Saturday, November 5, 2011
Wildcats end SEC drought
By Chris Low
It had been a long time coming for Kentucky, but the Wildcats broke through Saturday and captured their first SEC win of the season in pulling away from Ole Miss for a 30-13 victory at Commonwealth Stadium.
While the misery is over for Kentucky, it only figures to get worse for Ole Miss, which lost its 12th straight SEC game dating back to last season.
Once again, the Rebels (2-7, 0-6) failed to get it done in the second half. Kentucky led 10-6 at the half, but outscored Ole Miss 20-7 after the break. It was the third straight game in which Ole Miss faltered in the second half after either being ahead or within striking distance at the half.
The questions about Houston Nutt's job security are sure to escalate, as the Rebels are in real danger of going winless in the SEC. Their only two remaining league games are LSU at home and Mississippi State on the road.
The loss Saturday to Kentucky ensures that Ole Miss will finish with an overall losing record for the second straight season.
The Wildcats (4-5, 1-4) still have a chance to qualify for a bowl, but will have to win two of their remaining three games against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Tennessee.
Its looks like Kentucky may have found a new quarterback. Freshman Maxwell Smith, filling in for the injured Morgan Newton, passed for 283 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Smith looked especially sharp in the second half in throwing the deep ball, and Kentucky has struggled all season when it comes to making plays in the passing game.