Saturday's Southeastern Conference Capsules

Oct 27, 2007 - 11:39 PM By PA SportsTicker

(20) GEORGIA 42, (9) FLORIDA 30 -------------------------------

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Knowshon Moreno shredded Florida's suddenly suspect defense.

Moreno rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries Saturday as 20th-ranked Georgia defeated No. 9 Florida, 42-30, on Saturday in a Southeastern Conference contest.

Moreno scored on TDs runs of one, 10 and three yards as the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 SEC East) defeated the defending national champions for just the third time since 1990. Florida had won 15 of the previous 17 meetings between the rivals, losing only in 1997 and 2004.

In his last two games, Moreno has rushed for 345 yards. The freshman ran for 157 yards two weeks ago in a 20-17 victory at Vanderbilt.

Matthew Stafford tossed three touchdowns passes for Georgia, which likely ended Florida's SEC title hopes. Stafford only completed 11-of-18 passes for 217 yards, but his 53-yard TD strike to Mikey Henderson gave Georgia a 35-24 lead with 11:03 remaining.

The Gators (5-3, 3-3 SEC East) suffered their third loss in conference play, and only two teams have reached the SEC championship game with three defeats - Louisiana State in 2001 and Arkansas in 2002.

Florida has yielded 79 points in its last two games, holding on for a 45-37 victory over Kentucky last week.

The Gators closed to 35-30 with 9:40 remaining on a three-yard TD run by quarterback Tim Tebow, who played with a sore shoulder and was sacked six times.

But Florida could not stop Moreno and Georgia's ground game when it mattered the most.

The Bulldogs put away the contest with an 11-play, 68-yard march that consumed nearly six minutes. Moreno's third score staked Georgia to a 42-30 lead with 3:54 remaining.

MISSISSIPPI ST 31, (14) KENTUCKY 14 -----------------------------------

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Kentucky's hangover after beating then-No. 1 Louisiana State carried into its second week.

Anthony Dixon caught one touchdown and ran for another as Mississippi State upset 14th-ranked Kentucky, 31-14, in a Southeastern Conference shocker.

It was the Wildcats' second straight loss since their thrilling 43-37 triple-overtime victory over LSU on October 13. Kentucky (6-3, 2-3 SEC East) dropped a 45-37 decision against Florida last weekend.

Dixon finished with 73 yards on 24 carries for the Bulldogs (5-4, 2-3 SEC West) while Christian Ducre carried 19 times for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Bulldogs quarterback Wesley Carroll also chipped in a solid effort, finishing 17-of-28 for 151 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Kentucky star quarterback Andre' Woodson, thought by many to be a Heisman Trophy candidate, was held in check for the most part, finishing 24-of-42 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Kentucky's offense, which came into the contest averaging 42 points per game, wasn't given many opportunities early.

It became clear on the opening drive of the game that Mississippi State's strategy was to keep Woodson and the prolific Wildcats offense off the field.

The Bulldogs took almost six minutes off the clock during a 14-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Carroll to Jason Husband.

After Woodson tied the game with an 18-yard strike to Steve Johnson on the ensuing drive, the Bulldogs' methodical offense went back to work.

Mississippi State spent the next 6:41 marching 80 yards on 16 plays, taking the lead again when Carroll connected with Dixon on a 3rd-and-goal from the 2-yard line early in the second quarter.

Kentucky had just three first-half possessions, which only magnified Lones Seiber's missed field goal just before halftime.

The Bulldogs built a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter thanks to a a pair of miscues by Kentucky's special teams.

Alfonso Smith fumbled away the second-half kickoff, which set up a 31-yard field goal by Adam Carlson.

On a 4th-and-13 minutes later, Kentucky punter Tim Masthay faced a strong rush and decided to run with the ball instead of kicking it. He promptly fumbled, and the ball was recovered by the Bulldogs' K.J. Wright on the Kentucky 26.

Dixon scored from a yard out five plays later.

Kentucky got back into the game at the 5:15 mark of the third quarter when, facing a 4th-and-8, Woodson threw a 37-yard touchdown to Johnson.

But the comeback hopes ended midway through the fourth quarter, when Ducre broke free for a 34-yard touchdown.

A sophomore, Ducre played most of the fourth quarter and finished with 149 all-purpose yards. Dixon appeared to fall out of favor with the coaching staff after fumbling twice in the second half.

ARKANSAS 58, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 10 -------------------------------------

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Arkansas enjoyed a breather before returning to Southeastern Conference play, forcing seven turnovers in a 58-10 victory against Florida International.

Darren McFadden rushed for only 61 yards for the Razorbacks (5-3) but scored four touchdowns - all on runs of three yards or less.

Felix Jones paced Arkansas on the ground with 89 yards and a TD on 17 carries.

Florida International (0-8) lost its 20th straight game.

VANDERBILT 24, MIAMI (OHIO) 13 ------------------------------

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Chris Nickson and Cassen Jackson-Garrison rushed for second-half touchdowns, leading Vanderbilt to a 24-13 victory over Miami, Ohio.

Vanderbilt (5-3), which upset South Carolina last week, needs one win to become bowl eligible. The Commodores have not played in a bowl game since 1982.

Miami (4-5) grabbed a 13-10 lead on Nathan Parseghian's 39-yard field goal with 10:20 left in the third quarter, but the RedHawks were held to 86 total yards in the second half.

In the last two weeks, Vanderbilt has allowed just three points in the second half. Last week, it blanked South Carolina in the second half of a 17-6 victory.






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