Late touchdown helps defending champ rebound, edge South Carolina

Auburn’s Michael Dyer gains some of his 141 yards before tackled by Melvin Ingram.

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Auburn’s Michael Dyer gains some of his 141 yards before tackled by Melvin Ingram.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Barrett Trotter hit Phillip Lutzenkirchen for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:38 left as Auburn beat No. 10 South Carolina 16-13 Saturday.

It was the Gamecocks' seventh consecutive loss to the Tigers.

It had been rough for the defending national champs. The Tigers barely beat Utah State and Mississippi State before Clemson ended its 17-game win streak by rolling up 624 yards of offense.

"This was a game they willed to win," coach Gene Chizik said.

Michael Dyer ran for 141 yards on a career-high 41 carries. South Carolina's workhorse, Marcus Lattimore, had 66 on a season-low 17.

South Carolina reached the Auburn 29 on its final possession before time expired. Coach Steve Spurrier argued the clock should have stopped with 1 second left after a first down. He said he was told receiver Bruce Ellington's knee touched the ground when the clock run out.

"I said, 'Wait a minute now. Don't you review that?' " Spurrier said. "It doesn't matter now. It's in the history books. We got beat. Still haven't beaten them.

"We were pretty sad, pretty sad the entire game. We couldn't run the ball, and we're not a really good passing team."

Jefferson scores for LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU fans booed Jordan Jefferson when he came onto the field. They cheered when his 1-yard run gave No. 1 LSU a 7-0 lead on its way to a 35-7 victory over Kentucky.

Jefferson, who replaced starting quarterback Jarrett Lee for a few plays, was reinstated last week after a grand jury reduced charges in connection to bar fight to a misdemeanor.

Coach Les Miles, who didn't let the senior comment, said he didn't talk to him about the boos, figuring he was tough enough to "handle 2,500 fans that are a little disposed to bemoan someone who is busting his tail to do everything he can do to help LSU."

Georgia 24, Miss. St. 10: Aaron Murray threw two touchdowns in the first quarter for host Georgia. Brandon Boykin's 30-yard punt return set up the first, a 21-yarder to fellow Plant High grad Orson Charles. An 11-yard punt set up his 6-yarder to Malcolm Mitchell.

Tenn. 41, Buffalo 10: Tyler Bray threw two touchdowns each to Da'Rick Rogers and DeAnthony Arnett for the host Vols. Rogers, who became the top receiver after Justin Hunter tore his ACL on Sept. 17 against Florida, caught seven passes for 180 yards.

Late touchdown helps defending champ rebound, edge South Carolina 10/01/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 2, 2011 1:40am]

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