SEC football recap: Week 3

ARKANSAS 31, GEORGIA 24
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Ryan Mallett threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Greg Childs with 15 seconds remaining and No. 12 Arkansas picked up a huge win on the road after blowing a two-touchdown lead, beating Georgia 31-24 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 24-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game on Washaun Ealey's 3-yard touchdown run with 3:55 remaining.

Georgia got the ball back with a chance to win it, but Jake Bequette halted the drive with a ferocious sack of Aaron Murray, ripping off his helmet in the process. A poor punt by Drew Butler gave Arkansas (3-0, 1-0) the ball back at its own 28 with 47 seconds left.

Plenty of time for Mallett, who completed three straight passes -- the last of them to Childs, who faked out a defender at the 25 and went the rest of the way untouched for the winning score.

LSU 29, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Josh Jasper set an LSU record with five field goals, and the 15th-ranked Tigers' defense had five interceptions in 29-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night.

Stevan Ridley rushed for a 2-yard touchdown for LSU (3-0, 2-0 SEC).

LSU cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne each had two interceptions, while defensive tackle Drake Nevis had the other when defensive back Tryann Mathieu hit Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell as he threw.

Russell was intercepted three times. Chris Relf, who played the first half and was shaken up on a scramble early in the third quarter, threw the other two.

Vick Ballard's 2-yard TD run got Mississippi State (1-2, 0-2) as close as 12-7 before LSU pulled away.

ALABAMA 62, DUKE 13
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in his season debut, and No. 1 Alabama routed Duke 62-13 on Saturday in its highest-scoring game in 19 years.

Greg McElroy matched a career high with three scoring passes for the Crimson Tide (3-0). They led 28-0 roughly 10 minutes in and looked completely at ease inside a crimson-coated stadium named for a former Alabama coach.

With Ingram and defensive end Marcell Dareus back in the lineup, the Tide never were in danger of being upset and enter next week's SEC opener at No. 12 Arkansas having won 17 straight.

Ingram had knee surgery and missed two games. He took his first carry 48 yards, surpassed the 100-yard mark two carries later and scored on rushes of 1 and 17 yards.

VANDERBILT 28, OLE MISS 14
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Warren Norman rushed for 111 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, as Vanderbilt beat Mississippi 28-14 for coach Robbie Caldwell's first career victory on Saturday.

Vanderbilt (1-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a 10-game conference losing streak dating back to 2008. The Commodores have beaten the Rebels four of the past six seasons.

Vanderbilt lived off big plays all afternoon. The Commodores scored their first three touchdowns on a 35-yard touchdown run by Zac Stacy, a 21-yard interception return by Eddie Foster and the biggest of all -- Norman's 80-yard touchdown run that gave them the lead for good in the third quarter.

Larry Smith added a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Jeremiah Masoli completed 19 of 35 passes for 190 yards, but threw two interceptions for Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1). He also rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown.

KENTUCKY 47, AKRON 10
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Derrick Locke ran for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead Kentucky past Akron 47-10 on Saturday night.

Mike Hartline passed for 250 yards and two scores for the Wildcats (3-0), who won their 18th straight regular season nonconference game. Kentucky opens Southeastern Conference play next week at No. 10 Florida.

The Wildcats took their time getting going against the Zips (0-3) before scoring touchdowns on six straight possessions to break it open.

Kentucky star Randall Cobb caught five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown but spent the second half on the sidelines with heartburn symptoms.

Locke made sure the Wildcats didn't need Cobb, darting through Akron's overmatched defense to become the seventh running back in school history to top 2,000 career yards.

#16 AUBURN 27, CLEMSON 24
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Wes Byrum kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime and Clemson's Chandler Catanzaro missed a do-over kick to tie as No. 16 Auburn won 27-24 on Saturday night.

The game appeared headed to another OT when Catanzaro made a 27-yarder. After a 5-yard penalty on the kick, the redshirt freshman's second attempt hooked wide left, touching off a big celebration for the home Tigers.

Auburn (3-0) had rallied from a 17-0 deficit late in the first half and scored three touchdowns in the third quarter.

Clemson (2-1) has lost 14 consecutive meetings in the vintage Southern rivalry.

It was the first regular-season meeting since 1971 and the second straight to have extra football, including the 2007 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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