Ge­or­gia rips Ken­tucky, wins SEC East

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LEX­ING­TON, Ky. — D’An­dre Swift ran for a ca­reer-high 156 yards and two touch­downs on 16 car­ries against Ken­tucky’s vaunted de­fense and No. 6 Ge­or­gia beat the No. 9 Wild­cats 34-17 on Satur­day to wrap up its sec­ond straight South­east­ern Con­fer­ence East­ern Divi­sion ti­tle.

Swift had an 83-yard break­away in the third quar­ter that gave Ge­or­gia (8-1, 6-1, No. 6 Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off ) a 28-3 lead. He also had a nifty 20-yard scor­ing run in the sec­ond pe­riod when the game was close.

Eli­jah Holy­field ran for a ca­reer-high 115 yards on 18 car­ries, scor­ing on a 4-yarder in the third quar­ter.

Ge­or­gia rushed for a sea­son-high 331 yards to earn a spot in the SEC cham­pi­onship game Dec. 1 in At­lanta. Ken­tucky (7-2, 5-2, No. 9 CFP) has never reached the SEC cham­pi­onship game, which has been played every year since 1992.

Ken­tucky en­tered the week­end with the na­tion’s top scor­ing de­fense and hadn’t al­lowed any­one to ex­ceed 20 points all year, but it couldn’t slow down Ge­or­gia’s tan­dem of Swift and Holy­field.

Be­fore Satur­day’s game, the only player to rush for as many as 75 yards against Ken­tucky was Texas A&M’s Trayveon Wil­liams, who ran for 138 yards in a 20-14 over­time vic­tory over the Wild­cats. Swift and Holy­field both were over the 100-yard mark by the end of the third quar­ter.

Ken­tucky dom­i­nated time of pos­ses­sion through the first 1 1⁄2 quar­ters but still trailed 7-3. That’s when Swift started to give the Bull­dogs some breath­ing room.

With Ge­or­gia fac­ing sec­ond-and-17, Swift made a move around a de­fender at the line of scrim­mage, made an­other move be­tween two Wild­cats about five yards down­field and shed a tackle in­side the 5 to com­plete a re­mark­able 20-yard touch­down run.

Swift’s touch­down gave Ge­or­gia a 14-3 lead elate in the sec­ond quar­ter. Ge­or­gia fum­bled away a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity late in the first half but got the ball to open the sec­ond half and ex­tended the lead to 21-3 on Holy­field’s touch­down.

On Ge­or­gia’s next se­ries, Smith raced through a big hole on the left side of the line and didn’t ap­pear to get touched on his 87-yard sprint to the end zone.

Be­fore that play, Ken­tucky had not per­mit­ted a run from scrim­mage that was longer than 34 yards all sea­son.

AUBURN COMES BACK: Seth Wil­liams caught an 11-yard touch­down pass from Jar­rett Stid­ham with 1:41 left and Auburn ral­lied to beat No. 20 Texas A&M 28-24 on Satur­day.

The Tigers (6-3, 3-3) sput­tered early on of­fense but fin­ished with a 14-point out­burst over the fi­nal 5:14 and the de­fense came up with big stops. Stid­ham de­liv­ered drives.

Kellen Mond and the Ag­gies (5-4, 3-3) pushed the ball into Auburn ter­ri­tory on their fi­nal drive, con­vert­ing a fourth-and-5. Then a hold­ing call pushed them back across mid­field and Mond’s des­per­a­tion pass into the end zone was in­com­plete.

Of­fi­cials put one sec­ond back on the clock but Mond was sacked by Nick Coe on the fi­nal play.

The Tigers, who had plum­meted from a No. 8 As­so­ci­ated Press Top 25 rank­ing, had trailed 24-14 be­fore stag­ing the rally.

The de­fense held again and Chris­tian Tutt re­turned a punt to the 42.

Stid­ham com­pleted 18 of 29 passes for 239 yards. Dar­ius Slay­ton had eight catches for 107 yards.

Auburn won de­spite run­ning for just 19 yards on 21 car­ries. It was the fewest since gain­ing 18 against Mis­sis­sippi State in 2000. big on both fi­nal

ELSE­WHERE: Jake Bent­ley passed for two touch­downs and scored the game-win­ning touch­down on a 4-yard run with 5:50 left to lift South Carolina (5-3, 4-3) to a 48-44 come­back win over Mis­sis­sippi (5-4, 1-3).

Mar­quez Call­away re­turned a punt for a touch­down and Ten­nessee’s de­fense nearly pitched a shutout as the Vols (4-5) de­feated Char­lotte (4-5) 14-3 dur­ing their fi­nal non­con­fer­ence game.

BRYAN WOOLSTON/AP

Ge­or­gia run­ning back D’An­dre Swift (7) runs for a touch­down dur­ing the Bull­dogs’ win at Ken­tucky Satur­day.

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