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Chad Kelly lights up Oklahoma State in Sugar Bowl win

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Chad Kelly tied a career high with four touchdown passes in the Sugar Bowl.

Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly looked a lot like his Pro Football Hall of Fame uncle on Friday, throwing four touchdown passes as the Rebels routed Oklahoma State, 48-20, in the Sugar Bowl.


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With the former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly in attendance, the Ole Miss junior flashed the skills of a future pro in spreading 21 completions to eight different receivers for 302 yards, along with impressive mobility outside the pocket (10 carries, 73 yards). The junior has yet to announce whether he will apply for early eligibility into the 2016 NFL Draft.

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The game capped a remarkable season for the former Clemson quarterback who was dismissed from that program and spent 2014 playing at the junior college level. Kelly passed the 4,000-yard mark for the season (4,042), finishing with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Kelly's primary beneficiary was junior receiver Laquon Treadwell, who tied a Sugar Bowl record with three touchdown catches. On the last of those three, a 14-yard fade into the corner of the end zone, Kelly threw a near-perfect pass with Oklahoma State star pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah in his face. Treadwell, whose 202 career receptions is the most in school history, is also considering applying for early draft entry. He also threw a 45-yard pass on a trick play.

Without suspended star defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (10-3) allowed just 63 rushing yards and led 34-6 at the half.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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