Saturday's SEC Football Capsules
Games played Sept. 7, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Johnny Manziel threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in less than three quarters to give Texas A&M a win over Sam Houston State.
The Heisman Trophy winner played about a quarter more than he did last week when he sat out the first half for A&M (2-0) serving a suspension for what the school called an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.
The Aggies' suspension-depleted defense was burned for several big plays by the Bearkats, the FCS runner-up the last two seasons, in the final tuneup before next week's rematch with No. 1 Alabama.
Timothy Flanders had 170 yards rushing with two scores and a TD catch for the Bearkats (1-1).
Texas A&M's Mike Evans had a career-high 155 yards receiving, Tra Carson ran for 51 with two touchdowns and Ben Malena had 68 yards rushing and a score.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Zach Mettenberger passed for an LSU single-game record five touchdowns, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. scored one of his four touchdowns on a 100-yard field goal return, and the Tigers overwhelmed UAB.
LSU coach Les Miles also decided to end running back Jeremy Hill's benching in the second quarter of the second game of the season. Hill, who was arrested last spring for landing a punch outside a bar, scored on a 3-yard run on his first carry.
Mettenberger finished 16 of 19 for 282 yards and was not intercepted. Beckham's 136 yards and three TDs receiving were both career highs. He led LSU (2-0) with 331 all-purpose yards.
Darren Reaves and Jamarcus Nelson each had touchdowns in the first half for UAB (0-2).
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Georgia's beleaguered defense finally came up with a stop, and the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina for an early edge in the Southeastern Conference East.
Coming off a 38-35 loss at Clemson, Georgia could not afford another defeat if it wanted to remain a serious contender for a national title.
Murray took care of that, turning in one of the best games of his career. The fifth-year senior capped his stellar day for the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) with an 85-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13 minutes remaining.
The defense made sure it stood up, stuffing Mike Davis on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1.
Davis led the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) with 149 yards rushing on 16 carries.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Morris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes, and Miami took advantage of Florida giving the ball away on four red-zone opportunities on the way to knocking off the Gators.
Duke Johnson added a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:29 left to make it 21-9 Miami (2-0), which has won four straight games for the first time since 2008 and will almost certainly return to the AP Top 25 on Sunday for the first time since 2010.
Jeff Driskel threw for a career-best 291 yards and had a 21-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Patton with 2:08 left for the Gators (1-1), who lost three fumbles, had two passes intercepted and were stopped once on downs. Driskel also ran for a touchdown.
But Driskel also turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Maxwell Smith threw three long touchdown passes and Jalen Whitlow and Raymond Sanders each added scoring runs as Kentucky beat Miami (Ohio) 41-7 on Saturday.
The Wildcats made a winner of first-year coach Mark Stoops and Smith, who started for the first time since a season-ending ankle injury last September.
Most importantly for the Wildcats (1-1) was how Smith helped offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s pass-oriented “Air Raid” philosophy take flight with TD passes of 48 yards to Jonathan George, 88 to Javess Blue and 56 to Jeff Badet. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 310 yards, 210 by halftime, as Kentucky outgained Miami 675-122 and allowed the RedHawks’ only score on a fumbled punt return.
Whitlow, alternating with Smith, had Kentucky’s first TD on a 9-yard run, and Sanders added a 5-yard score. Joe Mansour added two field goals.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee made the most of Western Kentucky's generosity.
Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton returned interceptions for touchdowns Saturday as Tennessee scored after each of Western Kentucky's five first-quarter turnovers in a 52-20 victory over the Hilltoppers. Those five turnovers came in a span of six snaps by Western Kentucky.
"I've never ever been associated with anything like that," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.
Western Kentucky (1-1) finished the day with seven turnovers, including five interceptions by quarterback Brandon Doughty, who was 17 of 34 for 222 yards with one touchdown pass. Brian Randolph picked off two Doughty passes in the end zone.
Tennessee's seven total takeaways represented its highest total since Nov. 10, 1984, when it also forced seven turnovers in a 41-9 rout of Memphis. The Vols hadn't picked off as many as five passes in a game since a 56-21 victory over Kentucky on Nov. 20, 1999.
Doughty was the first Western Kentucky quarterback to throw five interceptions in a game since 1977. The junior had entered the day with one career interception in 59 attempts.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Dak Prescott threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start and Mississippi State breezed past Alcorn State 51-7 on Saturday afternoon.
Mississippi State (1-1) didn't use several regular starters, including quarterback Tyler Russell, who suffered a concussion in the Bulldogs' season-opening loss to Oklahoma State.
It didn't matter. The Bulldogs led 21-0 by early in the second quarter and 37-0 by halftime. It was the most points in the first half for the program since 1996.
Mississippi State's Ashton Shumpert rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Griffin added 54 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Alcorn State (1-1), which plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, managed just two first downs in the first three quarters.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Vanderbilt beat Austin Peay 38-3 Saturday night.
Leading 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Commodores opened the game up in the second, scoring touchdowns on four straight possessions.
Carta-Samuels, making his third career start for Vanderbilt, had a 1-yard touchdown run with 9:23 remaining in the second. Later on in the quarter, he connected with receiver Jordan Matthews on a 39-yard touchdown play.
A week after posting a career-high 178 receiving yards against Mississippi, Matthews caught six balls for 111 yards. The senior has caught a touchdown pass in his last seven games.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — James Franklin made crucial big plays on consecutive scoring drives in the second half and Missouri pulled away from Toledo for a 38-23 victory on Saturday.
Missouri (2-0) led 24-23 after Toledo (0-2) scored its first two touchdowns of the year but Franklin’s 21-yard keeper set up Henry Josey’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the game which extended Missouri’s lead to eight. The quarterback later had a 6-yard carry on fourth-and-3 and an 11-yard gain on third-and-9 to set up Marcus Murphy’s 8-yard run to conclude the scoring with 10:29 to go.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel beat the school at which he’s a Hall of Famer and the career wins leader with the help of a few goofs by the visitors.
Toledos’ David Fluellen had 111 yards on 14 carries and 10 catches for 100 yards.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 102 yards, Tre Mason gained 99 and Nick Marshall passed for two touchdowns to lead Auburn to a 38-9 victory over Arkansas State Saturday night.
Marshall passed for 147 yards and ran for 53 for the Tigers (2-0), who halted Arkansas State's nine-game winning streak. That streak started began during Auburn coach Gus Malzahn's one-year reign over the Red Wolves (1-1) that resulted in a second straight Sun Belt Conference championship.
Malzahn's new team racked up 301 rushing yards and produced a big pass play, too. Marshall hit Sammie Coates in stride for a 68-yard touchdown after some misfires on deep balls.
Arkansas State's Adam Kennedy completed 29 of 41 passes for 272 yards and ran for 74.
The Red Wolves had four players rush for 100-plus yards in the opening route of Arkansas-Pine Bluff but totaled 150 yards on the ground in this game, much of it in the fourth quarter.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Quarterbacks Bo Wallace and Barry Brunetti directed Mississippi to a 31-point outburst in a 20-minute span in the first half to highlight a win over FCS member Southeast Missouri 31-13.
The Rebels (2-0) scored on five consecutive series in the decisive surge, highlighted by touchdown passes of 64 and 67 yards from Wallace to Evan Engram and Donte Moncrief, respectively. Wallace was 8 of 15 for 188 yards and did not play in the second half.
Brunetti scored a 4-yard touchdown run and had a game-high 111 yards on 18 carries. Ole Miss accounted for 532 yards in total offense, including a 10-yard touchdown run from I’Tavious Mathers and a 37-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter.
Southeast Missouri (0-2) of the Ohio Valley Conference, was led by Scott Lathorp, who threw touchdown passes of 14 and 16 yards to D.J. Foster and Spencer Davis, respectively. Lathrop finished 16 of 24 for 159 yards.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Freshmen tailbacks Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams each rushed for more than 100 yards as Arkansas pulled away from Samford, 31-21, Saturday night, bringing the Razorbacks a much-needed victory in Little Rock.
But the win didn’t come easy as Samford (1-1) led 21-17 in the third quarter.
Arkansas (2-0) was able to regain the lead on a drive in which Collins had a 21-yard carry. After a defensive stop, Arkansas got some breathing room with a Collins TD that brought the score to 31-21. Collins spurred the drive on with a 45-yard carry.
Fullback Kiero Small had a key fourth-down carry for a first down to the Samford 20 with 2:01 to enable Arkansas to run out the clock.
Arkansas lost both its Little Rock games on the final plays last season.
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