Sunday, May 27, 2018

Spurrier easily hits 200

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Steve Spurrier earned his 200th coaching victory Saturday night as No. 8 South Carolina cruised past UAB 49-6.

The Gamecocks rolled up 501 yards and scored 35 points after losing starting quarterback Connor Shaw late in the second quarter. He took a brutal hit to his throwing shoulder at the same spot it was hurt in the opener against Vanderbilt.

"This was one of the closest 49-6 games I have ever been around," Spurrier said.

Spurrier shrugged off No. 200. He counts his wins in the NFL and USFL, too.

"I have 47 others, so it sort of blends in," said Spurrier, who joined Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Texas' Mack Brown and Nevada's Chris Ault as the only active Division I-A coaches to reach that mark.

Spurrier didn't think his quarterbacks made good throws at times, and his running game didn't start to click until late when the game was well decided.

"We were fortunate to get what points we could," he said. "Seems like we couldn't get a guy open or hit anybody."

Spurrier, the former Florida coach who also won the 1966 Heisman Trophy with the Gators, in his eighth season with the Gamecocks.

Shaw threw a 16-yard touchdown to Ace Sanders to put the Gamecocks ahead 14-3 in the second quarter. Shaw was relieved by Dylan Thompson, who threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another.

Spurrier won six SEC titles and the 1996 national championship in his 12 seasons at Florida before an ill-fated stint with the NFL's Washington Redskins.

Shaw said after the game that he got shots and painkillers and the shoulder felt much better. Spurrier said he has played well enough to deserve to start if healthy.

Auburn avoids SEC going 0-2 vs. Monroe

AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers turned the game over to kicker Cody Parkey and avoided becoming another SEC victim for Louisiana-Monroe.

Parkey hit a 35-yard field goal in overtime to secure the Tigers' 31-28 win over the Warhawks.

Auburn stopped Kolton Browning and the Warhawks to start overtime, and Justin Manton's 37-yard field goal attempt was deflected by Angelo Blackson. Then Tre Mason rushed for 10 yards, and Kiehl Frazier downed the ball on the next play to set up Parkey's winning kick.

The Warhawks rallied from 28-7 down to shock Arkansas in overtime a week earlier.

"I think we just let our guard down a little," Frazier said. "After that first drive we scored on, a lot of guys felt like we had put the game away. We kind of played like we felt like that. We've just got to keep our foot on the gas pedal."

Onterio McCalebb rushed for 128 yards and a 27-yard touchdown on 11 carries for the Tigers.

The Warhawks, of the Sun Belt, are 4-35 against the SEC.

"They keep battling back," ULM coach Todd Berry said. "There's a lot of things we have to overcome when we go on the road and play against some very good athletes and great coaches."

No. 1 Alabama routs reeling Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Nick Saban told Alabama's defense to prepare for whatever Arkansas' offense might have to offer, Tyler Wilson or not. The No. 1 Crimson Tide heeded its coach's advice well, suffocating a Wilson-less Razorbacks team in a 52-0 win.

Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns, and Alabama forced five turnovers in its 21st straight win to open conference play.

Arkansas followed last week's shocking Louisiana-Monroe loss with the school's worst defeat since 70-17 to USC in 2005.

The Razorbacks played without Wilson, who suffered a head injury against ULM. Wilson asked to speak afterward with the media — breaking with the school's usual policy of not letting injured players talk. The senior had plenty to say.

"Do I feel that we, at times, gave up out there? Absolutely," Wilson said. "As a leader, it (stinks) to see people not do their jobs and to see things go wrong."

NO. 3 LSU 63, IDAHO 14: Safety Ronald Martin and defensive end Lavar Edwards each snagged deflected passes and returned them for scores as the host Tigers pulled away. LSU set a Division I-A record with its 40th straight non-conference regular season victory, set a Tiger Stadium mark with 20 straight home wins and extended its nation-long regular-season winning streak to 16.

NO. 7 GEORGIA 56, FAU 20: Aaron Murray passed for a career-best 342 yards and two touchdowns and scored twice on short runs for the host Bulldogs, who piled up a school-record 713 yards. Murray, a former Plant High star, completed 14 of 19, including a 67-yard touchdown to Michael Bennett and a 36-yarder to Arthur Lynch. Murray scored on a pair of 1-yard sneaks.

MISSOURI 24, ARIZONA ST. 20: Corbin Berkstresser ran for a score in his first career start in place of James Franklin, who has a shoulder injury, and the host Tigers forced four turnovers. "It went pretty well, considering we got the win," Berkstresser said. "It was a game-time decision. It was exhilarating." Coach Gary Pinkel said he told Berkstresser Friday he might start. He said it was Franklin's decision not to play with what the school called an inflamed bursa sac.

VANDY 58, PRESBYTERIAN 0: Senior Zac Stacy rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on eight carries for the host Commodores. In a decision announced shortly before kickoff, junior Austyn Carta-Samuels at quarterback in place of senior Jordan Rodgers. "If after (we look) at the tape, if Austyn gives us a better chance to beat Georgia, then we'll make that decision," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said. Stacy's 86-yard touchdown was the longest rush in school history.

TEXAS A&M 48, SMU 3: Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel accounted for 418 total yards and six touchdowns in three quarters for the visiting Aggies. Manziel threw for four touchdowns and 294 yards, setting a school freshman record. He also had 13 carries for 124 yards and two scoring runs.

MISSISSIPPI ST. 30, TROY 24: Tyler Russell and Chad Bumphis hooked up on touchdown passes of 72, 58 and 25 yards and LaDarius Perkins rushed for a career-high 179 yards for the visiting Bulldogs. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen called the defensive effort "terrible," then repeated the word three times. Troy outgained Mississippi State 572-457.

W. KENTUCKY 32, KENTUCKY 31, OT: The Hilltoppers used a trick play in overtime to stun the Wildcats. Western Kentucky went for the win with a two-point try after Antonio Andrews pulled them within a point on a 2-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw a lateral to Andrews, who threw back to Jakes to clinch the victory. The Wildcats had scored first in overtime on a Jonathan George 12-yard run. They led 17-0 in the first half, intercepting Kentucky's Maxwell Smith three times; the sophomore quarterback added another later.

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