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LSU gets last drip of drama

AUBURN, Ala. — Another LSU-Auburn thriller goes to the Tigers from Louisiana.

Jarrett Lee and Brandon LaFell connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 left to lift No. 6 LSU to yet another dramatic comeback win over No. 10 Auburn, 26-21 Saturday in an SEC West showdown that again produced a fantastic finish and wild momentum swings.

The major difference in this one was the road team came out on top. The last eight games in the series had gone to the home team. LSU also ended Auburn's streak of six consecutive victories at Jordan-Hare Stadium against top 10 teams.

Lee took over for an injured Andrew Hatch in the third quarter and produced a series of big plays to make up for a lousy start for LSU. Lee missed his first five throws, with an interception returned for a touchdown.

Auburn moved to LSU's 47 on the final drive, with help from Rahim Alem's roughing-the-passer penalty. Alem atoned with a sack of Chris Todd to recoup the 15-yard loss.

Todd's desperation fourth-and-25 pass to Rod Smith came up short of the first down.

LSU won last year's meeting on Demetrius Byrd's last-second touchdown catch from Matt Flynn, and Byrd came up big again. He pulled in a 22-yard halfback pass from Keiland Williams on the final play of the third quarter for a 17-14 lead. Colt David added a 32-yard field goal with 8:27 left.

No. 3 Georgia 27, Arizona State 10: Knowshon Moreno rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns and A.J. Green caught eight passes for 159 yards and a score as the Bulldogs roughed up the host Sun Devils.

Georgia came in allowing 15 points per game, tied for 27th nationally. They were even better against the Sun Devils.

Arizona State finished with 4 yards rushing on 19 carries. It was the Sun Devils' lowest rushing total since they netted minus-2 against California in 2002.

For the Sun Devils, who lost to UNLV one week earlier, it was another crushing loss in the national spotlight. They fell to 2-11 against ranked teams in Sun Devil Stadium since 2000, and 3-23 overall against the Top 25 during the same span.

Georgia sacked Rudy Carpenter four times and harried him on countless other plays. He finished 23-of-36 for 208 yards and a TD.

No. 9 Alabama 49, Arkansas 14: Twice Casey Dick was where no quarterback wants to be — the last man back after throwing an interception. Twice he lunged at the Alabama player with the ball, and twice he missed completely. Javier Arenas and Justin Woodall scored on those long returns, and the Crimson Tide routed the host Razorbacks. "All week Coach (Nick Saban) was talking about coming out firing and hitting them in the mouth quick," Arenas said. "I think we did that. It seemed like they knew we were here to play a little football from the get-go." Alabama led 35-7 at halftime, and six of the Crimson Tide's seven touchdowns covered at least 25 yards. After Mark Ingram scored on a 1-yard run, Glen Coffee made it 14-0 with an 87-yard touchdown run.

South Carolina 23, Wofford 13: The host Gamecocks managed just two touchdowns over Division I-AA Wofford. "We can't score a lot of points against the air out there," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. This one wasn't out of reach until South Carolina put together a drive of nearly 6 minutes in the fourth quarter that ended with Chris Smelley's 17-yard touchdown pass to Dion LeCorn with 1:58 to go. Smelley went 23-of-33 for 204 yards, but he threw two interceptions and fumbled. Three times South Carolina got inside the Wofford 20 and had to settle for field goals.

VandY 23, Mississippi 17: Ryan Hamilton tied a school record with three interceptions, scored a touchdown on a 79-yard interception return and saved a score with a goal-line tackle to help the Commodores beat the host Rebels. The Commodores intercepted four of Jevan Snead's passes to put themselves in position to be ranked for the first time since 1984. Vanderbilt is 4-0 for just the fourth time since World War II. Chris Marve ended the Rebels' chance for a rally when he forced Dexter McCluster to fumble into the end zone. D.J. Moore fell on it with 2:40 left.

No. 6 LSU 26

No. 10 Auburn 21

LSU gets last drip of drama 09/20/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:41pm]
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