A look at all the action from the 11th Saturday of the season in the SEC.
Alabama 31, Mississippi State 24
The second-ranked Crimson Tide (10-0 overall, 7-0 in the SEC) scored 14 fourth-quarter points to rally past the host Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3). Alabama’s game-winning TD came on a 26-yard pass from Jalen Hurts to true freshman WR DeVonta Smith with 25 seconds left. Hurts completed just 10 passes, but they went for 249 yards. Alabama rushed for 202 yards and three TDs, with Hurts, Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough all getting into the end zone. Mississippi State rushed for 172 yards and three TDs, but the Tide didn’t allow a run of longer than 13 yards. Nick Fitzgerald was 13-of-24 for 158 yards, and he has four completions of at least 20 yards. Mississippi State led 21-17 going into the fourth quarter, and increased the lead to 24-17 early in the fourth quarter. Alabama’s two fourth-quarter TDs came in the final 10 minutes. MSU was 8-of-15 on third down; Alabama was just 3-of-10.
Auburn 40, Georgia 17
Georgia (9-1, 6-1) moved easily to a touchdown on its first possession, but the host Tigers (8-2, 6-1) dominated the rest of the way in handing the top-ranked Bulldogs an embarrassing loss. Georgia had won nine of the past 11 in the series; worth remembering is that Auburn played for the national title in the only seasons it beat the Bulldogs in that span. Georgia’s first drive covered 70 yards, but the Bulldogs finished with only 230 yards overall. Auburn, meanwhile, sliced through Georgia’s defense for 488 total yards; Georgia hadn’t allowed more than 312 yards, to Missouri, this season, and that had been the only contest in which the Bulldogs surrendered more than 284. Jarrett Stidham threw three TD passes, and Kerryon Johnson rushed for 167 yards. Auburn outrushed Georgia 237-46; Georgia had been No. 1 in the SEC in rushing. The Tigers kicked field goals on their first three possessions, but instead of the failure to get into the end zone costing them, it gave them the lead for good and they gradually pulled away. Auburn led 16-7 at halftime, then scored TDs on its first two possessions of the second half to take a 30-7 lead and end any doubt about the outcome. Georgia punted eight times, was 3-of-14 on third down and was held to just 13 first downs.
LSU 33, Arkansas 10
After an uninspired first half that ended in a 7-7 tie, the host Tigers (7-3, 4-2) dominated the second half to pull away from the Razorbacks (4-6, 1-5). Derrius Guice rushed for 147 yards and three TDs, with all three scores coming in the second half. Danny Etling threw for 217 yards and two TDs – a 45-yarder to D.J. Chark in the first half and a 68-yarder to Chark on the first play of the fourth quarter that gave LSU a 26-10 lead and put the game away. Arkansas finished with 318 yards.
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