OXFORD, Miss. – LSU is now in the midst of its first three-game losing streak since 1999.
It's foreign ground for the Tigers and coach Les Miles, who spent his postgame news conference fielding questions about his job security and why a once-promising season has turned sour in three short weeks.
No. 25 Mississippi beat No. 17 LSU 38-17 on Saturday, dominating the game except for a short stretch in the third quarter when the Tigers pulled within a touchdown.
LSU was dogged by penalties and mistakes. The Tigers had miscues at crucial times on Saturday and often seemed unorganized. They were penalized 13 times for 95 yards, had three turnovers and fumbled four times, including twice on one series.
"We are out of sync," Miles said. "That's not how we practice. I'm disappointed because I have coaches and players that work very hard. I told them, you have one game left."
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 81 yards in another impressive performance. The SEC's leading passer is now the school's single-season leader in total offensive yards and total touchdowns.
"We're rolling," Kelly said. "We're doing a good job."
Ole Miss (8-3, 5-2 Southeastern Conference, No. 22 CFP) opened a 24-0 lead by late in the second quarter.
LSU (7-3, 4-3, No. 15 CFP) rallied in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 24-17, but the Rebels responded with two quick touchdowns to put the game out of reach.