SEC week two recap

ALABAMA:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Trent Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, leading No. 1 Alabama to a 24-3 win over No. 18 Penn State on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide (2-0) hardly slowed down without Ingram, and a young defense forced Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions (1-1) into several turnovers to end promising drives.

It was the first time Penn State was held without a touchdown since a 13-3 loss at Wisconsin in 2006. The shutout lasted until the final 10 minutes.

With Ingram sidelined for the second straight game with a knee injury, Richardson pulled a pretty good imitation. He plowed through and sidestepped tackles and scored on a short touchdown run. He also had four catches for 46 yards.

Alabama QB Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

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ARKANSAS:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Ryan Mallett completed nine of 11 passes in the third quarter, leading to a touchdown and a field goal, and No. 14 Arkansas put away Louisiana Monroe 31-7 on Saturday after a sluggish first half.

Arkansas struggled to move the ball and led only 7-0 at the break, drawing some boos from many of their fans at their home away from Fayetteville. Razorbacks fans filled the building even though it was officially a ULM home game.

The Razorbacks defense smothered Louisiana Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning, holding him to 2 of 9 passing and the team to 73 yards rushing through the third quarter.

In the third quarter, Arkansas forced ULM to punt from its end zone and took over the ball on the 33. Mallett pushed his way in for from the 1 for a 14-0 lead and the first of four second-half Razorback scores.

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AUBURN:
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Cameron Newton threw two touchdown passes and accounted for 206 total yards to help No. 21 Auburn beat Mississippi State 17-14 on Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Mississippi State's last drive ended at the Auburn 40 when Chris Relf's fourth-down pass fell incomplete with 22 seconds remaining.

Newton, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior, outgained Mississippi State 146-125 all by himself in the first half. After leading 17-7 halftime, the Tigers managed to hold off the Bulldogs for the win.

Auburn (2-0) has won 17 of its past 18 SEC openers. The Tigers outgained the Bulldogs 348-246. Mississippi State (1-1) hasn't won its first two games in a season since 2000.

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FLORIDA:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Demps ran for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown, Justin Trattou returned an interception for a score and No. 8 Florida beat South Florida 38-14 on Saturday.

The Gators (2-0) overcame a sluggish start for the second consecutive week, took advantage of five turnovers and extended their home winning streak to 13 games.

Big plays were key.

John Brantley's first TD pass came after an interception. Demps' 62-yard TD run followed a fumble. Mike Gillislee scored after another turnover. Trattou picked off a pass and rumbled 35 yards to the end zone. And the Gators turned Demps' 54-yard kickoff into a field goal.

Florida's first half included three punts and a missed field goal. The Gators scored in the final minute of the half, then rolled after the break.

B.J. Daniels ran for 107 yards for the Bulls (1-1), but also threw four interceptions.

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GEORGIA:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Marcus Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two first-half touchdowns and No. 24 South Carolina held off No. 22 Georgia 17-6 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 SEC) played without suspended star receiver A.J. Green and they sure could've used him against the Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0) in the Southeastern Conference opener.

Georgia was outgained by more than 100 yards and held without a touchdown for the first time in three years since its last loss to South Carolina, 16-12, in 2007.

The Bulldogs' best chance to tighten the game came in the third quarter when they drove to the South Carolina 3 while trailing 14-6. But Washuan Ealey fumbled and cornerback Stephon Gilmore recovered to end the threat.

Green was penalized four games by the NCAA for selling a game jersey for $1,000. He did not accompany the team on the trip.

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KENTUCKY:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Randall Cobb did it all, accounting for three touchdowns to lead Kentucky to a 63-28 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday night.

The junior wide receiver caught a score, threw for another and returned a punt 50 yards to the end zone as the Wildcats (2-0) outclassed the Hilltoppers to post their 17th straight regular season nonconference win.

Quarterback Mike Hartline completed 16 of 20 passes for 213 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns. Derrick Locke ran for 102 yards and a score as Kentucky overpowered the Hilltoppers (0-2) when it mattered.

Bobby Rainey ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns for Western Kentucky but couldn't stop the Hilltoppers from dropping their 22nd straight game, the longest active losing streak in the FBS.

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LSU:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Stevan Ridley scored a 65-yard touchdown and ran for 144 of his 159 yards in the second half, and 19th-ranked LSU never trailed in defeating Vanderbilt 27-3 Saturday night.

It was the Tigers' seventh straight win in this series in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Russell Shepard scored a 30-yard TD run to put the Tigers (2-0) ahead to stay, and Alfred Blue also had a TD as LSU finished off this victory with 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The Tigers still had trouble holding onto the ball with three fumbles -- all recovered. But Jordan Jefferson was intercepted in the end zone in the third quarter.

LSU has won 11 of 12 against Vanderbilt, and the Tigers have held Vanderbilt (0-2) to 31 points combined in the past six games.

The Tigers came up with six sacks and held Vanderbilt to 135 yards total offense.

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MISS. STATE:
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Cameron Newton threw two touchdown passes and accounted for 206 total yards to help No. 21 Auburn beat Mississippi State 17-14 on Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Mississippi State's last drive ended at the Auburn 40 when Chris Relf's fourth-down pass fell incomplete with 22 seconds remaining.

Newton, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior, outgained Mississippi State 146-125 all by himself in the first half. After leading 17-7 halftime, the Tigers managed to hold off the Bulldogs for the win.

Auburn (2-0) has won 17 of its past 18 SEC openers. The Tigers outgained the Bulldogs 348-246. Mississippi State (1-1) hasn't won its first two games in a season since 2000.

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SOUTH CAROLINA:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Marcus Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two first-half touchdowns and No. 24 South Carolina held off No. 22 Georgia 17-6 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 SEC) played without suspended star receiver A.J. Green and they sure could've used him against the Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0) in the Southeastern Conference opener.

Georgia was outgained by more than 100 yards and held without a touchdown for the first time in three years since its last loss to South Carolina, 16-12, in 2007.

The Bulldogs' best chance to tighten the game came in the third quarter when they drove to the South Carolina 3 while trailing 14-6. But Washuan Ealey fumbled and cornerback Stephon Gilmore recovered to end the threat.

Green was penalized four games by the NCAA for selling a game jersey for $1,000. He did not accompany the team on the trip.

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VANDERBILT:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Stevan Ridley scored a 65-yard touchdown and ran for 144 of his 159 yards in the second half, and 19th-ranked LSU never trailed in defeating Vanderbilt 27-3 Saturday night.

It was the Tigers' seventh straight win in this series in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Russell Shepard scored a 30-yard TD run to put the Tigers (2-0) ahead to stay, and Alfred Blue also had a TD as LSU finished off this victory with 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The Tigers still had trouble holding onto the ball with three fumbles -- all recovered. But Jordan Jefferson was intercepted in the end zone in the third quarter.

LSU has won 11 of 12 against Vanderbilt, and the Tigers have held Vanderbilt (0-2) to 31 points combined in the past six games.

The Tigers came up with six sacks and held Vanderbilt to 135 yards total offense.

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---WEEK ONE---
ALABAMA:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Devin Dominguez threw three touchdown passes and Alabama State defeated Mississippi Valley State 34-6 Saturday night in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game, the season opener for both teams.

Dominguez was 20-for-29 for 261 yards and three touchdowns, two to T.C. McWilliams, as the Bulldogs took a 24-0 lead. They added a 35-yard field goal by Andrew Lyons and a touchdown on a 7-yard run by Andrew Pitts in the second half.

McWilliams had seven receptions for 142 yards. Nick Andrews also had a 21-yard touchdown catch.

Mississippi Valley State, playing its first game under coach Karl Morgan, scored on field goals of 40 and 43 yards by Carlos Sanchez. The Delta Devils were held to 86 yards rushing on 25 carries.

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ARKANSAS:

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Ryan Mallett went 21 of 24 for 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 17 Arkansas to a 44-3 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday night.

The Razorbacks, sporting their highest preseason ranking since 1990, recovered quickly from a sloppy start as Mallett threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Joe Adams in the second quarter. It was the longest completion of his Arkansas career, and the Hogs led 23-3 at halftime.

Mallett threw for 30 touchdowns a season ago and became an immediate Heisman Trophy candidate when he decided to pass up the NFL for another season with the Razorbacks. He began the game 16 of 18, with the only blemishes a deflected pass that was intercepted and a dropped ball by a receiver that should have been a touchdown.

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AUBURN:

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Making his first start, quarterback Cam Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and three more scores to help Auburn beat overmatched Arkansas State 52-26 on Saturday night.

Newton, a junior college transfer who started his career at Florida, brought the crowd to its feet late in the second quarter when he broke the game open with a 71-yard touchdown run, dashing up the middle on a keeper. His score made it 35-16.

Freshman running back Michael Dyer ran 14 times for 95 yards and one touchdown for Auburn, while Quindarius Carr caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.

For Arkansas State, Ryan Aplin completed 28-of-42 passes for 278 yards and one score. Dwayne Frampton caught eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown for the Red Wolves.

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FLORIDA:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Demps had a long scoring run, John Brantley added a fluky touchdown pass late and No. 4 Florida overcame an error-filled game to beat Miami (Ohio) 34-12 Saturday.

The Gators used four interceptions, several red-zone stops and two late touchdowns to avoid a meltdown. The bigger story was Florida's anemic offense -- the one quarterback John Brantley had hoped to "keep rolling" after waiting three years behind Tim Tebow.

There were fumbles, bad snaps, poor throws, several penalties and possibly more frustration in The Swamp than ever before.

Brantley completed 17 of 25 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 10-yarder to Omarius Hines that was the offense's longest play of the day until Demps' got loose for a 72-yard run in the fourth. Brantley also had a 25-yard TD pass to Chris Rainey with 1:21 remaining. That fourth-down pass bounced off a teammate.

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GEORGIA:

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Aaron Murray passed for three touchdowns and ran for another in leading No. 23 Georgia to a 55-7 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Despite the absence of top receiver A.J. Green, Murray completed 16 of 24 passes for 194 yards in his first college game. Kris Durham caught two TD passes.

Murray ran four times for 41 yards. On a 16-yard scramble down the right sideline near the end of the first half, he reached out to hold the ball inside the front pylon for a 31-7 halftime lead.

The 55 points was Georgia's highest since Nov. 6, 2004, when the Bulldogs won 62-17 at Kentucky.

Georgia (1-0) visits South Carolina next week.

Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1) scored on Chris Masson's 60-yard pass to Ladarius Green late in the second quarter.

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KENTUCKY:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Derrick Locke ran for two touchdowns and Kentucky held off rival Louisville 23-16 Saturday, keeping the Governor's Cup for the fourth straight season and making Joker Phillips victorious in a matchup of longtime friends debuting as head coaches.

Phillips, who gained prominence as a coordinator of a record-breaking offense at his alma mater, has hinted this 2010 version could be as good as the Andre Woodson-led unit of three and four years ago. The Wildcats didn't disappoint in the opener, gobbling up yardage in bulk -- particularly on the ground from Locke, who had 104 yards on 23 carries.

For Charlie Strong, who guided Florida's dominating defense to two national titles in seven years, the rebuilding project has begun at Louisville.

Kentucky scored all but three of its points in the first half. Randall Cobb followed Locke's touchdown runs with a 51-yarder.

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LSU:

ATLANTA (AP) -- Against all odds, undermanned North Carolina nearly rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit before losing 30-24 to LSU on Saturday night.

Patrick Peterson had 257 yards on kickoff and punt returns, leading No. 21 LSU to a 30-10 halftime lead over the Tar Heels, who were missing 13 key players because of NCAA investigations over player relationships with agents and possible academic violations.

But North Carolina (0-1) made a game of it, scoring two second-half touchdowns, then getting two shots at the win after recovering an onside kick and a fumble. T.J. Yates drove the Heels to the LSU 2, but two passes into the end zone slipped through the hands of Zack Pianalto.

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OLE MISS:

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- For the most part, things have gone quite well for Mississippi's football program since coach Houston Nutt arrived on campus in November 2007.

There have been two top-25 finishes. Two Cotton Bowl victories. And two successful seasons to heal the wounds from the three disastrous Ed Orgeron years.

But the Nutt-era suffered its first true black eye Saturday, when the Rebels inexplicably lost to Jacksonville State 49-48 in double overtime. It's the first time Ole Miss has lost to a Football Championship Subdivision team in school history.

Afterwards, Nutt called it his worst loss ever as a coach. Now, with 11 games left, his charge is to make sure it doesn't define the season. Mississippi's next game is at Tulane.

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MISS STATE:

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Tyler Russell tied a school record with four touchdown passes in his debut and Mississippi State fell just shy of the mark for total yards on the way to a 49-7 win over Memphis on Saturday night.

Maurice Langston had two interceptions, Chad Bumphis and Brandon Heavens each caught two touchdowns and the Bulldogs ruined the debut of Tigers coach Larry Porter with the most points they've had since 2002.

Chris Relf started and played well, but Russell stole the show with a nearly flawless performance against the overmanned Tigers secondary. He's now one of seven Bulldogs quarterbacks tied for the school record of four passing touchdowns in a game.

The Bulldogs passed for 372 yards and finished with 569 total yards, just 27 shy of the school record.

Running back Vick Ballard also had two rushing touchdowns for Mississippi State, including a 51-yarder.

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SOUTH CAROLINA:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Quarterback Stephen Garcia and freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore each ran for two touchdowns and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier won his 18th straight college opener 41-13 over Southern Miss on Thursday night.

Garcia got things started with a 22-yard touchdown run and Lattimore followed with first-half scores of 3 and 7 yards to send the Gamecocks to a surprisingly easy win against the Golden Eagles.

And Lattimore wasn't the only young star to excel for Spurrier.

Sophomore Alshon Jeffery had 106 receiving yards and freshman Ace Sanders had a 53-yard rush -- the Gamecocks' longest in four years -- to set up Lattimore's first score.

Even freshman backup passer Connor Shaw came through, connecting with D.L. Moore for a 15-yard touchdown pass for South Carolina's final score.

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TENNESSEE:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tauren Poole had touchdown runs of 24 yards and 14 yards as Tennessee beat Tennessee-Martin 50-0 on Saturday night for Derek Dooley's first victory as the Volunteers' coach.

It was Tennessee's first shutout since a 48-0 win over Vanderbilt in 2003 and first time facing an FCS opponent since 1983.

Poole picked up 110 yards on 17 carries before sitting out the fourth quarter, and David Oku added a 44-yard touchdown run for the Vols.

Denarius Moore ran 58 yards for a touchdown and caught a 42-yard scoring pass from Matt Simms. Moore finished with 66 yards on four catches, and Gerald Jones had 86 yards on six catches before injuring his left hand.

Simms completed 14 of 24 for 181 yards.

The Skyhawks struggled to find a rhythm on offense, picking up 142 yards. Derek Carr completed 9 of 22 for 66 yards and threw two interceptions.

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VANDERBILT:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Dan Persa threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers, and Northwestern beat Vanderbilt 23-21 Saturday night in the regular season game between the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference.

This was Persa's first start with Mike Kafka now gone, and the junior was nearly perfect as he helped ruin the debut of Vanderbilt's new head coach Robbie Caldwell in the season opener for both teams.

Persa was 19 of 21 passing and he also led the Wildcats with 82 yards rushing.

Vanderbilt had plenty of chances to make Caldwell the first Commodores' coach to win his debut since Woody Widenhofer in 1997.

Larry Smith threw for 240 yards and a touchdown with Warren Norman and Zac Stacy each running for touchdowns. But the Commodores missed an extra point, a 48-yard field goal and were stopped on two 2-point conversions -- the last with 2:25 left on a bad snap.

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