SEC Week 5 recap (10-2-10)


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.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Cam Newton connected with Emory Blake on a school-record 94-yard touchdown pass on his first throw Saturday as No. 10 Auburn routed Louisiana-Monroe 52-3.

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.

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- 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.

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another as Mississippi beat Kentucky 42-35 on Saturday.

The Rebels took advantage of three Kentucky turnovers, scoring on the ensuing drive each time on the way to a 28-17 halftime lead. Ole Miss led 42-20 by early in the fourth quarter, but Kentucky scored 15 unanswered points to pull within 42-35 with 1:34 remaining in the game.

Kentucky's ensuing onside kick attempt went out of bounds as Ole Miss hung on for the win.

Kentucky's Derrick Locke caught eight passes for 108 yards and rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Ole Miss' Brandon Bolden rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) has won seven of its past nine games against the Wildcats. Kentucky (3-2, 0-2) hasn't won in Oxford since 1978 -- a streak spanning five games.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- No. 12 LSU blew one final chance, then made the most of another.

The Tigers remained unbeaten with a 16-14 victory over Tennessee on Saturday after a Volunteers penalty for too many players on the field gave them a second shot at victory. 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 botched snap sent Tennessee players streaming onto the field in celebration as time ran out.

But the Volunteers (2-3, 0-2) had 13 defensive players on the field when the ball was snapped, which allowed LSU to run one more play from the 1. Stevan Ridley punched in a 1-yard touchdown for the wild win.

Ridley finished with 123 yards rushing. Matt Simms and Tauren Poole scored on short runs for Tennessee.

Jordan Jefferson had an 83-yard TD run on LSU's first offensive play.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Vick Ballard rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns, leading Mississippi State to a 49-16 victory over Alcorn State on Saturday.

Mississippi State (3-2) dominated from the start, opening with an eight-play touchdown drive. The Bulldogs led 35-16 at halftime.

Alcorn State (3-1) scored all 16 of its points in the second quarter. The Braves moved the ball efficiently with 330 total yards and 16 first downs, but were 5-for-15 on third-down conversions and struggled deep in Mississippi State territory.

The Bulldogs racked up 566 yards of total offense, plus another 153 yards and a touchdown on three Leon Berry kickoff returns. Chad Bumphis made nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Alcorn State quarterback Brandon Bridge completed 13 of 24 passes and rushed for 103 yards. He threw for one touchdown and rushed for another.
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Jordan Todman ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead Connecticut to a 40-21 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, just the second win for the Big East over a BCS conference team this season.

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 game against Buffalo with an injured left arm.

The Huskies (3-2) outscored the Commodores 19-0 in the second half, after holding a 21-21 halftime lead.

Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson put the game away when he stepped in front of 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 (1-3).

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