Mississippi 35, Kentucky 29
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ Randy Baldwin scored two touchdowns Saturday as Mississippi won its third straight game with a 35-29 Southeastern Conference victory over Kentucky.
The Rebels (4-1 overall and 1-1 in the SEC) rolled up 352 yards total offense - including 220 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. It marks the best start for Mississippi since quarterback Archie Manning led the 1970 squad to a 4-1 record after five games.
The victory before an estimated 27,000 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was Rebel Coach Billy Brewer’s 100th win as a college coach.
Baldwin, who finished with a game-high 88 yards on 13 carries, put the Rebels ahead 14-7 with 3:32 remaining in the first half on a 15-yard run. The junior added a 21-yard score on a pitch to the left on the final play of the third quarter.
Kentucky (1-4 overall and 0-1 in the SEC) had a 7-0 first quarter lead on an Al Baker 4-yard TD run - eight plays after a bad snap on a 42-yard field goal by Mississippi resulted in a 21-yard loss. Baker added a 1-yard score on the final play of the game.
The Rebels got the margin of victory in the third quarter after Vincent Brownlee returned a Kentucky punt 58 yards to the 23-yard line. Six plays later, Ed Thigpen powered over from the 1-yard line.
Mississippi’s first score came on a Maurice Shaw 1-yard run in the second quarter. The Rebel scoring ended when linebacker Shawn Cobb recovered a Wildcat fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Kentucky quarterback Brad Smith - making his first career start - was involved in two touchdowns. The sophomore ran 13 yards for a score in the third quarter and threw 25 yards to Phil Logan with 6:19 left in the game.