Louisiana State's defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out Auburn in the second half to give the second-ranked Tigers a 12-10...
AUBURN, Ala. — Louisiana State’s defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out Auburn in the second half to give the second-ranked Tigers a 12-10 victory Saturday night.
Auburn led 10-9 at halftime but managed only 183 yards.
A fumbled punt return by Auburn’s Quan Bray set up Drew Alleman’s 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter that gave LSU (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) a 12-10 lead. Alleman missed a 34-yarder with 39 seconds remaining.
Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC) managed only one first down on its final possession. Kiehl Frazier’s final pass was intercepted by Tharold Simon as the game ended.
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At No 4, Florida State 49,
No. 10 Clemson 37
EJ Manuel threw for a career-high 380 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 102 yards as Florida State rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat Clemson.
Chris Thompson ran for 104 yards and two scores and James Wilder Jr. added two touchdowns runs for the Seminoles, who broke open a close game with 35 second-half points.
Florida State (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed until late in the third quarter, taking its first lead at 35-31 on Manuel’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Smith. The Seminoles, who finished with 667 yards, built a 49-31 lead before Clemson scored late.
Clemson (3-1, 0-1) built a 28-14 lead early in the third quarter on a 52-yard pass from Sammy Watkins to Andre Ellington.
At No. 11 Notre Dame 13,
No. 18 Michigan 6
Manti Te’o had two interceptions as Notre Dame (4-0) picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a win over the Wolverines (2-2).
Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn’t as effective this time as the Irish repeatedly forced him into mistakes. He threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8-yard line on the first drive of the second half.
The victory by Notre Dame ended a streak of three straight games in which Michigan beat the Irish in the final 27 seconds.
At No. 1 Alabama 40,
Florida Atlantic 7
AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and Alabama routed Florida Atlantic.
Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the Crimson Tide (4-0), which rolled to 134 consecutive points and two shutouts before allowing a late touchdown.
The Owls (1-3) managed only one first down through three quarters and were outgained 503-110 in total yards. McCarron was 15-of-25 passing for 212 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter. The 85-yarder came 1:42 into the game and is tied for the fifth-longest touchdown pass in Tide history.
The only suspense late was whether Alabama could complete a third straight shutout for the first time since Bear Bryant’s unbeaten 1966 team.
At No. 5 Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3
Aaron Murray completed his first 12 passes and Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC) finally got off to a good start, blowing out Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2) before halftime on the way to a victory.
Murray hooked up with Tavarres King and Marlon Brown on touchdown throws, breaking a tie with Eric Zeier for second place in school history. The junior quarterback has 69 TDs, just three behind David Greene.
At No. 7 South Carolina 31, Missouri 10
Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes and threw for two touchdowns and Marcus Lattimore ran for two scores as South Carolina manhandled Missouri in the Tigers’ first Southeastern Conference road game.
Shaw missed his first pass to Lattimore on the game’s first series, then hit his final 20 for the Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 SEC).
Missouri (2-2, 0-2) struggled against a Gamecocks defense that has given up three touchdowns all year. The Tigers had a season-low 254 yards.
Lattimore rushed for 85 yards. His touchdowns gave him South Carolina’s career mark with 33 rushing scores, a record Lattimore shared with Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and Harold Green.
At No. 8 West Virginia 31, Maryland 21
Doug Rigg returned a fumble 51 yards for West Virginia (3-0) and Tavon Austin had another remarkable game against his home-state Terrapins (2-2).
The Baltimore native caught 13 passes for 179 yards and set a school record for career receptions.
Still, West Virginia looked flat at times on offense, after averaging 56 points and 612 yards in its first two games. Geno Smith had as many incompletions in the first half (nine) as he did in the first two games combined before getting on track. He finished with 338 passing yards.