TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – With a desperation fling, Chad Kelly and No. 15 Mississippi ended a quarter century of futility at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Kelly completed a deflected 66-yard touchdown pass and added two more long ones in the fourth quarter and the Rebels held on to beat No. 2 Alabama 43-37 on Saturday night.
The Rebels (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) left the topsy-turvy game with their first victory in Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1988, and second straight in a one-sided series.
“We certainly think we’re at a point now where it’s not a shock,” Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze said. “I still say it would be an upset in most people’s eyes to do it here.
“I don’t think it surprises the people in our locker room. Our pregame was as short as it’s ever been. I said, ‘You’re good enough to win.’ “
The Crimson Tide (2-1, 0-1) had been 25-1 in Tuscaloosa against Ole Miss and had never lost two straight.
The Rebels made two final defensive stands, the first when Tony Bridges intercepted a deep ball from Jake Coker, who came off the bench to lead a comeback from a 30-10 deficit.
Coker was 21-of-44 passing for 201 yards with three touchdowns but two interceptions.
Kelly delivered big play after big play after an ineffective first half, none wilder than a fling and a prayer in the third quarter, a 66-yard deflection caught by Quincy Adeboyejo for a touchdown.
Kelly added a 73-yarder to Cody Core and a 24-yarder to Laquon Treadwell. He passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns after producing just 36 yards through the air in the first half.
No. 1 Ohio State 20, Northern Illinois 3: In Columbus, Darron Lee returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown and top-ranked Ohio State’s defense bailed out its struggling, two-quarterback offense.
No. 3 TCU 56, SMU 37: In Fort Worth, Texas, Trevone Boykin threw for 454 yards and five touchdowns for TCU and added a highlight scoring run when he ducked out of a sack.
No 4 Michigan State 35, Air Force 21: In East Lansing, Michigan, Connor Cook threw three TD passes in the first half for Michigan State, including one that Aaron Burbridge hauled in with a spectacular catch in the end zone.
Stanford 41, No. 6 USC 31: In Los Angeles, Kevin Hogan passed for 279 yards and two touchdowns, Remound Wright rushed for three more scores and Stanford opened Pac-12 play with a win over the Trojans.
No. 7 Georgia 52, South Carolina 20: In Athens, Georgia, Greyson Lambert answered his skeptics with a near-perfect performance, throwing for 330 yards, three touchdowns and setting an NCAA record by completing all but one of his 25 passes to lead the Bulldogs past South Carolina.
No. 8 Notre Dame 30, No. 14 Georgia Tech 22: In South Bend, Indiana, C.J. Prosise ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, including one for 91 yards, and Notre Dame shut down Georgia Tech’s high-powered offense.
No. 12 Oregon 61, Georgia 28: In Eugene, Oregon, Jeff Lockie threw for 228 yards and two TDs in his first start for Oregon.
No. 13 LSU 45, No. 18 Auburn 21: In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Leonard Fournette ran for a career-high 228 yards and three touchdowns, and LSU steamrolled Auburn 45-21.
No. 16 Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 38: In Norman, Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield threw for 487 yards and four TDs and ran for another 85 yards and two scores to power Oklahoma.
No. 17 Texas A&M 44, Nevada 27: In College Station, Texas, Kyle Allen threw four TD passes and ran for a score to lead Texas A&M to its 19th straight nonconference victory, the longest active streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
No. 20 Arizona 77, Northern Arizona 13: In Tucson, Arizona, Anu Solomon completed 25 of 35 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns in a little more than a half of play, and the Wildcats set school records for points and total yards in a rout of the Lumberjacks.
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