LSU gets sig­na­ture win over No. 2 Ge­or­gia

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

NO. 13 LSU 36, NO. 2 GE­OR­GIA 16 >> Joe Bur­row passed for 200 yards and had two short touch­down runs, LSU’s de­fense stag­gered Ge­or­gia’s nor­mally pro­lific of­fense, and the 13thranked 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. NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 19, PITTS­BURGH 14 >> Ian Book threw a 35-yard touch­down pass to Miles Boykin with 5:43 re­main­ing and No. 5 Notre Dame re­mained un­beaten, hold­ing off Pitts­burgh 19-14 on Satur­day.

The Fight­ing Ir­ish are 7-0 for the first time since 2012, the year they went to the BCS ti­tle game.

Pitt (3-4) led 14-12 thanks to a long first-quar­ter touch­down drive and Mau­rice Ffrench’s 99-yard kick­off re­turn to start the sec­ond half.

Pat Nar­duzzi’s Pan­thers were look­ing to up­set an As­so­ci­ated Press top-five team for the third straight sea­son af­ter knock­ing off No. 3 Clem­son in Death Val­ley dur­ing the 2016 sea­son and No. 2 Mi­ami last Novem­ber in Pitts­burgh. But the Ir­ish, who were held to 80 yards rush­ing, pre­vailed be­hind Book, who is 4-0 as a starter since re­plac­ing Bran­don Wim­bush. Book threw two in­ter­cep­tions, and had 264 yards pass­ing. NO. 3 OHIO STATE 30, MIN­NESOTA 14 >> 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 turn-around, one-hand grab that he turned into a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. He had a ca­reer-high nine catches for 187 yards. NO. 14 FLORIDA 37, VAN­DER­BILT 27 >> Jor­dan Scar­lett ran 48 yards for the goa­head 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 Dahn 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 un­sports­man­like 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.

Mullen and Ma­son hugged each other at mid­field af­ter the game. TEN­NESSEE 30, NO. 21 AUBURN 24 >> Jar­rett Guar­an­tano passed for 328 yards and two touch­downs and Ten­nessee snapped an 11game 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. NO. 22 TEXAS A&M 26, SOUTH CAROLINA 23 >> Kellen Mond threw for 353 yards and fresh­man Seth Small had four field goals, in­clud­ing the go-ahead kick in the fourth quar­ter, to lift No. 22 Texas A&M to a 26-23 vic­tory over South Carolina on Satur­day.

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