ATHENS, Ga. — D’Andre Swift’s 39-yard touchdown run in the third quarter snapped a scoreless tie, and No. 10 Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Kentucky 21-0 on Saturday night.
Swift, who ran for 179 yards, added a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Brian Herrien ran for 60 yards, including an 8-yard scoring run.
Georgia (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) recovered from last week’s loss to South Carolina by finally taking advantage of its SEC-leading ground game in the second half.
Each offense was affected by Nestor, the former tropical storm which dumped rain on Athens throughout the day. The wet conditions contributed to the scoreless first half.
Kentucky (3-4, 1-4) got 99 yards rushing from Lynn Bowden in his second start at quarterback, but the Wildcats’ attack was one-dimensional. Bowden, Kentucky’s third starting quarterback of the season, didn’t complete a pass on his first nine attempts. He completed only 2 of 15 passes for 17 yards.
Georgia’s Jake Fromm did not have a turnover one week after throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble. He completed 9 of 12 passes for only 35 yards.
On the soggy Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium, Kentucky stayed right with Georgia until midway through the third quarter.
The Bulldogs took advantage of two mistakes by the Wildcats to grab control.A shanked punt by Max Duffy went out of bounds at the Kentucky 39 early in the second half after carrying only 15 yards.
The poor punt allowed Georgia to start a possession outside of its 20 for the first time in the game. Swift needed only one play to take advantage of the excellent field position.
Running behind right tackle Isaiah Wilson and right guard Cade Mays, Swift broke a tackle by safety Yusuf Corker on the 39-yard scoring run.
Bowden’s fumble, caused by J.R. Reed, on the Wildcats’ next possession was recovered by Georgia’s Richard LeCounte at the Kentucky 31. Herrien’s scoring run on his fourth straight carry pushed the Georgia lead to 14-0.
Georgia held Kentucky to 52 yards in the first half.
The Bulldogs fought poor field position throughout the half, starting three drives inside their 15.
Fromm was stopped on a fourth-and-1 sneak at midfield midway through the second quarter.
No. 9 Florida bounces back with 38-27 win over Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. — For three quarters, Kyle Trask saw the overthrows and ineffective runs, the penalties and missed assignments. He knew something had to change.
It finally did.
Trask threw three of his career-high four touchdowns in the final period Saturday to rally the No. 9 Gators to a 38-27 win at South Carolina.
Trask, sensing the game slipping away, told his teammates: “This isn’t us.” He then helped the Gators (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) avoid a second straight loss after falling at No. 2 LSU 42-28 last week.
“We found our identity and started making plays,” he said.
This season, the identity of Florida’s offense is very much in Trask’s hands. The redshirt junior, starting because of an injury to Feleipe Franks, has led the Gators to their best start since 2015.
After a week off, Trask will bring Florida to a final, defining stretch with games against No. 10 Georgia, Vanderbilt and SEC East-leading Missouri in the chase for a spot in the SEC title game.
Things didn’t look promising through the third quarter. South Carolina (3-4, 2-3) held Florida in check and took a 20-17 lead in trying for its second consecutive win over a top 10 opponent after beating then-No. 3 Georgia in double overtime last week.
“We have a very resilient team,” Trask said. “We’re never going to panic, no matter the situation.”
That was evident in the second half.
After Trask’s interception deep in Florida territory led to Tavien Feaster’s 21-yard TD run to put the Gamecocks up 17-10, Dameon Pierce answered with a 75-yard scoring run on Florida’s next snap to tie it.In the final period, down 20-17, Trask faced fourth-and-3 on South Carolina’s 34 before scrambling from pressure to pick up the first down with a 9-yard pass to Kyle Pitts. Trask followed with the go-ahead 25-yard touchdown throw to Lamical Perine.
Florida’s defense also came through down the stretch after the Gators took the lead. Defensive end Zachary Carter sacked Ryan Hilinski, who fumbled as nose tackle Kyree Campbell recovered.
Florida linebacker David Reese said the players were intent on not letting the LSU loss affect them.
“We can’t let one loss turn into another,” he said.Trask, who completed 21 of 33 passes for 200 yards, finished the series with a 5-yard TD pass to Pitts before a final scoring pass of 5 yards to Trevon Grimes.
South Carolina looked poised once more shuffle the SEC East race with an upset. But like a year ago, when Florida rallied from 31-14 down to defeat the Gamecocks 35-31, South Carolina could not hold.
“Get the lead in fourth quarter, got to make some plays. We didn’t do that,” South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said.
Hilinski, who sprained his knee in the Georgia win, was not sharp for most of this game. The freshman completed 17 of 35 throws for 170 yards.
“We’ve got to find a way to throw the ball better,” he said.Feaster, the Clemson graduate transfer, ran for 175 yards for South Carolina, which was outscored 21-7 in the final period.Joe Burrow throws 4 TDs passes, No. 2 LSU routs MSU 36-13
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Joe Burrow didn’t necessarily show his best side Saturday. While being dragged to the ground by his pants during his third sack of the game, the LSU quarterback’s rear end was briefly exposed.
“I heard there was supposed to be a full moon in Starkville tonight,” Burrow joked.
The rest of his performance was anything but obscene. Burrow threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns to break the LSU season record with 29 in the No. 2 Tigers’ 36-13 victory over Mississippi State.
“It’s a testament to him, the receivers, the offensive line, the coaches,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “But we’re just getting started. Our team is not satisfied.”
In his postgame comments, Burrows placed himself squarely in that category.
“If we play like this next week (versus No. 11 Auburn), we’ll lose,” Burrow said. “I think we’re going to have to execute much better in the red zone than we did this week, because I don’t think we’ll get as many chances.”
On paper, it’s hard to find fault in the final results. LSU (7-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) had 415 yards of total offense and averaged 6.9 yards per play. The Tigers forced three turnovers, including a momentum-shifting interception right before half.
But Mississippi State (3-4, 1-3) regularly confounded the Tigers on third down. LSU struggled to find its rhythm on offense in the first half and was forced to settle for field goals on its first three drives.
“We didn’t play our best game today, but I knew this day was going to come, and I’m proud of our defense,” Orgeron said. “Your offense is not going to play great, on fire every week.”
Still, the Tigers managed to score points on every drive of the first half and led 22-7 at the break. A pair of third-quarter touchdowns sealed the win.
“We just started off slow,” Burrows said. “We didn’t execute, and I didn’t feel as much energy before the game. Early this morning you could tell that people weren’t quite as locked in as they had been. But it’s still good to get an SEC win.”
Burrows was 25 of 32 and again threw prolifically to Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase. Jefferson had eight catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Chase had five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Racey McMath and Derrick Dillon also caught TD passes.
“It just shows the amount of work we put in over the off season,” Burrows said.
Mississippi State freshman Garrett Shrader threw for 238 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also rushed for 66 yards and another touchdown. Kylin Hill, the SEC’s No. 2 rusher, had only 34 yards and was held below 100 yards for the third straight game. Mississippi State had 13 penalties for 109 yards.
“When the margin for error is invisible, you can’t turn the ball over three times against a team this good and expect to win,” Bulldogs coach Joe Moorhead said. “And certainly those 13 penalties, some of that pre-snap stuff, it may not be on the front of it, but it’s going to help get you beat against a team like this.”