COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jake Bentley passed for two touchdowns, Rico Dowdle ran for 127 yards and another score Saturday night and South Carolina handed No. 18 Tennessee its third straight loss, 24-21.
The Gamecocks had struggled on offense much of the season and were expected to be a comfortable bounce-back win for the Vols after consecutive defeats to No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 1 Alabama.
Instead, South Carolina's defense bottled up the Vols most of the game, holding them to 251 yards of offense. Joshua Dobbs threw for only 120 yards and was picked off twice by cornerback Jamarcus King, the final time with 3:50 left in the game and Tennessee needing a dramatic rally.
Tennessee got a final chance with 35 seconds left and drove to the South Carolina 41. But Aaron Medley's desperation 58-yard field-goal attempt was well short on the final play.
First-year coach Will Muschamp improved to 5-0 all-time against Tennessee, the first four victories coming during his time at Florida.
Bentley was again on target in his second college start at quarterback. He threw for 167 yards and completed 15 of 20 passes, including a 17-yard TD to Bryan Edwards and a 35-yard score to K.C. Crosby in the final quarter to put South Carolina up 24-14.
Tennessee could not dig itself out of that hole and ended a three-game win streak against South Carolina.
NO. 15 AUBURN 40, OLE MISS 29: Kamryn Pettway ran for a career-high 236 yards and a touchdown, Sean White added 247 yards passing for the visiting Tigers.
Ole Miss' Chad Kelly threw for a school-record 465 yards, beating Archie Manning's mark of 436 yards set in 1969. Kelly also threw three touchdowns and one interception.
But the Rebels couldn't keep up with Auburn, which finished with 554 total yards. The Tigers once again gave a heavy workload to Pettway, a sophomore who responded by smashing through the Ole Miss defense with his 240-pound body time after time.
Auburn won its fifth straight. Ole Miss lost its third in a row.
KENTUCKY 35, MISSOURI 21: Benny Snell rushed 38 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns and Boom Williams added 19 carries for 182 yards and a touchdown for the visiting Wildcats, who won their third straight SEC game for the first time since 1999. It's the first time in school history two running backs have rushed for at least 175 yards each in a conference game.
MISS. ST. 56, SAMFORD 41: Nick Fitzgerald tied a school record with seven total touchdowns for the host Bulldogs, who compiled 669 total yards and snapped a three-game losing streak. Fitzgerald was 20-of-35 for 417 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns.