SEC recap (9-17-11)


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy each had two long touchdown runs and career rushing highs and No. 2 Alabama's defense smothered North Texas in a 41-0 victory Saturday night.

Richardson scored three times -- including a 58-yarder and a career-long 71-yarder -- and had most of his 167 yards on the two long ones to help the Crimson Tide (3-0) race into its showdown with No. 14 Arkansas. He had 24 yards at halftime against the Mean Green (0-3) and the nation's 117th-rated defense.

Lacy scored on runs of 43 and 67 yards and gained 161 yards.

Alabama recorded its first shutout since a 45-0 victory over Chattanooga on Nov. 21, 2009, thanks to a blocked field goal by Robert Lester and a goal line stand in the final minutes.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Marcus Lattimore ran for a career-high 246 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 10 South Carolina hang on for a 24-21 victory over Navy on Saturday night.

Lattimore carried 37 times and averaged 6.6 yards a carry. The Gamecocks (3-0) ran 37 plays in the second half, and the sophomore touched the ball on 26 of them.

The Midshipmen (2-1) ran their option efficiently, rushing for 274 yards split among seven players.

After Lattimore was stopped for a loss for the first time in the game on a fourth down, Navy got the ball at its 6-yard line with 5:34 left. But Antonio Allen picked off a fourth down pass with a minute to go to seal the Gamecocks win.

#14 ARKANSAS 38, TROY 28

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Ronnie Wingo rushed for a career-high 109 yards and scored 3 touchdowns as No. 14 Arkansas defeated Troy 38-28 on Saturday night.

Wingo had touchdown runs of 22 and 21 yards and also caught a 6-yard touchdown pass for the Razorbacks (3-0), who were outgained by the Trojans 457-454 in total offense.

Tyler Wilson remained perfect as the starter at quarterback for Arkansas, which travels to No. 2 Alabama next week. Wilson finished 23 of 36 passing for 303 yards, and Joe Adams had 8 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Arkansas led 31-7 early in the third quarter before the Trojans (0-2) scored back-to-back touchdowns to pull within 31-21. Troy quarterback Corey Robinson found Justin Albert for 32 yards for the first score, and safety LaDarrius Madden scored the second on a 53-yard interception return.

Robinson finished 36 of 63 passing for 373 yards.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Larry Smith ran for a touchdown, and Trey Wilson returned one of his two interceptions for a 52-yard TD as Vanderbilt scored 21 straight in the second quarter and beat Mississippi 30-7 Saturday in making James Franklin the first new Commodores coach to start 3-0 since World War II.

The win marks Vanderbilt's first 3-0 start since 2008 when the Commodores won their first bowl since 1955. The Commodores also beat Mississippi (1-2) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams for their fifth win in seven years in this series.

Vanderbilt picked off five passes, all off Zack Stoudt, and Wilson's interception return for a TD is the Commodores' third this season.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes as Louisville held off Kentucky in a 24-17 victory on Saturday night that ended a four-game losing skid to its in-state rival.

Bridgewater took over early in the second quarter after Will Stein left the field with a shoulder injury. He threw a 25-yard touchdown to DeVante Parker to give the Cardinals (2-1) a 14-3 lead with 1:16 before halftime. Bridgewater connected with Josh Bellamy on another 25-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 24-10 with 11:15 left.

Kentucky (2-1) answered with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Morgan Newton to E.J. Fields with 4:56 left to cut the margin to 24-17.

Louisville went three-and-out on the next drive, but Newton's shot to La'Rod King on fourth-and-6 at the Louisville 18 sailed out of bounds.

Bridgewater finished 10 of 18 for 106 yards.

Newton was 27 for 41 for 255 yards and two touchdowns.


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Aaron Murray passed for three touchdowns and also ran for a score -- all in the first half -- and Georgia received a needed boost by overwhelming Coastal Carolina 59-0 on Saturday.

Georgia (1-2) regrouped after losses to Boise State and South Carolina which raised the pressure on coach Mark Richt. The Bulldogs led 35-0 at halftime.

Murray, who played only one series in the second half, completed 18 of 26 passes for 188 yards with no interceptions. Backup Hutson Mason added a touchdown pass.

Freshman Isaiah Crowell had 16 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown in his first start. Tavarres King had six catches for 65 yards, including two for touchdowns. Malcolm Mitchell had six catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Coastal Carolina (2-1) managed only seven first downs and 107 yards.


CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- No. 21 Auburn's luck ended Saturday along with its 17-game winning streak as Tajh Boyd threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns in Clemson's 38-24 victory over the defending national champions.

Auburn (2-1) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before Boyd began hitting his targets over the final three periods. Clemson converted 10 straight third-down attempts as it improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2007.

Auburn may have a dynamic offense, but its was last in Southeastern Conference defense coming in and it showed at Death Valley. Clemson scored on five of six possessions at one point and gained 624 yards -- its most ever against an SEC opponent.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Rainey had 233 total yards, including an 83-yard touchdown catch, and No. 16 Florida beat rival Tennessee 33-23 Saturday and extended two decades of dominance in the Southeastern Conference series.

Rainey finished with 108 yards rushing, 104 yards receiving and blocked a punt that led to a field goal. His touchdown pretty much sealed it, allowing the Gators (3-0, 1-0) to push their winning streak in the series to seven games.

Florida has won 16 of 22 since the Eastern Division teams started playing annually in 1990. The Volunteers (2-1, 0-1) had hoped to end the streak with quarterback Tyler Bray, but it ended with another Florida celebration in the Swamp.

Rainey and a swarming defense had a lot to do with this one.

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