LEXINGTON, Ky. — Hutson Mason threw a career-best four touchdown passes, Nick Chubb rushed for 170 yards and a TD and No. 17 Georgia steamrolled Kentucky 63-31 on Saturday.
Coming off last week’s loss to Florida that knocked the Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference, No. 20 CFP) from the playoff picture, they responded with their second-highest point total this season to remain in the East division hunt.
Georgia scored touchdowns on 9 of 10 possessions behind one of Mason’s most efficient efforts as a starter. He completed 11 of his first 13 passes including the TDs, two of which went to Chris Conley for 15 and 4 yards. Jeb Blazevich caught TDs from Mason and backup Brice Ramsey and Malcolm Mitchell caught one.
Chubb and Sony Michel added TD runs of 18 and 24 yards. Isaiah McKenzie returned the kickoff 90 yards for a score and a punt 59 yards for another TD.
Mason finished 13 of 16 for 174 yards passing as the Bulldogs outgained Kentucky 559-353. Chubb’s yardage came on just 13 carries, leading an effortless day in which the Bulldogs rushed for 305.
Georgia ended up with its highest output in an SEC game since crushing Florida 75-0 in 1942. The Bulldogs’ dominant effort sent Kentucky (5-5, 2-5) to its fourth straight loss and fifth in a row in the series, not to mention spoiling the home finale for 21 Wildcats seniors.
No. 1 Mississippi State 45, UT Martin 16: In Starkville, Miss., Dak Prescott stepped up in the pocket and then pulled the ball down, accelerating through the left side of the line and darting down the sideline for an easy 48-yard touchdown run.
It was one of several highlights for Mississippi State in a victory over Tennessee-Martin.
But the Prescott run was arguably the most important play — showing that the centerpiece of the Bulldogs’ offense is reasonably healthy as the program makes a final push for its first Southeastern Conference title since 1941.
The Bulldogs (9-0, No. 1 CFP) extended their winning streak to 12 games.
Prescott also ran for 54 yards.
No. 12 OLE Miss 48, Presbyterian 0: In Oxford, Miss., shortly after a pair of heartbreaking losses that tarnished a 7-0 start and a No. 3 ranking in the poll, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze made a promise to himself and his Rebels.
“I promised to stay the course and not be discouraged,” Freeze said. “So, I’m happy to have eight wins and be sitting where we are. It’s a happy locker room today.”
The Rebels (8-2, 4-2 SEC) ran up 640 yards of total offense, highlighted by Bo Wallace, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, exclusively in the first half.
Wallace was 11 for 15 for 140 yards, including scoring strikes of 66 and 23 yards to Vince Sanders and ran for a 9-yard score.
Jordan Wilkins and Mark Dodson rushed for 171 and 128 yards, respectively, accounting for three touchdowns.
Mark Dodson scored on first half runs of 65 and 62 yards. In the second half, Wilkins scored on a 73-yard run and DeVante Kincade threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Jones.
Presbyterian (5-5, 2-2 Big South) got 13 tackles and an interception from safety Ed Britt.
Florida 34, Vanderbilt 10: In Nashville, Tenn., Kelvin Taylor ran for a touchdown and Treon Harris threw for 215 yards and ran for two scores himself as the Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt for their second straight win.
Florida (5-3, 4-3) still must beat South Carolina and needs help in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division. But the Gators kept their hopes alive for the East title while getting revenge against Vanderbilt for beating them last year on their own field for the first time since 1945.
Florida has won 12 straight against the Commodores on their own field since its last loss here in 1988.
The Gators scored 24 straight points in taking control and also turned four turnovers into 13 points.
With the loss, the Commodores (3-7, 0-6) snapped both a string of three straight bowl seasons and a 10-game winning streak in November.
Florida threw only six passes in beating Georgia last week to ease Harris into his first start. Coach Will Muschamp let the freshman throw on the Gators’ first play of the game, and Harris completed seven of his first eight passes before finishing 13 of 21. He connected with Quinton Dunbar on a 60-yarder and also had a 48-yarder to Ahmad Fulwood.
Harris also ran 10 times for 49 yards, and padded the lead by running for a 7-yard TD and a 33-yarder in the second half.
The Gators outgained Vanderbilt 429-308 and held the ball for 35 minutes, 1 second.
Vanderbilt took advantage of a couple Florida penalties, including a personal foul on Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison, to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The play after Morrison’s penalty, Johnny McCrary threw a 33-yard TD pass to Steven Scheu with Dante Fowler Jr. in the quarterback’s face.
Taylor tied it up with a 13-yard TD run where he escaped a couple would-be tackles late in the first quarter, and the Gators took over in the second quarter when they came up with the two fumbles and held the Commodores to 16 yards of offense.
Florida ran for 418 yards last week against Georgia but could not score from 3 yards out with four cracks at the goal line in the second quarter. Vanderbilt stopped Matt Jones on the first two downs, then stood up Jeff Driskel on third down before Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham sliced in to stop Jones short again on fourth down.
Webb ran for 67 yards in the first quarter in passing Kwane Doster for most yards rushing by a Vandy freshman. Webb only had six more carries for 16 yards after that as the Gators smothered the run.
He fumbled after the goal-line stop, giving the Gators first-and-goal once again at the Vanderbilt 9. This time, Driskel went over the top for a 1-yard TD plunge on fourth down and a 14-7 lead, a score that stood after review even though it appeared on replays that Driskel never got the ball to the goal line.
Webb was stripped at the end of his next carry by Morrison, and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III recovered. Florida had to settle for a 40-yard field goal by Frankie Velez.