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QB's completion string lifts Razorbacks to win

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson completes 19 passes in a row and 24 of 36 overall for 262 yards to beat Auburn.

Associated Press

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson completes 19 passes in a row and 24 of 36 overall for 262 yards to beat Auburn.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tyler Wilson continued his ascent into the ranks of college football's best Saturday night. The Arkansas quarterback completed 19 straight passes at one point, throwing for 262 yards and accounting for three touchdowns as the No. 10 Razorbacks pulled away in the second half for a 38-14 win over No. 15 Auburn.

Wilson, who spent the past two seasons backing up Ryan Mallett, finished the first half with 18 straight completions. They included a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright in the second quarter that gave the Razorbacks their first lead at 21-14.

Wilson threw for another touchdown and ran for one as the Razorbacks earned their first SEC win of the season. His completion streak is the third longest in conference history, behind the 24 by Tennessee's Tee Martin (1998) and 20 by Mississippi's Kent Austin (1982).

"We got in a good rhythm, and (Wilson) did a nice job of getting his feet set and understanding what they were trying to do coveragewise in the first half," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said.

No. 2 Alabama 34, Vandy 0: AJ McCarron passed for career highs of 237 yards and four touchdowns, and the host Crimson Tide rolled in the second half as Trent Richardson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown in his fifth straight 100-yard effort.

The Commodores trailed by seven until the final minute of the first half; then Alabama took over with four straight touchdown drives.

"We obviously didn't play our best football game, especially in the first half," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "We didn't have the mental energy and intensity that we like to have."

McCarron was 23 of 30 passing and didn't add to Vandy's national-best 14 interceptions.

Alabama went back to smashmouth football on its first drive of the second half after McCarron threw 23 passes in the first half. The Tide marched 94 yards with 11 runs by Richardson and 246-pounder Jalston Fowler, and one pass.

Richardson went the last yard for his 11th TD run, and McCarron added a TD pass to DeAndrew White to make it 28-0.

No. 18 S. Carolina 54, UK 3: Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier opened up his offense with direct snaps to the running backs, passes to the tight end and even an option run as the host Gamecocks beat the Wildcats by 48, their biggest margin of victory in an SEC game since joining the league in 1992.

"Gosh, we had over 600 yards," said Spurrier, whose team finished with 639 yards, the most since he took over in 2005. "I didn't know if we could move it like this or not. But I knew we had to try."

Spurrier's biggest change paid off the most. He gave QB Connor Shaw the start over fifth-year senior and former Jefferson High star Stephen Garcia, and the sophomore threw for four touchdowns, going 26-for-39 for 311 yards.

The Wildcats gained just 96 yards, and their quarterbacks threw four interceptions and just four completions. "Ugly is how you can describe it," coach Joker Phillips said.

Georgia 20, Tenn. 12: Isaiah Crowell ran for two touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat the host Vols to give coach Mark Richt his 100th career victory.

Richt, who started this season 0-2, has Georgia in a tie with South Carolina for first in the SEC East. "We are definitely in the race," Richt said. "It is exciting for me, the fans and the team. The SEC is a great league. If you can win the East, it's big. If you win the SEC, it's huge."

In the third quarter, former Plant High star and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw a 71-yard pass to Malcolm Mitchell. Two plays later, Crowell ran 17 yards for a TD and a 20-6 lead. Murray was 15-for-25 for 227 yards.

Miss. St. 21, UAB 3: The Bulldogs switched to backup quarterback Tyler Russell, who threw three touchdown passes in the second half to keep the host Blazers winless. The Blazers led 3-0 at halftime, when Russell replaced starter Chris Relf, who had throw for 46 yards. Under Russell, Mississippi State gained 298 yards in the second half and punted once. He finished with 166 yards on 11 of 13 passing, including eight consecutive completions. "I guess putting Tyler in was the best thing I could do to try to create a spark. He came in and played exceptionally well," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said.

10 Arkansas 38

15 Auburn 14

QB's completion string lifts Razorbacks to win 10/08/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 9, 2011 12:28am]
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