SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Here at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for today’s Ole Miss game. It can be seen on the SEC Network for anybody who may not already know. About to have MLB Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan do the “Are You Ready.”
First Quarter: Kentucky opens the game with an impressive scoring drive lasting eight plays and covering 60 yards. RB Derrick Locke capped the scoring with a 7-yard run at the 12:04 mark.
Rebels on offense now. Drive starting at their own 27. Rebels have holding penalty. Ball now at the 17. Rebels get three and out on their first offensive possession. Punt to UK 34. Wildcats about to get ball for the second time this game.
Rebels hold UK on its second offensive drive. Grandy tackled hard on punt return. Rebels pick up first first down of the game. UK holds and forces a punt to end a drive that advanced over the 50.
Rebels get a break: UK’s Randall Cobb fumbles setting up the Rebels on the Wildcats’ 11. Rodney Scott caps the two-play drive with a 4-yard TD run. Play under review. Review upheld for Rebels. Rose kicks PAT to tie the game at 7-7 with 3:58 left in the first quarter.
UK’s Derrick Locke knocks out Ole Miss safety Brishen Matthews on 6-yard run. Matthews back on his feet after a few moments. UK on the move as the quarter ends. Game still tied 7-7.
Second Quarter: It appears that UK quarterback Mike Hartline has completed a 15-yard TD pass to Randal Cobb. Play under review. TD stands. Wildcats take a 14-7 lead.
Ole Miss safety Brishen Matthews out for the rest of the game with a concussion.
Rebels get first interception of the season by cornerback Charles Sawyer. Rebels cash in two plays later when Masoli finds H.R. Greer for his first career TD on a 7-yard catch. Game tied 14-14 with 10:39 left in the first half.
Damien Jackson causes a fumble with a huge hit on UK’s Chris Matthews. Rebels have the ball at the UK 43. Rebels go ahead for the first time today on a 2-yard run by Brandon Bolden. Rose tacks on extra point. Rebels up 21-14.
Ole Miss holds UK at its own 25. Got the ball back with just over two minutes left. Facing a third-and-3 situation currently with 1:28 left in the half. Jesse Grandy stopped on a third-down option run. Looks like UK will get the ball back with just over a minute left.
Kentucky ends first half with a 50-yard field goal by Craig McIntosh. Ole Miss leads 21-17.
Ole Miss totals 142 yards in the first half, Kentucky totals 232. Bolden leads the team in rushing with 47 yards on 10 carries, while Masoli was 5-for-11 for 56 yards. Hartline completes 17-for-26 for 149 yards, while Derrick Locke leads the Wildcats with 51 yards on 10 carries at the half.
Third Quarter: Ole Miss driving the ball on its first offensive drive. Ball currently at UK 12. Second down coming up. Rebels cap eight-play, 75-yard drive with 8-yard throw from Masoli to Bolden. Rebels up 28-17.
UK gets 42-yard field goal from Craig McIntosh to cut lead to eight (28-20).
Rebels on the march again. At UK 18 after long catch by Melvin Harris and long run by Brandon Bolden, who left the game.
Rebels go up 35-20 on a 1-yard run by Masoli. The run capped a nine-play, 60-yard drive for the Rebels that lasted 4:30.
Fourth Quarter: Rebels at the UK 4 up 35-20. One more TD and fans have to feel good about earning first SEC win. Masoli finds Ferbia Allen for 4-yard TD, his third TD throw of the game. Rebels up 42-20 with good PAT from Rose.
Rebels get the ball back at their own 3 with 13:39 left in the game. UK has the ball back with 11:32 left in the game. Ball on the Ole Miss 45.
Derrick Locke scores on a 3-yard TD for the Wildcats, while Hartline finds Cobb for the two-point play. Wildcats’ scoring drive is five plays, 45 yards and now trail 42-28 with 10:12 left in the game.
Rebels start drive at their own 40. Masoli stopped on third-down run. UK has the ball back at its own 38 with just over eight minutes left in the game.
Rebels dodge a bullet. Pass on fourth down into end zone incomplete.
Ole Miss finishes three-game homestand with a 42-35 win. Final stats for Rebels are 301 total yards. Bolden finished with 108 yards on career-high 23 carries. The Rebels have also scored the most points (187) over the first five games to start a season since the Rebels were called the Flood. (October 2, 2010)