No. 13 LSU de­fense cred­ited with win over No. 2 Ge­or­gia

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Colleges -

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.

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