The Tide built a 23-0 first-quarter lead, then had to hold on to hold off Houston 30-24. Houston was on Alabama's 15 but had a pass into the end zone intercepted on the last play of the game. Glen Coffee ran for 122 yards and a TD on 30 carries, and D.J. Hall caught three passes to become the Tide's career receptions leader with 153, breaking the record held by Freddie Milons. Coffee and Hall both are from Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Next: Saturday, at Ole Miss.
Felix Jones and Darren McFadden both went over 100 yards in a 34-15 victory over I-AA Chattanooga. Jones ran for 141 yards, McFadden for 122. It was McFadden's fifth 100-yard game this season and the 17th of his career. But he also lost two fumbles. Chattanooga had just 11 passing yards.
Next: Saturday, vs. Auburn.
The Tigers scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions and cruised to a 35-7 victory over visiting Vanderbilt. Brad Lester, playing for the first time since his suspension for academic reasons was lifted, ran for 77 yards and two TDs to lead Auburn. The Tigers outgained the Commodores 324-66 in the first half.
Next: Saturday, at Arkansas.
The Gators' defense faltered in the second half in a 28-24 loss at LSU. The Tigers were on the field for 22 minutes in the second half, and the Gators couldn't hold up. UF led 24-14 in the third quarter before LSU rallied. Tim Tebow passed for 158 yards and two TDs and rushed for 75 yards and another score. But he also threw an interception, one of two Gators turnovers in the second half.
Next: Oct. 20, at Kentucky.
The Bulldogs' three-game winning streak at Neyland Stadium came to an end as Tennessee blasted them 35-14. The Vols led 28-0 at halftime. The Bulldogs had trouble running the ball (69 yards), and QB Matthew Stafford couldn't take up the slack (16-of-33, 174 yards). It was the most points allowed this season by the Bulldogs.
Next: Saturday, at Vanderbilt.
The Wildcats' offense, which had been averaging 46.6 points, was held in check by South Carolina in a 38-23 loss. QB Andre' Woodson had a tough night; he lost a fumble that was returned for a TD, had a poorly thrown lateral returned for a TD and threw an ill-advised interception into the end zone. He also was sacked five times. Rafael Little rushed for 135 yards, his fifth 100-yard game of the season.
Next: Saturday, vs. LSU.
RB Jacob Hester ran for 106 yards and the game-winning TD with 1:09 left as the Tigers rallied to beat Florida 28-24. LSU trailed 24-14 in the third quarter. Hester also ran for first downs on two fourth-and-short plays on the game-winning drive. LSU improved to 30-2 at home in the past five seasons.
Next: Saturday, at Kentucky.
The Bulldogs notched their fourth victory with a 30-13 win over UAB; it's their first four-victory season since 2000. Anthony Dixon rushed for 152 yards and three TDs. The Bulldogs scored three times in the final eight minutes to put away the Blazers. UAB led 10-3 at halftime.
Next: Saturday, vs. Tennessee.
The Rebels got their first shutout since 2003 in a 24-0 victory over visiting Louisiana Tech. The win snapped a four-game losing streak. Ole Miss had been allowing 33 points per game. Seth Adams threw two TD passes, but the Rebels were held to a season-low 232 yards.
Next: Saturday, vs. Alabama.
DE Eric Norwood had two fumble returns for TDs to spark the Gamecocks to a 38-23 victory over visiting Kentucky. Steve Spurrier improved to 15-0 against Kentucky as a coach. Chris Smelley threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
Next: Saturday, at North Carolina.
The host Vols jumped on Georgia early and rolled to a 35-14 victory. Tennessee scored on four of its first five possessions and led 28-0 at halftime. The Vols used a group of tailbacks and ran for 190 yards; they also held Georgia to 69 rushing yards.
Next: Saturday, at Mississippi State.
The Commodores' offense was shut down in a 35-7 loss at Auburn. Vandy was 9-for-25 for 62 yards through the air. Junior WR Earl Bennett broke the school career mark with his 201st catch midway through the third quarter. It was Vandy's 13th consecutive loss to Auburn.
Next: Saturday, vs. Georgia.