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Southeastern Conference News and Notes

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ALABAMA: Trent Richardson rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, and Eddie Lacy added 161 yards and two scores on nine carries as Alabama rolled over North Texas, 41-0, this past weekend. A.J. McCarron completed 15-of-21 passes for 190 yards for the Crimson Tide, who improved to 3-0 on the young season. Alabama racked up 586 yards of total offense, and Kenny Bell caught four passes for 55 yards for the squad. Strong defense was a key to success as usual, as Nick Saban's team limited the Mean Green to 169 total yards. Phillip Sims saw some time under center for 'Bama and completed 6-of-8 passes for 49 yards. The Crimson Tide figure to face a far stiffer test this Saturday when the Arkansas Razorbacks come to town.

ARKANSAS: Tyler Wilson threw for 289 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 23-of-36 passing to lead Arkansas to a 38-28 win over Troy on Saturday night. Ronnie Wingo ran all over the Tojan defense, racking up 108 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while Joe Adams led the receivers with eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Cobi Hamilton added five catches for 81 yards to help his team improve to 3-0. Arkansas has outscored its opponents 141-38 after the first three weeks of the season and is now 28-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. Up next for the Razorbacks is what promises to be a fierce battle with rival Alabama on the road.

AUBURN: All good things come to an end, and the Tigers' 17-game winning streak was halted with Saturday's 38-24 loss to Clemson on the road. Auburn posted wild wins in its first two games against Utah State and Mississippi State, but couldn't overcome a shoddy defensive effort that allowed 624 yards to Clemson. Michael Dyer rushed 16 times for 151 yards and a pair of scores for Auburn, which suffered its first defeat since November 27, 2009 against Alabama. Barrett Trotter completed 12-of-25 passes for 198 yards with a TD and an interception. The Tigers face non-conference foe Florida Atlantic this coming weekend in front of the home crowd.

FLORIDA: Chris Rainey rushed 21 times for 114 yards and added two catches for 104 yards and a score as Florida earned a 33-23 victory over rival Tennessee in Gainesville this past weekend. Rainey also registered his school-record fifth blocked punt and earned National Offensive Player of the Week honors as a result. John Brantley finished 14-of-23 through the air for 213 yards and two touchdowns for Florida, which improved to 3-0 on the young season. While UF was able to run for 134 yards in the tilt, it limited the Vols to minus- nine yards rushing. Florida was called for pass interference seven times in the tilt, perhaps the lone negative worth noting. This Saturday, the Gators will be in Lexington for an SEC clash with the Kentucky Wildcats.

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs were dominant as expected in last weekend's 59-0 romp over Coastal Carolina, an FCS opponent. Aaron Murray continued his impressive start to the season, as the Georgia signal caller connected on 18-of-26 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Tavarres King was the most impressive receiver for the Dawgs, posting career highs of six catches and two touchdowns. Georgia excelled on the defensive side of the football as well, limiting the Chanticleers to 112 total yards. All of the Bulldogs' points came in the first three quarters. Up next for Georgia is a conference clash with the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford this weekend.

KENTUCKY: Fans of the Wildcats are undoubtedly disappointed after their squad fell at home to rival Louisville on Saturday by a 24-17 final. The Wildcats were led by Morgan Newton who converted 27-of-41 passes for 255 yards and two scores, but he was under constant pressure and sacked a total of six times, leaving the squad with a mere 35 net rushing yards on 32 attempts. The loss was the first of this young season for the 'Cats. They managed only 290 total yards in the affair and allowed three touchdown passes of 25 or more yards in the affair. The Wildcats hope to score an upset this coming weekend as the mighty Florida Gators come to town.

LSU: The Tigers figured to have their hands full in Starkville against Mississippi State last Thursday, but the result was an impressive 19-6 victory. LSU's defense was dominant, limiting the MSU offense to 193 yards, particularly impressive when considering that the Bulldogs gained 1,176 yards in their first two outings. LSU opened up a 10-point lead when Jarrett Lee threw a touchdown to Rueben Randle early in the fourth. Lee was 21-of-27 for 213 yards and an interception, with Randle hauling in six balls for 98 yards for the Tigers, who have won 12 straight and 19 of 20 against the Bulldogs. A much-anticipated non-conference battle will ensue in Morgantown this Saturday, as the Tigers do battle with the West Virginia Mountaineers of the Big East Conference.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Dan Mullen hoped that his Bulldogs could upset LSU in Starkville last week, but a poor offensive showing led to a 19-6 defeat. Mississippi State compiled only 193 yards after totaling 1,176 yards in its first two games. Chris Relf was benched in the fourth quarter after throwing for just 96 yards with an interception for MSU, which was coming off a 41-34 setback at Auburn and now sits at 1-2. It was the first time in 105 meetings the two programs both came into the game ranked in the Top-25. The Bulldogs had scored at least 30 points in each of their previous five games dating back to last season. They will take a break from conference play to tangle with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday.

OLE MISS: The Rebels put forth a truly embarrassing performance over the weekend, as they were crushed by Vanderbilt, 30-7. Ole Miss finished the day with five interceptions, as Zach Stoudt played poorly under center. One of the picks was returned for a touchdown by the Commodores, who averaged 5.7 yards per rush attempt against the Ole Miss defense. Neither team was able to score in the first half, but Vanderbilt outscored the Rebels 21-0 in the second stanza and 9-0 in the third. This Saturday, the Rebels will welcome the Georgia Bulldogs to town for an SEC clash.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Marcus Lattimore rushed for a career-high 247 yards and three touchdowns to guide his Gamecocks to a closer-than-expected 24-21 victory over Navy at home. Lattimore controlled the clock and the Navy defense with 37 carries and caught four passes for 25 yards. He broke a record for the most rushing yards by a player on an NCAA team coached by Steve Spurrier, who is now 43-0 against non-BCS schools. The Gamecocks now lead the all-time series with Navy by a 5-3 margin, and it was the first meeting between the two since 1988. Stephen Garcia went 18-of-25 for 204 yards and an interception in the triumph. Spurrier's Gamecocks will be at home this coming weekend as the Vanderbilt Commodores come to town for a key conference clash.

TENNESSEE: The Vols suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, as they fell to rival Florida by a 33-23 final in Gainesville. Tyler Bray completed 26-of-48 passes for 288 yards and three TDs, but also tossed two interceptions in the setback. Mychal Rivera, Da'Rick Rogers and Marlin Lane Jr. each caught touchdown passes for Tennessee. Rivera caught five passes for 71 yards, Rogers pulled down five passes for 62 yards and Lane added two catches for 26 yards. Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter left the game early in the first quarter with a knee injury, and his team finished with minus-nine yards rushing. The Vols will be idle this week and will return to action on October 1 against Buffalo.

VANDERBILT: Zac Stacy ran for a career-best 169 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries, helping lift the Commodores to a 30-7 win over Ole Miss in the SEC opener for both teams at Vanderbilt Stadium. Stacy headlined a ground attack that churned out 281 yards and three scores in the win. The Commodores are off to a 3-0 start after winning only two games a year ago. It was also their largest margin of victory over an SEC foe since 1971. Vandy's defense played a big role in the win, racking up five interceptions and a safety on the day. On the other side of the ball, the Commodores' ground game averaged a healthy 5.7 yards per carry in the win. The 'Dores will face the unbeaten South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia this Saturday.

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Big Ten Conference News and Notes

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ILLINOIS: The Fighting Illini faced their stiffest challenge of the young season on Saturday night in Champaign, but were up to the challenge as they knocked off nationally-ranked Arizona State in a 17-14 final. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak to ranked opponents, and was UI's first over a Pac-12 foe since a 44-17 thrashing of California back in 2001. QB Nathan Scheelhaase threw for just 135 yards against ASU, 103 of which went to WR A.J. Jenkins, and the Illinois signal caller added a team-high 67 rushing yards, the Illini tallying a mere 240 yards of total offense. Coach Ron Zook's club was guilty of three turnovers in the game, and won despite losing the time of possession battle by nearly four minutes. The UI defense recorded six sacks and came up with a pair of INTs, all while limiting the Sun Devils to 106 yards on the ground. Illinois is 3-0 for the first time since 2001, and the team has won four in a row overall. The Illini will play their final non- conference game of the regular season this Saturday against the visiting Western Michigan Broncos.

INDIANA: Coach Kevin Wilson notched the first win of his career, as his Hoosiers knocked off visiting South Carolina State over the weekend, 38-21. Indiana had dropped its first two games, but had a seemingly easy time of it against an inferior foe from the Football Championship Division. QB Edward Wright-Baker threw for 273 yards and two TDs for the Hoosiers, who also got impressive efforts from freshman RB D'Angelo Roberts (102 yards, one TD -- all in the second half) and WR Duwyce Wilson (six receptions, 101 yards, one TD). Indiana outgained SC State, 557-377, and the Hoosiers claimed a near-12 minute advantage in time of possession. Safety Jarrell Drane was credited with a career-high 11 tackles, and the Hoosiers forced three fumbles, but only recovered one. Indiana, which is a solid 21-8 in regular-season, non- conference games since 2004, can even its record at 2-2 if it can post a win at North Texas this Saturday.

IOWA: Trailing 24-3, the Hawkeyes rallied to knock off the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, 31-27. It was the largest comeback in school history, eclipsing the 18-point deficit the team battled back from in a 34-31 triumph over Oregon in 1949. QB James Vandenberg went 31-of-48 for 399 yards with three TDs in the improbable victory over Pitt, his yardage total being the most by a UI quarterback since 1985. Not surprisingly, receivers Keenan Davis (career-best 10 catches for 129 yards and one TD), Marvin McNutt, Jr. (career- high eight grabs for 112 yards) and Kevonte Martin-Manley (four receptions, 76 yards, two TDs) all had productive outings, and RB Marcus Coker led the Iowa rushing attack 86 yards on 23 carries. LB James Morris had 13 tackles to pace the UI defense, while DB Micah Hyde logged 10 tackles and two INTs. The Hawkeyes can move to 3-1 on the young season with a home win over ULM this Saturday, and then will have two weeks to prepare for their Big Ten opener at Penn State on October 8.

MICHIGAN: Denard Robinson and Vincent Smith both rushed for more than 100 yards in helping the Wolverines feast on the visiting Eagles of Eastern Michigan over the weekend, 31-3. Michigan, which is 3-0 for the third consecutive season, is ranked 22nd in the nation this week, marking its first foray into the Top-25 since October 24, 2010. Robinson carried the ball 26 times for 198 yards and a TD, while Smith tallied 118 yards on only nine totes for the Wolverines, who improved to 10-0 all-time against EMU. Robinson threw for just 95 yards, but did toss a pair of TD passes. LB Brandin Hawthorne, making his first career start, spearheaded the UM defense with 10 tackles, and the Wolverines came up with a pair of turnovers while allowing the Eagles just 29 net passing yards. Michigan has scored on all 10 trips to the red zone this season (nine TDs, one FG), and the three points allowed to EMU were the fewest surrendered to an opponent in four seasons. The Maize and Blue host San Diego State this Saturday in a battle of two undefeated teams. The Aztecs were coached from 2009-10 by current UM head man Brady Hoke.

MICHIGAN STATE: The Spartans suffered their first loss of the 2011 season over the weekend, falling in a 31-13 final at Notre Dame. Michigan State trailed 28-10 in the third quarter, forcing the team to throw a ton, and QB Kirk Cousins, who at one point completed 11 straight passes, went 34-of-53 for 329 yards with a TD and an INT. It was the most passing yards ever by a MSU quarterback against the Fighting Irish. WR B.J. Cunningham set new career highs with 12 catches and 157 yards, but that was it in terms of productive offensive players as the Spartans finished with a mere 29 net rushing yards and converted just 5-of-17 third-down opportunities. Michigan State returns home for this Saturday's non-league clash with the Central Michigan Chippewas, giving the team one more tune-up before the Big Ten slate begins the following week at Ohio State.

MINNESOTA: Just a week after suffering a seizure in the waning moments of a loss to New Mexico State, coach Jerry Kill returned to the sidelines to lead his Golden Gophers to a 29-23 win over visiting Miami-Ohio on Saturday. It was Kill's first win at Minnesota, and improved the Gophers to 3-0 all-time versus Miami, and 27-3-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference schools. QB Marqueis Gray ran for 171 yards and threw for 163 more, his rushing total being the most by a quarterback in school history. Minnesota PK Chris Hawthorne booted three FGs in the game. The Gopher defense held Miami to 80 yards rushing, but was torched for 325 passing yards. Minnesota claimed a 10- minute advantage in time of possession, and scored on all five of its trips to the red zone. The Golden Gophers will try to notch their first winning streak of the young season when they entertain FCS foe North Dakota State this Saturday. They kick off Big Ten play the following week at Michigan.

NEBRASKA: The Cornhuskers put forth their best offensive effort of the 2011 season on Saturday against visiting Washington, scoring 51 points in a 13- point victory. Nebraska is now 3-0, and has scored at least 40 points in each contest -- the first time that has happened since 1995. RB Rex Burkhead rumbled his way for 120 yards and two TDs against the Huskies, while QB Taylor Martinez amassed 83 yards and a score of his own on 17 carries. In the passing game, Martinez completed fewer than half of his attempts (10-of-21), but threw for 155 yards and two scores. The Nebraska defense allowed 420 yards of total offense, but logged two turnovers and a pair of sacks. Washington was flagged nine times for a loss of 90 yards on the day. A battle of unbeatens takes place in Laramie this Saturday, as the Cornhuskers pay a visit to the Wyoming Cowboys. Nebraska will play its first conference game as a member of the Big Ten the following week at nationally-ranked Wisconsin.

NORTHWESTERN: The Wildcats lost for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 21-14 decision at Army. With the setback, Northwestern fell to 14-2 in its last 16 regular-season games against a non-conference opponent. As is their custom, the Black Knights used a bruising rushing attack to amass 381 yards on the ground and they picked up 24 first downs to 14 for Northwestern. The 'Cats finished with 309 total yards (115 rushing, 194 passing), but they were doubled up in the time of possession and they made good on only 3-of-12 third-down conversion attempts. Quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian both took snaps, and while both threw a TD pass to WR Jeremy Ebert (six receptions, 108 yards), Siemian, a redshirt freshman, was more efficient in hitting 5-of-7 attempts for 105 yards. A total of four NU defenders were credited with double-digit tackles in the game, all career highs, led by LB Bryce McNaul with 15. The Wildcats are idle this week, giving them an additional week to prepare for the Big Ten opener at Illinois on October 1.

OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes lost for the first time this season, falling to the Miami Hurricanes in a 24-6 final. It was Ohio State's first-ever regular- season game in the state of Florida, and the setback resulted in the team being dropped from this week's AP poll, marking the first time since November of 2004 that the Buckeyes have been among the unranked -- a span of 103 straight polls. The OSU offense, or at least the passing attack, was stymied as it generated a mere 35 yards. Senior QB Joe Bauserman, making just his third career start, was a woeful 2-of-14 for 13 yards, and freshman Braxton Miller went just 2-of-4 for 22 yards with an INT. RB Jordan Hall was productive in his first game of the season, rushing for 87 yards, and Carlos Hyde added 54 yards to help the Buckeyes tally 174 rushing yards in the game. The only scoring for OSU came on a pair of FGs by PK Drew Basil. Ohio State will play its final non-league tilt of the regular season this Saturday when the Colorado Buffaloes come to Columbus.

PENN STATE: It wasn't pretty, but the Nittany Lions bounced back from their first loss of the 2011 campaign by slipping past a pesky Temple squad in Philadelphia over the weekend, 14-10. Trailing for nearly the entire game, Penn State got a one-yard TD run by RB Michael Zordich with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to beat the Owls for the 29th straight time. TU's last win in the series between the Keystone State rivals was a 14-0 decision on October 18, 1941. PSU coach Joe Paterno guided his team from the press box and watched on as the Lions generated 308 yards of total offense, only 92 of which came on the ground. The QB tandem of Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden combined to throw for 216 yards, and WR Derek Moye was clearly their favorite target as he wound up with seven grabs for 112 yards. RB Silas Redd rushed for 86 yards and a score on 16 carries (5.4 ypc). Temple had scored 83 points in its first two games, both wins, but the Owls produced just 197 total yards (74 rushing, 123 passing). Penn State returns home to host the Eastern Michigan Eagles this Saturday in the final tune-up before kicking off Big Ten action at Indiana on October 1.

PURDUE: There's nothing like playing a severely overmatched opponent to make a team feel good about itself, and such was the case for Purdue over the weekend as it blanked Southeast Missouri State in West Lafayette, 59-0. The Boilermakers churned out 393 rushing yards, 627 yards total in what was the team's first shutout since a 51-0 decision against Syracuse on September 5, 2004. It was also PU's largest margin of victory ever at Ross-Ade Stadium. Seeing his first action since suffering a serious knee injury last season, QB Robert Marve completed 7-of-8 passes for 91 yards and a TD. Current starter Caleb Terbush hit the mark on 14-of-17 attempts for 143 yards. Purdue picked up 33 first downs to just nine for the Redhawks, who were credited with a meager 66 passing yards and a per play average of only 2.5 yards. The Boilermakers logged 10 TFL in the game, but came up with only one turnover. Purdue is idle this week, giving it some additional time to build up a head a steam as it prepares for an October 1 home bout with in-state rival Notre Dame.

WISCONSIN: The Badgers once again had an easy time of it over the weekend, whipping Northern Illinois in Chicago, 49-7. Wisconsin is 3-0 this season, and has outscored the opposition a whopping 135-24 in the process. The UW offense rolled up 621 total yards against the Huskies, 347 of which came from the arm of QB Russell Wilson. The only miscue in an otherwise near-perfect performance was a third-quarter INT thrown by Wilson, which just so happens to be the first turnover committed by the Badgers this season. Wilson threw three TD passes, two of which went to WR Nick Toon. The UW run game produced 266 yards and four TDs, with RBs James White (eight carries, 91 yards, one TD) and Montee Ball (20 carries, 91 yards, two TDs) doing the bulk of the damage. Northern Illinois gained just 237 total yards, only 64 of which came on the ground. Wisconsin, which has won 31 straight over non-league foes during the regular season, plays five of its first six games in Madison this year, and gets one more tune-up (this week against South Dakota) before the start of Big Ten play versus Nebraska on October 1.
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Southeastern Conference News and Notes

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ALABAMA: Trent Richardson rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, and Eddie Lacy added 161 yards and two scores on nine carries as Alabama rolled over North Texas, 41-0, this past weekend. A.J. McCarron completed 15-of-21 passes for 190 yards for the Crimson Tide, who improved to 3-0 on the young season. Alabama racked up 586 yards of total offense, and Kenny Bell caught four passes for 55 yards for the squad. Strong defense was a key to success as usual, as Nick Saban's team limited the Mean Green to 169 total yards. Phillip Sims saw some time under center for 'Bama and completed 6-of-8 passes for 49 yards. The Crimson Tide figure to face a far stiffer test this Saturday when the Arkansas Razorbacks come to town.

ARKANSAS: Tyler Wilson threw for 289 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 23-of-36 passing to lead Arkansas to a 38-28 win over Troy on Saturday night. Ronnie Wingo ran all over the Tojan defense, racking up 108 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while Joe Adams led the receivers with eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Cobi Hamilton added five catches for 81 yards to help his team improve to 3-0. Arkansas has outscored its opponents 141-38 after the first three weeks of the season and is now 28-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. Up next for the Razorbacks is what promises to be a fierce battle with rival Alabama on the road.

AUBURN: All good things come to an end, and the Tigers' 17-game winning streak was halted with Saturday's 38-24 loss to Clemson on the road. Auburn posted wild wins in its first two games against Utah State and Mississippi State, but couldn't overcome a shoddy defensive effort that allowed 624 yards to Clemson. Michael Dyer rushed 16 times for 151 yards and a pair of scores for Auburn, which suffered its first defeat since November 27, 2009 against Alabama. Barrett Trotter completed 12-of-25 passes for 198 yards with a TD and an interception. The Tigers face non-conference foe Florida Atlantic this coming weekend in front of the home crowd.

FLORIDA: Chris Rainey rushed 21 times for 114 yards and added two catches for 104 yards and a score as Florida earned a 33-23 victory over rival Tennessee in Gainesville this past weekend. Rainey also registered his school-record fifth blocked punt and earned National Offensive Player of the Week honors as a result. John Brantley finished 14-of-23 through the air for 213 yards and two touchdowns for Florida, which improved to 3-0 on the young season. While UF was able to run for 134 yards in the tilt, it limited the Vols to minus- nine yards rushing. Florida was called for pass interference seven times in the tilt, perhaps the lone negative worth noting. This Saturday, the Gators will be in Lexington for an SEC clash with the Kentucky Wildcats.

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs were dominant as expected in last weekend's 59-0 romp over Coastal Carolina, an FCS opponent. Aaron Murray continued his impressive start to the season, as the Georgia signal caller connected on 18-of-26 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Tavarres King was the most impressive receiver for the Dawgs, posting career highs of six catches and two touchdowns. Georgia excelled on the defensive side of the football as well, limiting the Chanticleers to 112 total yards. All of the Bulldogs' points came in the first three quarters. Up next for Georgia is a conference clash with the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford this weekend.

KENTUCKY: Fans of the Wildcats are undoubtedly disappointed after their squad fell at home to rival Louisville on Saturday by a 24-17 final. The Wildcats were led by Morgan Newton who converted 27-of-41 passes for 255 yards and two scores, but he was under constant pressure and sacked a total of six times, leaving the squad with a mere 35 net rushing yards on 32 attempts. The loss was the first of this young season for the 'Cats. They managed only 290 total yards in the affair and allowed three touchdown passes of 25 or more yards in the affair. The Wildcats hope to score an upset this coming weekend as the mighty Florida Gators come to town.

LSU: The Tigers figured to have their hands full in Starkville against Mississippi State last Thursday, but the result was an impressive 19-6 victory. LSU's defense was dominant, limiting the MSU offense to 193 yards, particularly impressive when considering that the Bulldogs gained 1,176 yards in their first two outings. LSU opened up a 10-point lead when Jarrett Lee threw a touchdown to Rueben Randle early in the fourth. Lee was 21-of-27 for 213 yards and an interception, with Randle hauling in six balls for 98 yards for the Tigers, who have won 12 straight and 19 of 20 against the Bulldogs. A much-anticipated non-conference battle will ensue in Morgantown this Saturday, as the Tigers do battle with the West Virginia Mountaineers of the Big East Conference.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Dan Mullen hoped that his Bulldogs could upset LSU in Starkville last week, but a poor offensive showing led to a 19-6 defeat. Mississippi State compiled only 193 yards after totaling 1,176 yards in its first two games. Chris Relf was benched in the fourth quarter after throwing for just 96 yards with an interception for MSU, which was coming off a 41-34 setback at Auburn and now sits at 1-2. It was the first time in 105 meetings the two programs both came into the game ranked in the Top-25. The Bulldogs had scored at least 30 points in each of their previous five games dating back to last season. They will take a break from conference play to tangle with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday.

OLE MISS: The Rebels put forth a truly embarrassing performance over the weekend, as they were crushed by Vanderbilt, 30-7. Ole Miss finished the day with five interceptions, as Zach Stoudt played poorly under center. One of the picks was returned for a touchdown by the Commodores, who averaged 5.7 yards per rush attempt against the Ole Miss defense. Neither team was able to score in the first half, but Vanderbilt outscored the Rebels 21-0 in the second stanza and 9-0 in the third. This Saturday, the Rebels will welcome the Georgia Bulldogs to town for an SEC clash.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Marcus Lattimore rushed for a career-high 247 yards and three touchdowns to guide his Gamecocks to a closer-than-expected 24-21 victory over Navy at home. Lattimore controlled the clock and the Navy defense with 37 carries and caught four passes for 25 yards. He broke a record for the most rushing yards by a player on an NCAA team coached by Steve Spurrier, who is now 43-0 against non-BCS schools. The Gamecocks now lead the all-time series with Navy by a 5-3 margin, and it was the first meeting between the two since 1988. Stephen Garcia went 18-of-25 for 204 yards and an interception in the triumph. Spurrier's Gamecocks will be at home this coming weekend as the Vanderbilt Commodores come to town for a key conference clash.

TENNESSEE: The Vols suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, as they fell to rival Florida by a 33-23 final in Gainesville. Tyler Bray completed 26-of-48 passes for 288 yards and three TDs, but also tossed two interceptions in the setback. Mychal Rivera, Da'Rick Rogers and Marlin Lane Jr. each caught touchdown passes for Tennessee. Rivera caught five passes for 71 yards, Rogers pulled down five passes for 62 yards and Lane added two catches for 26 yards. Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter left the game early in the first quarter with a knee injury, and his team finished with minus-nine yards rushing. The Vols will be idle this week and will return to action on October 1 against Buffalo.

VANDERBILT: Zac Stacy ran for a career-best 169 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries, helping lift the Commodores to a 30-7 win over Ole Miss in the SEC opener for both teams at Vanderbilt Stadium. Stacy headlined a ground attack that churned out 281 yards and three scores in the win. The Commodores are off to a 3-0 start after winning only two games a year ago. It was also their largest margin of victory over an SEC foe since 1971. Vandy's defense played a big role in the win, racking up five interceptions and a safety on the day. On the other side of the ball, the Commodores' ground game averaged a healthy 5.7 yards per carry in the win. The 'Dores will face the unbeaten South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia this Saturday.

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ig 12 Conference News and Notes

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BAYLOR: Coming off a bye week, the 19th-ranked Bears looked sharp in Saturday's 48-0 shutout win over Stephen F. Austin of the FCS. After putting up 50 points in a season-opening win over No. 14 TCU, Baylor's offense currently ranks fourth nationally in yardage (554.5 ypg) and sixth in scoring (49 ppg). Not even lightning could slow Baylor's offense this past weekend, as the game was halted after only three quarters due to lightning in the area. Robert Griffin completed a near-flawless 20-of-22 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for 78 yards. Kendall Wright had a busy day, hauling in eight passes for 123 yards and a TD. The lightning began late in the first half, and by that time the Bears had scored on every drive to build a 31-0 lead. Nose tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptiste headlined the defense with a team-high seven tackles, in addition to a fumble recovery and a sack. This coming weekend, Baylor will host Rice before opening Big 12 play on the road the following week at Kansas State.

IOWA STATE: Another week, another tight game for the Cyclones. After three weeks, they are 3-0 and have won each game by four points or less. This past Friday night at Connecticut, Darius Reynolds caught a pair of touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, to lead Iowa State to a 24-20 road victory. Steele Jantz went 18-for-29 with 200 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions while Josh Lenz tossed a touchdown on a trick play. The offense put together a late game-winning drive that covered 65 yards over eight plays with Jantz and Reynolds hooking up on a 20-yard score to give ISU a 24-20 lead with a little over nine minutes to play. It was the third straight game the team had to rally from a fourth-quarter deficit. So far, that recipe has worked for the Cyclones as they are 3-0 for the first time since 2005. They'll have a bye week in preparation for a huge Oct. 1 matchup with ninth-ranked Texas at Jack Trice Stadium.

KANSAS: After putting up 40-plus points in each of their first two victories, the Jayhawks were pounded on both sides of the ball by Georgia Tech in Saturday's 66-24 loss. The defense allowed the Yellow Jackets to amass a single-game school record of 768 total yards, which was also the most yards ever allowed by a Kansas defense. The Jayhawks simply had no answer for Tech's option game, which finished with 604 yards on the ground, also a school record. Incredibly, Kansas trailed by just seven at halftime before the Yellow Jackets took over in the second half. It marked the 10th straight road loss for Kansas. Running back Darrian Miller led the Jayhawks' offense with 53 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Jordan Webb finished 11-of-19 for 148 yards. Head coach Turner Gill and his staff will have a couple of weeks to iron out the kinks on defense, as the Jayhawks are off this weekend before hosting Texas Tech in their league opener Oct. 1.

KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats cruised to a 37-0 win over Kent State on Saturday, two weeks after their season-opening 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky. Through two games, Kansas State tops the nation in both scoring defense (3.5 ppg) and total defense (164 ypg). Saturday marked the program's first shutout since 2006 (Florida Atlantic). However, the Wildcats have put up those numbers against a couple of out-matched opponents, and the competition will heat up beginning this weekend at Miami and the following week against Baylor in the Big 12 opener. Still, there wasn't much to nitpick about from Saturday's victory. The offense scored on five of six first-half drives to build a 34-0 lead. Collin Klein threw for 74 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for a team-high 139 yards and two more scores. Defensively, David Garrett set the tone with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown a little over two minutes into the game.

MISSOURI: Coming off an overtime loss at Arizona State the previous week, the Tigers took out their frustrations on Western Illinois on Saturday, 69-0. Henry Josey had quite a day, running for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, a ridiculous average of 18.8 yards per rush as he broke his previous personal-best of 112 yards in the first quarter. James Franklin completed 18- of-25 passes for 246 yards and three scores before exiting a few series into the second half. MU went on to accumulate a school-record 744 yards of total offense for the game, while tying the school-mark for points scored. The previous program-record was 665 yards, set against Kansas in 1949. On this day, the Tigers raced out to a 42-0 halftime lead before the regulars took a seat for most of the second half. Even the defense was in top form, holding FCS school Western Illinois to just one first down and 44 total yards. However, the Tigers know things won't go so smoothly this coming weekend at top-ranked Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA: The top-ranked Sooners passed their first major test of the season with Saturday night's 23-13 triumph at No. 5 Florida State. With the score tied 13-13 in the fourth quarter, Landry Jones led his team on the go-ahead touchdown drive, highlighted by a big 3rd-and-12 conversion. Soon after, Jones hit Kenny Stills for a 37-yard touchdown pass to take the lead. It was a big testament for Jones, who entered with only a 3-5 mark a a starter in true road games over the past two seasons. It wasn't a pretty game, but he got the job done with 199 yards and a touchdown on 18-of-27 passing, although he did toss two interceptions. Stills finished with seven catches for 125 yards and a score, while Dom Whaley was held in check on the ground game, managing just 71 yards on 21 carries (3.4 ypc). Defensively, OU forced three turnovers and had six sacks, while Javon Harris picked off two passes. Next week, the Sooners take on a Missouri squad that just set a school-record for total offense in its win over Western Illinois.

OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys' offense continues to operate in high gear, as they scored early and often in Saturday's 59-33 rout at Tulsa. Through three games, the seventh-ranked Cowboys are 3-0 and they rank first in the nation in passing offense (408 ypg), second in total offense (601 ypg) and third in scoring (52.33 ppg). Brandon Weeden threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions, while Joseph Randle ran for 128 yards and three scores for the Cowboys (3-0), who took advantage of a tuneup before opening Big 12 play this Saturday against Texas A&M. Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon saw his NCAA-record string of 14 straight 100-plus yard receiving games come to an end, as he finished with 57 yards and a touchdown in a game that ended at 3:35 a.m. because of weather delays. One cause for concern however, is that OSU's defense was gashed for 365 yards and two scores on the ground, as the Golden Hurricane averaged a healthy 6.2 yards per carry. On the other hand, the Cowboys did force six turnovers. The Cowboys will open their Big 12 slate this Saturday at Texas A&M.

TEXAS: Case McCoy's first career start for the Longhorns resulted in a 49-20 victory at UCLA to improve the team to 3-0. The sophomore quarterback, who is the younger brother of current Cleveland Browns and former UT signal-caller Colt McCoy, completed an economical 12-of-15 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. D.J. Grant caught six passes for 77 yards and three scores, while Malcolm Brown powered the running game with 110 yards and a TD on 22 carries. Foswhitt Whittaker ran for 63 yards and a pair of TDs in the victory. UT converted 9-of-15 third downs and came away with touchdowns on all five of its trips to the red zone. The offense finished with a 488-317 edge in total yards. Defensively, the Longhorns forced four turnovers for the game, the first of which set up their opening score. They'll have a bye this weekend before opening Big 12 play at Iowa State on Oct. 1.

TEXAS A&M: The eighth-ranked Aggies had two weeks to prepare for Saturday's home bout with Idaho, and the result was a rather thorough 37-7 triumph. Ryan Tannehill threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-39 passing. He was intercepted on the first possession -- one of two Aggies' turnovers in the first quarter -- but rebounded nicely after that, although he played less than three quarters. Cyrus Gray ran for 101 yards and two scores and also caught five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. It was his ninth straight 100-yard rushing game dating back to last season, as he helped the Aggies put up 27 points before halftime. A&M has been sharp on both sides of the ball thus far, ranking 17th nationally in scoring offense (41.5 ppg) and 18th in total offense (487.5 ypg). On defense, the Aggies rank ninth and 15th, respectively, in scoring (10.5 ppg) and total defense (267 ypg). They'll get a major test this weekend when they host No. 7 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener.

TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders had little trouble in disposing of New Mexico on the road this weekend, 59-13. Coming off a bye week, TTU eclipsed the 50-point barrier for the second time in as many games this season as they are the nation's No. 2 scoring offense (54.5 ppg) and are averaging 564.5 yards per game, which ranks third. Defensively, they rank 14th in the nation with only 11.5 points per game allowed. On Saturday, they had to wait out two weather delays, although that didn't seem to faze quarterback Seth Doege, who completed his first 15 pass attempts to tie a school record and went on to throw for 401 yards and five touchdowns in the victory. He completed an impressive 40-of-44 passes without an interception -- his 90.9 percent completion percentage a national record for quarterbacks who have completed at least 40 passes in a single game. Darrin Moore caught nine passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns, while Eric Ward added eight catches for 87 yards and two scores. Texas Tech hosts Nevada on Saturday night in hopes of moving to 3-0.

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