LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Derek Abney scored on a punt
return and caught a touchdown pass as Kentucky rallied with 42
unanswered points for a 42-17 victory over Southeastern
Conference rival Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the opening 18 minutes
and had a 10-point halftime cushion. The Wildcats went 80 yards
on nine plays on the opening drive of the third quarter and
pulled within 17-14 on Arliss Beach's one-yard TD run.
Abney gave Kentucky (4-4, 1-3 SEC) the lead for good 75 seconds
later, returning a punt 80 yards for a score. He caught a
53-yard touchdown pass from Jared Lorenzen early in the fourth
for a 28-17 cushion.
It was the 75th career touchdown pass for Lorenzen, who took
breaking the school record held by Tim Couch.
Beach added his second touchdown run with 10:22 left and Gibson
Monquan capped the scoring with a three-yard run as the Wildcats
won their first conference game under coach Rich Brooks.
Lorenzen completed 16-of-24 for 256 yards before leaving late in
the game. He injured his right leg while scrambling and was
replaced by Shane Boyd.
Jerious Norwood ran 11 times for 133 yards, including a 58-yard
TD, for Mississippi State (2-6, 1-3), which is winless in
four road games this season.