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SEC: Fourth-down pass lifts Auburn past Georgia

Associated Press
Published November 13, 2005


ATHENS, Ga. - Devin Aromashodu turned a fourth-down pass into a 63-yard gain, setting up John Vaughn's 20-yard field goal with six seconds left that gave No.15 Auburn a 31-30 victory over No.9 Georgia on Saturday.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs still can win the East by beating Kentucky.

On fourth and 11 from their 34, Brandon Cox found Aromashodu breaking free over the middle. Aromashodu made the catch in stride and raced for the end zone. Just short of the goal line, Paul Oliver managed to knock the ball away, with Auburn's Courtney Taylor falling on the fumble in the end zone.

Because the ball was fumbled forward, Auburn got it at the 3 with 1:52 left. That worked to the Tigers' advantage, allowing them to run down the clock before Vaughn's winning kick.

TENNESSEE 20, MEMPHIS 16: Rick Clausen came off the bench and threw two touchdowns to end the host Volunteers' four-game losing streak. Tennessee must beat Vanderbilt and Kentucky to be bowl eligible.

The Tigers, playing without star tailback DeAngelo Williams because of an ankle injury sustained last week, led 13-0. They also intercepted Erik Ainge twice in the first quarter, though one was negated by roughing the passer. But Clausen hit Josh Briscoe for a 39-yard score then capped a 94-yard drive with a 15-yarder to C.J. Fayton with four seconds left in the half.

After Memphis took a 16-14 lead, James Wilhoit's 28-yard field goal with 9:06 put the Vols back up. After a three-and-out, Tennessee drove 37 yards in 13 plays (12 runs and a sack) in 6:15, capped by Wilhoit's 34-yard field goal with 41 seconds left.

KENTUCKY 48, VANDY 43: Rafael Little ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns for the visiting Wildcats, who ended the Commodores' chances for their first bowl since 1982.

After falling behind 3-0, Kentucky scored 34 consecutive points and still led 48-24 after Cassen Garrison's 35-yard touchdown run for Vanderbilt with 1:53 left in the third.

But Jay Cutler threw three touchdowns to Earl Bennett (who finished with five) during the fourth quarter, the last a 7-yarder with 2:29 left.

Cutler threw an incompletion on the two-point conversion. And Vanderbilt, which used its last timeout with 10:23 left, didn't recover the onside kick.

ARKANSAS 28, OLE MISS 17: Freshman Casey Dick threw two of his three second-half touchdowns to Marcus Monk for the visiting Razorbacks, who allowed 10 rushing yards in ending a four-game losing streak. In his second start, Dick was 17-of-24 for 175 yards.

Down 17-7, Dick hit Monk for a 23-yard score then gave Arkansas the lead with a 4-yarder to Peyton Hillis. Dick sealed it on the Razorbacks' next drive, hitting Monk for a 24-yard score with 5:06 left.

Mico McSwain, the Rebels' most productive freshman rusher ever, sprained his right ankle on a 2-yard gain during their second series. He spent the second half on crutches, and his status is unknown.