MISSOURI AT FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has reason to celebrate, although it's not enough to elicit much reaction from coach Will Muschamp or his players.
Mike Gillislee took a screen pass and went 45 yards for a touchdown, and the No. 8 Gators used stifling defense to stave off Southeastern Conference newcomer Missouri 14-7 on Saturday.
Florida rebounded from a turnover-filled loss to rival Georgia, clinched at least a share of the SEC's Eastern Division and eclipsed last season's win total.
The Gators hardly seemed to care.
"I took this job understanding fully the expectation is to go to Atlanta and win a championship," Muschamp said. "I've made my comment about how I feel about your season if that's not accomplished. We've made strides, but we're not where we want to be."
Florida could still get there.
The Gators (8-1, 7-1 SEC) need the Bulldogs to lose one of their remaining games, against Mississippi on Saturday or Auburn next week, to clinch a spot in the league title game.
At times, Florida looked less than interested in staying in the SEC hunt. The Gators were shut out in the first half, managing just 111 yards and failing to contain Missouri quarterback James Franklin.
But like it has in so many other games this season, Florida played considerably better in the second half.
The Gators turned two short fields into touchdowns, with Omarius Hines scoring on a 36-yard jet sweep to tie the game in the third before Gillislee put Florida ahead for good in the fourth.
"We gave up too many big plays," Missouri linebacker Will Ebner said. "We put this loss on our back because we allowed them to score more points than our offense scored. We're never going to blame someone else. You've got to have each other's back. We shut them out the first half, why couldn't we do it in the second half?"
Jeff Driskel lofted a pass to Gillislee in the right flat, and with two blockers out front, Gillislee made one cut and went untouched for his eighth score of the season.
The defense did the rest, stopping Missouri on six consecutive drives that ended in Florida territory.
"I always tell them, 'You're the firemen. Go put the fire out,'" Muschamp said. "I don't care how bad it's blazing. Go put it out. And regardless of the situations and circumstances, when you walk on the field, your job is to stop them. ... It's an opportunity for greatness. You go out and make a stop on the goal line. You want to be great, be put in those situations and do it."
Florida's defense has done it all season, the main reason it's in this position, and the offense needed to be bailed out again against Missouri (4-5, 1-5).
The Gators finished with 276 yards, went 2 of 13 on third down and struggled to get anything going in the passing game.
Driskel completed 12 of 23 passes for 106 yards, with nearly half of that coming on the screen pass. Gillislee ran 16 times for 68 yards — his fourth consecutive game under 70 yards. And Florida's offensive line was overmatched again.
"I'm a realist and I believe in being honest and calling it the way it is," Muschamp said. "And when it stinks, it stinks. ... We've been able to win and do what we had to do to win the games — I'm not trying to downgrade it at all. This football team has as much resolve as a football team that I've been around."
That showed down the stretch on defense.
Josh Evans sealed the victory, intercepting Franklin's fourth-down pass in the end zone with 5 seconds remaining. The Tigers drove to the 21-yard line, but had to try to make something happen as the clock wound down.
"That's actually like a great feeling," Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd said. "Can their offense make big plays on a defense that's coming? We're relentless and that's how we want to play and that's how we strive to play every week."
Franklin, who sprained his left knee against Vanderbilt on Oct. 6 and sat out all or part of the last two games, finished with four interceptions. He completed 24 of 51 passes for 236 yards. He overthrew open receivers much of the day and had less mobility than normal.
"We just couldn't get any completions," Franklin said. "I know (teammates) are trying to have my back, but we can't turn the ball over four times."
Still, Franklin ran for 29 yards and burned Florida several times with scrambles.
Florida was flat to start the game, no surprise since it was a noon start and came after a disappointing loss against Georgia. The Gators turned the ball over six times in the 17-9 loss that left them needing help to get to Atlanta.
They vowed to play better this week, but it didn't exactly happen. They avoided turnovers, though, which is key for their grind-it-out style.
"When you have a defense like our defense has been playing, just don't turn the ball over," Driskel said. "We turned the ball over a lot against Georgia and we end up losing. It comes down to taking care of the ball and taking shots when they come."
TEXAS A&M AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
No. 17 Mississippi State has no answer for Manziel, No. 16 Texas A&M in 38-13 loss
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State’s vaunted defense isn’t looking so good these days.
Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel has a way of doing that to opposing teams.
The redshirt freshman picked apart Mississippi State by completing 30 of 36 passes for 311 yards and danced around the No. 17 Bulldogs for 129 yards rushing and two touchdowns, leading the 16th-ranked Aggies to a 38-13 victory on Saturday.
It was a crushing loss for the Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), who have dropped two straight.
“That’s as bad of a performance as I think we’ve had here,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said.
Tyler Russell completed 19 of 30 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Bulldogs. LaDarius Perkins led the team with 42 yards rushing, and Arceto Clark caught five passes for 64 yards.
A relative unknown before the season, Manziel is posting consistently terrific performances that are starting to generate whispers of Heisman Trophy consideration. He has certainly been the unquestioned star for the upstart Aggies.
“He has a green light to make plays, some improvised, some called,” Texas A&M first-year coach Kevin Sumlin said.
He made those plays in bunches against the Bulldogs.
Maybe the most impressive was a 37-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter that pushed the Aggies’ lead to 21-0. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Manziel rolled right, and when he didn’t see an open receiver, weaved around multiple defenders on his way to the end zone.
“He’s a great player,” Mississippi State linebacker Cameron Lawrence said. “He’s slippery. It’s hard to contain a guy like that. At times I thought we did a good job of containing him, but you let him get out one time and it can be trouble.”
Sumlin admitted the Aggies are still adjusting to their quarterback’s uncanny playmaking ability.
It’s a good problem to have.
“We’re lucky to have him,” running back Ben Malena said. “The play is never over. You’ve got to stay in the play and try to help him out any way you can.”
Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC) has won all five of its road games this season. Christine Michael ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns, and Ryan Swope caught nine passes for 121 yards.
The Aggies’ quick-tempo offense ran 97 plays and gained 693 total yards. Mississippi State had just 310 yards.
Mississippi State’s defense had been one of the best in the SEC this season — especially in the secondary — but was blitzed early and often by the Aggies’ unpredictable offense.
Manziel completed mostly short passes in the first half, but hit on a few long ones. When the Bulldogs dropped too far back into pass coverage, the speedy freshman gained yards with his feet.
By halftime, Manziel had completed 18 of 22 passes for 164 yards and run for 82 yards as the Aggies grabbed a 24-0 lead.
If there was any doubt about the outcome, Texas A&M cleared that up with the first drive of the third quarter, cruising 75 yards on nine plays and scoring on a 1-yard run by Michael to push the lead to 31-0.
Now a little more than halfway through his first season at Texas A&M, Sumlin’s offense is operating with impressive efficiency. Over the past six weeks, the Aggies have scored 58 points on Arkansas, 59 on Louisiana Tech, 63 on Auburn and now 38 on the Bulldogs.
The Aggies were balanced, gaining 361 yards on the ground and 332 through the air.
The only knock against Manziel this season has been a tendency for turnovers, but he avoided them while Texas A&M built its early lead. His only mistake was a fumble into the end zone as he tried to stretch for a touchdown in the second half.
By then, the Aggies had the game well in hand.
Russell threw for just 29 yards in the first half and was stopped behind the line of scrimmage on the first drive by Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore, who leads the SEC with 11½ sacks.
“We knew (Russell) is a poised quarterback,” Moore said. “He sits in there and makes throws. But that can be a good or a bad thing. He extends plays and that can be good for the pass rush.”
By the time Russell had some success it was too late. He threw a 14-yard pass to Chad Bumphis in the third quarter and added a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“We as a team played very poorly,” Mullen said. “That’s 100 percent my fault. As head football coach, that all falls on my shoulders. In every phase, we played very poorly. I will give them credit. Their kids played very well. They have a good football team.”
VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Vanderbilt dominated Kentucky on offense, defense and special teams Saturday to jump to a 27-point halftime lead and coast to a 40-0 win.
Quarterback Jordan Rodgers completed 18 of 29 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and three different Commodores running backs scored rushing touchdowns against the overmatched Kentucky defense.
Vanderbilt’s 40-point victory margin was its largest against the Wildcats in 96 years. In the teams’ 85 meetings — 40 won by Vanderbilt — the only Commodores victories that were more lopsided were 45-0 in 1916 and 50-0 in 1897.
The Commodores (5-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) scored touchdowns on four of their five first-half drives, none of which took longer than 4 minutes, 19 seconds.
Rodgers drove Vanderbilt 71 yards on 11 plays to begin the game, ending with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. Rodgers also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris Boyd in the second quarter.
Vanderbilt relied on its offense and Kentucky’s special-teams miscues to start drives in good field position and move the ball quickly thereafter. The Wildcats were penalized twice for interfering with the catch on punts on consecutive second-quarter drives, both of which Vanderbilt turned into touchdowns.
Kentucky (1-9, 0-7) missed an early scoring opportunity on a 16-play, 49-yard drive that consumed 7:10. After converting a fourth-down play at the Vanderbilt 28-yard line, the Wildcats were pushed back, and Craig McIntosh missed a 50-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-15.
The Wildcats made it into the red zone only once in the game. In the third quarter, sophomore safety Ashely Lowery intercepted a Rodgers pass in Vanderbilt territory and returned it to the Commodores 25-yard line, and a personal foul on the return pushed Kentucky up to the 12-yard line.
But Kentucky turned the ball over on downs in four plays.
TROY AT TENNESSEE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Derek Dooley called it the type of game that would have football traditionalists rolling over in their graves. At least it didn't end with the type of loss that would cause people to start writing the obituaries of Dooley's Tennessee tenure.
Marlin Lane rushed for a tiebreaking 9-yard touchdown with 1 minute, 25 seconds remaining Saturday at Neyland Stadium as Tennessee came from behind in the final three minutes to edge Troy 55-48 in a game that featured 1,439 combined yards in total offense, the most ever in a Tennessee football game. The previous record for combined total yards in a Tennessee game was 1,329, set in Tennessee's 59-31 victory over Kentucky in 1997.
Tennessee (4-5) gained 718 total yards, the most in school history. Troy compiled 721 yards, the most ever by a Tennessee opponent.
The two teams also combined to produce the most points in Neyland Stadium history and the second-highest total ever in a Tennessee game. Tennessee trounced American University 104-0 on Oct. 7, 1904.
"Not much to say, other than we found a way to win, which is the most important thing," Dooley said.
Tennessee's escape allowed the Vols to avoid their first five-game losing streak since 1988, when they dropped their first six games before closing the season with five straight wins. Tennessee is still hoping to produce its first winning season in Dooley's three-year tenure.
Vols quarterback Tyler Bray went 29-of-47 for a school-record 530 yards and threw five touchdown passes without an interception. Cordarrelle Patterson caught nine passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. Bray's 530 passing yards were the second-highest total in SEC history, behind only former Georgia star Eric Zeier, who threw for 544 yards against Southern Mississippi in 1993.
"I could care less about breaking records," Bray said. "We needed to win."
Justin Hunter caught nine passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns, including a 46-yarder that tied the game with 2:54 remaining. Hunter's third touchdown came just 20 seconds after Eric Thomas had put Troy ahead by turning a one-handed grab into a 67-yard gain, his second touchdown of the day.
Deon Anthony threw for two touchdowns, Corey Robinson accumulated 393 passing yards and Shawn Southward ran for two scores for Troy (4-5). Thomas caught six passes for 147 yards, and Chip Reeves had five receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown.
"We thought we could move it," Troy coach Larry Blakeney said. "I had no idea we'd score 48 or whatever it was. If you'd told me before the game we'd score 48, I'd tell you we were going to win by three or four scores."
After Hunter's game-tying touchdown, Tennessee got the ball back by producing a rare three-and-out. The Vols then drove 66 yards for Lane's go-ahead score. The Vols' victory finally became secure after Corey Robinson's desperation pass from the Tennessee 40 fell incomplete well short of the end zone as time expired.
"As bad as we were on defense — and we were really bad — we stopped them (four) of their last five (series), and that's the reason we won," Dooley said. "At some point, you have to make a stop. It took us a while to do that."
Troy fell to 1-15 all-time against SEC members, the lone win a 21-9 decision over Mississippi State in 2001. The Trojans also beat Missouri in 2004, when the Tigers still played in the Big 12.
The Trojans had legitimate upset hopes Saturday because Tennessee's beleaguered defense hit bottom. The Vols have allowed 35.4 points per game this season and have given up at least 35 points in five consecutive games.
"It's not Tennessee defense, and it's embarrassing," Tennessee linebacker Curt Maggitt said. "But we got the 'W.' "
Tennessee reached the end zone on its first four possessions, led 28-10 early in the second quarter and seemed on its way to a blowout victory until Troy scored 20 straight points late in the first half. For the first time since 2008, Troy reached the end zone on four consecutive drives. Troy's 20 second-quarter points were its most in a single quarter since the 2010 New Orleans Bowl.
"We just didn't really have an answer for anything," Dooley said. "You know, we weren't slowing down on offense to help the defense. It's probably what we could have done. We could have slowed the game down. I think that probably contributes to it. When you have two up-tempo teams going, that's what the numbers look like when neither team can stop the ball. You see it all over the country, a lot of these kinds of games. It's certainly not anything Tennessee is used to."
Michael Palardy made a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the half and a 31-yarder early in the third quarter to put Tennessee ahead 34-30, but Troy regained the lead on Anthony's 3-yard pass to Thomas midway through the third quarter. Will Scott added a 42-yard field goal on the Trojans' next possession after Tennessee wasted a scoring opportunity when replays showed Pig Howard lost a fumble before going down at the Troy 4.
Bray put Tennessee back ahead early in the fourth quarter a 23-yard touchdown pass to Rajion Neal, who had missed the Vols' last two games with an ankle injury. Tennessee blew a chance to extend its lead when Vincent Dallas dropped a pass in the end zone with less than five minutes remaining.
That missed opportunity set up plenty of late drama. And in a game full of big plays, Tennessee made the last one.
TULSA AT ARKANSAS
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dennis Johnson and Cobi Hamilton made the plays Arkansas needed most — keeping Arkansas' slim bowl chances alive and once again crushing upstart Tulsa's hopes in the process.
Johnson rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Hamilton set the school's single-season receptions record, as the Razorbacks rallied for a 19-15 win over the Golden Hurricane on Saturday afternoon.
The win keeps the slim bowl chances alive for the Razorbacks (4-5) with three games remaining, and it extends their winning streak to 18 games over a Golden Hurricane (7-2) team that appeared ready to take down its Southeastern Conference neighbor.
It was also a welcomed bit of relief after yet another disheartening loss, this one the week before to Mississippi, in a season full of disappointment for the Razorbacks — who began the season ranked in the Top 10.
"It's fun," Hamilton said. "Everything is fun. Everybody is happy. The locker room is happy. The atmosphere is happy, so you get these records and all these big games, it's fun. It's fun for me to go home and enjoy it with my teammates. It's just a great day."
Arkansas escaped with the win thanks to the efforts of Johnson and Hamilton, two seniors who have been part of the school's run of success over the last three seasons. Johnson's 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter put the Razorbacks up for good, and it came after a pair of catches by Hamilton — who finished with 11 catches for 177 yards.
Hamilton now has 69 catches for 1,077 yards this season, breaking Jarius Wright's mark of 66 catches in a season. None were bigger Saturday for Hamilton than his 41-yard catch, followed by a 14-yard grab that set up Johnson's go-ahead touchdown.
The Razorbacks' relief following the win was only equaled by Tulsa's disappointment. The Golden Hurricane had won seven straight games entering the contest, and coach Bill Blankenship and the players talked openly throughout the week about how much a win against Arkansas would mean.
Tulsa appeared poised to earn its first win over the Razorbacks since 1976 after taking a 15-13 lead in the third quarter following a 29-yard field goal by Daniel Schwarz.
The Golden Hurricane had a chance to extend that lead late in the third quarter after driving to the Arkansas 5, but quarterback Cody Green's fourth-down pass was batted down by Trey Flowers after Blankenship elected to bypass the short field goal attempt.
"We thought we had it, so it will sit bad in our stomach for a while," Green said. "We wanted it, but know we have to live with it."
The Razorbacks took advantage of the new life behind quarterback Tyler Wilson and Hamilton. Wilson, who finished 21 of 31 passing 272 yards, found Hamilton for the back-to-back catches early in the fourth quarter to take Arkansas to the Tulsa 1.
The catches were Hamilton's 67th and 68th of the season, and the senior is now just 40 yards behind Wright's school single-season yards record of 1,117.
"Cobi, what do you say about Cobi," Arkansas coach John L. Smith said. "He made a couple of plays in the second half that were just ... And great receivers will do that. Great receivers will go up and get them one-on-one, get the ball anywhere up in the air, and they should come down with it."
Johnson finished the drive with his second touchdown run of the game, and the Razorbacks held off a pair of late Golden Hurricane chances for their third win in their last four games. Arkansas must now win two of its final three games — against South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU — to reach bowl eligibility for the fourth straight season.
Tulsa outgained Arkansas 203-158 in total yardage in the first half, and trailed 13-12 at the half after a pair of failed extra-point attempts and a missed field goal by Schwarz.
"We felt like we were outplaying them, but we didn't outscore them," Blankenship said. "Credit Arkansas for making the plays they had to make."
Green was 15 of 18 passing in the half, finding Keyarris Garrett for 10 of his completions, but he struggled in the second half and finished 22 of 37 passing for 222 yards. Garrett finished with 12 catches for 94 yards, while Trey Watts had 81 yards rushing on 19 carries and 53 yards receiving.
NEW MEXICO STATE AT AUBURN
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb produced big runs and linebacker Daren Bates showed he's still got some of his old running back moves, too.
Mason rushed for a career-high 152 yards and McCalebb added 113 and two touchdowns to help the Tigers snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.
Bates returned a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown for the Tigers (2-7), who picked up a much-needed win in the program's worst start in 60 years with games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama looming. It was Auburn's longest fumble return for a score since 1969.
"There were a lot of guys that are extremely happy, coaches and players, in the locker room," coach Gene Chizik said. "It's been a little while since we've had that feeling. It was good to see everybody with a smile on their face."
The rushing outburst helped take pressure off freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace in his first start and gave beleaguered fans something to cheer. The Tigers got season-highs in points and yards with 475 to send the Aggies (1-8) to their eighth straight defeat.
Mason had 22 carries, including a 40-yarder, and scored on a 5-yard run.
"It feels really good. I've been begging for the ball," Mason said. "I had to prove that I could do something with the ball."
McCalebb's eight rushes were highlighted by touchdowns of 38 and 7 yards.
Wallace was solid in his starting debut and provided a spark for the nation's 120th-rated offense after Mason fumbled the exchanged on Auburn's first offensive play. The freshman admitted he was a little nervous starting out.
"It's just some things you've got to get over and play ball," Wallace said. "When it comes down to it, just play ball."
He completed 9 of 16 passes for 164 yards. He had a throw into double coverage near the goal line intercepted but also threw a 40-yard touchdown to Trovon Reed in the fourth. Reed was sporting the No. 37 jersey in honor of former teammate Ladarious Phillips, who was among three people killed during a pool-party shooting over the summer.
The elusive Wallace only ran three times for 9 yards, but that threat opened up opportunities for Mason and the speedy McCalebb. He also managed to avoid getting sacked after Auburn had allowed 29 sacks on the season.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the way he managed the team, directed the team, made plays at critical times in the game when we needed them," Chizik said
The two tailbacks had only one 100-yard effort apiece entering the game.
Bates provided the biggest highlight play in a season full of lowlights. He scooped up the ball and rambled toward the end zone, stiff-arming Germi Morrison to the ground at the 20.
"It was going back to my high school days of running the ball at running back and trying to make a play," Bates said. "And I was able to."
The Aggies trailed just 7-0 at halftime before Auburn's running game got rolling.
"We needed to get some things going more on offense to give our team a chance to win," New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker said. "Unfortunately, when they decided that they were just going to run the ball down our throat, they did.
"I'm just a little disappointed in the second half. We didn't emulate how we played the first half."
Andrew Manley completed 17 of 30 passes for 222 yards but was sacked four times and lost the fumble that Bates returned. Austin Franklin gained 154 yards on seven catches, including a 51-yarder.
"They didn't do much to stop us; we just stopped ourselves," Manley said.
Auburn's defense rebounded after giving up 671 yards — the most ever yielded by the Tigers — against No. 16 Texas A&M.
New Mexico State didn't score until Tiger Powell's 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The Aggies were outgained 475-305.
The Tigers' 7-0 lead at halftime was their first since going up 10-9 on No. 5 LSU on Sept. 22. It came courtesy of Mason's run to cap a 13-play, 89-yard drive.
Fullback Jay Prosch then scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run to cap Auburn's opening drive of the second half.
The Tigers also scored on drives of 80, 96 and 77 yards.
Auburn had 311 rushing yards on 45 carries.
"We just felt like we had to be able to do that in this game, particularly as you get in the third or fourth quarter against a team you feel you ought to be able to wear down eventually," Chizik said. "That's kind of the way it unfolded."
OLE MISS AT GEORGIA
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and No. 7 Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi 37-10 on Saturday and move one win away from a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) trailed 10-0 before scoring 37 unanswered points. The Bulldogs can clinch the SEC East title and second straight trip to the conference championship game with a win at Auburn next week.
Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3) used blitzes to record five sacks in the first half. The defensive gambles left opportunities for Murray, who completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards with no interceptions and touchdown passes of 66, 40, 42 and 28 yards.
Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree had a safety, a sack and an interception. His twin brother, fullback Alexander Ogletree, had an 8-yard touchdown run.
Georgia's defense, coming off last week's 17-9 win over then-No. 3 Florida, delivered another strong performance, holding Ole Miss to 234 yards. The Rebels were limited to just 55 yards in the second half.
Jeff Scott led Ole Miss with only 21 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Damian Swann recovered two fumbles for Georgia.
From the 11:45 mark of the second quarter through the end of the game, Georgia's defense outscored the Rebels 2-0.
Freshman tailback Todd Gurley had 18 carries for 117 yards, his sixth 100-yard game of the season.
Bo Wallace threw a 51-yard pass to tight end Ferbia Allen to set up Bryson Rose's 34-yard field goal on the Rebels' opening drive. Wallace threw a 13-yard scoring pass to tight end Jamal Mosley for a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Wallace was 16 of 25 passing for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Murray had touchdown passes of 66 yards to Marlon Brown and 40 yards to Tavarres King before capping the Bulldogs' opening drive of the second half with a 42-yard scoring pass to Malcolm Mitchell. Murray added a 28-yard touchdown to Rantavious Wooten in the fourth quarter.
Murray's long touchdown to Brown early in the second quarter got things going for Georgia. The pass followed a well-executed fake handoff to Gurley, who was swarmed by Ole Miss defenders. Brown was standing alone near the 40 when Murray lofted the touchdown pass.
With Ole Miss leading 10-7, Rebels freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche forced two fumbles during a spree of four turnovers — two by each team — in five second-quarter plays. Gurley and Keith Marshall fumbled after hits by Nkemdiche, from Loganville, Ga.
Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree intercepted a Wallace pass and Damian Swann had a 53-yard return of a fumble by Ole Miss receiver Vince Sanders during the wild exchange of turnovers.
The Ole Miss lead held until Georgia's final possession of the half. The Bulldogs were moving in the wrong direction, thanks to sacks by defensive tackles Isaac Gross and Uriah Grant.
On third and 25, Murray ran to his right when forced out of the pocket and threw the long touchdown pass to King with only 3 seconds remaining for a 14-10 halftime lead.
The momentum carried into the second half, when Georgia scored touchdowns on its first two possessions.
Georgia offensive guard Chris Burnette left the game in the second quarter with a left shoulder injury.