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(Saturday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Ole Miss 42, Kentucky 35
Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - Brandon Bolden carried the ball 23 times for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Kentucky Wildcats, 42-35 in an SEC showdown at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli completed nine of his 17 passes for Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1 SEC), throwing for 90 yards and three touchdowns. Masoli also had nine carries for 43 yards and a rushing touchdown in the win.
Kentucky (3-2, 0-2 SEC) was led by quarterback Mike Hartline who threw for 300 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Running back Derrick Locke carried the ball 19 times for 68 yards and two scores, while also amassing 108 yards receiving on eight catches in the loss.
The Wildcats took the ball 60 yards on eight plays to start off the game, capped by a seven-yard touchdown run by Locke, giving Kentucky the early 7-0 lead.
Later in the quarter Ole Miss tied the game at seven after Rodney Scott ran the ball into the end zone from four yards out.
Early in the second quarter, Kentucky regained the lead when Hartline connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb as the Wildcats now held a 14-7 advantage.
Ole Miss knotted the game at 14 apiece after Masoli found H.R. Greer for an eight-yard touchdown. The Rebels then took advantage of a Kentucky turnover as Bolden hit the end zone on a two-yard run, giving Ole Miss the 21-14 lead.
Kentucky's Craig McIntosh split the uprights on an impressive 50-yard field goal as time expired in the opening half, leaving the Wildcats with a 21-17 deficit at the break.
Ole Miss opened the scoring in the second half when Masoli completed an eight- yard touchdown pass to Bolden, as the Rebels lengthened their lead to 28-17.
Kentucky received another field goal from McIntosh, this time from 42 yards out, making the score 28-20 with 6:28 remaining in the third frame.
The Rebels scored on a one-yard rush by Masoli on their next drive, giving Ole Miss the 35-20 lead.
After a three-and-out by Kentucky, Ole Miss return man Jesse Grandy brought back a punt 73 yards and two plays later, Masoli connected on a four-yard pass to Ferbia Allen for the touchdown and a 42-20 Rebels advantage.
Kentucky fought back as Locke found his way into the end zone for the second time on the day, this time on a three-yard run. Hartline completed a pass to Cobb for a successful two-point conversion, but the Wildcats still trailed 42-28.
The Wildcats weren't done there as Hartline found Chris Matthews for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:34 remaining in regulation to bring the deficit to seven, 42-35. But that's where the score stayed as Kentucky's attempt of an onside kick was recovered by the Rebels who secured the home victory.
10/02 17:57:21 ET