The Gators rebounded from a turnover-filled loss to rival Georgia and kept alive hopes of winning the SEC's Eastern Division. They need the Bulldogs to lose one of their remaining games, against Mississippi on Saturday or Auburn next week, to clinch a spot in the league title game.
At times, Florida looked less than interested in staying in the SEC hunt. The Gators (8-1, 7-1) were shut out in the first half, managing just 111 yards and failing to contain Missouri quarterback James Franklin.
Like so many other games this season, though, Florida played considerably better in the second half.
VANDERBILT 40, KENTUCKY 0
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Vanderbilt dominated Kentucky on offense, defense and special teams Saturday to jump to a 27-point halftime lead and coast to a 40-0 win.
The Commodores (5-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) scored touchdowns on four of their five first-half drives, none of which took longer than 4 minutes, 19 seconds.
Jordan Rogers drove Vanderbilt 71 yards on 11 plays to begin the game, ending with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. Rodgers also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris Boyd in the second quarter and finished 18-of-29 for 220 yards with one interception.
The Wildcats (1-9, 0-7) were outgained 447 yards to 260, but it was miscues on special teams that hurt them the most. Among the biggest were two calls for interfering with the catch on punts on consecutive second-quarter drives, both of which Vanderbilt turned into touchdowns. Kentucky's Craig McIntosh missed his only field-goal attempt, a 50-yard try.
Auburn 42, New Mexico State 7
AUBURN, Ala. — Tre Mason rushed for 152 yards and Onterio McCalebb added 113 and two touchdowns to help Auburn snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.
Daren Bates returned a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown for the Tigers (2-7), who picked up a much-needed win in the program’s worst start in 60 years with games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama looming. It was Auburn’s longest fumble return for a score since 1969.
The rushing outburst helped take pressure off freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace in his first start and gave beleaguered fans something to cheer. The Tigers got season-highs in points and yards with 475 to send the Aggies (1-8) to their eighth straight defeat.
Mason had 22 carries, including a 40-yarder, and scored on a 5-yard run. McCalebb’s eight rushes were highlighted by touchdowns of 38 and 7 yards.
No. 16 Texas A&M 38, No. 17 Miss. St. 13
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Johnny Manziel threw for 311 yards and ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 16 Texas A&M to an easy 38-13 victory over No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Manziel, a redshirt freshman, completed 30 of 36 passes. He ran for a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter that helped the Aggies build a 31-0 lead by early in the second half.
The Southeastern Conference’s leading rusher added an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC) has won all five of its road games this season. Christine Michael rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns. The Aggies gained 693 total yards.
Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2) has lost two in a row. Tyler Russell completed 19 of 30 passes for 212 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
Tennessee 55, Troy 48
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Marlin Lane rushed for a tiebreaking 9-yard touchdown with 1:25 remaining Saturday as Tennessee rallied to edge Troy 55-48 in a game that featured 1,439 combined yards in total offense, the most ever in a Tennessee football game.
Tennessee (4-5) gained 718 yards, the most in school history. Troy compiled 721 yards, the most ever by a Tennessee opponent.
Justin Hunter caught nine passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns, including a 46-yarder that tied the game with 2:54 remaining. Hunter’s third touchdown came just 20 seconds after Eric Thomas had put Troy ahead with a 67-yard reception, his second touchdown.
Tennessee’s Tyler Bray went 29-of-47 for 530 yards and five touchdowns, setting career highs in the latter two categories. Cordarrelle Patterson caught nine passes for 219 yards and a touchdown.
Deon Anthony threw two touchdown passes and Shawn Southward ran for two scores for Troy (4-5).
Arkansas 19, Tulsa 15
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Dennis Johnson rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Cobi Hamilton set the school’s single-season receptions record, as Arkansas rallied for a 19-15 win over Tulsa.
The win keeps the slim bowl chances alive for the Razorbacks (4-5) with three games remaining, and it extends their winning streak to 18 games over the Golden Hurricane.
Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter put the Razorbacks up for good, and it came after a pair of catches by Hamilton — who finished with 11 catches for 177 yards. Hamilton has 69 catches for 1,077 yards this season, breaking Jarius Wright’s mark of 66 catches in a season.
Trey Watts led Tulsa (7-2) with 134 yards of total offense and a touchdown. The loss snaps the Golden Hurricane’s seven-game winning streak.