SEC football recap (10-15-11)

ALABAMA 52, OLE MISS 7

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Trent Richardson rushed for 183 yards and a career-high four touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama's defense smothered foundering Mississippi in a 52-7 win on Saturday night.

Richardson put the Rebels (2-4, 0-3 SEC) away with an electric 76-yard run midway through the third quarter and now leads the nation with six straight 100-yard games. He's scored 16 touchdowns this season for the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0) and displayed his rare combination of power and speed as he tossed aside Rebels with ease.

It was the most-lopisded defeat since a 49-3 loss to Florida in 1981 for Ole Miss, playing the first of three straight games against ranked opponents. The Rebels have lost eight straight to Alabama.

AUBURN 17, FLORIDA 6

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Onterio McCalebb opened the fourth quarter with a 14-yard touchdown run, Ikeem Means recovered a muffed punt late and No. 24 Auburn beat Florida 17-6 in a defensive game that saw seven players take snaps at quarterback.

Two teams that have combined to win three of the last five national titles with creative offenses, turned to backup QBs in the second half in search of some offensive life.

The Tigers (5-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) got a spark from No. 2 quarterback Clint Moseley but also got plenty of help from Florida (4-2, 2-3), which committed three turnovers and muffed two punts.

The Gators would have had the ball near midfield with about 3 minutes left but Robert Clark had the ball squirt through his arms after calling a fair catch. Cody Parkey then put the game away with a 42-yard field goal with 35 seconds left.

GEORGIA 33, VANDERBILT 28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Aaron Murray threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns, and Blair Walsh kicked four field goals as the Georgia Bulldogs held off Vanderbilt 33-28 for their fifth straight victory Saturday night.

Vanderbilt (3-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) hadn't beaten Georgia in Nashville since 1991, and Udom Umoh blocked Drew Butler's punt with 7 seconds left to give the Commodores one last chance. Jordan Rodgers overthrew Chris Boyd in the end zone, leaving a second for a final play. Rodgers was hit as he threw short to tight end Brandon Barden, who was tackled well short.

Georgia (5-2, 4-1) also intercepted three passes, the last by Bacarri Rambo with 1:10 left, as the Bulldogs kept pace with South Carolina, a 14-12 winner over Mississippi State earlier, in the East.

SOUTH CAROLINA 14, MISSISSIPPI STATE 12

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Alshon Jeffery caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Connor Shaw with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter and No. 15 South Carolina rallied to beat Mississippi State 14-12 on Saturday.

In his third career start, Shaw struggled for much of the afternoon. But the South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) sophomore threw a perfect pass to Jeffery, who stretched his 6-foot-4, 229-pound frame over two Mississippi State (3-4, 0-4) defenders to catch the game winner.

Shaw completed 21 of 31 passes for 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore came into the game averaging an SEC-best 129.8 rushing yards per game, but only managed 39 against the hard-hitting Bulldogs. He left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury.

Mississippi State was driving late in the game, but Tyler Russell's pass was intercepted by D.J. Swearinger with 1:45 remaining.


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