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Georgia avoids big upset with rally

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 24, 2006


ATHENS, Ga. - Martrez Milner caught a 20-yard touchdown with 46 seconds left to give No. 9 Georgia a 14-13 win over Colorado on Saturday.

"I don't care who you're playing," coach Mark Richt said. "You're going to have a game where you're in trouble and you have to suck it up."

Georgia scored all of its points in the final 9:11 to beat a team that entered 0-3 with a loss to I-AA Montana State. Colorado has lost eight in a row over two seasons, its longest losing streak in 42 years.

Joe Cox, a freshman who took over for an ineffective Matthew Stafford late in the third, threw a 23-yard touchdown to Brannan Southerland for Georgia's first touchdown.

On its next series, Georgia reached the Colorado 12 before an incompletion on fourth and 4. The Bulldogs then forced a punt, which Mikey Henderson returned 13 yards to the Buffs 43 with 2:29 left.

Cox completed three consecutive passes to the 19. One play later, Cox hit Milner for the score.

No. 2 Auburn 38, Buffalo 7

AUBURN, Ala. - Backups Brad Lester and Ben Tate rushed for two scores for the Tigers. Kenny Irons sat with a sprained toe and ankle. Auburn led by only 10 until late in the quarter. Tre Smith scored on a 2-yard run with 40 seconds left. After a punt, the Tigers drove 63 yards in 2:09, capped by Tate's 42-yard score.

No. 10 LSU 49, Tulane 7

BATON ROUGE, La. - Early Doucet caught two touchdowns and ran for a third for the Tigers. He capped LSU's first drive with a 12-yard catch. Tulane's next series ended when punter Barrett Pepper mishandled a snap near his end zone and punted to the Tulane 39. Three plays later, Doucet scored on a 17-yard reverse. Doucet's 4-yard catch made it 28-0 at halftime.

No. 15 Tennessee 33, Marshall 7

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - LaMarcus Coker ran 89 yards to seal it for the Vols. Up 9-7 late in the first half, Tennessee's Jayson Swain caught a pass deflected by teammate Bret Smith for a 20-yard gain. Montario Hardesty scored on the next play. Then on the first play of the fourth quarter, Coker got loose down the sideline for the third-longest run in school history.

Wake 27, Miss. 3: The visiting Deacons are 4-0 for the first time since 1987. Wake scored on its first three drives of the second half, including Mike Rinfrette's 1-yard run that made it 27-3 with 1:14 left in the third.

Miss. St. 16, UAB 10 (OT): Omarr Conner's 21-yard run won it for the visiting Bulldogs. Parker Mullins' 37-yard field goal with 1:57 left tied it for the Blazers. They got the ball first in overtime, but Adron Chambers picked off Chris Williams in the end zone on the second play. Conner then beat the defense to the outside and jumped across the goal line.

S. Carolina 45, FAU 6: Sidney Rice caught a school-record five touchdowns for the host Gamecocks. Rice, who finished with nine catches for 161 yards, caught a 23-yarder and 21-yarder in the first quarter and an 8-yarder 3:40 into the second. He set the record by catching a deflection off a defender for a 41-yarder to make it 28-6 at halftime. On his fifth, 1:46 into the third, Rice outjumped the defender in the end zone for a 19-yarder.

Vandy 38, Tennessee St. 9: The host Commodores scored three touchdowns in 2:15. Up 10-3 late in the third, Marcus Buggs intercepted a deflected pass in the end zone. The Tigers fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and quarterback Chris Nickson scored on a 5-yard run two plays later. After Reshard Langford's interception on the next play, Earl Bennett caught a 33-yard touchdown.