Six of Significance

Ole Miss dropped its sixth Southeastern Conference game of the season, and its 12th in a row, in a 30-13 blowout Saturday at Kentucky. What six plays shaped the game? We take a look.

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Score: 3-0, Ole Miss
Situation: Third-and-11 from the Ole Miss 19-yard line with 7:13 left in the first quarter.
Play: Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey was pressured up the middle by Kentucky, and with Wildcats draped over him, threw a pass up for grabs that was hauled in by freshman wide receiver Donte Moncrief. Moncrief stole a would-be interception from the covering defender, keeping a drive alive that would result in kicker Bryson Rose's second field goal. The successful field goal was Rose's 17th in a row, leaving him one shy of tying the Southeastern Conference record.

Score: 6-0, Ole Miss
Situation: Third-and-1 from the Kentucky 29-yard line with 2:53 left in the first quarter.
Play: After the second of two Bryson Rose field goals, Kentucky unleased running back Coshik Williams against a much-maligned Ole Miss defense. Williams broke free through the right side of the Ole Miss defense, gashing the Rebels for a 14-yard gain. A late hit out of bounds against Joel Kight tacked on 15 more yards, putting Kentucky in business at the Ole Miss 42. Williams rushed for 30 more yards on the drive, and finished off the scoring march with a 2-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.

Score: 7-6, Kentucky
Situation: Second-and-10 from the Kentucky 49-yard line with 1:35 left in the second quarter.
Play: Ole Miss, in its two-minute offense, moved the ball down the field with no timeouts right before the half in search of points. However, Mackey was intercepted on a pass attempt into quadruple coverage by Kentucky defensive back Danny Trevathan. Trevathan returned the theft to the Ole Miss 44, leading to a 48-yard Kentucky field goal with seconds remaining in the half.

Score: 10-6, Kentucky
Situation: Second-and-20 from the Kentucky 21-yard line with 7:21 left in the third quarter.
Play: A struggling Ole Miss offensive awoke from its quarter-and-a-half sleep, moving to the Kentucky 11-yard line in its first drive of the second half. Brandon Bolden, however, was called for a holding penalty, pushing the Rebels back 10 yards to the 21. On the next play, Mackey found a wide-open Nick Brassell in the end zone for six to retake the lead, 13-10. The score marked the second touchdown catch in as many weeks for Brassell.

Score: 13-10, Ole Miss
Situation: Second-and-8 from the Ole Miss 38-yard line with 12:29 left in the fourth quarter.
Play: With Ole Miss clinging to a three-point lead, Kentucky dialed up a successful deep pass to veteran wide receiver La'Rod King. Wildcat freshman quarterback Max Smith found King, who had blown by cornerback Brassell, in stride down the right sideline for a touchdown. The extra point was no good, giving Kentucky a 16-13 lead it would never relinquish.

Score: 16-13, Kentucky
Situation: Second-and-6 from the Kentucky 39-yard line with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter.
Play: Ole Miss needed a stop. Kentucky only had to hold the ball as long as it could. The Wildcats did one better, scoring a nail-in-the-coffin touchdown on an 8-yard pass, Smith to Gene McCaskill. The play was set up by a 55-yard pitch and catch from Smith to King, sending Ole Miss to its 12th straight SEC loss.

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