KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A trio of Tennessee wide receivers combine for 241 yards and two touchdowns.I didn't get to watch this one (pay-per-view) but it looked like the defense finally started playing in the 2nd half. Big game @ Florida next week though.
Robert Meachem, Jayson Swain and Bret Smith? They're gone. The new trio of Austin Rogers, Lucas Taylor and Josh Briscoe had a breakout game against Southern Mississippi.
Erik Ainge threw a touchdown pass a piece to Rogers and Briscoe, Arian Foster ran for two scores and No. 24 Tennessee defeated Southern Miss 39-19 Saturday night.
"The potential has always been there, so we aren't shocked that they're where they're supposed to be every time," Ainge said about his new top pass catchers.
(2)LSU 48, (9)Victim Tech 7
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU didn't need any small-school sacrificial lambs on its early season schedule to post a couple gaudy blowouts.This game wasn't as close as the score (yes, you read that right). LSU looked like a team that is shooting for a championship this year while Va Tech looked like they wanted to be anywhere else.
No. 9 Virginia Tech couldn't stop the second-ranked Tigers any more than some pushover.
LSU (2-0) scored on four of its first five possessions and cruised to a 48-7 victory over the uncharacteristically hapless Hokies (1-1) on Saturday night.
Jacob Lester and Keiland Williams each scored two touchdowns and LSU's menacing defense drove Virginia Tech starting quarterback Sean Glennon from the game midway through the second quarter.
Williams highlighted an overwhelming first half for the Tigers with a career-long 67-yard run for a touchdown.
Alabama 24, Vanderbilt 10
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Terry Grant ran 24 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns, and Alabama made Nick Saban the latest coach to oversee the Crimson Tide's dominance of Vanderbilt with a 24-10 victory Saturday.This was a good game for most of the 1st half. Vanderbilt had it's chances early, but after their starting QB got hurt, it was all but over. Give credit to Alabama also, they played with their usual workmanlike effort and overwhelmed a 'game' Vandy squad.
Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals, and Alabama (2-0) won its Southeastern Conference opener with a 20th straight victory in a series it now leads 60-19-4. The Tide improved to 18-3-1 when opening SEC play against the Commodores (1-1, 0-1).
With 18 returning starters, the Commodores came in with what looked like their best chance to defeat Alabama on their home field since 1969 when they last beat the Tide in Nashville.
South Carolina 16, (11)Georgia 12
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Steve Spurrier tried to downplay his latest win over Georgia. Of course, he couldn't resist one little dig at the Bulldogs.S.C. dominated this game. If their offense would have played better this would have been a blowout. Georgia managed just 4 field goals and looked anemic all game long. Spurrier finally beat UGA with SC (he owned them at Florida).
"I guess I have won two out of three here," the ol' ball coach said Saturday night, clearly savoring another victory between the hedges.
Spurrier, who beat the Bulldogs regularly while at Florida, guided South Carolina to a 16-12 upset of No. 11 Georgia that may indicate the Gamecocks are finally ready to contend for their first Southeastern Conference title.
(4)Florida 59, Troy 31
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 4 Florida was nearly perfect early and sloppy late.Another game not on TV in my area (that's what happens when you play 'little' schools) so I can't tell you much on how Troy managed to get 31 points. I know they got 7 on Florida's starting defense, but not sure who was playing on the last 24 that the Trojans put up. Florida probably was looking ahead a bit in the 2nd half to the upcoming game with Tennessee.
Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for two more scores and led the defending national champion Gators to a 59-31 victory against Troy on Saturday night.
Florida scored on all seven possessions in the first half, moving the ball with relative ease against Troy's soft zone.
The Trojans (0-2) refused to give the Gators (2-0) anything deep, keeping two safeties well back and prompting Tebow to throw underneath.
Kentucky 56, Kent State 20
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- John Conner had two of Kentucky's six rushing TDs -- the first two of his career -- as the Wildcats' offense overcame their porous rushing defense to defeat Kent State 56-20 Saturday night.Yes it was Kent State, but this is a Kentucky team that went to a bowl last season and has hopes of contending in the East this year. Didn't get to watch (it's still Kentucky) but from score updates, the offense is definitely clicking in KY.
Conner scored on Kentucky's opening drives of both halves, including a 16-yard scamper four minutes after halftime that gave the Wildcats (2-0) the lead for good. Coming into the game, Conner had only two other carries in his career.
Tony Dixon, Andre Woodson, Alfonso Smith and Derrick Locke each added TD runs, Locke's from 67 yards out on just his second career carry. Kentucky racked up 266 rushing yards, but Kent State did even better on the ground.
Mississippi St. 38, Tulane 17
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Michael Henig passed for one touchdown and ran for another and Mississippi State outscored Tulane 21-0 in the second half on its way to a 38-17 victory Saturday night in the Superdome.Good win for the Bulldogs.
Missouri 38, Mississippi 25
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Chase Daniel accounted for a career-high 396 total yards and threw five touchdowns passes Saturday as Missouri sprinted to a 28-point lead over Mississippi then held on for a 38-25 win.If you had Mississippi and the points, please pay before you leave.
It was the eighth time in the last nine games that Daniel had at least 309 total yards. He faced little pressure as he masterfully ran the spread offense and picked apart the Ole Miss (1-1) defense in the first 35 minutes.
Rebels running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a career game with 226 yards rushing.
South Florida 26, (17)Auburn 23 (OT)
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jessie Hester Jr. caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Grothe to lift South Florida to a 26-23 overtime win over No. 17 Auburn Saturday night, another impressive upset for the Bulls.USF looked terrible in this game. They got 5 turnovers from Auburn and couldn't convert them to points. Yet after all that, they managed to tie the game up in the final minute (their kicker was 2-6, yes 2) and won the game on a sweet pass in OT. If you like Auburn there's good news and bad news. Good news is this game won't hurt you in the conference. Bad news is, your team sucks.
Auburn freshman Wes Byrum made a 39-yard field goal to start overtime and then Grothe took over. He ran three times, including a sneak on fourth-and-1. Then, on the next play he hit Hester behind the defense for the game-winner.
South Florida (2-0), which had pulled off upsets of highly ranked West Virginia and Louisville in the past two seasons, won for the first time in five tries against Southeastern Conference teams.