No. 13 LSU defense credited with win over No. 2 Georgia
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. On the other, Orgeron called timeout and elected to punt on fourth-and-2. 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 SEC), 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.
Behind from the beginning, Georgia (6-1, 4-1) was unable to turn to its running game as much as it might have preferred. Averaging about 245 yards, the Bulldogs finished with 113.
No. 3 Ohio State 30, Minnesota 14: Dwayne Haskins threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns as No. 3 Ohio State held off persistent Minnesota to win at Columbus, Ohio, in a game where little went well for the Buckeyes beyond their passing game. 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).
No. 5 Notre Dame 19, Pittsburgh 14: Ian Book threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Miles Boykin with 5:43 remaining, and the Fighting Irish remained unbeaten, coming from behind and then holding off the Panthers (3-4) in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame is 7-0 for the first time since 2012, the year it went to the BCS title game. Pitt was looking to upset an AP top-five team for the third straight season after knocking off No. 3 Clemson in 2016 and No. 2 Miami last year. No. 14 Florida 37, Vanderbilt 27: Jordan Scarlett ran 48 yards for the goahead touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and the Gators rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Commodores at Nashville, Tenn., in a game marred by a near brawl, with both head coaches yelling as each team spilled onto the field. That overshadowed the Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) scoring 24 straight points after the Commodores (3-4, 0-3) jumped out to a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter. Tennessee 30, No. 21 Auburn 24: Jarrett Guarantano passed for 328 yards and two touchdowns, and the Volunteers (3-3, 1-2) snapped an 11game SEC losing streak by beating the Tigers (4-3, 1-3) in Auburn, Ala. The Volunteers forced three turnovers from Auburn’s lackluster offense, intercepting Jarrett Stidham twice and getting a strip sack that resulted in touchdown by Alontae Taylor.