Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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QB Kelly continues to step up for Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly was one of the team's biggest question marks three months ago.

Now he has produced one of the best seasons in program history, passing stars like Eli Manning in the school record books in the process.

Kelly threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 81 yards and two scores to lead No. 25 Ole Miss over No. 17 LSU 38-17 on Saturday. It was a game dominated by the Rebels except for a short stretch during the third quarter.

"We're rolling," Kelly said. "We're doing a good job."

LSU, on the other hand, was dogged by penalties and mistakes. Now veteran coach Les Miles is facing questions about job security after the program's first three-game losing streak since 1999.

The Tigers were undefeated and in national title contention three weeks ago. They have been outscored 99-47 in losses to Alabama, Arkansas and the Rebels.

LSU made mistakes at crucial times Saturday and often seemed disorganized. The Tigers were penalized 13 times for 95 yards, had three turnovers and fumbled four times, including twice on one series.

Ole Miss took a 24-0 lead by late in the second quarter.

Kelly completed 19 of 34 passes and had no turnovers. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior — who transferred last spring from East Mississippi Community College — broke school single-season records for total offensive yards (3,857) and total touchdowns (34).

"Chad prepares himself as hard as any quarterback I've ever coached," Freeze said.

LSU rallied in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 24-17, but the Rebels responded with two quick touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

LSU star running back Leonard Fournette had a decent day, with 108 yards on 25 carries, but his presence was mostly neutralized after the Tigers fell into an early hole and had to throw to try to score quickly.

"Our goal was to make them one-dimensional," Ole Miss defensive back Mike Hilton said.

NO. 3 ALABAMA 56, CHARLESTON SO. 6: Cyrus Jones and the Crimson Tide left Bryant-Denny Stadium in high style even for a game against a lower division team.

Jones returned two punts for touchdowns in his home finale and Derrick Henry also scored twice as Alabama romped past the Division I-AA Buccaneers.

"I'm just happy I went out the way I did, in kind of dramatic fashion," Jones said. "It's something I'll never forget."

It turned into a three-hour celebration, and not just for the seniors.

Alabama led 49-0 by halftime against Charleston Southern, which is bound for the I-AA playoffs. Alabama can clinch an SEC West title with a win next week at Auburn.

CITADEL 23, S.C. 22: The Bulldogs running back who scored the deciding touchdown against the Gamecocks used to sell peanuts during South Carolina games in high school. The kicker who had a career-long 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter is prepping for an Army career just like his grandfathers.

Now both are part of the lore for the South Carolina military college.

Running back Tyler Renew and kicker Eric Goins helped visiting Citadel, of the Southern Conference, to a stunning victory.

"Most of my kids aren't going to play in the NFL. Most of my kids are going to be the leaders of our country," Citadel coach Mike Houston said.

With the Bulldogs facing third and 1 with just more than six minutes left, the Gamecocks overcommitted. Citadel quarterback Dominique Allen changed the play, sending Renew outside where he ran 56 yards nearly untouched for the final margin.

MISS. STate 51, ARK. 50: Beniquez Brown blocked a field goal with less than a minute left to help the visiting Bulldogs hold on. Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 501 yards and five touchdowns on 38-of-50 passing for Mississippi State, which has won four straight over the Razorbacks. Prescott's final touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to Fred Ross with 3:05 left, put the Bulldogs up 51-50.

AUBURN 56, IDAHO 34: Jeremy Johnson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two for the host Tigers, who became bowl eligible. The Vandals outgained Auburn 479-460, but the Tigers converted all six of their red-zone opportunities and scored three touchdowns off three turnovers to pull away in the second half.

TENN. 19, MISSOURI 8: Jalen Hurd rushed for a career-best 151 yards on 34 carries, and the Volunteers dominated on defense, spoiling Gary Pinkel's home finale with the Tigers. UT's Joshua Dobbs had the only touchdown on an 8-yard run with 17 seconds left in the first half.

GEORGIA 23, GA. SOUTHERN 17, OT: Sony Michel ran for a 25-yard touchdown on the Bulldogs' only overtime play, and host Georgia survived the upset bid. Leonard Floyd was in on three tackles for losses on the Eagles' overtime possession, including L.A. Ramsby's 3-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 direct snap.

TEXAS A&M 25, VANDY 0: Taylor Bertolet tied an SEC record with six field goals for the visiting Aggies, who handed the Commodores their second shutout loss in their past four games.

KENTUCKY 58, CHARLOTTE 10: Jojo Kemp rushed for three touchdowns, Boom Williams ran for two and the host Wildcats rolled up 544 yards, including 415 on the ground, fourth most in school history.

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