SEC recap (Week 6/10-09-10)

LSU 33, FLORIDA 29

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jarrett Lee tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Toliver with 6 seconds left after LSU kept its final drive alive with a successful fake field goal, and the 12th-ranked Tigers pulled out another wild victory, 33-29 against No. 14 Florida on Saturday night.

With 35 seconds remaining, LSU (6-0, 4-0) lined up for a game-tying, 52-yard field goal, but holder Derek Helton threw a no-look pitch over his head to place-kicker Josh Jasper. The ball bounced, Jasper scooped it up on a hop and ran for the first down.

The play was reviewed to determine if it was a forward pass, which would have been incomplete and ended LSU's hopes, but the ruling on the field stood.

Lee hit Toliver for a 28-yard gain on the next play to get down to the 3 and on the second fade to the corner, Toliver grabbed the game-winner.

The TD reception was also reviewed to see if Toliver had a foot down in bounds with control of the ball. It was upheld and Les Miles and the Tigers handed the Gators (4-2, 2-2) a second straight loss.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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SOUTH CAROLINA 35, ALABAMA 21

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Steve Spurrier finally delivered South Carolina's biggest win ever, ending top-ranked Alabama's longest-in-the-nation 19-game winning streak, 35-21. It's the first time the Gamecocks have ever beaten a No. 1-ranked team.

Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown passes, two to Alshon Jeffrey. Marcus Lattimore scored three times in handing the Tide its first loss since losing to Utah in the Sugar Bowl after the 2008 season.

Spurrier, nicknamed the Head Ball Coach, was typically Spurrier after the game, saying: "We played some ball today. We played until the end, looked up and we'd beaten number one by a couple of touchdowns. Really it's something we can build on."

The Head Ball Coach, in his sixth season at South Carolina, had the players to beat Alabama using the Tide's own formula.

Garcia and the Gamecocks cashed in on chances when they got close to the goal line and shut down the best tailback duo in the country, making themselves a factor in the SEC title chase. They could run into the Tide again at the SEC championship game in Atlanta.

South Carolina shredded the country's top-rated scoring defense, putting up the most points on Alabama since a 41-34 loss to LSU in 2007. The Gamecocks scored four touchdowns when they got inside the 'Bama 20 -- double what the Crimson Tide had allowed coming into the game.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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AUBURN 37, KENTUCKY 34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Cam Newton drove Auburn into position for Wes Byrum's 24-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the eighth-ranked Tigers past Kentucky 37-34 on Saturday.

Newton ran for a career-high 198 yards and four touchdowns and deftly guided the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) 88 yards in the final 7:22 after the Wildcats had tied it at 34.

The Tigers chewed up the clock behind the steady play of Newton, converting three third-downs on the final drive. They moved inside the Kentucky 10 then set the ball up for Byrum.

The senior calmly drilled the fifth game-winner of his career as his teammates ran onto the field in celebration.

Randall Cobb accounted for four touchdowns for the Wildcats (3-3, 0-3) -- one passing, two running and one receiving -- but couldn't stop Kentucky from dropping its third straight.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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MISSISSIPPI STATE 47, HOUSTON 24

HOUSTON (AP) -- Vick Ballard ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns and Mississippi State rushed for 409 yards in a 47-24 win over Houston on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (4-2) held Houston's high-powered offense to 47 yards rushing and snapped the Cougars' 18-game home winning streak.

Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf ran for 96 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the third quarter with an injury. The Bulldogs ran 80 plays and finished with 538 total yards.

Corey Broomfield returned an interception for a touchdown off Houston quarterback David Piland, a freshman who made his first career start. The Cougars (3-2) played their second game since senior QB Case Keenum sustained a season-ending knee injury.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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GEORGIA 41, TENNESSEE 14

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Aaron Murray ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more scores as Georgia snapped a four-game losing streak, routing bumbling Tennessee 41-14 Saturday in a rude homecoming for Volunteers coach Derek Dooley.

A.J. Green caught another touchdown pass, his third in two weeks since returning from a four-game suspension for selling his bowl jersey to a person considered an agent.

Georgia (2-4, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) ended its longest skid since 1990 and provided a glimmer of hope in a season that has put the heat on longtime coach Mark Richt.

Tennessee (2-4, 0-3) made this one easy on the Bulldogs, turning it over three times, giving up four sacks and falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter. It was a frustrating afternoon for Dooley, the first-year coach and son of longtime Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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VANDERBILT 52, EASTERN MICHIGAN 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Quarterback Larry Smith threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another as Vanderbilt rolled to a 52-6 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday night.

The Commodores (2-3) scored 24 points in the second quarter, including 17 in the last seven minutes of the half, as they snapped a nine-game losing streak at home.

Smith completed his last eight passes of the half, starting with a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown to Udom Umoh with 4:21 to go. It was the longest play of both players' careers.

Smith hooked up with Mason Johnston -- his first career catch -- for a 1-yard touchdown and a 31-3 lead with 22 seconds left in the half.

Eastern Michigan (0-6) has lost 18 straight, the second-longest streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision -- with its last win coming on Nov. 28, 2008, against Central Michigan.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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ARKANSAS 24, TEXAS A&M 17

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Ryan Mallett threw three touchdown passes in the first half then struggled to do anything else, and safety Tramain Thomas intercepted a pass in the end zone on the game's final play to give No. 11 Arkansas a 24-17 victory over Texas A&M.

The Razorbacks (4-1) had plenty of chances to break the game open. They recovered three fumbles inside the Aggies 40-yard line, but managed only one field goal out of it, their only points in the second half.

Arkansas' defense was hurt by a few big plays by A&M (3-2), but came through when it mattered most.

The Razorbacks were coming off a narrow loss to No. 1 Alabama, and are headed into a game at No. 8 Auburn.

Mallett was 27 of 38 for 310 yards, with an interception that set up A&M's first touchdown.

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


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