SEC recap (10-16-10)


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Carlton Thomas ran for the first two touchdowns of his career, Aaron Murray passed for two touchdowns and Georgia welcomed new mascot Uga VIII by beating Vanderbilt 43-0 on Saturday.

Washaun Ealey led Georgia with 17 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown. Caleb King, who normally shares carries with Ealey, served the first game of his two-game suspension following his arrest for failing to pay a speeding ticket.

Georgia (3-4 overall, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) took its second straight lopsided win after four straight losses. The Bulldogs beat Tennessee 41-14 last week.

Georgia introduced its new mascot, Uga VIII, a 13-month-old white English bulldog, before the game.

Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-2) suffered its 15th loss in the last 16 games in the series.

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#7 AUBURN 65, #12 ARKANSAS 43

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Cam Newton ran for 188 yards, passed for 140 and accounted for four touchdowns as No. 7 Auburn beat No. 12 Arkansas 65-43 in a wild game Saturday, benefiting from a couple of disputed replay calls.

The teams set a Southeastern Conference record for most points in a non-overtime game. The previous mark was set in South Carolina's 65-39 victory over Mississippi State in 1995.

Newton, leaving little doubt that he's a serious Heisman contender, ran for three touchdowns and passed for another in a game that went back and forth until Auburn (7-0, 4-0 SEC) pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Arkansas (4-2, 1-2) hung on, even after losing star quarterback Ryan Mallett to a head injury in the first half. Backup Tyler Wilson threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns, but also had two crucial interceptions late in the game.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's Randall Cobb caught a 24-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 remaining then added the two-point conversion to cap a furious second-half rally and give Wildcats a 31-28 win over No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday night.

Mike Hartline threw for a career-high 349 yards and four touchdowns for Kentucky (4-3, 1-3 SEC), which overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to stun the Gamecocks (4-2, 2-2).

South Carolina, which knocked off defending national champion Alabama last weekend, drove to the Kentucky 20 but quarterback Stephen Garcia's heave into the end zone was intercepted by Kentucky's Anthony Mosley with 4 seconds remaining.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore had 212 yards of total offense and three touchdowns but spent most of the second half on the sideline with an ankle injury.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Stevan Ridley rushed for two touchdowns, Michael Ford added the first two scoring runs of his career, and ninth-ranked LSU eventually wore down feisty McNeese State 32-10 on Saturday night.

The victory kept LSU (7-0) unbeaten, but it was not an entirely comfortable performance. The Tiger Stadium crowd booed more than once as the Cowboys (2-4) of the Football Championship Subdivision repeatedly frustrated LSU's offense.

LSU quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson combined for only 103 yards passing, with Lee accounting for 75 and leading all four touchdown drives.

McNeese State led twice in the first half before Ridley's second TD on a tackle-breaking 10-yard run in the second quarter put LSU up for good at 14-10.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Vick Ballard ran for 98 yards, Chris Relf added 82 and a touchdown on the ground and Mississippi State upset No. 22 Florida 10-7 on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs ran early, ran late and ended up running out of the Swamp with a signature win for second-year coach Dan Mullen.

Mississippi State (5-2, 2-2 SEC) controlled the clock, dictated the tempo and kept Florida's mostly inept offense on the sideline.

The Gators (4-3, 2-3) lost consecutive home games for the first time since 2003 and dropped three in a row for the first time since the Steve Spurrier era. Yep, coach Urban Meyer has accomplished something that even former coach Ron Zook never did.

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