Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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S. Carolina wins in 2OT

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Connor Shaw came off the bench in the second half to lead a 17-point comeback as No. 20 South Carolina went on to beat No. 5 Missouri 27-24 in double overtime Saturday.

After both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime — Shaw hitting Bruce Ellington for 15 yards on fourth and goal — Elliott Fry put South Carolina ahead with a 40-yard field goal. Missouri's Andrew Baggett then sent a 24-yard field goal off of the left upright.

The Tigers could have all but clinched the SEC East with a victory.

A sprained left knee kept Shaw from starting. He entered in the third and helped the Gamecocks score the final 17 points of regulation. Shaw engineered fourth-quarter scoring drives of 65, 69 and 63 yards. He forced overtime by hitting Nick Jones for a 2-yard touchdown with 42 seconds left.

Mike Davis caught three screen passes during South Carolina's tying drive, partly making up for two first-half fumbles. One came at the Tigers 2 with 5:46 left in the first half.

That set up a 96-yard touchdown pass from Maty Mauk to L'Damian Washington that made it 14-0. The pass was Missouri's longest since a 98-yarder in 1976.

'Red Team' pounds Vols

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One thing quarterback AJ McCarron and No. 1 Alabama won't stand for is being labeled something as mundane as the "red team." They prefer defending national champs, thank you.

The Crimson Tide hammered that point home with a 45-10 victory over Tennessee, which used the anonymous label as a motivational ploy last week.

"For them to say we haven't deserved their respect to call us Alabama," McCarron said. "And for their head coach to come out and say they can play against anybody, I don't think we're just anybody."

Indeed, since beating Texas A&M 49-42 in its second game, Alabama has outscored six opponents 246-26. T.J. Yeldon got two of his three 1-yard touchdown runs Saturday as the Tide led 35-0 at halftime.

"We probably played our worst half of football we played all year," Vols coach Butch Jones said. "Some of that was due to the quality of our opponent, and some of that was self-inflicted wounds."

No. 11 Auburn 45, FAU 10: Backup Jeremy Johnson threw two long touchdowns to Sammie Coates for the host Tigers. Johnson, a freshman, threw a 36-yard scoring pass to Coates on his first snap after replacing Nick Marshall, who injured his shoulder injury early in the second quarter. Marshall returned to the sideline but not the game. And Johnson threw a 67-yard touchdown to Coates make it 38-0 with 3:10 left in the first half. Florida Atlantic linebacker Freedom Whitfield was taken to a hospital after leading with his helmet on a first-quarter tackle. But while strapped to a stretcher, he moved his left arm. His condition was unavailable.

No. 13 LSU 48, Furman 16: Odell Beckham caught six passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns for the host Tigers, who pulled away from the I-AA Paladins. LSU's sloppiness caused it to lead only 20-16 at halftime. It included Zach Mettenberger's first interception of the season, a personal foul that led to a field goal, a missed field goal, a missed extra point and Beckham's fumble on a punt return that led to a field goal. But LSU shut down Furman in the second half, and Beckham's 63-yard catch capped the scoring.

No. 14 Texas A&M 56, Vandy 24: Johnny Manziel, whose status before the game was uncertain because of a right shoulder injury, threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in 31/2 quarters for the host Aggies. "In my mind, I was always going to play," Manziel said. Texas A&M was coming off a 41-38 win at Ole Miss and 45-41 home loss to Auburn. Its defense, which entered 118th among 123 Division I-A teams, had seven sacks after having just seven coming in. Coordinator Mark Snyder joked when asked how it felt for his unit to rebound from two tough games. "We had rough games all year. What are you talking about?" he said. "It was a good confidence-builder for us."

Mississippi 59, Idaho 14: Bo Wallace threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns for the host Rebels. In the game's first seven minutes, he hit Ja-Mes Logan for a 37-yard touchdown and Jaylen Walton ran for a 40-yard score. After facing Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU in a span of four weeks, the Rebels got an easy win and now have an off week before facing Arkansas, which is 0-4 in league play. "It was huge to play that stretch of games and then still come out and win," Wallace said. "Now it's a week of treatment and getting ready for Arkansas."

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