Chad Kelly was unstoppable, Damore'ea Stringfellow was uncoverable, Robert Nkemdiche was unblockable and Ole Miss overcame a slight third quarter hiccup to cruise past Mississippi State in Starkville, 38-27.
This game did get a little dicey in the third quarter, when State scored 10 unanswered points out of the locker room to cut it to 28-13. But after Gary Wunderlich drilled a clutch 48-yard field goal to stem the tide of momentum (he had missed his first two tries), the D-line took over. Robert Nkemdiche bagged two sacks to force a three-and-out and eight plays later, Jordan Wilkins reeled off a 38-yard kill shot to push the lead back to 25 points early in the fourth quarter.
State added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the score look respectable, but this game was never in question down the stretch.
Ole Miss tore out to a 28-3 halftime lead thanks to three Kelly touchdowns: the first a 27-yard touchdown scamper and the others passes to Stringfellow. With State's D locked in on Laquon Treadwell (who had a quiet four catches for 22 yards), String blew up for 84 yards on five grabs, including a clutch third-down conversion on the big touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter.
Chad was brilliant, throwing for 236 yards and two touchdowns while chipping in another 74 yards and a score on the ground. Check out the placement on this 36-yard touchdown to String.
Everything was going Chad's way, including this bounce. Wilkins broke free for his decisive touchdown on the very next play.
Dak Prescott, meanwhile, struggled in his final home game at Davis Wade Stadium. The Ole Miss D-line, led by Nkemdiche and D.J. Jones, sacked him seven times and limited him to just 3 yards per carry. He also tossed a back-breaking pick to Tony Bridges to put the Rebs up by three scores late in the first quarter.
The bad news on the night is that Alabama clinched the SEC West with a win in Iron Bowl, killing the Rebs' chance at Atlanta. But depending on how Florida finishes the season, Ole Miss still has a realistic chance to land in the Sugar Bowl.