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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 3, 2000

Green Wave flooded by Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. -- It looked like a perfectly thrown touchdown from Romaro Miller to Deuce McAllister.

Except the pass wasn't intended for McAllister.

Regardless, the 47-yard touchdown was the first of three Mississippi would score in less than five minutes during the third quarter on its way to a 49-20 victory over Tulane on Saturday.

Miller threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, and McAllister scored three touchdowns in the season opener.

Tulane led 17-14 and Mississippi was sluggish in the 100-degree heat before McAllister made an over-the-shoulder catch of a deep pass that Miller was throwing to Grant Heard.

"I told him (McAllister) he was being greedy," Miller said.

McAllister split out wide on the play and raced past Tim Carter. But McAllister cut inside instead of out and into Heard's route.

"I'm throwing to Grant and I look up and see Deuce coming in the picture kind of late. I'm glad one of those guys got it," Miller said.

The play gave the Rebels a 21-17 lead and a spark with 7:03 left in the third quarter.

Less than a minute later, a bounce helped give the Rebels a 28-17 lead. Kenny Woods intercepted a pass that bounced off a teammate then was kicked into the air by Tulane receiver Kerwin Cook as he was falling. Woods grabbed the ball and went 33 yards for a touchdown.

Toward Sanford took a screen pass from Miller 67 yards on the Rebels' next possession to make it 35-17 at 2:41 of the third.

Miller tied Archie Manning's school record with his third career 300-yard game.

McAllister, touted as a Heisman Trophy candidate, ran nine times for 29 yards, though his three touchdowns moved him past Manning to become the school's career leader with 27.

Eli Manning, Archie's son, played his first college game. The redshirt freshman completed 1-of-5 passes for 5 yards.

S. CAROLINA 31, NEW MEX. ST. 0: Nearly two years after he came to revive the Gamecocks stumbling program, coach Lou Holtz and South Carolina broke their 21-game losing streak.

Derrick Watson's 114 yards rushing, Andrew Pinnock's two touchdowns and the Gamecocks' pestering defense kept the visiting Aggies off-balance.

"All the burden was lifted off us," linebacker Kenny Harney said. "Now, we know what it feels like to win."

Fans swarmed the field with 36 seconds to go but were cleared off. The fans returned to rip down both goal posts.

South Carolina, playing in front of 80,814, scored two rushing touchdowns and got two interceptions to lead 17-0 by halftime. In 1999, it took the Gamecocks two games to score a touchdown.

Ball State has the nation's longest losing streak at 18.

GEORGIA 29, GA. SOUTHERN 7: Quincy Carter passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the host Bulldogs began a season of high expectations by sloshing past defending I-AA champion Georgia Southern.

The Georgia defense, run by ex-Oklahoma coach Gary Gibbs, showed signs of improvement after a miserable 1999. The high-scoring Eagles avoided a shutout with about three minutes left after recovering a fumbled punt.

Southern star Adrian Peterson extended his streak of 100-yard running games to 31 -- encompassing his college career. He gained 152 yards on 27 carries to become the school's leading rusher with 3,891 yards, breaking Joe Ross' mark of 3,876.

Carter was 16-of-27 for 203 yards, with one interception.

LOUISVILLE 40, KENTUCKY 34 (OT): Tony Stallings burst up the middle on the host Cardinals' first play of overtime. On the first possession of overtime, Louisville's Anthony Floyd intercepted Jared Lorenzen's pass. The Wildcats blew a chance to win in the final minute of regulation. Linebacker Marlon McCree scooped up a fumble by Louisville quarterback Dave Ragone at the Cardinals' 46 with 47 seconds left and returned it to the 2. But four plays later, safety Curry Burns blocked Brandon Sanders' 18-yard field-goal attempt. The game was suspended 74 minutes because of a thunderstorm.

LSU 58, WESTERN CAROLINA 0: Josh Booty passed for 291 yards and two touchdowns and Rohan Davey threw for 194 and three touchdowns as the host Tigers cruised in coach Nick Saban's debut. LSU's 485 passing yards is a school record but the Tigers committed 12 penalties for 107 yards. The 87,188 was the biggest crowd in LSU history. LSU completed 11,000 additional seats in time for the opener.

MIAMI (OHIO) 33, VANDERBILT 30: Mike Bath threw two touchdowns in the final 2:53 for the visiting RedHawks. Vandy led 30-20 before Bath hooked up with Mike Sullivan on a 4-yard strike to make it close, and then with Cal Murray for the 2-yard winner with 20 seconds left on a fourth-down play. Bath finished 24-for-41 for 358 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

MISSISSIPPI ST. 17, MEMPHIS 3: Dicenzo Miller scored on a 6-yard run with 1:55 remaining as the visiting Bulldogs won in 100-degree heat. Miller's touchdown came on the first play after the Bulldogs' Willie Blade recovered Memphis quarterback Neil Suber's fumble.

ARKANSAS 38, SW MISSOURI ST. 0: Robby Hampton, a 24-year-old sophomore making his first start, completed his first nine passes and finished 17-of-22 for 237 yards and two touchdowns for the host Razorbacks.

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