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No. 8 LSU outlasts Ole Miss, 41-35

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012

Zach Mettenberger completed 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards and was intercepted twice. Hill finished with 77 yards rushing, including a 27 yard run for his first TD. Spencer Ware had LSU's other touchdown on a leap over the pile on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

"I never thought at any point we were going to lose that game," Mettenberger said. "We had control of the game. We had a couple of turnovers but we had been driving the ball well all night and the passing game was there. We just have to clean up the turnovers and we still won. Hopefully we can go into next week against Arkansas and do the same thing."

LSU heads into that game still technically alive for an SEC title — if the Tigers beat the Razorbacks, while Texas A&M beats Missouri and Auburn upsets Alabama. That would create a three-way tie in the SEC West that LSU would win.

The Ole Miss turnovers gave LSU several chances to seize control, but the Tigers had three drives stall inside the Mississippi 10. Two of them ended with field goals and another with Senquez Golson's interception in the end zone, a play that allowed the Rebels to cling to a 21-20 lead in the third quarter.

Mississippi then widened its lead to 28-20 on a drive set up by Golson's second interception. Randall Mackey's 6-yard scoring run capped it.

"Everything we were doing was working," Wallace said. "We executed for the most part, but there were still times that we were shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to eliminate that."

LSU rallied to tie it on Hill's 1-yard touchdown run around the left side and a 2-point conversion on Mettenberger's pass to Ware, but the Rebels marched right back down the field in 28 seconds to regain the lead, 35-28, on Wallace's pass to Moncrief along the left sideline.

That, however, would be the final points for a Mississippi team that is one win from bowl eligibility and made it clear early on it was not going to lay down against an LSU team favored by more than two touchdowns.

Ole Miss took a 21-17 lead into halftime after Wallace converted a fourth-and-3 with a 20-yard pass to Logan, then hit Logan again for 25 yards before keeping the ball for his second rushing TD of the game from the 1.

"We should have had it. We let it slip away," Mackey said. "We're just tired of losing. We came ready to play."