COLLEGE FOOTBALL : SOUTHEASTERN ROUNDUP : Manning Passes Tennessee to 52-14 Victory

From Associated Press

Peyton Manning threw for 235 yards and helped break the game open by playing wide receiver for one play Saturday to lead No. 15 Tennessee to a 52-14 Southeastern Conference victory over Mississippi State at Knoxville, Tenn.

The Volunteers, 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC, followed last week’s 62-37 loss to Florida with a 31-0 first half, and the Bulldogs (2-2, 0-2) never recovered.

Manning completed 21 of 35 passes, including 19 of 30 in the first half. Jay Graham rushed for 126 yards in 24 carries.


The loss soured a great day for Mississippi State receiver Eric Moulds, who set a school record with 15 catches, breaking Don Smith’s 1969 record of 14 receptions. Moulds gained 183 yards and scored on a 30-yard pass from Derrick Taite, who was 25 of 43 for 311 yards and two touchdowns.

The Volunteers got untracked early in the second quarter when Manning faked a reverse and threw to Greg Kyler for 40 yards to the Bulldogs 7.

Two plays later, Manning lined up at wide receiver, a good 20 yards from the ball. As 95,232 fans and the Bulldogs tried to figure out what he was doing way out there, freshman quarterback Jeremaine Copeland took the snap, rolled the opposite direction and scored untouched.

Kentucky 35, South Carolina 30--Junior tailback Moe Williams ran for a Kentucky-record 299 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Wildcats beat the Gamecocks at Columbia, S.C.

Williams, who carried 40 times on a soggy field and also caught one pass for 57 yards, broke Ivy Joe Hunter’s 1986 school record of 238 yards against Vanderbilt.

Kentucky, which last week ended the nation’s longest major-college losing streak at 12 games, is 2-2, 1-1 in the SEC after its first league victory since 1993. South Carolina is 1-3 and 0-3.


Mississippi 18, No. 20 Georgia 10--Tim Montz kicked four field goals as the Rebels upset the Bulldogs at Oxford, Miss.

Montz’s fourth field goal, a 20-yarder, came with 3:47 left.

Georgia (2-2, 1-2) then drove 61 yards to the Ole Miss 30 before Nate Wayne intercepted a pass by quarterback Brian Smith, who entered the game after starter Mike Bobo left with a season-ending knee injury.

Ole Miss (2-1, 1-1) couldn’t get a first down, however, and Georgia got the ball back with more than a minute left.

The Bulldogs drove to the Ole Miss 12 with 11 seconds left. But Smith’s pass to Chris McCranie on fourth and seven gained five yards.

No. 18 LSU 52, Rice 7--Jamie Howard threw four touchdown passes, including three to Sheddrick Wilson, as the Tigers won the nonconference game at Baton Rouge, La.

Kendall Cleveland rushed for 46 yards and three touchdowns as LSU (3-1) handed Rice (1-2) its second loss in a row.


Howard completed 15 of 23 passes for 356 yards before leaving with 2:42 left in the third quarter.

Arkansas 27, Memphis 20--Barry Lunney Jr. shook off his first interception of the year and guided his team 90 yards for the go-ahead touchdown as the Razorbacks (3-1) beat the Tigers for the first time at Little Rock, Ark., in a nonconference game.

Lunney completed four of six passes for 62 yards on the drive that ended with Madre Hill’s 16-yard touchdown run.

The Tigers (1-3) had taken a 20-17 lead minutes earlier, covering 42 yards in seven plays after Jerome Woods intercepted Lunney’s pass and returned it 33 yards. Lunney had thrown 88 passes this year without an interception.

Texas Christian 16, Vanderbilt 3--Max Knake threw a touchdown pass and Michael Reeder kicked three field goals as the Horned Frogs beat the Commodores in a nonconference game at Nashville, Tenn.

Vanderbilt, which hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown in the past two games, is 0-3 for the first time since the 1986 season.


Texas Christian (2-1) managed only 290 yards in total offense, well below the 470 turned in during last week’s loss to Kansas.