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SEC: Kicking battle favors LSU against Auburn

By Associated Press
Published October 23, 2005

BATON ROUGE, La. - John Vaughn's 39-yard field goal in overtime hit the left upright, giving No.7 LSU a 20-17 win over No.16 Auburn on Saturday.

Last year, Auburn beat LSU 10-9 on Courtney Taylor's touchdown with 1:14 left. Vaughn initially missed the extra point, but a penalty gave him a second chance. Saturday, he missed five field goals, including a 49-yarder in the final seconds of regulation.

Auburn took a 17-14 lead with 4:52 left when Brandon Cox capped a 13-play, 87-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown to Anthony Mix on fourth down. LSU, which missed two field goals, tied it on Chris Jackson's 44-yard field goal with 1:40 left.

LSU had the ball first in OT but settled for Jackson's 30-yard field goal after Early Doucet dropped a pass in the end zone.

Auburn's Kenny Irons rushed 218 yards, the most against LSU since Alabama's Shaun Alexander had 291 in 1996.

No.4 Georgia 23, Arkansas 20

ATHENS, Ga. - The Bulldogs escaped behind quarterback Joe Tereshinski, who entered after D.J. Shockley sprained his left knee in the second quarter.

Tim Jennings made a leaping interception four plays after Shockley was hurt. Then on Tereshinski's third snap, he converted third and 5 with a 16-yard pass to Mohamed Massaquoi just short of the end zone. Brannan Southerland dived over for a touchdown on the next play to make it 14-0.

The Razorbacks kept things close because of Darren McFadden. He rushed for 190 yards, a school record for a freshman, and two touchdowns. His 1-yarder with 4:53 left pulled the Razorbacks to within a field goal. But Gordon Ely-Kelso punted Arkansas back to its 7 with just more than two minutes left, and Georgia's defense held.

SOUTH CAROLINA 35, VANDERBILT 28: Sidney Rice's third touchdown catch, a 3-yarder with 1:41 left, lifted the host Gamecocks, improving coach Steve Spurrier to 13-0 against the Commodores.

The Commodores trailed 28-14 early in the fourth. But Earl Bennett's 11-yard catch on fourth and 10 led to Cassen Jackson-Garrison's 6-yard run that tied it with 3:55 left.

After Rice's touchdown, Vanderbilt reached the South Carolina 30 with 20 seconds left before four consecutive incompletions.

MISSISSIPPI 13, KENTUCKY 7: The host Rebels avoided their first 0-4 conference start since 1984. Micheal Spurlock's 33-yard pass to Taye Biddle set up his 9-yard touchdown to Mike Espy with 3:32 left in the first half. The Wildcats fumbled twice in 11 seconds late in the first half. The first, with 14 seconds left, led to Matt Hinkle's 45-yard field goal. After the second, on the ensuing kickoff, Hinkle's 47-yarder hit the upright. He missed three others with two blocked.

HOUSTON 28, MISS. ST. 16: Jackie Battle ran for two touchdowns to help the Cougars overcome a school-record 257 rushing yards by Jerious Norwood. Battle scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards as Houston beat an SEC team on the road for the first time since LSU in 1999. Vincent Marshall's 56-yard punt return in the second quarter put Houston up for good at 14-13.

[Last modified October 23, 2005, 01:21:14]

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