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Carrie Anderson

Ole Miss loses Second Straight

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Myron Pryor caused three key turnovers and

Dicky Lyons Jr. caught his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season

as Kentucky defeated Mississippi 31-14 Saturday to win its first

Southeastern Conference opener in 19 years.

The victory moved the Wildcats to 2-1 on the season, the first

time in three-plus years under coach Rich Brooks that the team has

been above .500. Mississippi dropped to 1-2.

What was billed as a run-heavy, low-scoring affair proved to be

anything but. The difference for Kentucky was sophomore defensive

tackle Pryor, who stopped three Rebel drives in their tracks when

he grabbed one interception, forced a fumble and recovered another.

And on offense, it appears the Wildcats have found the receiving

threat opposite Keenan Burton they had been searching for all

offseason. It's Lyons, son of the former Kentucky standout by the

same name, who has now scored twice in each of Kentucky's first

three games.

Mississippi got on the board first after Rafael Little fumbled,

giving the ball to the Rebels near midfield. Quarterback Brent

Schaeffer took advantage, lobbing a flat pass to Marshay Green, who

eluded several Kentucky defenders at the line of scrimmage, then

darted untouched toward the end zone for a 47-yard score.

The Wildcats responded immediately, thanks to Lyons, who caught

a 33-yard Andre' Woodson pass to put Kentucky in position, then

scored on a 26-yard slant a few plays later.

Lyons struck again on Kentucky's next possession, leaping in the

back of the end zone for yet another touchdown. Lyons would finish

with four catches and 83 yards.

Woodson had 290 yards and his second-straight three-touchdown

game.

After Schaeffer hit a wide-open Robert Hough for a 27-yard

touchdown to tie the game at 14, Woodson connected on a 22-yard

scoring pass to Curtis Pulley, who he beat out for the starting

quarterback job. That put the Wildcats in front for good.

Kentucky took a 21-14 lead into halftime, and it could have been

even more.

With the seconds ticking down, Pryor knocked the ball out of

Schaeffer's hand, and J.D. Craigman recovered it for the Wildcats.

But freshman kicker Lones Seiber, trying his first field goal since

winning the starting job this week, had his 37-yard attempt blocked

as time expired. Seiber would hit a 41-yard field goal in the

fourth quarter.

Pryor also stopped the Rebels' first drive of the second half

with an interception after Schaeffer had led the Rebels to the

10-yard line. The turnover came a few plays after what appeared to

be a spectacular diving touchdown catch by Mike Wallace, but Ole

Miss was called for an ineligible receiver penalty, so it didn't

count.

Tony Dixon added a late rushing touchdown for Kentucky.

Mississippi's BenJarvus Green-Ellis led all rushers with 85 yards,

but he didn't find the end zone.

Kentucky has now won two straight since getting clobbered by

Louisville in the season opener. The Rebels, however, are reeling -

losing back-to-back games at Missouri and Kentucky.

The news wasn't all good for the Wildcats. Center Matt

McCutchan, the senior leader of the Wildcats' offensive line, had

to be taken off the field and had his left ankle examined.

McCutchan was granted a sixth year of eligibility in the offseason

because of neck injuries he sustained earlier in his career at

Navy.

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