Matt Ruffalo’s second missed kick against Ole Miss cost Kentucky a chance to win their first game of the 2020 season.
Unable to slow down the Ole Miss offense, Kentucky trailed 35-28 halfway through the fourth quarter. Needing 78 yards to get to the end zone and tie the game, Eddie Gran went away from the primary rushing attack. Despite a few hiccups, Justin Rigg and Akeem Hayes each made drive-saving catches that gave Kentucky life, setting up a Chris Rodriguez game-tying touchdown with 2:04 on the clock.
On the ensuing possession the Wildcats stuffed a first down run. Boogie Watson picked the perfect time to get his first sack of the season, forcing a third and long. The pass was completed but Ty Ajian was waiting just ahead of the sticks, stuffing the receiving one yard short to force an Ole Miss punt with 42 seconds to play.
Kentucky received the ball first in overtime. After a pair of productive Chris Rodriguez runs, Terry Wilson ran 12 yards into the end zone for his third rushing touchdown of the game. Unfortunately, he couldn’t kick the extra point too. Ruffalo’s attempt went wide right, no good. His other missed kick, a 49-yard second half field goal attempt, clanged off the right upright.
Elijah Moore scored the touchdown that gave Lane Kiffin his first win at Ole Miss. Kentucky has lost its last two games against Ole Miss in Lexington by a combined four points.