Field goal lifts LSU over 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 their South­east­ern Con­fer­ence opener.

Joe Bur­row led LSU (3-0) down the field in the fi­nal min­utes with clutch plays and 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.

It capped a wild fourth quar­ter in a ri­valry that has pro­duced many of them.

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 two-point at­tempt failed, leav­ing Auburn up 21-19.

The LSU 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. Then Bur­row 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. He com­pleted 15 of 34 passes 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. JaTarvi­ous Whit­low ran for 104 yards on 22 car­ries.


ATHENS, Ga.—Jake Fromm threw three touch­down passes and Eli­jah Holy­field ran for 100 yards, each play­ing only the first half, as No. 3 Ge­or­gia over­whelmed Mid­dle Ten­nessee 49-7 on Satur­day.

Ge­or­gia led 42-7 at half­time. It was an im­pres­sive warmup for the Bull­dogs’ stretch of seven straight South­east­ern Con­fer­ence games, be­gin­ning with next week’s visit to Mis­souri. There were clouds but no rain in the game that was moved up to a noon kick­off due to Trop­i­cal Storm Florence. The game orig­i­nally was sched­uled to be played Satur­day night.

Fresh­man Justin Fields ran 15 yards for a touch­down last in the first half and threw a touch­downs pass in re­lief of Fromm. Jeremiah Hol­lo­man caught three passes for 90 yards, in­clud­ing an 11-yard scor­ing pass from Fromm in the first quar­ter. Hol­lo­man was one of five Ge­or­gia wide re­ceivers to com­bine for six touch­downs.

Mecole Hard­man had a touch­down catch and a 70-yard punt re­turn touch­down, and Tyler Sim­mons had a 56-yard touch­down run.


LEX­ING­TON, Ky.—Ken­tucky foot­ball coach Mark Stoops wasn’t wor­ried about his team over­look­ing Mur­ray State fol­low­ing a 27-16 win at Florida last week.

De­spite a slow start, the Wild­cats (3-0) outscored the Rac­ers 31-7 in the sec­ond half and rolled to a 48-10 vic­tory Satur­day. Mur­ray had trouble stop­ping Ken­tucky quar­ter­back Terry Wil­son, who threw for 163 yards and rushed for 80 more to keep the Wild­cats per­fect on the season.

Com­ing off an 11-point vic­tory over the Ga­tors that ended a 31-game los­ing streak in their South­east­ern Con­fer­ence opener, the Wild­cats (3-0) showed no signs of a let­down and over­whelmed the Rac­ers from start to fin­ish. Lead­ing 17-3 at the break, Ken­tucky pulled way in the sec­ond half.

Tra­di­tion­ally the Wild­cats have strug­gled against FCS op­po­nents and needed over­time to fend off Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence mem­ber Eastern Ken­tucky in a 34-27 win in 2015. The task was much eas­ier this time for Ken­tucky.

Paced by Wil­son, the Wild­cats used a bal­anced of­fense to de­feat the Rac­ers, amass­ing 528 yards of of­fense, in­clud­ing 245 on the ground. Wil­son tar­geted nine dif­fer­ent re­ceivers, mainly Lynn Bow­den, who caught eight passes for 89 yards. Wil­son and backup Gun­nar Hoak threw for 240 yards and one touch­down.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Ty Chan­dler rushed for 158 yards and had an 81-yard touch­down early in the third quar­ter Satur­day as Ten­nessee coasted to a 24-0 vic­tory over UTEP.

UTEP (0-3) hasn’t led all season and has lost 15 con­sec­u­tive games, the long­est ac­tive skid of any Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion team. The Min­ers haven’t won a game since beat­ing North Texas in their 2016 season fi­nale.

Chan­dler had car­ried the ball just once this season be­fore Satur­day. Chan­dler didn’t play in a 59-3 blowout of East Ten­nessee State last week af­ter Ten­nessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said he got his “bell rung” early in a season-open­ing loss to No. 14 West Vir­ginia.

He re­turned to ac­tion Satur­day and sparked a Ten­nessee of­fense that had strug­gled for much of the day. Chan­dler needed just 12 car­ries to gain his 158 yards.

Ten­nessee’s Jar­rett Guar­an­tano was 12 of 16 for 168 yards with a 4-yard touch­down pass to Jauan Jen­nings. Ten­nessee’s de­fense never al­lowed UTEP’s of­fense to get be­yond the Vols’ 33-yard line.


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 and No. 8 Notre Dame held on for a 22-17 vic­tory over the Com­modores on Satur­day.

Kyle Shur­mur threw for 326 yards and one touch­down for Van­der­bilt (2-1), ral­ly­ing his team back from a 16-3 half­time deficit.

Wim­bush, who had 297 pass­ing yards but three in­ter­cep­tions in the 24-16 vic­tory against Ball State, threw for 122 yards and added 84 yards on the ground, in­clud­ing a 13-yard scram­ble for a touch­down as Notre Dame took an early 10-0 lead late in the first quar­ter. But de­spite a 2-yard TD pass from backup quar­ter­back Ian Book to tight end Nic Weishar early in the fourth quar­ter for a 22-10 lead, the Ir­ish strug­gled over the last three quar­ters and had to hold on.

Van­der­bilt fin­ished with 420 yards to 380 for the Ir­ish, who did not turn the ball over but got three from the Com­modores.

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