Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Miles to continue as coach at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Coach Les Miles isn't done roaming the home sideline at LSU's Death Valley after all.

Leonard Fournette ran for 159 yards, Derrius Guice had a 50-yard scoring run and a touchdown and LSU beat Texas A&M 19-7 on Saturday night.

After the game, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva supported the embattled coach.

"I want to make it very clear that Les Miles is our football coach and he'll continue to be our football coach," Alleva said. "Les and I have talked about this program. We are committed together to working to win to compete at highest level.

"We're going to go forward together and win championships here at LSU."

Miles was carried off the field by his players after the win.

"I have no idea," Miles said of his job status. "Only thing I can tell you is I enjoyed coaching this team. They are great young men."

Guice had 73 yards rushing and also had a 75-yard kickoff return for LSU, which ended a three-game skid that had raised questions about Miles' job security after 11 seasons.

As the game ended, fans chanted, "Keep Les Miles! Keep Les Miles!"

Fournette, who was one of Miles' prized 2014 recruits, finished the game owning LSU's single-season rushing record at 1,741 yards, surpassing the mark of 1,686 yards set by Charles Alexander in 1977.

Kyle Allen passed for 161 yards and one touchdown for the Aggies but had a pass intercepted by Donte Jackson inside the final two minutes, all but sealing LSU's victory.

Through game day, Miles' biggest fans made sure they were seen and heard.

During the "Tiger Walk," from the team busses to the stadium, Miles was greeted like a hero as he waved to the crowd, at times pausing and turning around as if to soak it all in. Many fans held up signs expressing support for the embattled coach, some urging LSU to give him at least one more season.

Inside Death Valley before kickoff, the crowd roared when Miles was introduced during Senior Day ceremonies. The coach tipped his trademark baseball cap to acknowledge the crowd, raising the volume a little more. As the clock wound down, fans serenaded the coach by chanting his name.

Miles overall record improved to 111-32.

Tide wins Iron Bowl

AUBURN, Ala. — Adam Griffith created another indelible Iron Bowl memory, this one for a flawless performance.

Griffith emerged as an Iron Bowl hero for the visiting Crimson Tide, two years after his last-play attempt touched off the Tigers' winning Kick Six play.

The junior kicker's five field goals helped propel Alabama to the SEC West title.

He'll leave dwelling on the past to others.

"I feel like everybody is talking about that too much, the Kick Six," Griffith said. "That's two years ago. It happened. I wasn't thinking about that at all."

Derrick Henry, meanwhile, continued laboring as the tireless leading man for No. 2 Alabama. He ran a school-record 46 times for 271 yards against Auburn, the third-most in a game for a Crimson Tide back and the most against the Tigers.

The Heisman Trophy candidate produced his fourth 200-yard game of the season against an SEC defense. He helped put it away with 19 runs in the fourth quarter, then extended his school-record streak of games with a rushing touchdown to 17 in the final minute.

Henry broke Trent Richardson's single-season rushing mark and had carries on 14 consecutive plays at the end.

"He's the go-to guy," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "He didn't want to come out. He wanted to go."

No. 19 Ole Miss 38, No. 23 Miss. St. 27: Chad Kelly threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score for visiting Mississippi.

The Rebels jumped to a 28-3 halftime lead and were never in serious trouble in the second half. Kelly threw for two touchdowns, both to Damore'ea Stringfellow, and defensive back Tony Bridges returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.

It was just the second time the road team has won the Egg Bowl in 12 years.

Mississippi State struggled in quarterback Dak Prescott's final home game at Davis Wade Stadium. Prescott completed 31 of 42 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked seven times and rarely looked comfortable in the pocket.

Louisville 38, Kentucky 24: The visiting Cardinals got over an error-filled first half and rallied behind mobile quarterback Lamar Jackson. Said Jackson, "there was never a doubt." He accounted for 316 yards and three touchdowns, Brandon Radcliff ran for two scores and Louisville erased a 24-7 halftime deficit with 31 unanswered points after Jackson replaced Kyle Bolin. The Wildcats failed in their bid to become bowl eligible.

Tennessee 53, Vanderbilt 28: Joshua Dobbs threw two touchdown passes to Von Pearson and ran for a third score as the host Volunteers ended the regular season with their first five-game winning streak since 2007. Jalen Hurd rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and Cameron Sutton scored on an 85-yard punt return as Tennessee put up its highest point total against an SEC foe since a 59-21 victory over Mississippi State in 2003.

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