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SEC: Tide finally gets win over Vols

©Associated Press
October 27, 2002

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alabama's seniors can't go to a bowl game, but they at least can say they helped end the Crimson Tide's losing streak against Tennessee.

Santonio Beard ran for two touchdowns and Alabama took advantage of six turnovers to beat Tennessee 34-14 on Saturday, ending a seven-game losing streak to the Volunteers.

The Crimson Tide, banned from postseason play because of NCAA probation, hadn't beaten Tennessee since 1994, when former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning was a freshman.

It was the Vols' worst home loss since 1994, when they were beaten 31-0 by Florida.

"This is great for the seniors because they always talk about winning the next time or the next year," senior defensive end Kindal Moorehead said. "And in our last chance, we pulled it out."

Not even the return of quarterback Casey Clausen, who missed the last game with a shoulder injury, could help Tennessee. Clausen was hurt Oct.5 and returned to practice last week.

"Casey played his rear off. There were a lot of guys who played hard, but we're not disciplined and not very functional" on offense, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said.

The Vols were held to 59 yards rushing and 222 total yards, and Alabama ran for 172 yards and passed for 128.

"I told our team all week that they were better than Tennessee. They needed to come in confident," Alabama coach Dennis Franchione said. "They didn't need an out-of-body experience. They didn't need to do anything extraordinary."

Tennessee's struggles started early when Clausen fumbled a lateral to Derrick Tinsley. Gerald Dixon recovered it and ran 66 yards down the sideline for a touchdown 3:37 into the game.

Beard scored his first touchdown with 52 seconds left before halftime, after Clausen was intercepted by Charles Jones in the end zone. Alabama capped an 80-yard drive with Beard's 10-yard run.

Kyle Robinson's 27-yard field goal and Tyler Watts' 2-yard touchdown run made it 24-7 in the third quarter.

The Vols pulled within 24-14 on Clausen's 32-yard pass over the middle to Jonathan Wade. But Robinson's 21-yard field goal and Beard's 1-yard run sealed it.

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AUBURN 31, LSU 7: Ronnie Brown ran for two touchdowns and the host Tigers took advantage of five turnovers.

Auburn intercepted Marcus Randall four times and held LSU to 242 yards after giving up 68 points in its past two games, both losses.

LSU, which entered allowing 11 points and 217 yards a game, trailed 17-0 at halftime, mainly because it couldn't hold on to the ball -- starting with the first snap. Each of the four early turnovers gave Auburn the ball in LSU territory.

Auburn quickly added to the lead in the third quarter when Jason Campbell hit Robert Johnson on a 3-yard touchdown.

LSU, which had won six in a row and won its first three SEC games by an average of 24 points, didn't score until midway through the fourth.

GEORGIA 52, KENTUCKY 24: David Greene and D.J. Shockley combined to throw a school-record six touchdowns as the visiting Bulldogs remained unbeaten.

Georgia won easily despite playing without leading rusher Musa Smith, second-leading receiver Fred Gibson and senior offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, all injured last weekend against Vanderbilt.

It didn't miss a beat, producing 529 total yards and scoring 31 unanswered points during the second half.

Greene finished 16-of-32 for 251 yards and four touchdowns, and Shockley went 10-of-14 for 102 yards and two scores.

Down 24-21 at halftime, Georgia took the lead for good on Greene's 41-yard touchdown to Terrence Edwards 2:32 into the third. It was Edwards' 182nd reception, tying the school record set by Brice Hunter from 1982-85.

He set the record on the next drive, during which he caught a 12-yard touchdown.

Kentucky lost to a Top 10 opponent for the 40th consecutive time.

ARKANSAS 48, MISS. 28: Fred Talley rushed for 136 yards and the host Razorbacks scored twice on special teams.

On the kickoff after the Razorbacks took a 3-2 lead, Jimarr Gallon drove his helmet into Ronald McClendon at the 22. The ball sailed 10 yards backward, where Lerinezo Robinson scooped it up and ran for the score.

Arkansas took a 41-14 lead with two touchdowns with eight minutes left in the third. Talley's 63-yard run set up a 5-yard touchdown run by De'Arrius Howard.

On the ensuing kickoff, Thomas Crowder tipped a bouncing kickoff away from the Rebels' Ronald McClendon in the end zone and scored.

VANDY 28, UCONN 24: Jay Cutler ran for two touchdowns and threw for another for the host Commodores, their first victory over a Division I-A opponent since Bobby Johnson became coach this season.

Down 10-7 at halftime, Vanderbilt opened the second half with a 76-yard touchdown drive capped by a 13-yard run by Cutler, giving Vanderbilt its first lead at 14-10.

The Huskies took a 24-21 lead with 6:56 left when Dan Orlovsky tossed a 12-yard touchdown to Tommy Collins.

Cutler scored the winning touchdown on a 7-yard run with 1:14 left. Jonathan Shaub sealed it with an interception with 41 seconds left.

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