Beckham’s punt return propels LSU to comeback win over Ole Miss
53 years later, Odell Beckham Jr did his best to rekindle memories of Billy Cannon’s famed Halloween night run.
Beckham fielded a Rebel punt and raced 89 yards down the east sideline to tie the game at 35 as LSU rallied with 20 fourth quarter points to beat Ole Miss 41-35.
The Tigers scored three touchdowns in the final 11:39 to subdue their border rivals.
Jeremy Hill scored on a 1 yard run to cut the Ole Miss lead to 28-26. Zach Mettenberger then tossed a two point conversion to running back Spencer Ware to tie the game.
28 seconds later, Bo Wallace tossed a 30 yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief.
LSU won the game on a 1 yard touchdown run by Hill with 15 seconds to play. Head coach Les Miles was both elated and combative after the game.
“Wow, what a game,” said Miles.
Miles also took exception to what he thought was an unfair portrayal of the career of wide receiver Russell Shepard by a local newspaper. Said Miles, “There is no flop that takes the field for this football team, just so you know.”
For the record, the word flop was never used in the story.
LSU allowed a season high in points and total yards (435). The previous high was 410 at Texas A&M.
LSU’s hopes for a BCS bowl game were given a boost late Saturday night. Both top ranked Kansas State and second ranked Oregon lost. If Alabama defeats Auburn and defeats Georgia in the SEC championship game, LSU could be a candidate to fill the SEC’s slot in the Sugar Bowl.