OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi’s Andrew Ritter said his game-winning, 41-yard field goal felt good off his foot. Then he watched with dread as it started drifting right. By the time it reached the uprights, it was dangerously close.
The senior held his breath. So did the rest of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
It sailed through with about a foot to spare. The c•rowd exploded. It was the finishing touch on Mississippi’s 27-24 upset victory over No. 6 LSU on Saturday night.
“Can you believe it?” Ritter asked.
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It was a happy ending for Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) after the Rebels let a 17-point lead slip away when LSU’s Zach Mettenberger hit Jarvis Landry for a 4-yard touchdown to tie it at 24 with 3:19 remaining.
But the Rebels responded with a methodical, 14-play drive that ended in Ritter’s field goal with two seconds remaining.
At No. 14 Missouri 36 No. 22 Florida 17
Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals to help Missouri defeat Florida and open a two-game lead in the Southeastern Conference East Division.
With James Franklin watching on the sideline in street clothes, Mauk put any doubts to rest about whether he was ready on the first play of the game with a 41-yard pass to L’Damian Washington and then a 20-yard toss to Bud Sasser for a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds in.
At No. 1 Alabama 52, Arkansas 0
AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 52-0 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead and easily avoided catching the upset bug that struck other SEC powers. Alabama has won by the same margin over Arkansas two years running.
At No. 4 Ohio State 34, Iowa 24
Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead Ohio State to a victory over Iowa.
It was the Buckeyes’ 19th consecutive victory, the most in the nation and tying the second-best streak in school history.
At Tennessee 23, No. 11 South Carolina 21
Michael Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Tennessee (4-3, 1-2 SEC) a victory over South Carolina (5-2, 3-2) that ended the Volunteers’ 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw left the game after being sacked by Marlon Walls and Daniel McCullers with less than five minutes remaining. Team officials appeared to be looking at his left knee while he was on the sideline.
Tennessee got into field-goal range on a spectacular 39-yard catch by freshman Marquez North. Four consecutive runs by Marlin Lane got the Volunteers to the South Carolina 2 and set up the field goal.
At Vanderbilt 31, No. 15 Georgia 27
Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left, and Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upset Georgia (4-3, 3-2).
The Commodores (4-3, 1-3) got their first Southeastern Conference win this season and their first victory over Georgia in Nashville since 1991. They also snapped a six-game skid to the Bulldogs.
At No. 12 Baylor 71, Iowa State 7
Bryce Petty threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, Antwan Goodley had 182 yards receiving and two scores, and Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) tied a school record with its 10th straight win.
The Bears had their nation-leading 33rd straight game of at least 400 yards by halftime and finished with 714 — their fourth game this season with at least 700 yards.