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Georgia clinches East title

Tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith, front, tailback Ken Malcome (24) and fullback Alexander Ogletree, right, celebrate Georgia’s 38-0 win over Auburn that puts the Bulldogs in the SEC title game.

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Tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith, front, tailback Ken Malcome (24) and fullback Alexander Ogletree, right, celebrate Georgia’s 38-0 win over Auburn that puts the Bulldogs in the SEC title game.

AUBURN, Ala. — Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns and freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall ran for more than 100 yards as No. 5 Georgia routed Auburn 38-0 and clinched a berth in the SEC title game on Saturday.

The Bulldogs allowed just 238 yards, 57 rushing.

"It's what you see," embattled Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. "It's just been one of those years where it has kind of snowballed in momentum and we haven't been able to catch any."

By the start of the fourth quarter, Georgia's fans were the majority in Jordan-Hare Stadium. After the game, their players rushed to corner of the end zone to celebrate with them.

"It was awesome," said Murray, a graduate of Tampa's Plant High. "We looked up midway through the third quarter and I was like, 'Man, we've got more fans here than they do right now.' "

No. 9 LSU 37, No. 23 Miss. St. 17: A week after throwing for a career-high 298 yards, Zach Mettenberger went for 273 and two touchdowns for the host Tigers. He strung together completions of 15, 36 and 20 yards during the final minute of the first half, the last a diving touchdown catch by Spencer Ware that made it 20-10. The Bulldogs cut it to 20-17, but J.C. Copeland's 1-yard run and Craig Loston 100-yard interception return sealed it. Mississippi State has lost three in a row, all to ranked teams.

No. 12 S. Carolina 38, Ark. 20: Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for one for the host Gamecocks, who won six SEC games for only the second time in their 20 seasons in the conference. But South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier didn't celebrate. "We're not an all-powerful team," he said, citing dropped passes and a running game that barely surpassed 100 yards. "Arkansas, as we know, has some issues. They don't know who their coach is going to be next year. That's hard for the players."

Missouri 51, Tenn. 48 4 OTs: Dorial Green-Beckham caught a 25-yard tying touchdown on fourth and 12 with 47 seconds left in regulation then Andrew Baggett's 35-yard field goal won it for the visiting Tigers. Tennessee has lost 13 of its past 14 SEC games. Each team scored touchdowns in the first three overtimes, including Vols holder Tyler Drummer running 5 yards on a fake field goal in the second, and both failed on two-point conversions in the third. But Missouri stopped a fourth and 3 from its 18 before Baggett won it.

Vandy 27, Miss. 26: Chris Boyd's 26-yard touchdown catch with 52 seconds left lifted the visiting Commodores. Vanderbilt, which trailed 23-6 in the third, is bowl eligible for the second straight season for the first time ever.

Georgia clinches East title 11/10/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:28am]
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