Big plays help Tigers over struggling Volunteers

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AUBURN, Ala. --- Jake Ricks only had to fall on the ball, and backup quarterback Kodi Burns merely had to throw it a few yards.

They still provided the biggest plays for No. 15 Auburn.

Ricks recovered a fumble in the end zone, Burns passed for a key first down to kill the clock, and Auburn sent Tennessee to its worst start in 14 years with a 14-12 victory Saturday.

One of the biggest plays for two sputtering teams went for all of 10 yards. Burns rolled right, spotted Montez Billings open on the right sideline to convert a third-and-5 and allow Auburn (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) to kneel on the final plays of the game.

The Vols (0-2) fell to 1-3 for the first time since 1994, the second full season for embattled coach Phillip Fulmer.

Auburn's anemic offense, which only produced 226 yards a week after a last-minute loss to Louisiana State, was bailed out when Ricks recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 14-6 lead in the second quarter.

Tennessee's offense, under first-year coordinator Dave Clawson, produced just 191 yards.

NO. 5 LSU 34, MISSISSIPPI STATE 24

In Baton Rouge, La., Charles Scott surpassed 100 yards rushing for a fourth consecutive game and punched in two short touchdowns, leading LSU to a victory.

The Bulldogs turned in a feisty performance in a bid to add another surprising result to a week of upsets, trailing by only 10 well into the fourth quarter.

But Scott's 27 carries for 141 yards kept LSU moving and helped the Tigers prevail.

TEXAS 52, ARKANSAS 10

In Austin, Texas, Colt McCoy put up five touchdowns in another near-perfect start, and Texas routed Arkansas to hand Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino an embarrassing debut in a border rivalry famous for close games.

The Longhorns (4-0) have now outscored opponents 198-36 this season.

McCoy completed 17 of 19 passes and threw three touchdowns, pushing his season total to 14. He also ran for 84 yards and two scores.

KENTUCKY 41, WESTERN KENTUCKY 3

In Lexington, Ky., Tony Dixon ran for two scores as Kentucky ruined Western Kentucky's first-ever visit to Commonwealth Stadium.

Derrick Locke added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Wildcats (4-0), who will enter SEC play unbeaten for the second consecutive year.


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