Scores

Final

Ole Miss 13

(2-7, 0-6 SEC)

Kentucky 30

(4-5, 1-4 SEC)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:30 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Commonwealth Stadium, LEXINGTON, KY

1 2 3 4 T
MISS 6 0 7 013
UK 0 10 0 2030

Top Performers

Passing: M. Smith (UK) - 283 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Williams (UK) - 25 CAR, 111 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. King (UK) - 3 REC, 102 YDS, 1 TD

In first career start, freshman QB Maxwell Smith leads Kentucky past Mississippi

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Maxwell Smith threw for 283 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as Kentucky beat Mississippi 30-13 on Saturday for the Wildcats' first Southeastern Conference win in nearly a year.

Smith, a freshman, was forced to start because of an injury Morgan Newton sustained last Saturday against Mississippi State, and he was steady in his first career start. He had 128 yards passing at halftime, but Kentucky couldn't quite reach the red zone.

The Wildcats had four drives in the first half that ended between the Ole Miss 30-yard line and the 50; one ended in a 48-yard field goal, one ended in a missed field goal and two ended in punts.

But Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders opened up the playbook in the second half to the deep passes. Smith's 38-yard touchdown pass to La'Rod King gave the Wildcats (4-5, 1-4) a 16-13 lead with 12:22 left.

That pass marked the latest Kentucky had held a lead in any SEC game since a 38-20 win over Vanderbilt on Nov. 13, 2010.

After forcing the Rebels (2-7, 0-6) into two punts, Smith put the game out of reach with a 56-yard pass to King that set up an 8-yard touchdown throw to Gene McCaskill.

Ole Miss held an early 6-0 lead after getting into the red zone twice but coming away with field goals both times. The Rebels finished with 195 rushing yards but were consistently pinned back in their own territory by Kentucky punter Ryan Tydlacka.

CoShik Williams had 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MISS
UK
1st Downs1920
Total Yards392398
Passing197283
Rushing195115
Penalties11-935-52
3rd Down Conversions7-175-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers10
Possession31:3728:23

Passing Leaders

Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mackey14/291976.811
KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith19/362837.920

Rushing Leaders

Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden13564.3033
Brassell15656.0056
KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams251114.4218
Roark177.007

Receiving Leaders

Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moncrief46817.0025
Brassell34013.3121
KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roark711616.6028
King310234.0155

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMISSUK
FG11:51Bryson Rose 31 Yd 30
FG03:19Bryson Rose 37 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERMISSUK
TD14:57CoShik Williams 2 Yd Run (Craig Mcintosh Kick) 67
FG00:38Craig McIntosh 48 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERMISSUK
TD07:15Nickolas Brassell 21 Yd Pass From Randall Mackey (Bryson Rose Kick) 1310
FOURTH QUARTERMISSUK
TD12:22La'Rod King 38 Yd Pass From Maxwell Smith (Pat Failed) 1316
TD02:49Gene McCaskill 8 Yd Pass From Maxwell Smith (Craig Mcintosh Kick) 1323
TD01:18CoShik Williams 10 Yd Run (Craig Mcintosh Kick) 1330