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Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, who transferred from Florida, leaps into the arms of Neiko Thorpe after Clemson’s Chandler Catanzaro, left, misses a field goal in overtime that hands the victory to the No. 16 Tigers.

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Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, who transferred from Florida, leaps into the arms of Neiko Thorpe after Clemson’s Chandler Catanzaro, left, misses a field goal in overtime that hands the victory to the No. 16 Tigers.

AUBURN, Ala. — Wes Byrum kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime and Clemson's Chandler Catanzaro missed a do-over kick to tie as No. 16 Auburn won 27-24 Saturday night.

The game appeared headed to another overtime when Catanzaro made a 27-yarder. But after a 5-yard illegal procedure penalty on the kick, the redshirt freshman's second attempt hooked wide left.

Auburn had rallied from a 17-0 deficit late in the first half and scored three touchdowns in the third quarter.

Clemson has lost 14 consecutive meetings in the vintage but long dormant rivalry. It was the first regular-season meeting since 1971 and the second straight to have extra football, including the 2007 Peach Bowl.

Clemson had a fast start in front of the biggest crowd the program had played in front of (87,451).

Clemson threatened to score go-ahead points after pushing the ball near midfield on its final drive of regulation, but Auburn stuffed a reverse. Then Kyle Parker's third-and-long pass under pressure was just out of Dwayne Allen's grasp down the right sideline.

Buried at its own 13, Auburn let the final 1:23 wind down.

Cam Newton, a transfer from Florida, completed seven passes for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 78-yarder to Terrell Zachery in the third quarter to give Auburn its first lead at 24-17. Newton also ran for 68 yards but was intercepted twice. Gus Malzahn's offense racked up 258 yards in the third quarter.

Ingram leads 62-point surge by No. 1 Tide

DURHAM, N.C. — Last season's Heisman winner Mark Ingram rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in his season debut, and No. 1 Alabama routed Duke 62-13 in its highest scoring game in 19 years.

Greg McElroy matched a career high with three scoring passes for the Crimson Tide, which led 28-0 about 10 minutes into the game.

With Ingram and defensive end Marcell Dareus back in the lineup, the Tide won its 17th in a row.

"We always approach every game the same way: Just come in, wanting to dominate the opponent, make them never want to play us ever again," Ingram said. "That's the mind-set we want them to have when we leave."

Ingram, who missed the first two games after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, took his first carry 48 yards, surpassed the 100-yard mark two carries later, and scored on runs of 1 and 17 yards.

McElroy was 14-of-20 for 258 yards in 2½ quarters. Julio Jones caught five passes for 106 yards with a score, and Trent Richardson returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Richardson also added a 45-yard scoring run.

The Crimson Tide finished with its most points since scoring 62 against Tulane in 1991, and gained 626 total yards.

No. 12 Ark. 31, Georgia 24: Ryan Mallett threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns, including a 40-yard scoring pass to Greg Childs with 15 seconds left that gave the visiting Razorbacks a victory after they blew a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter.

"This is a really surreal feeling," said Mallett, who won for the first time on the road in SEC play. "… It so rarely comes down to the wire like this. It's sometimes gone the other way for us, but now I know how it feels to get the win."

Behind former Plant High quarterback Aaron Murray (15-for-27, 253 yards), the Bulldogs rallied. Murray, who was also sacked six times, hit Kris Durham on two long passes that set up a pair of touchdowns. Washaun Ealey punched over the second of those, tying the game at 24. The Bulldogs had all the momentum.

But a poor punt by Drew Butler gave Arkansas the ball at its 28 with 47 seconds left. Mallett completed three passes, the last to Childs, who was open along the sideline, cut inside of safety Shawn Williams at the 25 and coasted in untouched.

No. 13 S.C. 38, Furman 19: Former Jefferson High quarterback Stephen Garcia (13-for-20, 150 yards, two interceptions) threw two touchdowns to lift the host Gamecocks. Freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore added 97 yards and his fifth rushing touchdown this year for South Carolina. Furman struck for a 72-yard TD in the fourth quarter that cut South Carolina's lead to 31-19. Furman reached the Gamecocks' 30 on its next series, but Stephon Gilmore sealed the game with an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown. "Glad the game's over," coach Steve Spurrier said, "and we don't have to play them again for another 25 years."

No. 15 LSU 29, Miss. St. 7: Josh Jasper set an LSU record with five field goals, and the host Tigers had five interceptions. LSU cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne each had two interceptions, while defensive tackle Drake Nevis had the other when defensive back Tryann Mathieu hit Tyler Russell as he threw. Russell was intercepted three times. Chris Relf, who played the first half and was shaken up on a scramble in the third quarter, threw the others.

Kentucky 47, Akron 10: Derrick Locke ran for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns as the host Wildcats won their 18th consecutive regular-season nonconference game. Locke became the seventh back in school history to top 2,000 career yards as the Wildcats outgained Akron 544-172 and Joker Phillips became the first UK coach to win his first three games since Bear Bryant (1946). "My thing is to make every run the best it should be," Locke said. "I got to earn my scholarship."

Vandy 28, Ole Miss 14: Warren Norman rushed for 111 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, as the visiting Commodores ended a 10-game conference skid dating to 2008. Vanderbilt scored its first three touchdowns on a 35-yard run by Zac Stacy, a 21-yard interception return by Eddie Foster and Norman's 80-yarder. "I almost hesitated because it opened up so big," Norman said.

No. 16 Auburn 27

Clemson 24

overtime

Miss gets Auburn off hook 09/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 19, 2010 1:25am]
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