LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Maxwell Smith threw for 283 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as Kentucky beat Mississippi 30-13 on Saturday.
Smith, a freshman, was forced to start because of an injury Morgan Newton sustained last Saturday against Mississippi State, and he was steady in his first career start. He had 128 yards passing at halftime, but the Wildcats couldn’t quite reach the red zone as four drives ended between the Ole Miss 30-yard line and the 50.
Using deep passes in the second half, the Wildcats (4-5, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) took a 16-13 lead on Smith’s 38-yard touchdown to La’Rod King with 12:22 left.
After forcing the Rebels (2-7, 0-6) into two punts, Smith put the game out of reach with a 56-yard pass to King that set up an 8-yard touchdown throw to Gene McCaskill.
CoShik Williams had 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Kentucky.