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Wisconsin deals blow to LSU's title hopes

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 47-yard field goal with 3:47 left and Wisconsin staved off No. 5 LSU's last-ditch drive for a 16-14 win Saturday that dealt a season-opening blow to the Tigers' national title hopes.

LSU's frustration was on full display at the end of the game when offensive lineman Josh Boutte was ejected for a flagrant foul after a vicious blind-side hit on Wisconsin's D'Cota Dixon after the safety sealed the win with an interception with 57 seconds left.

"In the end, that's the way they play football," Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt said, "and we have our ways to play football."

LSU coach Les Miles said the hit was out of character for Boutte.

Tigers Heisman Trophy hopeful Leonard Fournette ran for 138 yards on 23 carries but limped off after his final carry, a 15-yard run with less than two minutes left. He was okay, said Miles, who lost his first season opener in 12 years at LSU.

No. 1 'bama 52, No. 20 USC 6: Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for two touchdowns and ran for two as the Crimson Tide scored 38 unanswered points after falling behind 3-0.

Texas A&M 31, No. 16 UCLA 24: Trevor Knight threw for 239 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two scores, including one in overtime, to lead host Texas A&M in his debut with the Aggies.

No. 18 UGa 33, No. 22 UNC 24: Nick Chubb rushed for 222 yards in his return from a gruesome 2015 knee injury, including a 55-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that clinched Georgia's victory in Atlanta.

S. Alabama 21, Miss. St. 20: The visiting Jaguars pulled off the first major upset of the season when Westin Graves' 28-yard field goal try smacked off the upright in the final seconds. The Jaguars, four-touchdown underdogs, beat an SEC team for the first time. "(Mississippi State) didn't show us anything spectacular on film for us to change our game plan," said receiver Gerald Everett, who scored the winning touchdown with 57 seconds left. "So we just came out here and went at them 100 mph." Graves apologized for his miss on Twitter: "I will do everything possible to come back stronger from this."

W. Virginia 26, Missouri 11: In the debut of coach Barry Odom, the visiting Tigers lost an opener for the first time since 2001, the first season under previous coach Gary Pinkel. Odom served on Pinkel's staff for 10 years. "I don't feel like I did a very good job on this," Odom said.

Arkansas 21, La. Tech 20: Austin Allen, making his first start at quarterback, connected with tight end Jeremy Sprinkle for a fourth-down touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to rally the host Razorbacks. Allen was 20-of-29 for 191 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

So. Miss. 44, UK 35: QB Nick Mullens ran for two 1-yard touchdowns and passed for two scores as visiting Southern Miss scored 34 unanswered points

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