Win gives Rebels cause for celebration

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BATON ROUGE, La. --- Houston Nutt showed once again he knows how to win in Tiger Stadium -- which will certainly enhance the former Arkansas coach's popularity at his new school.

Jevan Snead threw two touchdown passes, Markeith Summers ran for a 13-yard score out of the "Wild Rebel" formation and Mississippi won its fourth consecutive game with a 31-13 triumph over No. 18 Louisiana State on Saturday.

Ole Miss (7-4, 4-3 Southeastern Confer-ence) snapped a six-game losing streak against LSU (7-4, 3-4) with its first win in the long rivalry since 2001.

It also gave the Rebels the inside track to second-place in the SEC West, which could result in a Cotton Bowl bid.

Snead completed 16 of 25 passes for 274 yards. His scoring passes went for 34 and 25 yards, both to Mike Wallace.

NO. 3 FLORIDA 70, THE CITADEL 19

In Gainesville, Fla., Tim Tebow threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, Chris Rainey ran for 142 yards and a score as the Gators rolled to the win.

Florida (10-1) scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions, racked up 512 yards in the first half alone and became the first SEC team to score at least 42 points in six consecutive games.

The Gators finished with 705 yards and did little wrong against an overmatched opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision. Even when they tried to run out the clock to end the opening half, Rainey broke up the middle for a 46-yard gain.

Florida's defense was just as dominant as the offense. The Gators were up 42-0 and had most of their defensive starters on the sideline when The Citadel (4-8) finally found the end zone.

TENNESSEE 20, VANDERBILT 10

In Nashville, Tenn., Eric Berry returned his seventh interception of the season for a touchdown to help the Vols find a way to beat their in-state rival.

The win helped Tennessee (4-7, 2-5) avoid a school-worst eight losses for at least one week while Vanderbilt (6-5, 4-4) missed a chance to capture its second five-win SEC season.

The Vols were hoping to honor Phillip Fulmer with wins over Vanderbilt and in the season finale against Kentucky. Fulmer announced earlier this month that he was being pushed out as coach at the end of the season after 17 seasons with Tennessee.

Berry holds the SEC's single-season and career records with 265 interception return yards for the season and 487 for his career. His pick was the 12th of his career.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 31, ARKANSAS 28

In Starkville, Miss., Anthony Dixon rushed for a career-high 179 yards and had three touchdowns to help the Bulldogs snap a nine-game losing streak to Arkansas.

The Bulldogs (4-7, 2-5), already eliminated from bowl contention, knocked the Razorbacks (4-7, 1-6) out of the postseason picture with their best offensive performance of the season against a league foe.

The loss spoiled a successful first start for Nathan Dick, who coach Bobby Petrino started in place of his older brother, Casey Dick.

Nathan Dick, a redshirt freshman, passed for 333 yards and three touchdowns, and helped keep the Razorbacks in the game.


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