Thanks to a last-second touchdown pass to D.K. Metcalf, the Ole Miss Rebels stunned the Kentucky Wildcats 37-34 on Saturday night. With five seconds to play, quarterback Jordan Ta’amu found Metcalf, who jumped over the Kentucky defender to make the game-winning catch.
Metcalf’s reception was his fifth of the game, as the Rebels receiver racked up 83 yards and two scores in the victory. On the whole, four Ole Miss receivers picked up 65 yards or more in the win on Saturday. Van Jefferson compiled 82, Dawson Knox got 73 and A.J. Brown had 65. Metcalf, Jeferson and Brown picked up the four touchdowns that Ta’amu threw against the Wildcats. Ta’amu finished with 382 yards and no interceptions, throwing for a gaudy 9.6 yards per attempt.
The win for Ole Miss doesn’t put them up to .500, but they did play spoiler for Kentucky. The Wildcats are now 6-3 and 3-3 in league play. The loss puts a damper on the Cats’ outside shot of winning the SEC East, as they needed to keep close with the Georgia Bulldogs going forward. Nevertheless, their pursuit of a solid season continues on even with the defeat.
What We Learned
Ole Miss continues to be a spoiler
Say this about the Rebels: You can’t count them out of any game because of that offense. And even without Shea Patterson, the offense remains prolific and a serious threat going down the stretch. Kentucky felt the wrath of it on Saturday afternoon in Lexington. Texas A&M and rival Mississippi State may want to watch out, too.
This may sting Kentucky going forward
While the chances of the Wildcats making the SEC Championship Game were slim, they’ll have to navigate the rest of the way with a thin margin for error. The Wildcats still have Georgia, the Vanderbilt Commodores and rival Louisville Cardinals on the schedule. They could have a nine-win season, but they’d likely now have to win their bowl game to achieve it. Going into this week, that was certainly a prospect that looked a lot more promising.