SEC recap (10-23-10)

#5 AUBURN 24, #6 LSU 17

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Cam Newton ran for 217 yards and Onterio McCalebb sprinted 70 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:05 left to lift No. 5 Auburn to a 24-17 victory over No. 6 LSU.

The host Tigers (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) moved on as the powerful league's last unbeaten team. LSU (7-1, 4-1) finally had a Les Miles gamble backfire in an adventurous season.

Newton didn't do anything to set back his Heisman Trophy candidacy against the SEC's top defense. He ran for two touchdowns and broke the league's single-season rushing mark for a quarterback of 1,006 yards by Auburn's Jimmy Sidle in 1963. He also topped Heisman winner Pat Sullivan's 40-year-old school mark of 26 TDs rushing and passing in a season.

Miles opted to go for it on fourth-and-6 from LSU's 30 with 3:27 left. Jarrett Lee tried to scramble for it but was stopped well short by Neiko Thorpe.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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GEORGIA 44, KENTUCKY 31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Washaun Ealey set a school record with five rushing touchdowns as surging Georgia pounded Kentucky 44-31 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3 SEC) forced the mistake-prone Wildcats into four turnovers -- converting them into 17 points -- to win their third straight.

Ealey finished with a season-high 157 yards on 28 carries before getting banged up late in the fourth quarter. His five rushing scores broke the school record of four, set most recently by former running back Robert Edwards in 1997. Ealey also matched Edwards' record for total touchdowns in a game set in 1995 against South Carolina.

Kentucky (4-4, 1-4) outgained Georgia 423-290 but couldn't overcome another shaky first half. Mike Hartline threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns but Kentucky's mistakes often set the Bulldogs up with a short field.

Only once did the Bulldogs start a touchdown drive on their side of midfield. They didn't have to as the Wildcats kept finding ways to self-destruct.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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#21 ARKANSAS 38, OLE MISS 24

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Knile Davis ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 21 Arkansas weathered two delays to beat former coach Houston Nutt and Mississippi 38-24 on Saturday.

The Razorbacks (5-2, 2-2 SEC) also got a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown from Joe Adams in rebounding from a loss to Auburn last week. The game was delayed twice by lightning that sent fans and both teams scurrying for cover.

Arkansas led throughout the game, but the Rebels (3-4, 1-3) twice pulled within a touchdown in the fourth quarter after a two scoring passes from Jeremiah Masoli to Markeith Summers.

Both times, however, Davis answered with touchdown runs for the Razorbacks -- the first from 71 yards out and the second from 22.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, returning from a concussion sustained last week, finished 13-of-24 passing for 196 yards before leaving the game in the second half.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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#19 SOUTH CAROLINA 21, VANDERBILT 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Brian Maddox rushed for a career-high 146 yards and the game-clinching touchdown to lead No. 19 South Carolina to a difficult 21-7 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night, giving Steve Spurrier his 40th victory with the Gamecocks.

The win snapped South Carolina's seven-game Southeastern Conference road losing streak that dated back to 2008 and put the Gamecocks (5-2, 3-2) in first place in the SEC East. South Carolina had lost two of the last three to Vanderbilt (2-5, 1-3).

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#7 ALABAMA 41, TENNESSEE 10

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Trent Richardson's 65-yard touchdown run and 5-yard touchdown reception were part of 28 unanswered second-half points as No. 7 Alabama beat Tennessee 41-10 on Saturday night.

Greg McElroy completed 21 of 32 for 264 yards, mostly to Julio Jones, who set an Alabama single-game record with 221 yards on 12 catches.

Alabama came out of halftime with only a 13-10 lead after a sluggish first half, but wasted no time in the third quarter. The Tide got three straight first downs on its opening drive before Mark Ingram scored on a 1-yard run.

Richardson finished with 119 yards on 12 carries, and the Crimson Tide got its fourth straight win over Tennessee for the first time since 1992.

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#24 MISSISSIPPI STATE 29, UAB 24

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Freshman LaDarius Perkins rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown as No. 24 Mississippi State survived an upset scare to beat Alabama-Birmingham 29-24 on Saturday night.

Playing as a nationally ranked team for the first time since 2001, the Bulldogs won their fifth straight game, which is the program's longest streak since 1999. They also earned bowl eligibility for the first time in three seasons and only the second time in decade.

But it wasn't easy.

UAB (2-5) pushed Mississippi State (6-2) all night, rallying to take a 24-23 lead with 10:16 remaining in the game after quarterback Bryan Ellis rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. Ellis also completed 23 of 45 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown.

But MSU's Derek DePasquale responded with two field goals -- his fourth and fifth of the night -- as the Bulldogs hung on for the victory.

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


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