Saturday, November 19, 2011
Halftime: LSU 35, Ole Miss 3
By Edward Aschoff
OXFORD, Miss. -- It has been all LSU, as the Tigers lead 35-3 at the half.
Best player of the half: The star of the first half comes from the defensive side of the ball. It took just 28 seconds before we heard Ron Brooks' name after he grabbed an ugly pass from Ole Miss quarterback Zack Stoudt and took it 46 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Two drives later, he sacked Stoudt, forced him to fumble and then recovered that fumble, setting up the Tigers' third touchdown of the half.
Best call: Coach Les Miles made the right decision starting Jordan Jefferson at quarterback. He has engineered three scoring drives and has been beating the Rebels' defense with his arm and feet. He is a perfect 7-for-7 passing for 88 yards and a touchdown. He has also rushed for 27 yards, including a long of 19.
Turning point: This stadium was rocking just before kickoff. With the silliness we saw earlier from SEC teams that were favored, some fans had to be thinking that maybe even Ole Miss could pull off something special. Well, Brooks' interception changed everything. The crowd was completely taken out of the game and all of the attitude left the Rebels' sideline. Half of the student section was headed back to the Grove before the second quarter even started.