Alabama, South Carolina post wins
AUBURN, Ala. — Nick Marshall ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Robenson Therezie scored on a 78-yard interception return and Auburn held off No. 24 Mississippi 30-22 on Saturday night for its first win over a Top 25 team in two years.
Marshall’s second scoring run gave Auburn a 27-9 lead in the third quarter. The Tigers lost two turnovers in the fourth quarter to help the Ole Miss comeback attempt.
Ole Miss was held to only three field goals before Bo Wallace threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief in the third quarter and added a 12-yard scoring pass to Moncrief midway through the fourth quarter.
Auburn (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) already has topped its win total from last season, when it finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.
Ole Miss (3-2, 1-2), coming off a 25-0 loss at No. 1 Alabama, has lost two straight.
No. 1 Alabama 45, Georgia St. 3: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and Alabama rolled over Georgia State.
The Crimson Tide (5-0) jumped ahead 38-0 by halftime in what might have turned into a name-your-score game against the Panthers (0-5), a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team.
McCarron led Alabama to touchdowns on each of his five possessions before leaving and set the school record for completion percentage in a game. He completed his first 12 passes, putting him in a three-way tie for the Tide’s third-longest streak.
The four touchdown passes matched his career high and was the seventh time McCarron has reached that number. Alabama outgained the Panthers 477-175 and held them to 15 yards on 22 rushes.
The Tide hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the past three games, giving up only three field goals.
Georgia State ended Alabama’s bid for a second straight shutout with Wil Lutz’s school-record 53-yard field goal to cap the second half’s opening drive. Ronnie Bell’s 34-yard pass to Albert Wilson put the Panthers across midfield for the first time and helped set up the score.
Bell completed 11 of 20 passes for 146 yards. Albert Wilson gained 60 yards on four catches.
Landon Collins, a former Dutchtown standout, started in place of Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. He reportedly accepted a short-term loan from an assistant, but the star’s absence wasn’t a problem in the mismatch.
Backup quarterback Blake Sims wasn’t far behind McCarron’s accuracy. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 130 yards and his second career touchdown, a 10-yard pass to Chris Black that was the game’s final score with 6:18 left in the third quarter.
No. 13 South Carolina 35, Kentucky 28: In Columbia, S.C., Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for another as South Carolina, playing without injured defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, held off a Kentucky comeback.
The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) again let a large lead slip away and once more were able to come away with a victory. The Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) rallied from 21-0 to pull to 27-21 on Jalen Whitlow’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Timmons with 11:50 remaining.
They were still within a touchdown after Whitlow bulled his way to a 1-yard scoring run with four minutes left. But the Gamecocks ran out the clock.
behind SEC leading rusher Mike Davis and beat Kentucky for the 13th time in the last 14 meetings.
Clowney was out with bruised ribs.
Missouri 51, Vanderbilt 28: In Nashville, Tenn., James Franklin threw for four touchdowns and Missouri squashed any doubts about its early season schedule with a victory over Vanderbilt.
The Tigers moved to 5-0 and opened conference play without missing a beat in the program’s first trip to Nashville as a member of the SEC.
Franklin guided Missouri on scoring drives on the first six possessions and finished 19-for-28 for 278 yards.
Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3 SEC) managed to move the ball in the third quarter, the Tigers answered each score.
Henry Josey added two touchdown runs for the Tigers, who recorded 523 yards of total offense.
Vanderbilt wideout Jordan Matthews was held to two catches and eight yards in the first half, but finished with 123 yards receiving and a touchdown to set a school record in both categories.
The 51 points was the most scored against a Vanderbilt team since Florida scored 55 in 2009.