Ole Miss Beats No. 7 Kentucky In Oxford; Reloaded Rebels Now 5-0

OXFORD, Mississippi - Have the Ole Miss Rebels just reloaded after a school record 10-win regular season in 2021?

No. 14 Ole Miss (5-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) is already halfway back there after a 22-19 victory over No. 7 Kentucky in front of a sold-out crowd of 64,038 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Ole Miss lost no fumbles and claimed two big ones late and deep in its territory from Kentucky quarterback Will Levis for the win - the Rebels' 13th straight home game going back to the 2020 season.

Ole Miss' schedule lightens up a bit now with a trip to Vanderbilt (3-2, 0-1) on Saturday, followed by Auburn (3-1, 1-0 entering LSU game Saturday night) at home the next week. Kentucky (4-1, 1-1 SEC) lost its 11th straight SEC West road game under Coach Mark Stoops. The Wildcats host South Carolina (3-2, 0-2) on Saturday.

Kentucky reached the 12-yard line in the final minute with a chance to win, but quarterback Will Levis fumbled after a hit by defensive end Jared Ivey. And defensive end Tavius Robinson recovered. The Rebels ran out the clock.

Kentucky previously was driving for a go-ahead field goal or touchdown with under four minutes to go when Levis kept on a 3rd-and-2 play from the Rebels' 19-yard-line. But linebacker Austin Keys' hit on him forced a fumble that safety A.J. Finley recovered at the 21-yard line with 2:55 left.


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Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests. A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention. Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at www.acadianhouse.com, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.