Date story was published: Sunday, October 6, 1991
Kentucky's Pookie Jones dazzled the home crowd with some spectacular plays, but it was Ole Miss quarterback Russ Shows who threw for 293 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a 35-14 victory in Commonwealth Stadium last night.
The junior hit a wide-open Tyrone Montgomery for a 60-yard touchdown strike with 9:11 remaining to squelch a second-half Kentucky comeback.
A comeback led by Jones, UK's redshirt freshman quarterback who had runs of 51 and 23 yards.
Ahead 14-7 at halftime, Ole Miss increased the lead to two scores when -- the first play after a UK fumble -- Shows hit Vincent Brownlee for a 28- yard touchdown, making it 21-7 with 6:26 left in the third quarter.
But Jones made a 51-yard run to the Ole Miss 1-yard line. The next play, Craig Walker went over left tackle out of the wishbone, pulling the home team to within seven, 21-14, with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter.
And early in the fourth period, Kentucky moved to the Ole Miss 35-yard line before two incomplete passes killed the drive.
After a Bill Hawk punt, the Rebels took the ball at their 16, picked up two first downs, then Shows hit the streaking Montgomery that put the final nail to Kentucky's night streak.
The Cats, who had won 10 straight home night games, dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the SEC.
Tom Luke, Ole Miss' backup quarterback, added another score by hitting Marvin Courtney for a 26-yard touchdown with 1:51 remaining.
Mississippi improved to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Coach Billy Brewer's team has won 11 of its last 13 road games.
The Rebels gained 226 yards -- 138 through the air by Shows -- in the first half to take a 14-7 lead at intermission. Total yards at the end of the first quarter: Ole Miss 143, Kentucky 39.
And special-team play, a Cat strength the first three games, cracked. Ole Miss' Vince Brownlee had punt returns of 29 and 32 yards the first quarter.
The 29-yarder came off Bill Hawk's first punt and ended at the Wildcat 37. The Kentucky defense stiffened, however, and Brian Lee's 31-yard field goal sailed wide left.
But then the Cats handed the Rebels redemption. Freshman tailback Damon Hood fumbled at midfield and Ole Miss linebacker Derrick King recovered. Shows came right out and hit tailback Marvin Courtney for a 38-yard gain to the Kentucky 13. Next play, running back Daron Billings burst up the middle untouched for a 10-yard score, the game's first. There was 2:20 left in the quarter.
Next came dueling returns. UK's Kurt Johnson, the national leader in punt returns, took the Ole Miss kickoff and started right, cut back left, circled back to the middle, veered right and was finally brought down, out of a hurdle, after covering 52 yards. But the Cat offense went nowhere. Hawk punted, and Brownlee ripped off his 32-yard return to the Rebel 45.
Mississippi moved the ball to a second-and-nine at the Kentucky 19. But Shows pass for wideout Eddie Small was deflected by linebacker Reggie Smith into the hands of Brad Armstead. The free safety returned the theft 52 yards to the Ole Miss 45.
In came Pookie Jones at quarterback. And off went Terry Samuels. The fullback took a Jones handoff and sprinted the 45 yards up the middle and into the end zone for the sophomore's first score of the year. Doug Pelfrey's extra point tied it at 7-7 with 14:03 left in the second quarter.
Unphased, Mississippi promptly took control again. The Rebels drove 80 yards on seven plays. Billings scored his second touchdown, going 13 yards on an option pitch that left the Kentucky faked from its cleats. Lee's extra point kick made the score 14-7 Ole Miss with 11:31 remaining in the half.
It was the same score at halftime, though with Jones at the controls Kentucky did reach the visitors 6-yard line. But a clip cost the Cats 23 yards. Next play, third-and-27 from the 29-yard line, Ole Miss linebacker Tony Brown chased Jones down for a 13-yard loss.