Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin criticized the team’s fans this week for not coming out to games and being supportive.
Kiffin had nothing to complain about Saturday, as a boisterous home crowd turned out to watch No. 14 Ole Miss upset No. 7 Kentucky, 22-19, to remain unbeaten at 5-0.
“I’ve never played in a game this big and in front of a crowd like this,” Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart said afterward. “I’ll never forget it.”
The game remained in doubt until the final minute, as Kentucky (4-1) appeared ready to take the lead. In fact, the Wildcats scored what appeared to be the go-ahead TD only to have it called back on a penalty. At the very least, a field goal after that would have tied the score. But Rebels defensive end Jared Ivy stripped the ball from Kentucky quarterback Will Levis on the next play to seal the victory.
Defensive coordinator Chris Partridge’s reaction to that game-clinching turnover is priceless.
Ole Miss with the strip sack and recovery to ice their win over Kentucky! pic.twitter.com/HiSbkvlsMi
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 1, 2022
Just days after Kiffin complained about the Ole Miss home crowds being too listless, fans at this game turned up their intensity level. (Some took it too far, as a brawl between fraternity members broke out in the grandstands.)
Hell, yeah! Damn right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty,
Who The Hell Are We? Hey!
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
Ole Miss By Damn! pic.twitter.com/MZ6k46REMh
— Old Row Sports (@OldRowSports) October 1, 2022
Yet this day belonged to Kiffin and the Ole Miss players. Just one season after Kiffin led the team to its first-ever 10-win campaign, Ole Miss appears on its way to reaching that mark once again.
Twitter toasted the Rebels’ — and their fans’ — efforts Saturday.
Stadium looks incredible on TV. Well done Ole Miss fans. pic.twitter.com/9wZ3XuUB59
— Brennon Chapman (@BrennonChapman) October 1, 2022
You showed up and showed out
The stripe out was brilliant
— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) October 1, 2022
What a fun one in Oxford!
No. 14 Ole Miss Football pulls out the win against No. 7 Kentucky Football to remain unbeaten 👀 pic.twitter.com/PDyxtLQzU8
— ♑KD314♑ (@kendell_m) October 1, 2022
The entire Ole Miss defense will get Crunch Time Player honors this week! Stepped up in multiple moments to win the game!
— Bennett Gainey (@PlaysCrunch) October 1, 2022
— Gene Rossi (@rossi4va) October 1, 2022