OXFORD, Miss. — The Ole Miss Rebels were riddled by injuries coming into Saturday’s game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but the LSU Tigers added a scratch of their own.
LSU left home fullback J.C. Copeland after the senior fell in the shower Thursday and suffered a concussion. He did not make the trip here, LSU officials said.
Also remaining at home was senior linebacker Tahj Jones, who has been bothered by a hamstring injury.
The Tigers suffered a pair of other injuries in the first half on the offensive line. Left tackle La’el Collins went down on the last play of the first quarter, and center Elliott Porter was shaken up with 9:53 left in the second. Both returned to play later in the second quarter.
A couple of LSU’s biggest targets for the Class of 2014 were in attendance here Saturday night.
Four-star Plaquemine defensive end Davon Godchaux, who committed to LSU in late September, was on hand here for his official visit. Also making an official visit was four-star linebacker Clifton Garrett from Plainfield, Ill.
John Curtis defensive back Terrence Alexander was also expected to attend, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
LSU-Penn State talks
An accidental posting of potential future Penn State schedules on the Big Ten Network website last week included a reference to the LSU Tigers playing the Nittany Lions.
Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson confirmed in a report from the website PennLive.com that the schools have discussed playing in 2020 at an undetermined neutral site.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Saturday his school has talked with Penn State about playing but that any such discussions were very preliminary and involved no definite plans.
The Tigers and Nittany Lions have only played twice in football, both in bowl games. Penn State beat LSU 16-9 in the 1974 Orange Bowl and 19-17 in the 2010 Capital One Bowl.
Delahoussaye still perfect
LSU redshirt freshman kicker Colby Delahoussaye remained perfect this season. He made a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to go 9-for-9 in the field goal department this season and is now 41-for-41 after three made extra points.
Delahoussaye’s field goal streak is the longest to start a career in LSU history.
Wallace tops Archie
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace threw for 346 yards Saturday night, giving him 4,784 passing yards for his career to move him into seventh place in Ole Miss history ahead of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning. Manning was in attendance Saturday night.
LSU’s 10-0 halftime deficit was the first time the Tigers were shut out in the first half since a 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game in January 2012. ... The last time LSU was shut out in the first half of a regular-season game was in 2005, when it trailed 10-0 at Alabama in an eventual 16-13 overtime win. ... Odell Beckham Jr. had five catches for 72 yards, extending his streak to 22 games with at least one reception. ... LSU still leads the Ole Miss series 58-40-4. The loss snapped a three-game LSU winning streak in the series. ...LSU returns home next Saturday for its Homecoming game against Furman at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be shown on TigerVision, LSU’s in-house pay-per-view network. ... Representatives from the Capital One, Gator and Liberty bowls were in attendance.
Advocate sportswriters Les East and Matthew Harris contributed to this report.