SEC recap (10-29-11)

ARKANSAS 31, VANDERBILT 28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Zach Hocker kicked a 42-yard field goal with 6:53 left, and eighth-ranked Arkansas rallied yet again to beat Vanderbilt 31-28 Saturday for the Razorbacks' fourth straight win.

This was the third time this season the Razorbacks (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed by double digits. They didn't trail by 18 as they did against Texas A&M or 17 last week before beating Mississippi. This time, Vanderbilt led by 21-7 with 1:39 left in the first half.

The Commodores (4-4, 1-4) also had the ball at the Arkansas 5 in the fourth quarter leading 28-20 when Zac Stacy fumbled, and Jerry Franklin picked it up and ran it 94 yards for a touchdown. Tyler Wilson found Jarius Wright in the end zone for the tying 2-point conversion with 13:25 left.

Vanderbilt missed a chance to force overtime when Carey Spear's 27-yard field goal went wide right with 8 seconds left.

GEORGIA 24, FLORIDA 20

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes on fourth down, and No. 22 Georgia overcame several mistakes to beat Southeastern Conference rival Florida 24-20 Saturday.

The Bulldogs, at the very least, kept pace with South Carolina in the Eastern Division.

It was Georgia's fourth victory in the last 22 games against Florida and could be a big one for coach Mark Richt. He had been under pressure since losing his first two games this season.

Now, the Bulldogs (6-2, 5-1 SEC) have won six straight.

The Gators have lost four in a row for the first time since 1988, a streak that certainly will taint coach Will Muschamp's first season in Gainesville.

The latest loss came against Muschamp's alma mater and eliminated Florida (4-4, 2-4) in the division race.

AUBURN 41, OLE MISS 23

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Clint Moseley threw his first four career touchdown passes and Mike Dyer rushed for 177 yards to lift Auburn to a 41-23 win over Mississippi on Saturday night.

The Tigers (6-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to break a halftime deadlock and go up 31-17 in a matchup of the league's two bottom-dwelling defenses.

The Rebels (2-6, 0-5) have now dropped 11 straight league games, adding to their longest string since joining the SEC in 1933.

Moseley completed 12 of 15 passes for 160 yards in his second career start after debuting in a blowout loss at No. 1 LSU last weekend. The Tigers had managed just 10 passing touchdowns in the first eight games.

They got a boost from the return of leading receiver Emory Blake, who missed the last three games with an ankle injury. He had five catches for 71 yards and a 25-yard touchdown.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 28, KENTUCKY 16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Mississippi State quarterbacks Tyler Russell and Chris Relf combined for 264 yards and each passed for a touchdown, and Relf ran for two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 28-16 win over Kentucky on Saturday night.

Russell earned his second start of the season, and the two alternated drives in the first quarter. As the game went on, Russell took most of the snaps and Relf was brought in for running situations.

The Bulldogs (4-4, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) committed three turnovers, two of which were fumbles that Kentucky recovered inside the Mississippi State 25-yard line. But the Wildcats were held to field goals on both drives.

Kentucky (3-5, 0-4) quarterback Morgan Newton suffered a right ankle sprain in the first quarter and did not return. Freshman Maxwell Smith replaced him and finished 26 of 33 for 174 yards.

Running back Vick Ballard had 87 yards for the Bulldogs.


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