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  • LSU upends No. 3 South Carolina

  • BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU freshman Jeremy Hill announced his arrival as a big-time running back with tackle-breaking power and breakaway speed on a 50-yard scoring run that was too much for No. 3 South Carolina in the ninth-ranked Tigers' 23-21 victory on Saturday.
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  • BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU freshman Jeremy Hill announced his arrival as a big-time running back with tackle-breaking power and breakaway speed on a 50-yard scoring run that was too much for No. 3 South Carolina in the ninth-ranked Tigers' 23-21 victory on Saturday.
    Hills finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns in his breakout performance, and the ninth-ranked Tigers handed No. 3 South Carolina its first loss of the season.
    LSU (6-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) substantially outgained South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) 406 yards to 211, but struggled to find the end zone. Three times, LSU settled for field goals after driving at least as far as the Gamecocks 5-yard line, and another drive to the South Carolina 15 stalled on a missed field goal.
    But Hill's long score with 5:03 left gave LSU a nine-point lead that proved to be just enough cushion for the Tigers.
    No. 1 Alabama 42, Missouri 10
    At St. Louis, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon gave top-ranked Alabama a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time this season and the duo combined for five scores in a soggy, weather-delayed game.
    The defending national champion Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) led 21-0 late in the first quarter en route to their 10th straight victory, all by 19 or more points.
    They did just enough right after that to disappoint the few thousand fans who didn't leave for good during a 38-minute delay due to lightning with the Crimson Tide awaiting the extra-point kick for a 28-0 cushion after Yeldon's second scoring run with 8:40 to go in the half.
    No. 8 Ohio State 52, Indiana 49
    At Bloomington, Ind., Braxton Miller scored on a 67-yard touchdown run, threw TD passes of 60 and 46 yards and produced his third straight 100-yard rushing game to help the Buckeyes escape.
    The victory makes the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) the first ranked team with seven wins.
    Indiana (2-4, 0-3) has now lost 21 straight conference games to teams from outside the state and 18 straight to the Buckeyes since 1988, including the game Ohio State won two years ago but later vacated as part of an NCAA penalty.
    This one sure wasn't easy.
    But Miller had all the answers — scoring on his 67-yard run on the next offensive play after Indiana trimmed the deficit to 24-17, leading the Buckeyes on back-to-back drives of 75 and 78 drives and throwing a 46-yard TD pass to break open the game late.
    No. 4 Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17
    At Nashville, Tenn., the fourth-ranked Florida Gators remain perfect thanks to quarterback Jeff Driskel running the ball better than even Tim Tebow.
    Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and the Gators remained undefeated going into their big showdown with No. 3 South Carolina.
    The quarterback threw for only 77 yards and ran only 11 times. But the sophomore set the Florida record for yards rushing by a quarterback, topping Tebow's 166 yards against Mississippi in 2007 on 27 carries.
    The Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC) finished off their last SEC road trip outside of the state of Florida with their 22nd straight win over Vanderbilt. Florida, which rallied in the second half to beat Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU already this season, took control early this time. The Gators scored 21 straight points, including 11 in the second quarter where they took the lead for good.
    Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-3) now has lost 47 straight against Top Five teams.
    The Gators also had three sacks, forced a turnover, blocked a field goal and used a fake punt to put away Vanderbilt. Caleb Sturgis kicked three field goals.
    Texas Tech 49,No. 5 West Virginia 14
    At Lubbock, Texas, Seth Doege passed for six touchdowns and a season-high 499 yards as Texas Tech shocked No. 5 West Virginia 49-14, ending the Mountaineers' hopes for an unbeaten season.
    The Red Raiders fans stormed the field after the win, the most lopsided Texas Tech victory ever over a team ranked in the top five.
    Texas Tech's defense consistently stymied West Virginia's offense. Heisman Trophy hopeful Geno Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards.
    The Red Raiders offense had no trouble moving the ball as Doege threw TD passes of 39, 19, 16, 2, 29 and 7 yards. He completed 32 of 42 passes and the six touchdowns matched his career-high. Darrin Moore caught three touchdown passes.
    No. 6 Kansas State 27,Iowa State 21
    At Ames, Iowa, quarterback Collin Klein ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns to help K-State hold off the Cyclones and beat them for the fifth straight time.
    Klein also threw for 187 yards for the Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), who remain unbeaten heading into next week's showdown with West Virginia.
    Kansas State held the Cyclones (4-2, 1-2) to just 231 yards of offense. Iowa State still had a chance for the game-winning drive from its own 3-yard line with 2:17 left, but the Wildcats stopped the Cyclones on downs.
    The Wildcats held the ball for nearly 41 minutes and converted eight of 17 third downs.
    Jared Barnett threw for 166 yards and two TDs for Iowa State.
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