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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000

Auburn's arsenal too much for LSU

AUBURN, Ala. -- Tailback Rudi Johnson had another big day, but it was Auburn's passing and a huge return that beat LSU. Ben Leard threw two touchdowns and Tim Carter ran back a kickoff 100 yards for a score as Auburn beat LSU 34-17 on Saturday night.

"It got to a point where they didn't know who was going to get the football," Leard said.

The game marked the first SEC win at home for Auburn since 1997. Auburn did it before a record crowd of 85,612 at a rollicking Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Johnson gained 139 yards on 36 carries, making him the first Auburn back to run for more than 100 yards in three straight games since Stephen Davis did it in 1994. Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with three seconds remaining.

Leard's arm and Carter's speed made the difference against LSU, however.

Standing deep in the pocket with little pressure, Leard threaded the defense for touchdown passes of 20 yards to Robert Johnson and 19 yards to Clifton Robinson. Leard went 21-for-30 for 225 yards with no interceptions.

Carter's return knocked the wind out of LSU for good.

After LSU pulled within 20-17 on a 45-yard pass from Josh Booty to Josh Reed, Carter took the kickoff at the goal line and cut right. He raced the length of the field and was still pulling away when he crossed the goal line.

"I thought that was the deciding blow," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He's been getting closer for two years, and he finally broke one."

Booty, under pressure most of the game, completed 13 of 29 attempts for 214 yards with an interception. He led the SEC in passing efficiency entering the game.

S. CAROLINA 41, E. MICHIGAN 6: Derek Watson ran for a career-high 215 yards and three touchdowns for the host Gamecocks.

South Carolina is 3-0 for the first time since 1990.

Watson had the most productive effort by a Gamecocks back since Brandon Bennett ran for a school-record 278 yards against East Tennessee State in 1991.

KENTUCKY 41, INDIANA 34: Matt Layow scooped up a fumble and returned it 21 yards for the winning score for the host Wildcats.

Freshman tackle Dewayne Robertson hit Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El from behind, knocking the ball from his hands. Layow picked up the ball in stride and scampered into the end zone untouched with 1:57 remaining.

Randle El led Indiana (0-2) to the Kentucky 20 with less than a minute to play, but he misfired on three consecutive passes.

Jared Lorenzen hit 33 of 48 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns. The redshirt freshman has thrown for more than 300 yards in his first three starts.

MISSISSIPPI 12, VANDERBILT 7: Deuce McAllister rushed for 143 yards on 17 carries, including 121 yards in the first half, to lead visiting Mississippi before leaving with an injured shoulder. McAllister set a Mississippi record with his 11th career 100-yard rushing game, but bruised the joint in his right shoulder late in the third quarter and did not play in the fourth. Dou Innocent held the record. Vanderbilt's Greg Zolman overthrew receivers in the end zone on the final two plays. Mississippi is 554-411-35 in 1,000 games.

ARKANSAS 38, BOISE ST. 31: Boise State defensive back D. Ross, fooled by Robby Hampton's pump fake, fell as he switched directions and Boo Williams trotted into the end zone with a 54-yard pass that lifted host Arkansas. Boise State (2-1) turned the ball over on downs at the Arkansas 1.

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