John Kasay's 40-yard field goal with 1:31 remaining lifted Georgia to a 17-16 victory over Alabama yesterday in Athens, Ga., extending the Crimson Tide's longest losing streak in 34 years to five games.
"I was fortunate enough to hit it good and clean on my foot," said Kasay, whose third field goal capped a fourth-quarter rally from 16-6 down.
Georgia drove 71 yards to cut the lead to 16-14 on Larry Ware's three-yard touchdown run with 5:53 left. Ware lofted a halfback pass to Chris Broom for the two-point conversion.
After Alabama had to punt, Georgia (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) took over at the Alabama 45 with 4:10 left. The drive bogged down on the 23, prompting Kasay's winning kick. Alabama is 0-3, 0-2 in the SEC under Gene Stallings, who said: "My biggest concern now is to get a win."
Florida State 31, Tulane 13: Brad Johnson threw a 44-yard touchdown pass and took in a quarterback sneak to lead No. 2 Florida State (3-0) in New Orleans. Johnson completed three straight passes to cover 35 yards, then on first down found Edgar Bennett alone in the right flat. Bennett ducked out of one tackle, ran through another, then escaped Mike Riley's last-ditch effort at the 5.
Deron Smith threw touchdown passes of four and 11 yards to Terrance Strickland for Tulane (2-2).
Florida 27, Furman 3: In Gainesville, Fla., No. 19 Florida remained unbeaten under Steve Spurrier, winning its first game since becoming ineligible for a bowl game as part of NCAA probation announced Thursday.
Errict Rhett rushed for 98 yards in his first start and Shane Matthews passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns as Florida (3-0) pulled away from the top-ranked Division I-AA Paladins (3-1), held to Glen Connally's 20-yard, first-quarter field goal.
Clemson 48, Appalachian St. 0: Freshman Ronald Williams, in for injured Rodney Blunt, rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns (4, 7 and 38 yards) in his first start, as No. 17 Clemson (3-1) won at home. Freshman Derrick Witherspoon gained 123 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown run. Chris Gardocki started Clemson off with a 57-yard field goal that tied ACC and school records set by Obed Ariri in 1977 against Wake Forest.
The Division I-AA Mountaineers (1-2) were shut out for the first time in 77 games.
Georgia Tech 44, Tenn.-Chattanooga 9: Georgia Tech sophomore Shawn Jones ran for a touchdown, threw for one and set up two field goals with 265 yards passing as Georgia Tech (2-0) won its eighth straight at home. Division I-AA Tennessee-Chattanooga (1-2) had seven turnovers, three leading to 17 Georgia Tech points.
Vanderbilt 24, LSU 21: Marcus Wilson's four-yard touchdown run with 69 seconds left and a last-second offensive pass interference call in the end zone against Louisiana State (2-1, 1-1) lifted Vanderbilt to the SEC upset in Nashville. Vanderbilt (1-1, 1-0) ended a 10-game losing streak. Wilson, a sophomore in his first start, rushed 29 times for 136 yards.
North Carolina 16, Kentucky 13: Clint Gwaltney kicked three field goals -- the last a career-best 50-yarder with 4:31 left -- as North Carolina won in Chapel Hill, N.C. He had tied the score at 13 with 10:06 left on a 37-yarder after tailback Eric Blount (114 yards) carried seven of nine plays in a drive that started at midfield.
Miss. State 13, Southern Miss. 10: Joel Logan kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3:01 left, as host Mississippi State (2-1) beat Southern Mississippi by a field goal for the second year in a row. Southern Mississippi (2-2) leads, 14-12-1, in a series that dates from 1935. Mississippi State, of the SEC, has not moved to renew the series against the Eagles, independents.
William and Mary 24, UConn 7: Chris Hakel threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one as the Tribe (2-10) won its 15th straight at home.