SEC recap (9-24-11)

ALABAMA 38, ARKANSAS 14

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Trent Richardson rushed for 120 yards and caught a 61-yard touchdown pass and No. 3 Alabama overwhelmed No. 14 Arkansas in a 38-14 win on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on special teams, defense and using the old-fashioned power run to emphatically win the SEC West showdown that the Razorbacks (3-1, 0-1) hoped would stamp them as a legitimate contender.

Instead, the league's top defense thoroughly overpowered Tyler Wilson and the No. 1 offense.

Tide quarterback AJ McCarron also came up big in his first SEC start. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Marquis Maze scored on an 83-yard punt return and DeQuan Menzie returned an interception 25 yards for another score. McCarron, also the holder, hooked up with tight end Michael Williams for a 37-yard touchdown on a fake field goal.

GEORGIA 27, OLE MISS 13

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Aaron Murray completed 17 of 26 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns and Georgia beat Mississippi 27-13 on Saturday.

In just his fourth college game, freshman Isaiah Crowell rushed for 147 yards on 30 carries, helping the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) grind to a road victory. Malcolm Mitchell caught three passes for 93 yards.

Georgia jumped out to a 17-0 lead by midway through the second quarter and took a 24-13 lead into halftime. Bulldogs' kicker Blair Walsh missed three field goals in the second half, but the Ole Miss offense could never capitalize. The Rebels gained just 183 total yards and scored only one offensive touchdown.

Georgia has won eight straight games in the series, dating back to 1997. Ole Miss (1-3, 0-2) has lost 10 of their past 11 SEC games.

FLORIDA 48, KENTUCKY 10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Jeff Demps ran 10 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns as No. 15 Florida routed Kentucky 48-10 on Saturday night for the Gators' 25th straight win in the series.

Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span during the first quarter, taking advantage of two turnovers by Kentucky (2-2, 0-1). Trey Burton had a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Gators up 21-0.

Demps had an 84-yard touchdown run, Florida's longest since Emmitt Smith's 96 yarder against Mississippi State in 1988. Chris Raney added 105 yards, and John Brantley was 8 for 14 for 115 yards and a score.

Kentucky's lone touchdown came after an interception thrown by backup Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel. Morgan Newton, who was 16-of-33 for 124 and two interceptions, threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to La'Rod King with 1:18 before halftime to cut the Gators' lead to 31-10.

SOUTH CAROLINA 21, VANDERBILT 3

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Marcus Lattimore scored two touchdowns and had 150 total yards from scrimmage to lead No. 12 South Carolina to a 21-3 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

The Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won on defense, holding the Commodores (3-1, 1-1) to 77 yards.

South Carolina is 4-0 for the first time in coach Steve Spurrier's seven years with the team.

But it was frustrating for the coach. Quarterback Stephen Garcia threw four interceptions.

Garcia did throw his third touchdown pass, as many as defensive end Melvin Ingram has now scored this season. Ingram recovered a teammate's fumble in the end zone to go with two sacks, a tackle for an 8-yard loss and swatted away a pass.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 26, LOUISIANA TECH 20 (OT)

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Nickoe Whitley intercepted Nick Isham's pass in overtime and Chris Relf hit LaDarius Perkins for a quick touchdown to lead Mississippi State to a 26-20 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

Mississippi State (2-2) scored first and led at the half, but could never put the visiting Bulldogs away.

Late in the fourth quarter with the game tied 20-20, La. Tech (1-3) went on a nine-play, 60-yard drive and had the ball in field goal range with less than four minutes to play. But an interception by Jonathan Banks ended the drive.

Neither team was able to generate any offense in the final minutes.

Perkins finished the game with 47 yards rushing and two catches for 22 yards. Relf was 14-of-29 for 165 yards guiding the struggling Mississippi State offense.

AUBURN 30, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 14

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Interceptions by Jermaine Whitehead and Neiko Thorpe led to third-quarter scores that helped Auburn stamp out a Florida Atlantic upset bid 30-14 on Saturday night.

With the defending national champion Tigers (3-1) leading by just four points, Whitehead stepped in front of a Graham Wilbert pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and a 17-6 Auburn lead 1:26 into the second half.

After Onterio McCalebb took a Barrett Trotter screen pass 51 yards for a touchdown several minutes later, Thorpe intercepted another Wilbert pass and returned it 46 yards to the 19 of Florida Atlantic (0-3) midway through the third quarter, setting up Cody Parkey's 31-yard field goal.

Auburn's offense managed only 315 yards.

The Owls' first touchdown this season came midway through the fourth quarter, a 12-yard screen from Wilbert to Alfred Morris, but they managed only two Vinny Zaccario field goals against Auburn's first-team defense.

LSU 47, WEST VIRGINIA 21

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Jarrett Lee threw three touchdown passes, Michael Ford ran for two scores and No. 2 LSU made a case to be No. 1, beating No. 16 West Virginia 47-21 Saturday night.

The Tigers (4-0) converted two turnovers into scores, built a big early lead and withstood West Virginia's strong comeback for its third win over a ranked opponent this season, with all of three coming away from home. Every win so far has been by double digits.

Lee's three TD passes tied a career high and matched his output of the three previous games. He finished 16 of 28 for 180 yards.

West Virginia (3-1) outgained LSU 533-366. West Virginia's Geno Smith set school records for completions (38), attempts (65) and passing yards (463). But he was intercepted twice after making one in the previous three games.


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