still, it was terrific to see LSU take advantage of an opportunity. This is what good teams do.

2.5. Grant Delpit’s tackles for a loss. Delpit’s line was amazing. 5 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 sack, 1 QBH, and 1 pass breakup. Delpit was a fumble short of appearing in every column on the defense stat sheet, which is nearly impossible to do. There’s monster gmes, and then there’s what Delpit had. He is ridiculously awesome. I don’t know what else to say.

1. LSU punts. LSU scored on every possession save for the two turnovers, but both of those drives went to the red zone. That’s everything you could reasonably expect out of this offense… even if it is against Ole Miss.