Ole Miss Fans Showed Little Hospitality For LSU Head Coach Nick Saban

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Tigers Head Coach Nick Saban said he was greeted by several thousand rude gestures from Ole Miss fans before Saturday's game. Offensive guard Stephen
Peterman noticed the same thing and attributed it to the dislike Ole Miss fans have for LSU.

``They just hate LSU, hate LSU fans, hate LSU players,'' said Peterman, a native of Waveland, Miss.

The reception he and the Tigers got made it that much sweeter for LSU to beat the Rebels in their seniors' final game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

``The Mississippi State fans don't give me as many problems as Ole Miss,'' Peterman said. ``To get a win on their senior night ... it was very good.''

Peterman said beating Ole Miss took a mental and physical toll.

``It takes everything out of you,'' he said. ``I'm still sore today. Both teams were giving it all they've got. It was a great SEC game. That's why you come to LSU to play those types of


QB SHUFFLE: Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones, better known for his scrambling and running ability, took over the conference lead with a 153.6 passer rating.

LSU's Matt Mauck, last week's leader, is second at 150.0, and Ole Miss' Eli Manning dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 at 144.6. Jones has completed 122 of 204 passes for 1,768 yards, 16
touchdowns and five interceptions. Mauck threw three interceptions Saturday and Manning was 16 of 36 for 200 yards with one interception.


INJURIES: Saban said the Tigers had no significant injuries against Ole Miss. Running back Alley Broussard had bruised ribs, but Saban didn't expect it to affect his playing status. Broussard
practiced Monday in a non-contact jersey.


RARE AIR: Saban became the second LSU coach to win 10 games in a season twice. Paul Dietzel went 11-0 in 1958 and 10-1 in 1961. Saban's 2001 team finished 10-3.

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