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No. 14 Ole Miss holds off No. 7 Kentucky in victory

OXFORD, Mrs. (AP) — Lane Kiffin changed his mind about his defense after No. 14 Mississippi forced two turnovers in the final three minutes to preserve a 22-19 win over No. 7 Kentucky on Saturday.

“Our guys really showed up, especially in the fourth quarter, getting those two turnovers to win,” Kiffin said. “I had told them at halftime that I didn’t think they were very good. In the end, our team found a way to pull through.”

Even better, Austin Keys and Jared Ivey each created those conclusions inside the red zone. They forced Wildcats quarterback Will Levis to fumble on back-to-back possessions with AJ Finley and Tavius ​​Robinson recovering.

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The Mississippi Rebels’ Quinshon Judkins (4) carries the ball during the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Oct. 1, 2019, 2022, in Oxford, Miss.
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Both plays stopped potential game-winning drives within 20 to preserve the Rebels’ victory (5-0, 1-0 SEC).

Jonathan Cruz’s go-ahead 26-yard field goal late in the third quarter put Ole Miss up 22-19 and set the stage for a tense and frenetic finish. The Rebels’ defense first forced the Wildcats to turn the ball over early in the fourth quarter before creating the turnovers to seal the win.

“We certainly had our chances,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “He came in with two chances at the end of the red zone. We came out with zero.”

Levis led Kentucky (4-0, 1-1) to Ole Miss 18 before turning the ball over while darting for extra yards. The Wildcats created one final opportunity with a 51-yard pass from Levis to Barion Brown at the 7-yard line. After an illegal moving penalty voided the touchdown, Levis fumbled the next play on an Ivey sack with 58 seconds left. remaining.

LANE KIFFIN PUSHES HIS OWN PLAYER AFTER TIGHT END FALSE STARTED

“I stood up, put a move on his tackle, got the curve (angle) and reached out to hit the ball. After that, everything was a blur,” Ivey said. “Coach (Kiffin) said I missed four chances in the last game to make a play, and it’s about time I made one.”

Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins rushed 15 times for 106 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown run that built a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Zach Evans added a 4-yard touchdown run, and Tavius ​​Robinson was credited a safety after Kentucky’s intentional rushing penalty for a 19-12 halftime lead.

Jaxson Dart completed 15 of 29 passes for 213 yards and the Rebels finished with 399 yards of total offense. Troy Brown and Finley each had a game-high nine tackles, and the Rebels had nine stops for loss.

Levis threw touchdown passes of 5 and 17 yards, respectively, to Tayvion Robinson and Jordan Dingle. The quarterback completed 18 of 24 attempts but was sacked three times in addition to the two late fumbles.

Brown’s revolutionary speed added 164 yards on returns and 81 yards on two receptions.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin during a game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 24, 2022 in Oxford, Miss.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin during a game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 24, 2022 in Oxford, Miss.
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THE TO GO

Kentucky: The Wildcats missed two extra points, a 39-yard field goal attempt to the left in the first half and an illegal moving penalty that wiped out a potential game-winning TD pass in the final minute, and that was the difference in a close game. The victory snapped an eight-game winning streak that spanned two seasons.

“Obviously, it’s a very tough loss,” Stoops added. “It’s just heartbreaking for our players.”

Mississippi: The Rebels survived a competition update after overcoming a softer-than-expected September schedule. Ole Miss is 16-3 in two seasons and positioned itself to be the best team in the SEC other than Georgia or No. 2 Alabama. The Rebels are 5-0 for the first time since 2014.

“There’s more to go, but this is one I’ll always remember,” Dart said. “Winning so early in the day means we’re all going to have a great night tonight.”

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NFL IN THE HOUSE

A total of 17 NFL officials representing 12 teams were accredited for the game, primarily to evaluate Levis, who is being considered a potential first-round pick.

RODRIGUEZ IS BACK

After missing September due to suspension, Kentucky All-SEC running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. returned to the starting lineup. Rodriguez finished with 72 yards on 19 carries with a conversion run on fourth-and-2 during a third-quarter touchdown drive.

SURVEY IMPLICATIONS

Despite a steady rise, the No. 14 Rebels trailed 11 other undefeated ranked teams. defeating the No. 7 Wildcats boosted Ole Miss’s prospects for a top 10 berth. The Wildcats put in a creditable performance on the road and figure to stay in the rankings despite the loss.

Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart (2) in action against the Kentucky Wildcats at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.

Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart (2) in action against the Kentucky Wildcats at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.
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Kentucky: The Wildcats begin a two-week stay in South Carolina on Oct. 1. 8th

Mississippi: Rebels visit Vanderbilt Oct. 8th.

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