LSU pulls away late against West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jarrett Lee threw three touchdown passes, Michael Ford ran for two scores and No. 2 Louisiana State routed No. 16 West Virginia 47-21 Saturday night.

The Tigers (4-0) converted two turnovers into scores, built a big early lead and withstood West Virginia’s strong comeback for its third win over a ranked opponent this season, with all of three coming away from home. Every win so far has been by double digits.

Lee’s three TD passes tied a career high and matched his output of the three previous games. He finished 16 of 28 for 180 yards.

West Virginia (3-1) outgained LSU 533-366. West Virginia’s Geno Smith set school records for completions (38), attempts (65) and passing yards (463). But he was intercepted twice after making one in the previous three games.

NO. 15 FLORIDA 48, KENTUCKY 10

In Lexington, Ky., Jeff Demps ran 10 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns as Florida routed Kentucky for the Gators’ 25th consecutive win in the series.

Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span during the first quarter, taking advantage of two turnovers by Kentucky (2-2, 0-1). Trey Burton had a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Gators up 21-0.

Demps had an 84-yard touchdown run, Florida’s longest since Emmitt Smith’s 96 yarder against Mississippi State in 1988. Chris Raney added 105 yards, and John Brantley was 8 for 14 for 115 yards and a score.

AUBURN 30, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 14

In Auburn, Ala., interceptions by Jermaine Whitehead and Neiko Thorpe led to third-quarter scores that helped Auburn stamp out a Florida Atlantic upset bid.

With the Tigers (3-1) leading by just four points, Whitehead stepped in front of a Graham Wilbert pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and a 17-6 Auburn lead 1:26 into the second half.

Onterio McCalebb took a Barrett Trotter screen pass 51 yards for a touchdown several minutes later.

Auburn’s offense managed only 315 yards.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 26,  LOUISIANA TECH 20 (OT)

In Starkville, Miss., Nickoe Whitley intercepted Nick Isham’s pass in overtime and Chris Relf hit LaDarius Perkins for a quick touchdown to lead Mississippi State to a win over Louisiana Tech.

Mississippi State (2-2) scored first and led at the half, but it could never pull away.

Late in the fourth quarter with the game tied 20-20, Louisiana Tech (1-3) went on a 60-yard drive and had the ball in field goal range with less than four minutes to play. But an interception by Jonathan Banks ended the drive.

Perkins finished the game with 47 yards rushing and two catches for 22 yards. Relf was 14 of 29 for 165 yards guiding the struggling Mississippi State offense.


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