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College football: LSU routs Ole Miss; No. 5 Tigers improve to 5-0

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Todd Politz
LSU Director of Digital Media

BATON ROUGE — Fifth-ranked LSU rolled up 573 yards of total offense – 292 through the air and 281 on the ground – in a 45-16 victory over Ole Miss on a rainy Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

LSU (5-0, 2-0 SEC) was led by quarterback Joe Burrow, who was 18-of-25 passing with three touchdowns while running for a team-best 96 yards and a touchdown.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome of the game,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “5-0. Total team effort. Give Ole Miss credit. I thought (Ole Miss head) coach (Matthew) Luke did a good job with his team. They were never out of the game. They kept on fighting, kept on fighting. We couldn’t put them away. It was a tough game.”

Burrow connected with nine different receivers including wide receiver Justin Jefferson who had a team-high five catches for 99 yards with touchdowns of 65 and 5 yards. Stephen Sullivan added five catches for 50 yards while Racey McMath had his first two career catches for 42 yards.

Former Parkway star Terrace Marshall Jr., a freshman, caught a 52-yard pass in the second half to set up a touchdown.

Along with Burrow’s 96 net yards rushing, running back Nick Brossette had 72 net yards with a 4-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter that put the Tiger ahead, 14-3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire added 67 net yards on 11 carries with a 3-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter.

LSU ran 50 times for 281 yards, converted 7-of-12 third downs and overcame two turnovers. The Tigers had 33 first downs – LSU’s most since 1978 – and held the ball for 35:17.

Saturday’s 8:15 p.m. CT kickoff led to the latest ending time for an LSU home game officially recorded (since 1979).

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, when traveling to Gainesville for face Florida. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS, with pregame on the LSU Sports Radio Network beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Ole Miss (3-2, 0-2 SEC) committed 17 penalties for 167 yards, the highest by an LSU opponent on record (since 1937).

Rebels quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was 19-of-38 passing for 178 yards. Ole Miss running back Scottie Phillips ran 16 times for 96 net yards with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

— Featured photo by Robert Summerlin, Special to The Press-Tribune