Ingram’s late TD lifts No. 1 Tide to 24-20 win: FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mark Ingram ran for 157 yards and scored on a 1-yard run with 3:18 to play, completing top-ranked Alabama’s rally from a 17-point deficit in the second half for a 24-20 win against No. 10 Arkansas on Saturday.
Robert Lester set up the score with his second interception of the day against Ryan Mallett. He returned it to the Arkansas 11, and Nick Saban gave the ball to his Heisman Trophy winning running back on three straight plays to get the game-winning score.
The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC) were able to run out the clock after Mallett threw his third interception, this time to Dre Kirkpatrick. Alabama faced fourth-and-inches in its own territory, but Greg McElroy picked it up with a sneak.
That sent Arkansas (4-0, 1-1) and its record home crowd of 76,808 away disappointed in the biggest game on campus in decades.
Tennessee beats UAB 32-29 in double-overtime: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee did few things right against Alabama-Birmingham. Still, the Volunteers kept on fighting and it was enough to help them win.
The Vols played poorly on defense the entire game and struggled on offense after halftime, but a double-covered Denarius Moore caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Matt Simms on the Vols’ first play in the second overtime period as they eked out a 32-29 over the Blazers.
“We just kept fighting,” Dooley said. “That’s the only thing we did well. We didn’t tackle. We didn’t line up right. We blew coverages. We didn’t catch. We didn’t run routes right. We didn’t run the ball well. We did nothing well except we kept fighting, and that’s what gave us a chance.”
The Vols (2-2) were favored by nearly two touchdowns and held a 23-7 lead at halftime. But the Blazers (1-3), who overcame a 23-point deficit to beat Troy last week, charged back as David Isabelle found Frantrell Forrest on a 27-yard touchdown strike and ran for 6 yards for another score and Bryan Ellis hit Jeffery Anderson on two 2-point conversions.
“We just played,” UAB coach Neil Calloway said of his team’s second-half comeback. “We finally got our guys’ attention, and they got it cranked up and they did some things.”
Daniel Lincoln kicked a 40-yard field goal for Tennessee to open the first overtime, and UAB’s Josh Zahn, who missed field goals from 30, 35, 41, 49 and 54 yards in regulation, connected on a 35-yard field goal to answer.
Ellis, who took a couple of brutal hits, found Pat Shed on a 14-yard pass to pick up a first down in the second overtime but his 7-yard pass to Patrick Hearn came up 4 yards short of the end zone. Zahn scored on a 21-yard field goal to put UAB up 29-26 before the Vols’ final touchdown.
The Blazers dominated the game in nearly every category. They picked up 544 yards compared to the Vols’ 287 yards, had eight more first downs, converted seven more third down attempts and held the ball 12 minutes more than the Vols.
No. 9 Florida routs Kentucky again, 48-14: GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Trey Burton scored six touchdowns, breaking former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow’s school record, and No. 9 Florida beat Kentucky for the 24th consecutive time, 48-14 Saturday night.
Burton became the fourth player in Southeastern Conference history to score six times in a single game and first since Auburn’s Cadillac Williams in 2003.
His big night helped Florida end its first-quarter slump and gave coach Urban Meyer a memorable milestone.
Meyer became the sixth fastest coach in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins. He improved to 100-18 at Florida, Utah and Bowling Green, hitting the century mark faster than anyone except Gil Dobie (108 games), George Woodruff (109), Bud Wilkinson (111), Fielding Yost (114) and Knute Rockne (117).
Now, Meyer and the Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC) get their long-awaited rematch with defending national champion and top-ranked Alabama.
The Crimson Tide hammered Florida in last year’s SEC title game and ended the Gators’ shot at winning back-to-back national championships. Florida would love a little payback.
The Gators can only hope they play like they did against Kentucky (3-1, 0-1).
Newton’s 5 TDs push Auburn past SC, 35-27: AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Cam Newton rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns and passed for two more scores, leading No. 17 Auburn to another come-from-behind victory, this one 35-27 against No. 12 South Carolina on Saturday night.
The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) overcame a double-digit halftime deficit for the second straight week after falling behind 20-7. Both of Newton’s scoring passes came in the fourth quarter after fumbles by South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia.
South Carolina (3-1, 1-1) twice drove into Auburn territory in the final minutes behind freshman backup Connor Shaw, but he was intercepted both times. Demond Washington picked off a pass that deflected off the hands of receiver Alshon Jeffery in the end zone with 33 seconds left to seal the win.
Newton was 16-of-21 passing for 158 yards and also logged 25 runs, including a 54-yard TD scamper after a nice fake handoff in the first quarter.
Auburn racked up 334 yards rushing against a defense that came in giving up a league-low 60 yards on the ground.
The Tigers trailed Clemson 17-0 late in the first half last week before winning in overtime on a missed field goal. They escaped again without needing the lucky break.
The Gamecocks had no turnovers in the first three quarters and four in the final 15 minutes to waylay a bid for their first 4-0 start since 2001. South Carolina was also seeking SEC win No. 107 for coach Steve Spurrier, which would have given him sole possession of second-place behind Alabama’s Bear Bryant. Instead, the Gamecocks left with their sixth straight loss in league road games and fifth in a row against Auburn since joining the SEC.
The Associated Press