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Vols stun Georgia on final-play Hail Mary

ATHENS, Ga. — Jauan Jennings hauled in a 43-yard Hail Mary from Joshua Dobbs on the final play, giving No. 11 Tennessee a 34-31 victory over No. 25 Georgia after the Bulldogs appeared to win the game on a long touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining Saturday.

The Vols rallied from a double-digit deficit for the fourth time in five games, including last week against Florida, to take control of the East Division.

Tennessee went ahead for the first time by recovering a fumble by Georgia in the end zone with 2:56 to go.

Then, after the Bulldogs threw an interception but got the ball back one more time, Jacob Eason tossed a 47-yard touchdown pass to fellow freshman Riley Ridley.

An excessive celebration penalty forced the Bulldogs to kick off from their 20, and Evan Berry's 20-yard return got the Vols in range to throw one up.

"It was a crazy play, stuff you dream about," Dobbs said.

Dobbs hurled a towering pass that the 6-foot-3 Jennings didn't really have that much trouble bringing down. He leaped above the scrum to make the catch, then landed on his back.

"I've never been part of something like that," said Georgia offensive lineman Greg Pyke. "We won the game. Then, next thing you know, we lost the game. It's heartbreaking."

LSU SETS RECORD IN WIN: LSU was missing leading rusher Leonard Fournette (left ankle). No matter. The host Tigers set an SEC record with 634 yards and routed Missouri 42-7. Derrius Guice had 163 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Fournette also sat out the second game, then returned for a victory over Mississippi State and a loss at Auburn, where he appeared to aggravate his injury.

No. 1 Alabama 34, UK 6: Jalen Hurts threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to Calvin Ridley and defensive back Ronnie Harrison scored on a 55-yard fumble return for the host Crimson Tide. Freshman tailback Joshua Jacobs rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown in his first start with Damien Harris playing a limited role after spraining his ankle last week. Tide star linebacker Tim Williams didn't play. He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit Thursday. Redshirt freshman Anfernee Jennings started in his place.

No. 9 Texas A&M 24, S.C. 13: Trevor Knight threw for 206 yards and ran for 84 for the visiting Aggies. Knight also had a fumble and interception that kept it close. Texas A&M used a tight defense to win, tackling the Gamecocks for losses on 10 plays and keeping them out of the end zone after A.J. Turner's 75-yard scoring run on South Carolina's first play from scrimmage.

No. 16 ole miss 48, Memphis 28: Chad Kelly threw for 361 yards, Eugene Brazley ran for a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns and the host Rebels pulled away late. Ole Miss jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter against the Tigers for a second straight season, but this time held on. Memphis won 37-24 last season after falling behind by two touchdowns early. The Rebels have outscored opponents 131-40 in the first half.

NO. 20 ARK. 52, ALCORN STATE 10: Austin Allen completed 13 of 18 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns for the host Razorbacks, who led 24-0 after the first quarter and had few struggles afterward against the Division I-AA Braves. Running backs Devwah Whaley and Rawleigh Williams each topped 100 yards rushing for Arkansas, with Whaley finishing with a career-high 135 yards on nine carries and Williams 126 on 13 carries.

Auburn 58, La.-Monroe 7: Sean White threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns, Kerryon Johnson rushed for 146 yards and two scores, and the host Tigers scored touchdowns on eight of their 11 drives. Auburn raced out to an early 28-0 lead behind White's 3-yard rushing touchdown, his 48-yard pass to freshman Kyle Davis, and Johnson's two short-yardage runs. White finished 14-of-17 in 21/2 quarters with a quarterback rating of 239.3.

Vols stun Georgia on final-play Hail Mary 10/01/16 [Last modified: Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:25pm]
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