LSU wins lat­est bat­tle vs. Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. — Cole Tracy kicked a 42-yard field goal on the fi­nal play to give No. 12 LSU a 22-21 vic­tory over No. 7 Auburn on Satur­day in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence opener for both teams.

Joe Bur­row led LSU (3-0) down the field in the fi­nal min­utes with clutch plays on a drive aided by two pass in­ter­fer­ence calls against Auburn (2-1). That set up Tracy’s field goal that was al­most right down the mid­dle and sent LSU play­ers swarm­ing onto the field to cel­e­brate.

“There was no ques­tion in my mind that he was go­ing to make this field goal,” LSU coach Ed Org­eron said. “It worked out per­fect.”

Bur­row hit Der­rick Dil­lon over the out­stretched arms of Auburn line­backer De­shaun Davis for a 71-yard touch­down strike with 8:18 left. Bur­row’s pass for two points failed, leav­ing Auburn up 21-19.

LSU’s de­fense held to set up another chance with 5:38 re­main­ing. The re­sult was a 14-play, 52-yard drive. A pass in­ter­fer­ence call against Jeremiah Din­son on third-and-11 kept the drive alive, and Bur­row then hit Stephen Sul­li­van for 9 yards on fourth-and-7 to keep the of­fense on the field.

Bur­row held his own against Auburn’s more her­alded Jar­rett Stid­ham, fin­ish­ing 15-of-24 pass­ing for 249 yards, with Justin Jef­fer­son gain­ing 97 yards on five catches.

Stid­ham was 16-of-28 for 198 yards and a touch­down but threw two in­ter­cep­tions. Ja Tarvi­ous Whit­low ran for 104 yards on 22 car­ries.

Auburn’s An­ders Carl­son missed a 52-yard field-goal at­tempt wide left with nearly 13 min­utes left.

“It was a dog­fight from the getgo,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “We had the turnover early, and they got the score. We got be­hind but dug our­selves out of the hole with a half­time lead. Third quar­ter we were do­ing a good job.

“We were close to get­ting some dis­tance with a chance to put the game away. We didn’t make the plays to do that.”

› No. 2 Clem­son 38, Ge­or­gia South­ern 7

CLEM­SON, S.C. — A week of worry at Clem­son over the ap­proach of Hur­ri­cane Florence ended with a vic­tory over Ge­or­gia South­ern in front of a full sta­dium.

Travis Eti­enne ran for 162 yards and two touch­downs for the Tigers (3-0) and team­mate Trevor Lawrence threw for 194 yards, in­clud­ing a 57-yard touch­down pass to fel­low fresh­man Justyn Ross in the pro­gram’s first meet­ing with Ge­or­gia South­ern (2-1) of the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence.

Clem­son, which out­gained Ge­or­gia South­ern 595-140, was the lone ma­jor con­fer­ence school in the Caroli­nas and Vir­ginia to play, although school of­fi­cials did move up the game to noon in­stead of its planned 3:30 p.m. start.

At kick­off, the crowd of 79,844 had sun and mild breezes. Con­di­tions changed by half­time with bands of grey clouds over the sta­dium and the wind pick­ing up.

› No. 5 Ok­la­homa 37, Iowa State 27

AMES, Iowa — Kyler Mur­ray passed for 348 yards and three touch­downs as the Soon­ers held off the Cy­clones in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Mar­quise Brown had 191 yards re­ceiv­ing and a touch­down and ran for a team-high 77 yards to help the Soon­ers (3-0), a year re­moved from a stun­ning home loss to the Cy­clones, ex­tend the na­tion’s long­est road win­ning streak to 17 games.

Iowa State (0-2) ral­lied from a 14-point half­time deficit to make it 34-27 late in the third quar­ter, but the Soon­ers killed nearly eight min­utes on a drive that ended with a 42-yard field goal from Austin Siebert with 2:51 left.

› BYU 24, No. 6 Wis­con­sin 21

MADI­SON, Wis. — Squally Canada ran for 118 yards and two touch­downs as BYU handed mis­take-prone Wis­con­sin its first non­con­fer­ence home loss since 2003, giv­ing the Badgers fits with its mo­tion of­fense.

The Cougars (2-1) tossed in a trick play, too, when re­ceiver Al­eva Hifo found open tight end Moroni Laulu-Putu­tau for a 31-yard touch­down pass in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Wis­con­sin (2-1) had one last chance to avoid an up­set with a drive that started at its 8 with 3:55 left, but nor­mally re­li­able se­nior kicker Rafael Gaglianone’s 42-yard field goal at­tempt to tie with 41 sec­onds left went wide left.

The Badgers’ 41-game non­con­fer­ence win­ning streak — the long­est ac­tive in the na­tion — came to an end. Their hopes to make the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off prob­a­bly did, too.

› No. 8 Notre Dame 22, Van­der­bilt 17

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jalen El­liott knocked the ball loose from Van­der­bilt re­ceiver Kal­ija Lip­scomb with 1:07 re­main­ing to give Notre Dame a fourth-down stop.

Kyle Shur­mur threw for 326 yards and a touch­down for Van­der­bilt (2-1), ral­ly­ing his team from a 16-3 half­time deficit. His fourth-and-4 pass from the Notre Dame 31 to Lip­scomb, who caught 11 passes, was nicely thrown, and the re­ceiver al­most made a reach­ing catch at the 11. But El­liott, with some help from the ground, knocked the ball loose and in­com­plete.

Tony Jones Jr. fin­ished with 118 yards on 17 car­ries for Notre Dame (3-0). He also caught two passes from quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush for 56 yards.

Wim­bush threw for 122 yards and added 84 on the ground, in­clud­ing a 13-yard scram­ble for a touch­down as the Fight­ing Ir­ish took an early 10-0 lead late in the first quar­ter. They strug­gled over the fi­nal three quar­ters and had to hold on.

› No. 9 Stan­ford 30, UC Davis 10

STAN­FORD, Calif. — K.J. Costello over­came a rough start to throw two touch­down passes to J.J. Arcega-White­side and Stan­ford beat UC Davis, a Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion pro­gram about two hours north­east.

Costello threw in­ter­cep­tions on two of the first three drives of the game for the Car­di­nal (3-0) be­fore set­tling in a bit against the over­matched Ag­gies (2-1).

The game kicked off at the un­usu­ally early time of 11:01 a.m. lo­cal time in front of a sparse crowd at Stan­ford Sta­dium. The Car­di­nal even played with­out star run­ning Bryce Love, who got the week off to heal some mi­nor ail­ments. Costello fin­ished 17-for-30 for 214 yards with two touch­downs and two in­ter­cep­tions.

› No. 11 Penn State 63, Kent State 10

STATE COL­LEGE, Pa. — Trace Mc­Sor­ley ac­counted for five touch­downs and broke Penn State’s record for rush­ing scores by a quar­ter­back.

Mc­Sor­ley was 11-of-22 pass­ing for 229 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion and ran for three touch­downs for the Nit­tany Lions (3-0). He has 24 rush­ing touch­downs in his Penn State ca­reer, two more than Daryll Clark.

Mc­Sor­ley also be­came the sec­ond Nit­tany Lions quar­ter­back to rush for 1,000 ca­reer yards, join­ing Michael Robin­son with an 18-yard carry in the first quar­ter.

DeAn­dre Thomp­kins caught four passes for 101 yards and hauled in 40-yard touch­down pass to be­gin the rout, and Miles San­ders rushed for 86 yards on 14 car­ries.

The Golden Flashes dropped to 1-2.

› No. 24 Okla. State 44, No. 17 Boise State 21 STILL­WA­TER, Okla. — Taylor Cor­nelius ran for two touch­downs and passed for another at the Cow­boys cor­ralled the Bron­cos.

Jus­tice Hill ran for 123 yards and a touch­down, and Ty­lan Wal­lace had five catches for 105 yards for Ok­la­homa State (3-0).

Boise State’s Brett Ryp­ien passed for 380 yards and three touch­downs, but he was sacked seven times and pres­sured through­out the day. Jor­dan Brail­ford had three sacks, Jar­rell Owens had two and Devin Harper had 1.5 as Ok­la­homa State held the Bron­cos (2-1) to 34 rush­ing yards on 31 car­ries.

A blocked punt by Ok­la­homa State’s Amen Og­bongbe­miga led to a 1-yard touch­down run by Cor­nelius that gave the Cow­boys a 14-7 lead, and the ad­van­tage was 17-7 at half­time. In the third quar­ter, Ok­la­homa State’s Jar­rick Bernard blocked another punt, and Za’Car­rius Green scored on the re­turn to push the Cow­boys’ lead to 34-14.

› No. 19 Michi­gan 45, SMU 20

ANN AR­BOR, Mich. — Shea Pat­ter­son threw three touch­down passes to Donovan Peo­ples-Jones, help­ing the Wolver­ines pull away to beat SMU.

Michi­gan (2-1) didn’t score un­til Ben Mason scored a 1-yard touch­down run on fourth down mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Mus­tangs (0-3) re­sponded with Ben Hicks’ 50-yard pass to James Proche to tie it, but Michi­gan took con­trol over the last 2:34 of the first half. Pat­ter­son threw a tiebreak­ing 35-yard touch­down pass to Peo­ples-Jones, and Josh Metel­lus re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 73 yards for a score as time ex­pired.

› No. 20 Ore­gon 35, San Jose State 22

EU­GENE, Ore. — Justin Her­bert passed for 309 yards and three touch­downs to lead the Ducks (3-0) to vic­tory.

Fresh­man Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored on both of his car­ries, and Johnny John­son III caught a pair of touch­down passes to help Ore­gon win its 23rd straight non­con­fer­ence game at Autzen Sta­dium.

Josh Love com­pleted 15 of 31 passes for 238 yards and a score for San Jose State (0-3).

› No. 21 Mi­ami 49, Toledo 24

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ma­lik Rosier threw for two touch­downs and ran for three more as the Hur­ri­canes (2-1) held off a cou­ple of sur­pris­ing chal­lenges.

Mi­ami never trailed and led 21-0 late in the first half, but Toledo (1-1) twice pulled within a touch­down.

Rosier threw for 205 yards and ran for 80, and Jeff Thomas had five catches for 105 yards and a score.

AP PHOTO/BUTCH DILL

LSU play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter they de­feated Auburn 22-21 on a last-sec­ond field goal Satur­day in Auburn, Ala.

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