No. 1 Alabama overwhelms No. 7 Florida 31-6: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Mark Ingram scored two touchdowns, C.J. Mosley returned an interception 35 yards for a score and the top-ranked Crimson Tide overwhelmed No. 7 Florida 31-6 on Saturday night.
Round 2 between the last two national champions could come in Atlanta in early December at the SEC title game. Alabama (5-0, 2-0) certainly looked like a team on its way to another championship season.
In front of a 101,821 at a blaring Bryant-Denny Stadium, coach Nick Saban’s Tide rolled to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter behind Ingram’s two short TD runs and a defense that was buzzing around the ball.
After the Gators (4-1, 2-1) chipped it down to 24-6 in the middle of the third quarter, Mosley picked off a short pass by a hurried John Brantley into the middle of the field, and raced to the end zone for a score that all but wrapped up Alabama’s 19th straight victory.
LSU gets second chance, beats Vols 16-14: BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 12 LSU squandered what looked like its last chance to pull out a victory. A Tennessee mistake on the same frantic sequence gave the Tigers one more shot.
The Tigers remained unbeaten with a 16-14 victory on Saturday after a Volunteers penalty for too many players on the field rescued LSU from a botched final play. LSU (5-0, 3-0 SEC) was confused on third-and-goal from the 1 and allowed the clock to run nearly to zero before a mishandled snap seemingly ended the game and sent Tennessee players streaming onto the field in jubilation.
The celebration was cut short when officials ruled the Volunteers (2-3, 0-2) had 13 defensive players on the field when the ball was snapped. Stevan Ridley then bulled into the end zone from a yard out for the wild win.
Ridley finished with 123 yards rushing. Jordan Jefferson had an 83-yard TD run on LSU’s first offensive play, but his game went downhill after that.
Jefferson came up just short when he kept the ball on the option on second-and-goal from the 1. There were 28 seconds still remaining, but suddenly LSU’s offense appeared to have no idea what to do. With the Tiger Stadium crowd screaming frantically for LSU to run a play, Jefferson hustled to the line of scrimmage in the shotgun formation.
He then mishandled the snap and fell on it as Tennessee players piled on top of him. Several LSU players threw their helmets in disgust and dejected fans started filing out when officials announced that the game was not in fact over.
“We’re a talented football team not playing very smart right now,” LSU coach Les Miles said on the field after the game. “I like the outcome. I don’t like the way we got there.”
Colorado holds on to beat Georgia 29-27: BOULDER, Colo. — Linebacker Jon Major recovered Caleb King’s fumble as Georgia was setting up for the go-ahead field goal in the closing minutes and Colorado handed the Bulldogs their fourth straight loss 29-27 Saturday night.
This marks the longest losing streak for the Bulldogs (1-4) since they lost their last four games in 1990.
Not even the spectacular return of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green from a four-game suspension could halt the Bulldogs’ slide.
The Bulldogs had first-and-10 at the Colorado 27 when B.J. Beatty got into the backfield and forced the fumble that Major smothered with 1:55 left.
Rodney Stewart, who rushed 19 times for 149 yards and a score, helped the Buffaloes (3-1) salt it away by reeling off a 14-yard gain on first down.
The Buffaloes weathered the return of Green from a four-game suspension. Green had seven catches for 119 yards and two scores but none after his 50-yard grab on the third snap after halftime.
Todman’s 190 yards leads UConn over Vandy 40-21: EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut gave the Big East just its second win against a BCS conference team this season.
Jordan Todman ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead the Huskies (3-2) to a 40-21 victory over Vanderbilt (1-3).
“Any time you can beat another BCS conference it’s important,” coach Randy Edsall said. “It’s not only important for us, but it’s important for our league, for the Big East. At least we won’t get hammered tonight on ESPN.”
Todman, who carried the ball 37 times, has now rushed for over 100 yards in seven of his last eight games. He missed last week’s win over Buffalo with an injured left elbow, and played with a pad on that arm.
The Huskies outscored the Commodores 19-0 in the second half, after being tied 21-21 at halftime.
“It’s just a mindset and more heart, and who wants it more,” Todman said. “I felt like we went out there in the second half and proved that we really wanted it.”
Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson put the game away when he stepped in front of Commodores receiver Akeem Dunham, returning the interception 44 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to put the Huskies up 38-21.
Larry Smith threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 64 yards to lead Vanderbilt. But he was picked off twice and sacked five times. Running back Warren Norman had just 27 yards rushing, but 162 yards on kick returns.
Newton, No. 10 Auburn roll past ULM, 52-3: AUBURN, Ala. — Cam Newton connected with Emory Blake on a school-record 94-yard touchdown pass on his first throw and Auburn went on to rout Louisiana-Monroe.
Newton completed 14 of 19 passes for 245 yards with three touchdowns before sitting out most of the second half for the Tigers (5-0), who finally got a stress-free win after three straight close ones. The Southeastern Conference’s top rusher, Newton didn’t have a carry other than a sack, minimizing punishment in the mismatch.
ULM (1-3) fell to 3-35-1 all time against SEC teams and has been outscored 190-10 in the last four meetings with the Tigers.
Auburn had risen to the Top 10 after three straight wins that weren’t decided until the final minutes, but didn’t need any drama in this one.
The Associated Press