SEC: Gamecocks keep Vols reeling

Associated Press
Published October 30, 2005

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Steve Spurrier brought a different team to Tennessee and left with a familiar result.

Josh Brown kicked a 49-yard field goal with 2:45 left, and South Carolina held on to beat the No.23 Volunteers 16-15 on Saturday. It ended a 12-game losing streak to Tennessee and won for the first time in Knoxville.

Spurrier, in his first visit since 2000, had won there plenty of times with Florida and improved to 10-5 all-time against Tennessee, including a win as coach of Duke.

"We thought we had a chance to make history if the ball bounced our way, and it did," Spurrier said.

Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer had never lost to South Carolina. The last Tennessee coach who did, Johnny Majors, was forced out of his job six days later in 1992. The Vols, ranked No.3 in the preseason poll, must win three of their last four to become bowl eligible.

"That is not what we expected," Fulmer said. "What you saw out there was unacceptable."

The Gamecocks took a 13-12 lead on Blake Mitchell's second touchdown pass to Sidney Rice, a 5-yarder 3:27 into the fourth. The two-point conversion failed.

After being replaced early in the game by Erik Ainge, Rick Clausen returned at quarterback and led the Vols to the South Carolina 26. James Wilhoit's 43-yard field goal with 7:39 left gave Tennessee the lead again.

No.5 Alabama 35, Utah St. 3

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Brodie Croyle threw three touchdowns for the Crimson Tide, which is 8-0 for the first time since 1994. One touchdown went to D.J. Hall, who became the first Alabama player with at least 10 catches in consecutive games. A week after 10 catches for 139 yards against Tennessee, the sophomore had 11 for 157.

Alabama led 14-0 after its first two possessions, on Croyle's 9-yard pass to Ezekial Knight 1:37 in and 1-yarder to Le'Ron McClain 5:04 in. After a combined six punts, Hall's 13-yard catch with 4:41 left in the first half made it 21-0.

No.7 LSU 56, N. Texas 3

BATON ROUGE, La. - Shyrone Carey ran for two scores and fellow backup Justin Vincent one for the Tigers in a game that had been postponed by Hurricane Katrina. The Mean Green fell to 3-29 all-time against the SEC.

LSU opened a 28-0 second-quarter lead on Joseph Addai's 3-yard run, Carey's touchdown runs of 23 and 1 yard and JaMarcus Russell's 15-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe.

Vincent rushed for 70 yards on 12 carries and Carey 44 on eight. Both received extended playing after Addai, the SEC's leading rusher coming in, left after two series.

No.19 Auburn 27, Mississippi 3

AUBURN, Ala. - John Vaughn, who missed 5 of 6 field goals in last week's loss to LSU, made two, and Ben Obomanu, who had a critical drop in a loss to Ole Miss in 2003, made an acrobatic touchdown catch a few feet from the spot for the Tigers.

Auburn allowed only 23 yards rushing and 209 total, and Brandon Cox and Kenny Irons supplied most of the offense. Cox was 17-of-27 passing for 205 yards and a touchdown, and Irons ran for 101 yards and a touchdown with 5:34 left on 32 carries.

Obomanu's 1-yard touchdown catch came on a fourth and goal with 6:46 left in the third. He reached over a defender for the ball near the spot where he dropped an open pass in the end zone late in a 24-20 loss to the Rebels.

Replay officials reviewed Obomanu's catch before upholding it for a 20-3 lead.

The Tigers also scored on a trick play. Receiver Courtney Taylor took the ball on a reverse and heaved it to an open Devin Aromashodu for a 28-yard touchdown 1:53 into the second quarter.

Both teams failed to convert on fourth and goal in the first half. The Rebels, who missed four field goals last week against Kentucky (with two blocked) got inside the 1 on their first drive. But Brandon Jacobs couldn't handle a pitch from Spurlock for a 12-yard loss.

On the ensuing possession, the Tigers went for it from the 3. But Cox was pressured and threw incomplete to end a 16-play drive.

KENTUCKY 13, MISS. ST. 7: Arliss Beach and Rafael Little combined for 328 all-purpose yards for the host Wildcats. Little had 114 yards on 24 carries, caught four passes for 44 and returned six punts for 89. Beach had 81 yards on 14 carries.

The Bulldogs cut it to 13-7 on Brandon Thornton's 19-yard run with 4:47 left in the third. Later, they reached the Kentucky 9. But Adam Carlson missed a 26-yard field goal with 7:55 left, and they didn't cross midfield again.