8:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004
Tiger Stadium, BATON ROUGE, LA
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Alley Broussard bailed out LSU with the best game a Tigers running back has ever had.
Broussard ran for a school-record 250 yards with three touchdowns and No. 14 LSU rallied to beat Mississippi 27-24 Saturday night.
"I was in the zone a few times tonight," said Broussard, who came into the game with 427 yards rushing. "I just had my mind right. Before the game I felt like I was going to have a good game and I did everything I could to do it."
Broussard broke the previous mark of 246 yards that Kevin Faulk set against Houston Sept. 7, 1996. Joseph Addai rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries for LSU.
The Tigers came in with just one 100-yard game by a running back this season. Justin Vincent did it Sept. 11 against Arkansas State.
With LSU trailing 24-20 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers drove 61 yards, with Broussard rushing for 27, Addai adding 19 and a pass interference call netting 15 more. Broussard gave LSU the lead with a 7-yard run with 10:51 left in the game.
"Everything fell into place," said Broussard, who had 26 carries. "I play better when I get consistent carries like I did tonight."
The Rebels have allowed 226 passing yards and 178 rushing yards per game this season. The Tigers rolled up 441 yards rushing, but struggled to pass against Ole Miss, completing just eight for 81 yards
For the first time this season JaMarcus Russell got the bulk of the game time. Russell completed 6 of 19 for 66 yards. He was intercepted once. Marcus Randall completed 2 of 5 for 15 yards.
"We've got to figure out a way that we can pass the ball more effectively and balance our offense," LSU coach Nick Saban said.
Mississippi, which had rotated two or three quarterbacks most of the season, stayed primarily with Robert Lane. He completed 4 of 13 for 23 yards. Lane was sacked twice. Ethan Flatt completed 6 of 12 for 75 yards. He was sacked twice and intercepted twice by Jessie Daniels.
"We thought we had to have the mobile quarterback in the game because of their defense," Mississippi coach David Cutcliffe said. "We played better, but not good enough."
LSU (8-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) has won five straight overall and 10 in a row in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers finished perfect at home for the first time since 1972.
It was the fourth straight loss for Ole Miss (3-7, 2-5).
"That's how it's been all season," said Mississippi defensive back Trumaine McBride. "We came out this time and played a pretty good game, but we just didn't finish it."
The Tigers opened the game with an eight-play, 74-yard drive that ended in Broussard's first touchdown -- a 1-yard run.
The Rebels cut LSU's lead to 7-3 on a 49-yard field goal by Jonathan Nichols.
Broussard ran for his second TD as time ran out in the in the first quarter, another 1-yard run that made it 14-3 LSU.
Nichols' opened the second quarter with a 27-yard field goal to pull Ole Miss to 14-6. Lane's 4-yard touchdown run with 3:03 left in the first half pulled the Rebels to within one at 14-13.
Chris Jackson hit a 51-yard field goal to give LSU a 17-13 lead.
Ole Miss kept pace with Nichols' 22-yarder that pulled the Rebels within 17-16 at halftime. An official held up play while the Rebels scrambled to get their kicking team on the field, then added 3 seconds to the game clock.
"They can fine me or whatever they want to do, but I was not real pleased with this crew," Saban said. "He held up the clock and let them kick a field goal. He didn't say anything to me, but he let them have three points."
LSU had 10 penalties. Saban said he doubted many of them were legitimate and was looking forward to checking them on the game film.
Mississippi took its first lead of the game when McBride intercepted Russell early in the third quarter and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion put Ole Miss up 24-17.
The Tigers missed a 47-yard field goal attempt, but Jackson connected on a 42-yard kick to pull LSU to 24-20 at the end of three quarters.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||10-19|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-0|
|TD||11:35||ALLEY BROUSSARD 1 YD RUN (RYAN GAUDET KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yards.
|FG||7:59||JONATHAN NICHOLS 49 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 61 yards.
|TD||0:00||ALLEY BROUSSARD 1 YD RUN (RYAN GAUDET KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 45 yards.
|FG||12:29||JONATHAN NICHOLS 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 15 yards.
|TD||7:10||ROBERT LANE 4 YD RUN (JONATHAN NICHOLS KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 88 yards.
|FG||1:07||CHRIS JACKSON 51 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 49 yards.
|FG||0:00||JONATHAN NICHOLS 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||11:15||TRUMAINE MCBRIDE 48 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (ROBERT LANE 2PT RUSH)||24||17|
|FG||0:04||CHRIS JACKSON 42 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||10:51||ALLEY BROUSSARD 7 YD RUN (RYAN GAUDET KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 61 yards.