BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles insisted Louisiana State’s defense would rebound from worrying performances in recent weeks, and it looks as if he knew what he was talking about.
Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards and LSU’s defense did the rest to give the 10th-ranked Tigers a 17-6 victory over No. 17 Florida on Saturday.
LSU, who came in averaging 45.5 points, had a much harder time finding the end zone against a Florida defense rated among the nation’s best, but 1-yard touchdown runs by fullback J.C. Copeland and freshman reserve quarterback Anthony Jennings were enough for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).
After yielding 44 points in LSU’s only loss of the season at Georgia two weeks ago, and 23 points in the first half at Mississippi State last week, the Tigers’ defense kept an opponent out of the end zone for the first time this season.
Tyler Murphy passed for 115 yards for the Gators (4-2, 3-1), who led 3-0 early, but managed just one more field goal on the day.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 48, KENTUCKY 7
In Lexington, Ky., T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each ran for two touchdowns and No. 1 Alabama brushed off a few early mistakes to blow out Kentucky.
After a scoreless first quarter thanks to fumbles by the running backs and dropped passes in Kentucky territory, the Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on their last eight possessions and outgained the Wildcats (1-5, 0-3) 668-170.
AUBURN 62, WESTERN CAROLINA 3
In Auburn, Ala., freshman Jeremy Johnson passed for 201 yards and four touchdowns in his college debut and Auburn racked up a school-record 712 total yards in a 62-3 rout of Western Carolina on Saturday.
Johnson was announced as the starter Friday evening for the Tigers (5-1) with Nick Marshall not fully recovered from a knee injury. He picked apart the Football Championship Subdivision Catamounts (1-6) to complete 17 of 21 passes before leaving midway through the third quarter.
Auburn held Western Carolina to 173 total yards.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 21, BOWLING GREEN 20
In Starkville, Miss., Dak Prescott rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a win over Bowling Green.
Bowling Green (5-2) had the ball with four minutes on the clock at the end of the game, but couldn’t get inside field goal range.
Mississippi State (3-3) had 422 yards of offense.