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SEC: Volunteers pushed to brink in OT win

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Published September 28, 2003

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - James Banks caught a 4-yard touchdown from Casey Clausen in overtime Saturday to give Tennessee a 23-20 win over South Carolina.

The Volunteers struggled through their first game since winning 24-10 at Florida the previous week.

Freshman Demetris Summers provided nearly all the offense for the Gamecocks, running for 158 yards in 27 carries.

South Carolina is 0-12 at Neyland Stadium and has dropped 11 straight to Tennessee - but the Gamecocks have lost the past four by an average of five points.

South Carolina got the ball first in overtime and benefited from pass interference. The Gamecocks were then penalized twice and had an incomplete pass to push them to third and 17. A pass to Summers was short of the first down and Daniel Weaver made a 24-yard field goal.

South Carolina tied it at 17 on Weaver's 37-yard field goal in the third quarter. Weaver was 1-of-5 coming in and had to win back his job in practice.

Tennessee's defense came in leading the SEC with 53 yards rushing allowed per game, but the Gamecocks rushed for 157 in the first half.

The Gamecocks tied it at 14 early in the second quarter after Daccus Turman tried to punch it in from 1 yard out and was stopped three straight times. On fourth down, Dondrial Pinkins threw to Hart Turner for the touchdown.

Tennessee's Dustin Colquitt had seven punts for an average of 51.7 yards and stuck four kicks inside the 20.

Two marks for Red Raider

OXFORD, Miss. - B.J. Symons threw for 661 yards, a school and Big 12 record, and six touchdowns to lead visiting Texas Tech past Mississippi 49-45.

Symons, who broke both marks the previous week against North Carolina State when he threw for 586 yards in a loss, completed a 9-yard touchdown to Carlos Francis with 1:04 left this time.

Symons was 44-for-64 with one interception for the third-best passing yardage performance in Division I-A history. He also tied a school record for touchdowns set last season by Kliff Kingsbury.

Ole Miss had one last shot to win, but Eli Manning's pass was intercepted by Ryan Aycock on a throw intended for Mike Espy near the Texas Tech goal line.

Manning was 29-for-49 for 409 yards and three touchdowns, and Jonathan Nichols kicked a school-record six field goals.

Ole Miss took a 45-34 lead on Nichols' sixth field goal with 8:01 left but Symons led Tech on a drive highlighted by a 22-yard pass to Wes Welker.

GA. TECH 24, VANDERBILT 17 (OT): Reggie Ball scored on a 25-yard run on the first play of overtime and James Butler ended the game with an interception for the visiting Yellow Jackets.

Butler also blocked Tolga Ertugrul's 44-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.

Vanderbilt took a 17-10 lead on Norval McKenzie's 2-yard touchdown run with 2:02 left, but Georgia Tech forced overtime with Ball's 6-yard pass to John Paul Foschi with 32 seconds left in regulation.

AUBURN 48, W. KENTUCKY 3: The Auburn offensive line, which averages 317 pounds, manhandled visiting Western Kentucky's smaller defensive front, opening gaping holes for the running backs as the host Tigers cruised.

Brandon Jacobs was the primary beneficiary, rushing for 103 yards and a score on 10 carries.

The Tigers outgained the Hilltoppers 567-163 and snapped Western Kentucky's 13-game winning streak that included last season's Division I-AA national title.

[Last modified September 28, 2003, 02:04:08]


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