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'Bama manhandles LSU to take control of playoff fate

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A hard-running Derrick Henry and No. 7 Alabama's equally punishing defense stole the show and proved they belong squarely in the College Football Playoff hunt.

Henry ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns, and the Crimson Tide's unrelenting defense smothered Leonard Fournette in a 30-16 victory over No. 4 LSU on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide physically dismantled the previously unbeaten Tigers in the second half. It was a physical, no-frills performance days after some questioned the team's No. 4 CFP ranking. LSU went in at No. 2 in the ranking.

Henry led the way with 38 carries in a game in which he took second billing. The nation's leading rusher, Fournette, gained only 31 yards on 19 carries. His previous season low was 154 yards against Western Kentucky.

Fournette didn't get much help from the rest of the offense as the Tigers were outgained 434-182. LSU went in averaging 309 rushing yards and finished with 54.

ARKANSAS 53, NO. 19 OLE MISS 52, OT: Brandon Allen threw for a career-high 442 yards and six touchdowns and ran for a winning 2-point conversion — leaping past a Mississippi defender at the goal line — to lead the visiting Razorbacks.

"I can't say enough about our quarterback," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "He's a gladiator through and through."

The Razorbacks kept the game alive in overtime on fourth and 25 when Allen completed a pass to Hunter Henry, who flung the ball backward and Alex Collins picked it up on the bounce then ran it for a 31-yard gain. He fumbled at the end of the play, but teammate Dominique Reed recovered.

Bielema called the play "divine intervention." Ole Miss probably has another name for it.

"I've never had a game like this before," Allen said.

Then after Arkansas scored its overtime touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Allen to Drew Morgan, its first attempt at the 2-point conversion failed, but Ole Miss' Marquis Haynes was called for a facemask penalty.

On the next play, Allen ran it into the end zone.

AUBURN 26, NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 10: Jovon Robinson ran for 159 yards and a touchdown and the visiting Tigers intercepted three passes. Quarterback Jeremy Johnson wasn't flashy but was effective in his first start since Auburn's third game with Sean White out with an injured left knee. He threw for 132 yards and a score.

GEORGIA 27, KENTUCKY 3: Greyson Lambert made a successful return as quarterback as the host Bulldogs handed the Wildcats their fourth straight loss. Sony Michel had 24 carries for 165 yards and a 1-yard touchdown run for Georgia, which ran for a season-high 300 yards. Coach Mark Richt had faced increased pressure after losses in three of four games.

TENN. 27, S.C. 24: Jalen Reeves-Maybin recovered a fumble deep in Volunteers territory with 32 seconds left to preserve the win for host Tennessee. The Gamecocks were seeking a tying or winning score when Jerell Adams caught a pass inside the Tennessee 35 and headed into the red zone. Adams was trying to gain extra yardage when Malik Foreman knocked the ball out of his arm.

PLAYER, DAD KILLED: Two schools are in mourning after a father and son who both played at Mississippi State and Pascagoula (Miss.) High School were killed in a highway crash while heading to a game. Keith Joseph Jr., 18, a Bulldogs redshirt freshman, and Keith Joseph Sr., 44, were driving in a pickup truck Friday afternoon to see their former high school team play. Joseph Jr. was driving when he apparently lost control. The truck veered into the median, re-entered the southbound lanes and overturned several times.

'Bama manhandles LSU to take control of playoff fate 11/07/15 [Last modified: Sunday, November 8, 2015 12:09am]
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