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Vols rally, Dawgs lose Chubb

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Whether leading or trailing, Tennessee has a way of making it seem that no margin is insurmountable.

Joshua Dobbs threw for a career-high 312 yards, ran for 118 and accounted for five touchdowns Saturday as the Vols erased a 21-point deficit in a 38-31 victory over No. 19 Georgia.

Tennessee has also experienced the other side of comebacks. It had lost three of four, blowing two-touchdown leads in each loss.

"They had a different look," coach Butch Jones said. "This football team was not going to be denied. They were going to find a way to win the football game. I'm just happy for them because they deserve to have this feeling."

The defeat was doubly painful for Georgia, which lost star running back Nick Chubb to an injured left knee on the first offensive play. Coach Mark Richt was unsure after the game about the severity of the injury, but the back looked to be in a lot of pain when being treated by trainers.

"As of right now we're still pretty hopeful that it won't require surgery, but we're not 100 percent sure of that," Richt said.

Georgia's Reggie Davis scored on a 70-yard punt return and a 48-yard catch but dropped a potential tying 56-yard touchdown pass with less than four minutes left. The Bulldogs drove from their 1 to Tennessee's 27 in their final possession, but Brian Randolph broke up Greyson Lambert's pass to Malcolm Mitchell in the right corner of the end zone as time expired.

Dobbs was 25-of-42 with three touchdown passes for Tennessee. He ran for two scores, including a 5-yarder that broke a tie at 31 with 5:48 left.

Dobbs is the only Tennessee player ever to throw for 300 yards and run for 100 in a game. He also did it last year in a 45-42 overtime win at South Carolina.

"We know football is a crazy game," Dobbs said. "Anything can happen, and we had that mind-set all day. … We did a great job of perseverance, and we kept fighting."

NO. 7 LSU 45, S.C. 24: Leonard Fournette's least productive game this season still made LSU history. It was also too much for the Gamecocks, particularly with the Tigers improving through the air.

Fournette ran 87 yards for a score, Brandon Harris passed for a career-best 228 yards and LSU won a game moved to Tiger Stadium because of catastrophic flooding in South Carolina.

Fournette finished with a season-low 158 yards on 20 carries in three quarters. The Heisman Trophy candidate became the fastest to 1,000 yards in a season at LSU, which has played football since 1893.

"It doesn't really excite me. I'm just doing my job," Fournette said of his latest milestone. "You expect so much out of yourself, just to make plays for the team. It's never about me. As you've seen with that (touchdown) run, they block for me. My job is to make one or two guys miss and get up the field."

Fournette said he hoped to give up his purple No. 7 jersey for auction with all proceeds donated to flood victims. The NCAA said on its verified Twitter account that he would be permitted to do so.

NO. 8 ALABAMA 27, ARKANSAS 14: Calvin Ridley caught an 81-yard touchdown from FSU transfer Jake Coker, and the host Crimson Tide overcame several early mistakes. Alabama scored 24 over the final 17 minutes after trailing 7-3 at halftime. The Razorbacks could only flirt with the upset despite two Alabama interceptions and two missed field goals. The Tide held Alex Collins to 26 rushing yards and had three sacks and an interception. Coker was twice intercepted on deep balls in the first half.

NO. 14 OLE MISS 52, NEW MEXICO ST. 3: The host Rebels overpowered another non-conference foe behind Chad Kelly's 384 yards passing and an acrobatic one-handed touchdown grab by Laquon Treadwell. Mississippi, coming off a 38-10 loss to Florida, still had sloppy moments, including three turnovers. "We can get so much better," Treadwell said.

MISS. ST. 45, TROY 17: Fresh off a loss on the road to Texas A&M, with its starting quarterback under the weather and a lackluster non-conference opponent coming to town, there were plenty of reasons for the host Bulldogs to come out flat. Instead, they came out white-hot, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter. "We had a little edge to us to start the game off," coach Dan Mullen said. "We exploded into that game. "

Vols rally, Dawgs lose Chubb 10/10/15 [Last modified: Saturday, October 10, 2015 11:20pm]
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