Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Vols roll, can still catch UF in East

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On a day when both teams ran wild, Kentucky couldn't quite catch up to Tennessee.

Joshua Dobbs threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and ran for two scores Saturday as Tennessee defeated Kentucky 49-36 to remain very much alive in the SEC Eastern Division race. In order to win its first division title since 2007, Tennessee must win its two remaining games (against Missouri and Vanderbilt) and have Florida lose at LSU next week. A loss to Kentucky would have given UF the title.

"We came as freshmen wanting to get Tennessee back in this picture and wanting to be where we are today," Dobbs said. "Now we have to take advantage of this opportunity."

Dobbs rushed for 147 yards and Alvin Kamara ran for 128 yards to lead Tennessee's 376-yard rushing attack. Kentucky ran for 443 yards, 3 shy of a 65-year-old single-game school record.

Tennessee has won 31 of its last 32 matchups against the Wildcats, with the Kentucky win coming in 2011.

Dobbs went 11 of 17 for 223 yards with touchdown passes to Josh Smith and Ethan Wolf as well as a 51-yarder to Josh Malone on a flea flicker. Dobbs also had his highest rushing total of the season.

Auburn loss to UGA gives West to Tide

ATHENS, Ga. — Rodrigo Blankenship, a walk-on who wears black-rimmed glasses under his helmet, kicked two fourth-quarter field goals and Georgia shut down No. 8 Auburn in the second half for a 13-7 victory that ends the Tigers' conference hopes.

Auburn has one conference game remaining, at Alabama on Nov. 26. The Tide clinched the SEC West with Auburn's loss.

The Tigers were missing star running back Kamryn Pettway, who hurt his left leg last week. Auburn was held to 32 yards in the second half and 164 overall.

After Blankenship's 21-yard field goal with 2:25 left, Auburn was stopped on four downs.

Kerryon Johnson ran for 99 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter, as the fill-in starter.

Sean White couldn't find a passing game to complement Johnson's running. White completed 6 of 20 for 27 yards with an interception that Maurice Smith returned 34 yards for a touchdown.

"The offense didn't get it done. It's a simple as that," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who said he stuck with White because "Sean is our guy."

Smith transferred to Georgia from Alabama during the offseason. "This makes it definitely worthwhile," he said. "To be part of this team and be able to help the team, I just love it."

NO. 1 'BAMA 51, MISS. ST. 3: Jalen Hurts passed for career highs of 347 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 100 yards in less than three quarters for the host Tide. The freshman quarterback had his best game and the defense denied the Bulldogs the end zone on nine trips across midfield. Hurts is the first Alabama player to have 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the same game. He completed 28 of 37 and rushed for a touchdown before being replaced by Cooper Bateman late in the third quarter. "It's one of the things we've been wanting to do is try to develop some confidence in the passing game, and obviously he was able to do that very well," coach Nick Saban said.

No. 19 LSU 38, Arkansas 10: Derrius Guice rushed for a career-high 252 yards and Leonard Fournette added three touchdowns for the visiting Tigers, who next host Florida on Saturday. Guice's 96-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the longest in school history. Fournette scored on runs of 7, 7 and 3 yards, finishing with 98 yards on 17 carries. The Tigers outgained Arkansas 547-291. Guice's previous best was 163 yards against Missouri on Oct. 1.

Missouri 26, Vanderbilt 17: Drew Lock completed 22-of-37 for 294 yards and two touchdowns and the host Tigers got their first SEC win since Lock's starting debut, 24-10 over South Carolina on Oct. 3, 2015. Each team opened with a three-and-out before Damarea Crockett's 6-yard touchdown run gave Missouri the lead for good.

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