Nations' top defense spurs No. 1 LSU to 41-24 win over Ole Miss

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Trindon Holliday returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and LSU forced two turnovers during goal-line stands Saturday as the top-ranked Tigers slipped past Mississippi 41-24.

The Tigers are now 10-1 overall, and 6-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss is 3-8 and 0-7.

LSU didn't play especially well on offense.

But Craig Steltz and the nations' top-ranked defense helped them earn their first outright Southeastern Conference Western Division title and set a school record with three consecutive seasons of 10 wins or more.

It was LSU's fourth straight win and the sixth straight against Ole Miss, which is in danger of a winless conference season for the first time since 1982. The Rebels are now 0-6 against top-ranked teams.

Steltz had rally-ending interceptions late in each half, and Jacob Hester and Charles Scott each rushed for touchdowns after failed Ole Miss onside kicks in the fourth quarter to ensure the win. Colt David added second-half field goals of 48 and 43 yards as well.

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