Wildcats, Rebels coast during night game drama

September, 9, 2012
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No. 8 Arkansas fell to Louisiana-Monroe in the season's first shocker. No. 7 Georgia also pushed past Missouri in an SEC East slugfest while Vanderbilt blew an early lead by allowing a 17-point fourth quarter to Northwestern.

With all of that going on, it's easy to forget that two other SEC teams -- Kentucky and Ole Miss -- squared off in non-conferences games of their own. With chaos going on all around them, the Rebels and Wildcats handled their business.

Kentucky 47, Kent State 14: It's hard to believe that this was a three-point game with ten minutes to play in the third quarter. After Kent State running back Traylon Durham scored from 26 yards out to cut Kentucky's lead to 17-14, the Wildcats exploded. Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith threw an 18-yard touchdown pass with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter, which capped off a run of 30 unanswered Wildcat points to close the game. Kentucky scored four touchdowns and caused a safety during a 12-minute stretch of play between the middle of the third quarter and the early fourth. Smith eviscerated the Golden Flashes' defense with 30 of 39 completions for 354 yards and four touchdowns.

Ole Miss 28, UTEP 10: His stats weren't as gaudy as Smith's, but Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was efficient in leading the Rebels past UTEP for a 2-0 start. Wallace completed 15 of 22 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns. The Rebels' defense shut the Miners out in the first half and didn't allow UTEP into the end zone until 10:57 mark of the third quarter. Ole Miss ran for a whopping 332 total yards led by a 113-yard effort from running back Jeff Scott. It's slightly concerning that the Rebels surrendered 274 passing yards to a Conference USA team, especially with No. 17 Texas coming to town next week.

David Helman | email

Reporter, RecruitingNation

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