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QB Allen leads Aggies to crucial win

Receiver Christian Kirk, breaking free of Mississippi State linebacker J.T. Gray in the first half, has eight catches for 77 yards for Texas A&M, which remains undefeated.

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Receiver Christian Kirk, breaking free of Mississippi State linebacker J.T. Gray in the first half, has eight catches for 77 yards for Texas A&M, which remains undefeated.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Kyle Allen threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 14 Texas A&M remain undefeated with a 30-17 win over No. 21 Mississippi State on Saturday night.

The Aggies led by 14 at halftime. They didn't score a touchdown in the second half but added two field goals to secure the victory.

Dak Prescott capped a 68-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run that got Mississippi State within 27-17 with about 121/2 minutes left. Taylor Bertolet's 30-yard field goal pushed the lead to 30-17 midway through the fourth quarter.

Allen threw touchdowns of 1 and 29 yards in the first quarter, and Tra Carson ran for a score in the second for A&M.

Prescott threw for 210 yards and ran for 96.

The Aggies, who went in 0-5 at home against ranked opponents under coach Kevin Sumlin, joined LSU at the top of the SEC West standings. They host Alabama next week.

NO. 9 LSU 44, E. MICH. 22: Leonard Fournette highlighted his third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and the visiting Tigers overcame a fitful performance.

Fournette had 233 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries to remain among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy. He also became the first player in SEC history to rush for 200-plus yards in three straight games.

Some might have expected even more from the 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore against the Eagles, who came in allowing a nation-worst 373.2 yards rushing per game.

The Eagles stacked their defense to stop the run, but the Tigers struggled to cash in through the air. LSU quarterback Brandon Harris was 4-of-15 for 80 yards with one interception.

However, Harris' accuracy wasn't always the problem. LSU's top receivers, Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre, each dropped potential touchdowns.

Fournette has 11 touchdowns in four games, one more than he had all of last season.

MISSOURI 24, S.C. 10: The Tigers' victory marked the first time in Southeastern Conference history that two true freshman quarterbacks started in the same game.

One looked a good deal more ready.

Drew Lock started for host Missouri in place of Maty Mauk, who was suspended Tuesday for violating team policies. Lock completed 21 of 28 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Tigers win their first conference game of the season. He is the first freshman quarterback to start for Missouri since Corby Jones in 1995.

"It's a little overwhelming to say the least," Lock said. "Now that I've started and actually won a game, you can't really put it into words."

The Tigers gained a season-high 163 rushing yards on 42 attempts. Ish Witter had 17 carries for 98 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Russell Hansbrough had 11 rushes for 43 yards.

Lock said the run game made his first start more manageable.

"Hats off to our offensive line and our running backs," Lock said. "They opened up our passing game a ton. They helped me out pretty much the whole game."

Lorenzo Nunez threw three interceptions in his second start for the Gamecocks, finishing 15-of-24 for 172 yards and a touchdown. He also led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 60 yards.

"We wished he would have thrown those to a little different spot," coach Steve Spurrier said of Nunez's interceptions. "We've got to get the ball to the open guy at the right time. We didn't do that."

Nunez's only touchdown pass was nearly intercepted by Aarion Penton near the goal line, but it bounced off his hands into those of Shon Carson, who crossed the plane for an 8-yard score.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was pleased with the win.

"Drew really did some good things for a young player," Pinkel said. "I thought he really carried himself well."

ARKANSAS 24, TENN. 20: Alex Collins made sure the Razorbacks ended their recent history of frustration in close games.

Collins rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns for visiting Arkansas, which snapped a three-game skid.

The Razorbacks had lost their past 10 games decided by seven points or fewer, with nine coming since Bret Bielema took over the program in 2013.

Arkansas erased a 14-0 deficit and hung on despite wasting two second-half trips to the red zone on a blocked field goal and an unsuccessful fake field-goal attempt. Collins produced his third straight 150-yard game and put Arkansas ahead for good with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

AUBURN 35, SAN JOSE ST. 21: Peyton Barber made sure the Tigers' offense got into the end zone this time — repeatedly

Barber rushed for five touchdowns, including a decisive 36-yarder, and host Auburn snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Tigers forced four turnovers to help overcome Tyler Ervin's 160 rushing yards and continued struggles on both sides of the ball.

The Spartans, who lost last year's meeting 59-13, wouldn't go away. Ervin darted for a 2-yard touchdown after Auburn missed a short field goal to pull to within one score with 5:38 left.

The onside kick failed and Barber scampered for touchdown No. 5 after four short ones. The Tigers' workhorse ran for most of his 147 yards in the second half and came up one TD shy of former Buc Cadillac Williams' school single-game record for rushing touchdowns set against Mississippi State in 2003.

VANDY 17, MTSU 13: Ralph Webb ran for a 39-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lift the visiting Commodores. Vanderbilt overcame a 10-point deficit with two touchdowns in the final 6:14. Quarterback Johnny McCrary scored on a 29-yard run before Webb scored with 1:12 left to play. It was Vanderbilt's first win against a Division I-AA opponent this season.

QB Allen leads Aggies to crucial win 10/03/15 [Last modified: Saturday, October 3, 2015 11:44pm]
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