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Alabama erases Vols' hopes early

Alabama’s Eddie Jackson, center, gets a few pats on the back after returning a punt 79 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter.
Alabama’s Eddie Jackson, center, gets a few pats on the back after returning a punt 79 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter.
Published Oct. 16, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama wouldn't allow Tennessee to produce another comeback.

Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarbrough each rushed for more than 100 yards Saturday, and No. 1 Alabama again got points from its defense and special teams in a 49-10 blowout of No. 9 Tennessee.

It was the most lopsided game in this rivalry since a 51-0 Alabama victory in 1906.

"This is as proud of our team as I've been all year long in terms of playing a complete game against a very good team, especially in a tough environment," Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

Tennessee erased double-digit deficits in five of its first six games — including a 45-38 loss at Texas A&M last week in which it forced overtime after trailing 28-7 — but the Volunteers couldn't deliver a similar rally this time.

Alabama instead had college football's cardiac kids dead and buried by the end of the third quarter. The Crimson Tide capitalized on the injury issues that have decimated Tennessee's depth chart.

"That was our goal coming in, to score fast and get them tired," Alabama tight end O.J. Howard. "I think it worked."

NO. 22 ARK. 34, NO. 12 OLE MISS 30: Jared Cornelius scored on a 6-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to lift the host Razorbacks.

Arkansas won its third in a row over the Rebels, who have lost three of their first six a season after winning the Sugar Bowl.

Austin Allen was 19-of-32 for 229 yards and three touchdowns for Arkansas, giving the junior an SEC-best 18 touchdown passes. Rawleigh Williams added a career-high 180 yards rushing on 27 carries for the Razorbacks.

VANDY 17, GEORGIA 16: Derek Mason picked up the sort of victory that should ease some of the heat on Vanderbilt's coach.

Just the opposite for Georgia's Kirby Smart, who is facing plenty of scrutiny after a stunning loss to the Commodores.

"Sickening," Smart said.

Visiting Vanderbilt claimed its first conference road win in Mason's three seasons as coach, upsetting Georgia on Khari Blasingame's 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and a huge fourth-down stop late in the game.

"I told our young men this morning that if we wanted to do something epic, we needed to make sure we took the fight to them," Mason said.

LSU 45, SOUTHERN MISS 10: Derrius Guice broke loose for touchdowns of 61 and 20 yards early in the third quarter, and the host Tigers used a slew of big plays in the second half to break open what had been an unexpectedly close game. LSU had two long one-play TD drives — an 80 yard catch-and-run by D.J. Chark and a 63-yard reception by Malachi Dupre on Danny Etling's long heave.

EX-AUBURN STAR DIES: Former Auburn standout Quentin Groves, who played defensive end for the Tigers from 2004-07 and shares the program record for sacks, died in his sleep while visiting Trinidad, his wife's native country. He was 32. Mr. Groves said in 2008 that he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes a rapid heartbeat. Mr. Groves of Greenville, Miss., was an All-SEC performer and recorded 26 sacks.