SEC recap (11-27-10)


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tyler Bray threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns as Tennessee extended its winning streak over Kentucky to 26 straight games to become bowl eligible with a 24-14 victory on Saturday.

Denarius Moore caught one of those touchdowns and had 205 yards receiving.

Kentucky (6-6, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) tied the game at 14 with 10:10 left in the third quarter when Mike Hartline hit Tyler Robinson on a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-1. The Wildcats got the ball back on the next drive when Bray threw an interception to Mychal Bailey in the Kentucky end zone.

They couldn't capitalize, and Tennessee (6-6, 3-5) got a 2-yard touchdown run by Tauren Poole on the next drive to ultimately take the lead.

Hartline was 31 of 44 for 272 yards and threw an interception. Randall Cobb had 13 catches for 116 yards, and Derrick Locke ran 24 times for 97 yards.
#12 ARKANSAS 31, #6 LSU 23

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Ryan Mallett threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns as No. 12 Arkansas made its case for the school's first BCS bowl game with a 31-23 win over No. 6 LSU on Saturday.

Mallett finished 13 of 23 passing and had touchdown passes of 85, 80 and 39 yards for the Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), who won their sixth straight game and finished second in the SEC West.

The junior quarterback broke the school record for touchdown passes in the game, passing Clint Stoerner's 57. Mallett now has 60 touchdown passes in two seasons at Arkansas, and his 39-yarder to Joe Adams on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter put the Razorbacks up 28-20.

LSU (10-2, 6-2), which was outgained 464-294 by Arkansas, never led. Jordan Jefferson passed for 184 yards and ran for 34 for the Tigers.

XFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Chris Relf threw for a career-high 288 yards and three touchdowns as No. 25 Mississippi State beat Mississippi 31-23 on Saturday night in the Egg Bowl.

The Bulldogs dominated for most of the game, with a 498-326 advantage in total yards. But Ole Miss nearly rallied from a 31-9 fourth-quarter deficit, scoring two touchdowns to cut the deficit to eight with 4:21 remaining.

The Rebels' comeback ended with after Jeremiah Masoli was sacked on a 4th-and-24 play with 59.4 seconds remaining.

MSU's LaDarius Perkins caught three passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The freshman also rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries.

Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) won for the first time in Oxford since 1998. The road team has won only once in the past 12 years of the series.

Masoli led Ole Miss (4-8, 1-7) with 261 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Christian Ponder threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead No. 22 Florida State to a 31-7 win over Florida that snapped a six-game losing streak in the series by the Seminoles.

Ponder connected with Rodney Smith, Taiwan Easterling and Willie Haulstead on scoring plays covering 39, 15 and 29 yards respectively in his final home game.

The Seminoles (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) put the game away with a 21-point second quarter, getting three touchdowns in just over nine minutes to take a 24-7 halftime lead.

Florida (7-5, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) was hurt by four turnovers and didn't score after their opening drive that was set up by Andre Debose's 62-yard kickoff return. The touchdown came on a 21-yard pass from John Brantley to Robert Clark.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Josh Harris rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown and Wake Forest defeated Vanderbilt 34-13 on Saturday night in Robbie Caldwell's last game as Vanderbilt's head coach.

Caldwell announced he was stepping down earlier in the day, ending his short tenure at the helm.

Vanderbilt (2-10) ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, which is currently tied for the second-longest skid in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

It was the Commodores' second straight 10-loss season. They have had at least nine losses in six of the last 10 seasons.

The Demon Deacons (3-9), who snapped a nine-game losing skid, were aided by several Vanderbilt special teams miscues. The Commodores missed two field goals (50 and 37 yards) and had two punts blocked.

Caldwell took over in mid-July for Bobby Johnson, who abruptly resigned, giving him seven weeks to prepare for the season opener.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Aaron Murray threw for three touchdowns, Justin Houston returned a fumble 18 yards for a score and Georgia Tech missed a tying extra point, giving Georgia the win it needed to be eligible for a bowl, a 42-34 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday night.

This one was a comedy of errors that surely wasn't very funny for the fans of either team, both finishing disappointing seasons. But Georgia (6-6) held on to beat its state rival for the second year in a row, benefiting from a rare miscue by one of Georgia Tech's most reliable players.

The Yellow Jackets (6-6) were poised to tie the game at 35 after Anthony Allen bulled into the end zone with 4:57 remaining. But Scott Blair yanked the extra point wide left, and Georgia added an uncontested TD.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Stephen Garcia threw for two touchdowns, Alshon Jeffery had his seventh 100-yard receiving game and No. 18 South Carolina posted its third nine-win season ever with a 29-7 victory over rival Clemson on Saturday.

In a season of milestones, this was likely one of the sweetest for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division winners, who beat the Tigers in consecutive games for the first time since 1968-70.

The Gamecocks (9-3) have only won nine games twice before in 117 seasons of football, going 10-2 in 1984 and 9-3 in 2001. And their passing game, led by Garcia and star wideout Jeffery, gave Auburn's secondary something to worry about for next week's SEC championship.

Jeffery had four catches for 126 yards by halftime, including a 37-yard touchdown throw from Garcia.

Clemson (6-6) was held scoreless for the game's final 58 minutes.

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