Kentucky beat South Carolina 45-38 after trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter and Ole Miss beat second-ranked Alabama 23-17 on Saturday and their fans rushed the field after the victories. The conference fined Ole Miss $50,000 and Kentucky $25,000.
Kentucky was fined in 2006 and 2007 for breaking the field access rule, but only got a $25,000 fine because its last offense was more than three years ago.
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“Saturday’s games were filled with excitement and celebration for a number of schools across the SEC last weekend, but significant risk of injury for student-athletes and fans alike can result from incidents such as these,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “Health and safety will always be a top priority at SEC athletic events.”
The conference can impose fines from $5,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $25,000 for a second offense and up to $50,000 for a third and subsequent offenses.
The victory over Alabama vaulted Ole Miss to No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press rankings. The Rebels play at Texas A&M on Saturday. Kentucky won consecutive SEC games for the first time in five seasons. The Wildcats play UL Monroe next weekend before traveling to LSU on Oct. 18.
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