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Arkansas pulls away

Arkansas’ Dennis Johnson peeks back at Gamecock pursuers during his 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

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Arkansas’ Dennis Johnson peeks back at Gamecock pursuers during his 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tyler Wilson threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns as No. 8 Arkansas held on for a 44-28 win Saturday over No. 10 South Carolina.

Jarius Wright added four catches for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Dennis Johnson had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Razorbacks, who won their fifth in a row.

Arkansas (8-1, 4-1 SEC) outgained the Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2) 435-207, but a pair of missed field goals and dropped passes kept the Razorbacks from securing the win until late.

The Razorbacks led 24-14 at halftime, but South Carolina pulled within 30-28 early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by quarterback Connor Shaw.

Arkansas answered with a pair of late touchdown runs by Ronnie Wingo and Broderick Green to keep their hopes alive for a BCS bowl game.

Shaw, playing in his third game since former Jefferson High standout Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the team, struggled throughout against a Razorbacks defense that had five sacks. The sophomore was knocked out of the game late after Jake Bequette sacked him for the third time.

Arkansas moved the ball consistently against the SEC's third-best defense, but it continually bogged down near the goal line.

Murray, Georgia roll

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw five second-quarter touchdowns, and former walk-on Brandon Harton ran for 98 yards as No. 18 Georgia won its seventh straight, 63-16 over New Mexico State.

"Our coaches are doing a great job of spreading the ball around and making sure defenses stay fair and conscious that anybody can catch the ball at any given time," said Murray, a graduate of Tampa's Plant High.

Murray, who played only the first half, completed 18 of 23 passes for 238 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Bulldogs hadn't scored 63 points since beating Northeast Louisiana in 1994. Their 627 yards of offense were their most since 1993 against Southern Miss.

Tenn. 24, Mid. Tenn. 0: After struggling on offense in four consecutive losses to SEC teams, Tauren Poole ran for two touchdowns as the host Vols blanked the Blue Raiders. Freshman Justin Worley, who threw for just 105 yards in his first start, finished 23-for-32 for 291 yards and a 47-yard touchdown to Da'Rick Rogers as the Vols went up 14-0. Rogers caught the ball nine times for 137 yards and one score.

Kentucky 30, Ole Miss 13: Maxwell Smith threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns for the host Wildcats. The freshman started for the injured Morgan Newton and gave Kentucky a 16-13 lead with a 38-yard touchdown to La'Rod King 2:38 into the fourth. After a Rebels punt, Smith's 56-yard pass to King set up an 8-yard touchdown pass to Gene McCaskill.

Miss. St. 55, Tenn.-Martin 17: Vick Ballard rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Bulldogs, who posted 570 yards of total offense and averaged 8.3 yards per play. The Skyhawks racked up 454 offensive yards, but struggled on third down. Bulldogs quarterbacks Tyler Russell and Chris Relf each threw a touchdown pass in the first half as Mississippi State led 28-3.

8 Arkansas 44

10 S.Caro. 28

Arkansas pulls away 11/05/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2011 1:02am]

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