Williams Shows Bo With 6 TDs
Carnell Williams’ first touchdown was probably his best, a tackle-breaking, 72-yarder in the opening minutes.
Williams had five more touchdowns and broke the school record as No. 19 Auburn beat Mississippi State, 45-13, on Saturday at Auburn, Ala.
“That long run was about as pretty as they get,” Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville said.
Williams had five touchdowns in the first half in a scoring spree even Auburn’s most famous back, Bo Jackson -- watching from a luxury suite -- never managed.
“That’s the most I’ve ever scored,” said Williams, who broke Joe Cribbs’ 25-year-old school record and gained 161 yards despite carrying only twice in the second half. Williams scored his six touchdowns in only 15 carries. He also scored on runs of three, 22, 17 and two yards in the first 18 minutes and had 154 yards.
Brandon Jacobs carried 31 times for a career-high 182 yards for the Tigers, who improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
The blowout came a day after Mississippi State Coach Jackie Sherrill announced he would retire after the season, his 13th with the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2), and emphasized just how far the program has fallen in recent years.
Sherrill declined to discuss his decision to retire, but wasn’t nearly so reticent about the Tigers.
“We felt Auburn may be the best team we’ve seen this year,” he said. “They dominated us on both sides of the ball right off the bat. They attacked us at all angles and we didn’t do a good job of tackling.”
No. 10 Louisiana State 33, South Carolina 7 -- Matt Mauck threw two touchdown passes and the Tigers (6-1, 3-1) bounced back from their first loss in beating the Gamecocks (4-3, 1-3) at Columbia, S.C.
LSU freshman running back Justin Vincent, playing because of injuries to starters Joseph Addai and Shyrone Carey, had two one-yard touchdown runs and fellow freshman Alley Broussard gained 108 yards in 19 carries.
Mauck completed 24 of 30 passes for 199 yards, while Broussard, playing in his first SEC game, became the first to gain 100 yards against South Carolina this season. Vincent had 77 yards as LSU piled up 263 yards on the ground.
Florida 33, No. 11 Arkansas 28 -- Chris Leak threw short and let his receivers and ball carriers run long as the Gators (5-3, 3-2) hung on to defeat the Razorbacks (4-2, 1-2) at Fayetteville, Ark. It was Florida’s second consecutive road win over a ranked team.
After Keiwan Ratliff’s 44-yard interception return for a touchdown put Florida up 33-7 early in the fourth quarter, Arkansas scored 21 points in three quick drives. The Razorbacks’ third roughing-the-passer penalty wiped out an interception with a minute left, killing Arkansas’ last chance.
Leak, a true freshman, completed 20 of 34 passes for 269 yards -- most of them short tosses to the wing that spread out the Arkansas defense. Ciatrick Fason turned a screen pass into a 33-yard score and also had a 75-yard touchdown run.
Mississippi 43, Alabama 28 -- Eli Manning threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as the Rebels (5-2, 3-0) scored the first 24 points of the game in beating the Crimson Tide (3-5, 1-3) at Oxford, Miss.
Mississippi is 3-0 in the conference for the first time since 1970, when Manning’s father, Archie, was leading the Rebels.
Kentucky 35, Ohio 14 -- Backup quarterback Shane Boyd threw one touchdown pass, caught one and ran for two other scores to lead the Wildcats (3-4) over the Bobcats (2-5) at Lexington, Ky.
Boyd relieved starter Jared Lorenzen after Lorenzen lost two fumbles in the first quarter. Boyd scored on runs on eight and 12 yards, threw a 42-yard scoring pass to Tommy Cook and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzen in the fourth quarter.