Stidham, Johnson power Auburn past Alabama; Georgia pounds Georgia Tech

SEC roundup: Auburn wins it
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A look at all the action from the last regular-season Saturday of the season in the SEC.

Auburn 26, Alabama 14

The host Tigers (10-2 overall, 7-1 in the SEC) controlled the clock and the game in winning the SEC West title with the victory over their top-ranked archrival. This was Auburn’s largest margin of victory in the Iron Bowl since a 49-26 win in 1969. Auburn will play Georgia next Saturday in the SEC championship game; the Tigers pounded the then-No. 1 Bulldogs 40-17 on November 11. Alabama (11-1, 7-1), meanwhile, now is at the mercy of the College Football Playoff selection committee if it is to make the four-team playoff field for the fourth season in a row. Tigers QB Jarrett Stidham had a huge game, going 21-of-28 for 237 yards and also rushing for a career-high 51 yards and a TD. RB Kerryon Johnson rushed for 104 yards and a score, but left late with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. His status for next week will be a major storyline. Auburn ran 78 plays to Alabama’s 60, and the Tigers were 9-of-18 on third down. Auburn led 10-7 at halftime, and Alabama scored on the first possession of the second half for a 14-10 lead. But it was all Auburn after that.

Georgia 38, Georgia Tech 7

The Bulldogs (11-1) kept their College Football Playoff hopes alive by blasting the host Yellow Jackets (5-6). Tech had won two of the past three in the series, but Georgia dominated throughout, outgaining the Jackets 471-226. Jake Fromm threw two TD passes, and the Bulldogs got scoring runs from Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and DeAndre Swift. Michel led Georgia with 85 rushing yards and helped the Bulldogs amass 247 yards on the ground. Tech finished with 188 rushing yards. Georgia Tech’s eight-game home winning streak was snapped; at the same time, it was Tech’s ninth consecutive home loss to Georgia.

LSU 45, Texas A&M 21

The host Tigers (9-3, 6-2) rolled up 601 yards of total offense in easing past the Aggies (7-5, 4-4) in what likely was coach Kevin Sumlin’s final game. LSU built a 20-0 lead in the second quarter, but A&M hung around and trimmed the lead to 27-21 with 5:21 left in the third quarter. LSU responded with two TDs in a six-minute stretch late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to re-take control. LSU rushed for 250 yards and two TDs; Derrius Guice ran for 127 yards and a TD, and Darrel Williams had 106 yards and a score. Danny Etling also threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns. A&M rushed for just 55 yards, the fifth time in seven games the Aggies failed to reach 100 rushing yards. It also was the seventh time in eight SEC games that A&M surrendered at least 200 rushing yards.

Clemson 34, South Carolina 10

The Tigers (11-1) stated their case to move to No. 1 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings by routing the host Gamecocks (8-4). Clemson led 34-0 going into the fourth quarter, and the Gamecocks didn’t get their touchdown until there was 2:44 left in the game. Clemson’s defense was dominant, holding South Carolina to 207 total yards and 10 first downs. The Tigers had 469 yards of offense, including 285 in the air, and had 27 first downs. Clemson led 20-0 at halftime, and the outcome never was in doubt in the second half. The Tigers have won four in a row in the series. Gamecocks QB Jake Bentley threw for a season-low 126 yards and was intercepted twice, including a pick-six.

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