Ole Miss makes SEC history

Published 10:01 pm Saturday, September 12, 2015

OXFORD (AP) — Chad Kelly’s brilliant passing performance provided evidence that Ole Miss’ quarterback race has ended.

Now the junior has the Rebels’ offense on quite a roll heading into next week’s Southeastern Conference showdown with Alabama.

Kelly threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns, including three of them to Quincy Adeboyejo, to lead No. 17 Ole Miss over Fresno State 73-21 on Saturday.

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“I thought it was a really solid day for him,” coach Hugh Freeze said of his quarterback.

That’s probably an understatement. Kelly was nearly perfect, completing 20 of 25 passes, leading the Rebels to seven touchdowns on all seven of his drives.

Kelly was starting his second straight game after winning what Freeze called a close quarterback race during preseason camp against Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade.

He was sharp from the outset, leading the Rebels to a 28-0 lead after one quarter.

Ole Miss (2-0) had two interceptions in the third quarter that ended any hope of a Fresno State comeback. Trae Elston’s was returned for a 38-yard touchdown, which was his second straight game with an interception return for a score.

Ole Miss finished with 607 total yards.

It was another brilliant offensive display by the Rebels, who scored 76 points in their opener against UT Martin last week. The 149 points over a two-game stretch are the most in school history.

It’s the first time Ole Miss has scored at least 49 points in back-to-back games, and the first time any SEC team has scored 70 or more in consecutive weeks.

“The sky’s the limit (for the offense),” Kelly said. “We just have to make sure we’re on the same page the whole game. Don’t turn it over. If we keep playing the way we’re doing, it’s going to be a special season.”

Fresno State’s Chason Virgil completed 12 of 18 passes for 140 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Marteze Waller ran for 91 yards.

Adeboyejo caught five passes for 120 yards and his three touchdowns.

Robert Nkemdiche, who usually plays on the defensive line, scored a touchdown for the second straight game. This one was a 1-yard run in the third quarter.