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Freshman downs S. Carolina

BATON ROUGE, La. — Freshman Jeremy Hill rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns as No. 9 LSU handed No. 3 South Carolina its first loss, 23-21 Saturday.

"Tonight I realized why LSU was preseason No. 1. They can run the ball and stop the run," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "That was the biggest difference in the game, probably."

The Tigers outgained the Gamecocks 406-211 but struggled to find the end zone. Three times they settled for field goals after reaching the 5. Another drive stalled at the 15 before a missed field goal.

But Hill's 50-yard touchdown with 5:03 left gave LSU a nine-point lead. (He scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.)

Connor Shaw drove South Carolina for a late touchdown, a 1-yard pass to Bruce Ellington with 1:41 left. And it got the ball at its 20 with 35 seconds left. But safety Craig Loston's interception on a desperation heave sealed it.

Shaw was 19-of-34 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. But he was intercepted twice, once by safety Eric Reid to set up LSU's go-ahead field goal in the fourth.

Rain can't stop Tide

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Eddie Lacy rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns and T.J. Yeldon 144 and two TDs as No. 1 Alabama beat Missouri 42-10 in a soggy, lightning-delayed game. The Crimson Tide recorded a season-high 533 yards to the Tigers' 129.

"Basically the offensive line … dominated," said Lacy, whose 73-yard run on the second play of the game made it 7-0. "Every time we made a big run, it was because they made a big hole for us."

Said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel: "That is, maybe, the best team I have ever seen."

Alabama was awaiting the extra point for a 28-0 lead with 8:40 to go in the first half when lightning halted the game.

Missouri has been outscored 126-55 in four conference games in their first season in the SEC. Redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser started at quarterback for the injured James Franklin, and it was without three starting offensive linemen. But Pinkel vowed injuries will not be an excuse.

"I told our team we have had a lot of issues; a backup quarterback and all this other stuff," he said. "From this point on, I don't care. We're going to move on and try to finish the season the right way."

Ole Miss 41, Auburn 20: Quarterback Bo Wallace accounted for four touchdowns as the host Rebels ended a 16-game conference skid dating to 42-35 over Kentucky on Oct. 2, 2010. Wallace caught a 25-yard touchdown from running back Randall Mackey, ran for scores of 1 and 2 yards and hit Jeff Scott for a 55-yarder that made it 34-20 with 5:02 left. Auburn has lost six straight SEC games and is 0-4 in the league for the first time since 1980. "We're not changing anything," coach Gene Chizik said. "We're going to go back and work harder to get better."

Arkansas 49, Kentucky 7: Tyler Wilson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns (tying a school record) for the host Razorbacks in a game called with 5:08 left in the third because of lightning. Lightning delayed the game for 66 minutes during the first half. The Razorbacks outgained the Wildcats 307-48 in the first quarter, after which it led 28-0. Two of Wilson's touchdowns, a 74- and 77-yarder, went to running back Jonathan Williams on wheel routes out of the backfield.

Freshman downs S. Carolina 10/13/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 14, 2012 1:25am]
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