Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly threw a touchdown in the second quarter versus the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, his 17th consecutive game with a passing touchdown. Coming into the weekend tied with former Rebels quarterback Eli Manning, Kelly now has the school record.
The senior gunslinger opened up the second-quarter scoring with a 55-yard deep ball to wide receiver DeMarkus Lodge. For a bit of insurance, he later connected with tight end Evan Engram for a nine-yard score to give the Rebels a commanding 31-0 lead over the Bulldogs heading into the locker room.
Kelly got off to a hot start to open up 2016 during the opening-week clash versus the Florida State Seminoles. What was thought to be smooth sailing for the senior and his club turned into a nightmare, as Kelly’s three interceptions helped the ‘Noles erase a double-digit deficit to steal the game.
He got back on track in Week 2 versus Wofford, though, as Kelly compiled three touchdowns through the air and finished the game with a 178.9 QBR. Last weekend versus the Crimson Tide, it was the defense that coughed up yet another double-digit lead. Kelly’s season-high 421 yards — as well as three scores — went for naught in the home loss to Saban and Alabama, which put a real damper on Ole Miss’s chances at a playoff berth.
The Rebels are cruising on Saturday behind the quarterback, who entered halftime with 233 yards on 13-of-17 passing. The narrative for Ole Miss has been squandering leads but the Rebels aren’t letting the hangover from last week’s loss affect them versus the Bulldogs.