LSU stuns Ge­or­gia

Tigers’ ‘ D’ slows po­tent Bull­dogs’ of­fense

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BA­TON ROUGE, La. — Joe Bur­row passed for 200 yards and had two short touch­down runs, LSU’S de­fense stag­gered Ge­or­gia’s nor­mally pro­lific of­fense, and the 13th- ranked Tigers beat the No. 2 Bull­dogs 36- 16 on Satur­day to give coach Ed Org­eron a sig­na­ture vic­tory.

Five fourth- down de­ci­sions by Org­eron in­flu­enced the re­sult. LSU con­verted all four times it ran an of­fen­sive play on fourth down, sus­tain­ing three drives that pro­duced a to­tal of 13 points.

In an­other in­stance, Org­eron called time­out and elected to punt on fourth- and- 2 af­ter the of­fense ini­tially re­mained on the field. That de­ci­sion pinned Ge­or­gia at its 4, and Kris­tian Ful­ton’s in­ter­cep­tion of Jake Fromm’s pass shortly af­ter­ward set up an­other of Cole Tracy’s five field goals.

Clyde Ed­wards- He­laire rushed for 133 yards for LSU ( 6- 1, 3- 1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence), and Justin Jef­fer­son caught six passes for 108 yards, in­clud­ing a 41- yard snag of a pass ri­fled over the mid­dle and be­tween con­verg­ing de­fend­ers. That catch set up Bur­row’s sec­ond TD in the fourth quar­ter.

Nick Bros­sette added a short touch­down in the fi­nal min­utes af­ter Bur­row’s 59- yard scam­per. Fans rushed the field, ig­nor­ing pleas not to do so from the pub­lic ad­dress an­nouncer, as the game ended.

Fromm had by far his worst game of the sea­son for Ge­or­gia ( 6- 1, 4- 1), com­plet­ing 16 of 34 passes for 209 yards, one touch­down and two in­ter­cep­tions.

No. 1 alabama 39, Mis­souri 10

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tua Tago­v­ailoa passed for 265 yards and three touch­downs be­fore leav­ing early in No. 1 Alabama’s vic­tory over Mis­souri.

The Crim­son Tide ( 7- 0, 4- 0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) shrugged off an­other would- be chal­lenger in the league, but got a scare when the star quar­ter­back went down af­ter slid­ing at the end of a run in the third quar­ter.

Tago­v­ailoa went to the med­i­cal tent on the side­line af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing a sprained right knee. He was joined by his par­ents, and Jalen Hurts led the Tide the rest of the way with a big lead over the Tigers ( 3- 3, 0- 3).

No. 3 ohio State 30, Min­nesota 14

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — Dwayne Hask­ins threw for 412 yards and three touch­downs and Ohio State held off per­sis­tent Min­nesota.

The Buck­eyes ( 7- 0, 4- 0 Big Ten) needed Blake Haubiel’s two sec­ond- half field goals and Hask­ins’ late touch­down pass from K. J. Hill to put away the Go­phers ( 3- 3, 0- 3).

Hill made the play of the game with a turn­around, one- hand grab that he turned into a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. He had a ca­reer- high nine catches for 187 yards.

For the sec­ond straight week, a heavy un­der­dog came into Ohio Sta­dium and shut down the Buck­eyes’ run­ning game. The Go­phers held tail­backs J. K. Dob­bins and Mike We­ber to a to­tal of 86 yards, without a sin­gle carry longer than 11. Min­nesota’s Mo­hamed Ibrahim ran 23 times for 157 yards and two scores.

Iowa State 30 No. 6 West Vir­ginia 14

AMES, Iowa — Fresh­man Brock Purdy threw for 254 yards and three TDS and Iowa State throt­tled West Vir­ginia, hand­ing the Moun­taineers their first loss in em­phatic fash­ion.

David Mont­gomery had a ca­reer- high 189 yards rush­ing for the Cy­clones ( 3- 3, 2- 2 Big 12), who capped a wild day by beat­ing a Top 25 team for the fifth time in seven tries af­ter drop­ping 20 in a row to ranked teams.

No. 17 ore­gon 30 No. 7 Wash­ing­ton 27, ot

EU­GENE, Ore. — C. J. Verdell scored on a 6- yard run in over­time and Ore­gon knocked off Wash­ing­ton.

Verdell fin­ished with 111 yards but none were sweeter for the Ducks than the fi­nal 6, when he sprinted nearly un­touched on thir­dand- goal and set off a wild cel­e­bra­tion in the east end zone of Autzen Sta­dium.

The Ducks ( 5- 1, 2- 1 Pac- 12) were for­tu­nate to reach over­time af­ter Wash­ing­ton kicker Pey­ton Henry missed a 37- yard field- goal at­tempt on the fi­nal play of reg­u­la­tion. Henry’s kick was wide right.

No. 9 texas 23, bay­lor 17

AUSTIN, Texas — Shane Buechele came on for in­jured quar­ter­back Sam Eh­linger early in the first quar­ter and Texas beat Bay­lor when the Bears’ fi­nal pass sailed through the back of the end zone.

Char­lie Brewer drove the Bears from their own 3 to the Texas 17 be­fore he had to rush his fi­nal three throws un­der in­tense pres­sure. The vic­tory made Texas ( 6- 1, 4- 0 Big 12 Con­fer­ence) bowl el­i­gi­ble.

Fresh­man run­ning back Keaon­tay Ingram ran for 110 yards, Texas’ first 100- yard rush­ing ef­fort of the sea­son. De­fen­sive end Charles Omenihu had two sacks and was chas­ing Brewer on the last three plays.

No. 10 Ucf 31, Mem­phis 30

MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — Mcken­zie Mil­ton threw for 296 yards and ran for the go- ahead touch­down in the fourth quar­ter for Cen­tral Florida.

Mil­ton’s 7- yard touch­down with 12: 14 left com­pleted a come­back for the Knights ( 6- 0, 3- 0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence), who trailed 30- 14 with 2: 04 left in the first half. The vic­tory was UCF’S 19th straight — the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak — but it was by far the tough­est game of the sea­son for the Knights, who de­feated their first five op­po­nents by dou­ble- dig­its.

No. 12 Michi­gan 38 No. 15 Wis­con­sin 13

ANN AR­BOR, Mich. — Shea Pat­ter­son ac­counted for 214 yards of of­fense and a touch­down, lead­ing No. 12 Michi­gan to a vic­tory over No. 15 Wis­con­sin.

The Wolver­ines ( 6- 1, 4- 0 Big Ten) beat a ranked con­fer­ence team for the first time since top­ping the Bad­gers two years ago. They have won six straight games since open­ing this sea­son with a seven- point loss to then- No. 12 Notre Dame.

No. 14 florida 37, Van­der­bilt 27

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jor­dan Scar­lett ran 48 yards for the go- ahead touch­down on the first play of the fourth quar­ter, and Florida ral­lied from an 18- point deficit to beat Van­der­bilt in a game marred by a near brawl, with both head coaches yelling as each team spilled onto the field.

An of­fi­cial held back Florida coach Dan Mullen as he yelled at Van­der­bilt coach Derek Ma­son, who was near the Ga­tors’ side­line af­ter check­ing on the Com­modores de­fender whose hel­met was knocked off by a hit by

linebacker James Hous­ton IV. Both teams spilled onto the field, draw­ing un­sports­man

like con­duct penal­ties. The penalty cost the Ga­tors their lead­ing tack­ler, with Vosean Joseph ejected for his sec­ond such penalty of the first half. Two peo­ple es­corted an emo­tional Joseph off the field.

Vir­ginia 16, No. 16 Mi­ami 13

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jor­dan El­lis ran for a touch­down and Vir­ginia kept No. 16 Mi­ami’s high- pow­ered of­fense from ever get­ting go­ing in a.

El­lis scored on a 7- yard run in the first half and Brian De­laney kicked three field goals for the Cava­liers ( 4- 2, 2- 1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence). Mi­ami ap­peared to have stopped Vir­ginia on a third- down run in the fi­nal min­utes, but a per­sonal foul call against Tito Odenigbo kept the drive alive and the Cava­liers ran out the clock.

ten­nessee 30, No. 21 auburn 24

AUBURN, Ala. — Jar­rett Guar­an­tano passed for 328 yards and two touch­downs and Ten­nessee snapped an 11- game South­east­ern Con­fer­ence los­ing streak.

The Vol­un­teers ( 3- 3, 1- 2) forced three turnovers from Auburn’s lack­lus­ter of­fense, in­ter­cept­ing two of Jar­rett Stid­ham’s passes and get­ting a strip sack that re­sulted in touch­down by Alon­tae Tay­lor.

The Tigers ( 4- 3, 1- 3) are off to their worst SEC start since also go­ing 1- 3 in 2015.

No. 22 texas a& M 26, S. carolina 23

COLUMBIA, S. C. — Kellen Mond threw for 353 yards and fresh­man Seth Small had four field goals, in­clud­ing the go- ahead kick in the fourth quar­ter, for Texas A& M.

The Ag­gies ( 5- 2, 3- 1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) won their third straight this sea­son and moved to 5- 0 against the Game­cocks ( 3- 3, 2- 3) since join­ing the league in 2012.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

LSU safety John Bat­tle ( 26) cel­e­brates af­ter he in­ter­cepted a Ge­or­gia pass dur­ing the fourth quar­ter of Satur­day’s game in Ba­ton Rouge, La. LSU up­set the No. 2 Bull­dogs 36- 16.

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