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'Bama stand-in KOs Penn St.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson, left, steps out of the grasp of Penn State defender Devon Still for part of his 144 rushing yards. Richardson, playing in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, also had four catches for 46 yards.

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Alabama running back Trent Richardson, left, steps out of the grasp of Penn State defender Devon Still for part of his 144 rushing yards. Richardson, playing in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, also had four catches for 46 yards.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Trent Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, leading No. 1 Alabama to a 24-3 win over No. 18 Penn State on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide hardly slowed without Ingram, and a young defense forced freshman quarterback Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions into several turnovers to end promising drives.

It was the first time Penn State was held without a touchdown since a 14-9 loss at Wisconsin in 2007. The shutout lasted until the final 10 minutes.

With Ingram sidelined for the second straight game with a knee injury, Richardson did a good imitation of him. He plowed through and sidestepped tackles and scored on a 1-yard run.

"This will be something I remember for a long time," said Richardson, who also had four catches for 46 yards.

Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.

The traditional powers hadn't met since 1990, also the last time Penn State played an SEC team during the regular season.

"We came down here knowing how good they were, and we didn't wise up to it," Penn State coach Joe Paterno said.

Alabama harassed Bolden into two interceptions in his first road start. He was 13 for 29 passing for 144 yards. A defense that replaced nine starters hasn't allowed a touchdown.

Richardson had 102 yards in the first half against a defense that had gone 17 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Iowa's Shonn Greene had 117 against Penn State on Nov. 8, 2008.

McElroy passed Alabama downfield with four quick completions on its second drive. He found Kevin Norwood for a 36-yard score on the redshirt freshman's first career catch. Alabama ran the whole drive with an empty backfield, keeping the Nittany Lions offbalance.

Tight end Preston Dial caught a 14-yard touchdown pass on the opening play of the second quarter, and the Tide led 17-0.

Bolden managed to move the Nittany Lions at times, but their best scoring chances ended with two interceptions and a fumble.

Running back Evan Royster finished with 32 yards on nine carries.

Ex-FSU coach Bobby Bowden, a Birmingham native, was there. Bowden and Paterno, major college football's winningest coaches, met on the field along with Tide coach Nick Saban.

Gamecocks back pushes QBs to side

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier brought in Marcus Lattimore to run the ball. Then he let his prized freshman do it all game against No. 22 Georgia. Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 24th-ranked Gamecocks to a 17-6 victory.

Each team was quarterbacked by a former Tampa high school standout, South Carolina's Stephen Garcia (Jefferson) and Georgia's Aaron Murray (Plant). Neither did much more than manage their offenses. Murray was missing star receiver A.J. Green, penalized for four games by the NCAA for selling a game jersey for $1,000.

Garcia took a backseat to Lattimore, who carried 37 times in his first SEC game. The back had two 2-yard touchdown runs and sealed things during a fourth-quarter field-goal drive. "I'm a little sore," Lattimore said.

Spurrier sounds ready to ground it out all season. "Marcus has a knack for finding a little crease," he said.

Georgia was held without a touchdown for the first time in three years, since its last loss to South Carolina, 16-12 in 2007.

The Bulldogs' best chance to tighten the game came in the third quarter when they drove to the South Carolina 3-yard line down 14-6. But Washuan Ealey fumbled, and Stephon Gilmore recovered.

Georgia got a quick start from Ealey, who gained 32 yards on his team's opening drive. But that drive stalled in the red zone when former Plant High standout Orson Charles bobbled a third-down pass from Murray.

No. 7 Oregon 48, Tenn. 13: LaMichael James ran for 134 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, in his first game back after a one-game suspension and the Ducks scored 45 consecutive points on the host Vols. James had 27 yards at halftime, but he rushed for 25 yards on five carries during Oregon's first second-half drive. He broke several tackles on the 72-yard touchdown run on the first play of the subsequent drive. "I was real disappointed from then on with how we competed," Vols coach Derek Dooley said.

No. 14 Arkansas 31, La. Monroe 7: Ryan Mallett completed 9 of 11 passes in the third quarter, leading the Razorbacks to a touchdown and a field goal after a sluggish first half in which they led 7-0. Arkansas smothered quarterback Kolton Browning, holding him to 2 of 9 passing and ULM to 73 yards rushing through the third quarter.

No. 19 LSU 27, VandY 3: Stevan Ridley scored a 65-yard touchdown and ran for 144 of his 159 yards in the second half, and the visiting Tigers got their seventh straight win in this series. Russell Shepard had a 30-yard TD run to put the Tigers ahead to stay. LSU had six sacks and held the Commodores to 135 yards of offense.

Kentucky 63, W. Kentucky 28: Receiver Randall Cobb caught a touchdown pass, threw for a TD and returned a punt 50 yards to the end zone to lead the host Wildcats to their 17th straight regular-season nonconference win. The Hilltoppers lost their 22nd straight game, the longest active skid in Division I-A.

No. 1 Alabama 24

No. 18 Penn St. 3

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South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia (Jefferson High), below left, got a 17-6 victory over Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (Plant), right, and tight end Orson Charles (Plant). How the quarterbacks stacked up:


Note: Charles had two catches for 17 yards.

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