Saturday's SEC College Football Capsules
For Oct. 6, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
No. 10 FLORIDA 14, No. 4 LSU 6
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing No. 10 Florida to life in the second half as the Gators beat fourth-ranked LSU 14-6 Saturday.
Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida's grind-it-out victory provided a signature win for coach Will Muschamp in his second season in Gainesville. It was the program's first win against a ranked team since beating rival Georgia in 2010.
Linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Matt Elam and defensive end Lerentee McCray provided the big plays on defense. Gillislee once again carried the load on offense.
Together, they wore down the Tigers (5-1, 1-1) in the second half — no surprise since the Gators (5-0, 4-0) have been doing that all season. Florida, which trailed 6-0 at halftime, also came from behind to beat Texas A&M and Tennessee on the road last month.
This one was even more impressive.
The Gators harassed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, pretty much shut down running backs Spencer Ware, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, and completely wore down LSU's vaunted defense.
No. 6 SOUTH CAROLINA 35, No. 5 GEORGIA 7
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, Ace Sanders had a dazzling 70-yard punt return touchdown and No. 6 South Carolina's defense dominated fifth-ranked Georgia in a 35-7 victory Saturday.
The Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won their school-record 10th straight game with a performance that marked certainly marked them an Eastern Division front-runner — and maybe showed they're capable of even more.
Those tests come soon as South Carolina travels to once-beaten LSU next week and then to Florida on Oct. 20. It'd be hard to pick against the Gamecocks after this one.
"This was a special one," coach Steve Spurrier said. "It really was."
South Carolina grounded "Gurshall," holding Georgia's stellar freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to 76 yards combined. The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) finished with 224 yards, less than half their season's average coming in.
No. 20 MISSISSIPPI STATE 27, KENTUCKY 14
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The injuries keep piling up for Kentucky. So do the losses, the latest of which was Saturday's 27-14 defeat to No. 20 Mississippi State.
The Wildcats (1-5, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) dropped their fourth straight game and couldn't keep up with the Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0). They were outgained 427-228.
Then there were the injuries, the biggest of which was to freshman quarterback Patrick Towles. His sprained ankle late in the second quarter derailed Kentucky's goal of alternating him with fellow freshman Jalen Whitlow and left the Wildcats hoping that he wouldn't be next.
"I had told (Towles) all week that if he didn't make quick decisions and get the ball out of his hand, he might get his get his leg broke," offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said. "He got caught holding onto the ball."
The Wildcats also lost defensive backs Martavius Neloms (hamstring) and Ashely Lowery (concussion-like symptoms).
VANDERBILT 19, MISSOURI 15
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A botched Missouri extra-point snap and a bobbled punt attempt that led to a safety helped Vanderbilt beat Missouri 19-15 Saturday night, depriving the former Big 12 school of its first Southeastern Conference win.
Missouri (3-3, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) took an early 6-0 lead and kept Vanderbilt from gaining a first down until nearly nine minutes into the second quarter. Missouri couldn't muster much offense after an early injury to starting quarterback James Franklin, who sprained his left knee on a first-quarter run and didn't return.
Tiger Coach Gary Pinkel said Franklin injured his medial collateral ligament and, "will be out for a few weeks," including a home game next weekend against No. 1 Alabama.
Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was just 9 of 30 for 189 yards, including an 85-yard scoring pass to Bud Sasser that cut a Commodores' fourth-quarter lead to 16-15. Missouri missed the extra point and a chance to tie on a bad snap.
TEXAS A&M 30, MISSISSIPPI 27
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Johnny Manziel threw for 191 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 129 yards and another score, and Texas A&M rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Mississippi 30-27 Saturday night.
Manziel suffered through a tough night until late in the fourth quarter, when he led two touchdown drives. He rushed for a 29-yard touchdown on the first and then found Ryan Swope for a 20-yard TD pass with 1:46 remaining for the go-ahead score.
Texas A&M (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) won despite a season-high six turnovers, including four fumbles and two interceptions.
Ole Miss (3-3, 0-2) made a final drive but Texas A&M's Toney Hurd, Jr., intercepted a Bo Wallace pass and the Aggies were able to run out the clock.
ARKANSAS 24, AUBURN 7
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Arkansas Razorbacks found a cure for their defensive maladies.
The Razorbacks forced five turnovers, racked up eight sacks and bullied an Auburn offense that has been struggling just as badly, beating the Tigers 24-7 on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Dennis Johnson had a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs for Arkansas (2-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference), which had been blasted by a combined score of 110-10 in its first two league games.
"I'm glad everybody in our locker room has continued to fight," Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson said. "It's awesome."
The Tigers (1-4, 0-3) were left at the bottom of the SEC West after a second-half quarterback change failed to provide much spark for a mistake-prone offense.
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