SEC recap (11-13-10)

#2 AUBURN 49, GEORGIA 31

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Cam Newton responded to allegations of wrongdoing with another brilliant performance Saturday, passing for two touchdowns and running for two more to lead No. 2 Auburn into the Southeastern Conference championship game with a 49-31 victory over Georgia.

The Tigers (11-0, 7-0 SEC) will face either Florida or South Carolina for the conference title Dec. 4 in Atlanta, and have their eyes on a national championship.

Newton carried 30 times for 151 yards and completed 12 of 15 passes for 148 yards. He finished off the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass that made it 42-31, then dove over for the final score.

Georgia (5-6, 3-5) had won four straight in the Deep South's oldest rivalry and jumped ahead 21-7. But the Bulldogs couldn't hold on, despite A.J. Green's nine receptions for 160 yards.

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KENTUCKY 38, VANDERBILT 20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Randall Cobb ran for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns as Kentucky surged past Vanderbilt 38-20 on Saturday.

Cobb had touchdown runs of 5 and 73 yards to help the Wildcats (6-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) become bowl eligible for the fifth straight season. He finished with 279 total yards, breaking the school record for all-purpose yards in a single season in the process.

Derrick Locke ran for 145 yards and two scores in his first game in a month and quarterback Mike Hartline threw for 232 yards and a touchdown in his final home game.

Kennard Reeves rushed for a career-high 105 yards for the Commodores (2-8, 1-6), but Vanderbilt couldn't make a 13-10 halftime lead stand up.

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#15 ARKANSAS 58, UTEP 21

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Ryan Mallett threw for a school-record five touchdowns and ran for another as Arkansas defeated Texas-El Paso 58-21 on Saturday.

Knile Davis added a career-best 182 yards rushing on just 11 carries for the No. 14 Razorbacks (8-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), including a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Arkansas ran for a season-best 321 yards in the win.

In what could be his final home game at Razorback Stadium, Mallett tied the school record for touchdown passes for the fourth time in his career. The junior has now set or tied 35 school or stadium records at Arkansas in less than two full seasons at the school.

The Miners (6-5, 3-4 Conference USA) took a 14-7 lead early in the first quarter after Marlon McClure's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Razorbacks then took control, scoring 45 unanswered to take a 52-14 lead.

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#5 LSU 51, LOUISIANA-MONROE 0

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Ron Brooks returned an interception for a score, Lavar Edwards brought back a fumble for another, and LSU's defense dominated throughout the fifth-ranked Tigers' 51-0 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night.

It was an anticlimactic victory for the Tigers (9-1), who were eliminated from contention in the SEC's Western Division with Auburn's victory over Georgia. LSU still can finish its regular season 11-1 and earn an at-large bid to a BCS bowl.

LSU's defense produced five turnovers in all, leading to 31 points, and LSU built a 44-0 lead by the third quarter.

Stevan Ridley rushed for two touchdowns, the first set up by Patrick Peterson's 85-yard interception return.

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#23 SOUTH CAROLINA 36, #24 FLORIDA 14

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Ol' Ball Coach notched a huge win at his ol' stomping grounds.

After years of being the top Gator, Steve Spurrier led South Carolina to its most significant victory in the stadium he nicknamed The Swamp.

Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns, Stephen Garcia played turnover-free and the 22nd-ranked Gamecocks upset No. 24 Florida 36-14 Saturday night to clinch the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division for the first time in school history.

The Gamecocks won for the second time in 19 tries against Florida, snapped an 0-for-12 streak in Gainesville and earned a spot in the league title game. South Carolina (7-3, 5-3 SEC) will play second-ranked Auburn on Dec. 4, with the winner advancing to the Bowl Championship Series.

The Gators (6-4, 4-4) lost to a division opponent for the first time in 17 games.

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#12 ALABAMA 30, #19 MISSISSIPPI STATE 10

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Greg McElroy passed for 227 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown to Mark Ingram, and No. 11 Alabama rolled to a 30-10 win over No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide (8-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) showed it can still dominate even the improved version of the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) after its title hopes evaporated.

The Tide used big plays to punch up the offense after the Bulldogs kept Ingram and the short-handed running game from producing much. Instead, Alabama had scores of 45, 78 and 56 yards on three consecutive offensive plays starting in the second quarter to run away with it.

It didn't matter that the game kicked off around the time rival Auburn was clinching the SEC West championship with a win over Georgia, ending Alabama's two-year run on top.

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TENNESSEE 52, OLE MISS 14

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tyler Bray threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Justin Hunter, and Tauren Poole ran for two more as Tennessee got its first Southeastern Conference win of the season with a 52-14 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.

On Tennessee's first play from scrimmage, Bray attempted a pass to Gerald Jones which was tipped by Mississippi's Jonathan Cornell right into the hands of Justin Hunter. Hunter had 80 yards of green space and took it all the way to the end zone.

Bray finished 18 for 34 with 323 yards. Hunter had 114 yards on three catches and Poole had 107 yards on 12 carries.

Ole Miss (4-6, 1-5) couldn't get its offense going with Masoli being pressured by the Vols' defensive line all day.

Tennessee (4-6, 1-5) took a 21-0 lead with 2:33 in the first quarter when Eric Gordon picked off a pass by Masoli at the Rebels 46 and ran it back for a touchdown.

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


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