LSU falls short to Ole Miss

Michael Tortorich
LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson returned a blocked field goal 53 yards for a touchdown Saturday, but Ole Miss ended up with a 25-23 win over the Tigers.

OXFORD, Miss. - With LSU in field goal range and one second remaining, time ran out and Ole Miss claimed a 25-23 win.

No. 10 LSU (8-3 overall, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) scored with 1:17 remaining when quarterback Jordan Jefferson connected with Rueben Randle on a 25-yard pass. The Tigers were unable to convert the two-point conversion on a pass that would have tied the game.

Jefferson returned from a right ankle sprain injury that sidelined him last week against Louisiana Tech to go 19-of-37 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back Dexter McCluster led Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3) with 148 rushing yards. He also passed for a 27-yard touchdown to Shay Hodge in the fourth quarter. The completion was McCluster's first in his career.

Joshua Shene kicked four field goals for the Rebels.

One of Shene's attempts was blocked and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson returned the ball for a 53-yard touchdown.

After the game, LSU coach Les Miles analyzed the Tigers' last drive in the final seconds.

"We could have gotten lined up to kick a field goal with one second," Miles said. "That would certainly have been the end of the game that we would have foreseen."

LSU will host Arkansas Saturday in Tiger Stadium for the final game of the season. ESPN will broadcast the game starting at 6 p.m.