LSU gets off mat to edge Florida, Alabama wins again, South Carolina rips Arkansas

LSU WR Russell Gage
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A look at all the action from the sixth weekend of the season in the SEC.

LSU 17, Florida 16

A week after losing at home to Troy on homecoming, the Tigers (4-2 overall, 1-1 in the SEC) spoiled the host Gators’ homecoming with the win. The margin was a missed extra point by Florida’s Eddy Pineiro late in the third quarter. LSU took a 17-3 lead by scoring a TD on the opening possession of the third quarter, then held on. Florida (3-2, 3-1), which plays Texas A&M next week, scored two third-quarter TDs, but the missed extra point — the hold was shaky — led to the loss. It was the fifth time in the past six meetings in the series that the final margin was eight or fewer points. Florida was 2-of-9 on third down and had just 302 total yards. LSU, which plays host to Auburn next week, had 341 yards, including 216 on the ground. The Tigers had six players run for at least 23 yards but no one gained more than 52. LSU now has won 62 consecutive games when it led by at least 14 points.

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Alabama 27, Texas A&M 19

The Tide (6-0, 3-0) won its 71st consecutive game against an unranked opponent with the victory over the host Aggies (4-2, 2-1). Alabama led 17-3 at halftime and increased the lead to 24-3 on its first possession of the second half, and there never was any doubt about the outcome after that. A&M’s final TD came with 17 seconds left. Alabama rushed for 232 yards, with Damien Harris leading the way with 124 yards and a TD on 14 carries. A&M managed just 71 rushing yards on 40 carries. The Aggies had just two gains of 10 or more yards on its 40 attempts. Alabama forced three turnovers and committed its first of the season.

South Carolina 48, Arkansas 22

The host Gamecocks (4-2, 2-2) scored three defensive touchdowns in handling the Razorbacks (2-3, 0-2), who play Alabama and Auburn in its next two games. South Carolina had two picks-sixes and returned a fumble for a touchdown. The Gamecocks also got three TD passes from Jake Bentley – one to WR Bryan Edwards, one to TE Hayden Hurst and one to RB Ty’Son Williams. The Gamecocks led 17-10 at halftime, then added two defensive TDs and a field goal in the third period to end any doubt about the outcome. Arkansas committed four turnovers; South Carolina didn’t have any. It was the Gamecocks’ first game with multiple defensive TDs since a contest with Georgia in 2011, and it was their highest point total in an SEC game since they scored 35 in a loss to Auburn in 2014.

Kentucky 40, Missouri 34

The host Wildcats (5-1, 2-1) held on for the second week in a row, fending off Missouri (1-4, 0-3). Last week, Eastern Michigan threw into the end zone on the final play of the game; this week, it was Mizzou’s Drew Lock. UK led 20-14 at halftime, but it was tied at 27 entering the final period and tied at 34 after a 75-yard TD pass from Lock to Johnathon Johnson with 13:57 left in the game. The Wildcats got two field goals from Austin MacGinnis – one from 53 yards, one from 20 – in the final quarter to nail down the win. Mizzou had 568 yards of offense, including 355 in the air. UK had 486, including 298 through the air. Lock threw three TD passes, all covering at least 50 yards. UK QB Stephen Johnson had two TD passes and also rushed for 44 yards.

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