Georgia beats Auburn to clinch SEC East; more late Snap Judgments
• No. 5 Georgia 38, Auburn 0. Aaron Murray constructed four touchdown drives on Georgia’s first four possessions in Auburn tonight, first throwing three scoring passes to three different receivers, then handing off to Todd Gurley for a rushing touchdown late in the second quarter. Murray finished 18-of-24 with 208 yards and three touchdowns. (You’re not hallucinating, watching replays of that third touchdown pass: Tavarres King played wearing No. 15 tonight to honor injured teammate Marlon Brown.) A breakaway 62-yard run by the other half of the Dawgs’ freshman tailback tandem, Keith Marshall, marked Georgia’s last score late in the third quarter. Gurley and Marshall combined for 19 carries totaling 221 yards.
On a Saturday that saw two of the six undefeated FBS teams fall (so far, that is — Oregon and Cal are tied 7-7 as we’re writing this), the one one-loss team in the AP top five sealed its regular-season conference fate. Georgia is your 2012 SEC East champion and will make a second consecutive trip to the Georgia Dome in December, presumably to face Alabama out of the West. Until then, the Dawgs are finished with SEC play, hosting Georgia Southern next week and Georgia Tech the week after that. Auburn, too, will stay in-state, getting Alabama A&M at home in Week 12 and (presumably!) providing a second division title-clinching game at Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
• No. 3 Kansas State 23, TCU 10. Collin Klein was back in action and operational for the Wildcats, and Thayer Evans was there to see the ‘Cats snap TCU’s three-game winning streak against teams ranked in the top five. Click over to SI.com for his report from Fort Worth. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 4 Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6. Everett Golson accounted for all Notre Dame points this evening, throwing touchdown passes of seven and 18 yards to Troy Niklas and John Goodmn and rushing for a two-yard touchdown himself. Theo Riddick added 105 rushing yards on 18 carries. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 9 LSU 37, No. 22 Mississippi State 17. The Bayou Bengals saved the most impressive score of the evening for last, with a 100-yard interception return from Craig Loston. We also got Les Miles eating grass on camera again. Sports! [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 19 Louisiana Tech 62, Texas State 55. As is customary by now when it comes to Louisiana Tech, we’re going to just get right to the part where we list a whole bunch of numbers and records. Ready? Yards gained: 632. Yards allowed: 568. First downs, combined: 70. Oh, and after AJ McCarron’s pick against Texas A&M earlier, Colby Cameron is the last FBS quarterback not to throw an interception in the 2012 regular season. Cameron also broke Russell Wilson’s NCAA record for pass attempts without an interception with his 380th, and then blew right by it, finishing the night at 419. Kenneth Dixon broke the NCAA record for single-season rushing touchdowns by a freshman, a mark previously held by Ryan Williams and Marshall Faulk. With four scores tonight Dixon stands at 24 for the season. His accumulated points moved him to 150 for the year, breaking the NCAA single-season freshman scoring record, also previously held by Faulk. [BOX | RECAP]
• UCF 31, UTEP 24. El Paso at night, man. You just never can tell what’s going to happen. No upset here, but the Miners came perilously close late with two touchdowns in less than two minutes midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24-all. Latavius Murray put the Knights back on top with a 46-yard touchdown run less than two minutes after that. [BOX | RECAP]