STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Derek Abney scored two touchdowns on punt returns in the third quarter as Kentucky pulled away from Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State, 45-24.
The Wildcats trailed, 17-16, before Abney returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown 2:23 into the second half.
After Artose Pinner ran it in from one yard out 4:10 later, Abney extended the Wildcats' advantage to 37-17 with a 52-yard return with 7:15 to play in the period.
Kentucky cornerback Derrick Tatum capped the scoring with a 53-yard interception return with 4:56 remaining.
Abney had 136 punt-return yards and 55 on kickoffs, and Pinner rushed for 104 yards for the Wildcats (6-3, 2-3 SEC East), who had lost three of their previous four games.
Jared Lorenzen completed 10-of-22 attempts for 141 yards and one touchdown without an interception for Kentucky, which snapped a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs (3-5, 0-4 West).
Kevin Fant was 9-of-30 for 162 yards, three TDs and three interceptions for Mississippi State. He was also sacked three times.
Jerious Norwood rushed for 138 yards on 15 carries and Terrell Grindle caught three passes - two for scores - and 108 yards in the loss.
Mississippi State outgained Kentucky, 392-266, including a 230-105 advantage on the ground.