LSU, Bama top teams
Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 7:01 pm
By The Associated Press
Alabama turned its conference showdown into mismatches.
Trent Richardson was the star for No. 3 Alabama, which knocked Florida quarterback John Brantley out of the game late in the first half and routed the 12th-ranked Gators 38-10.
On the first Saturday of October, the national championship race got some clarity with the teams at the top of the rankings asserting their dominance.
Richardson set a career best with 181 yards rushing.
The Crimson Tide and Gators could also be paired up down the road in a league championship game.
LSU 35, Kentucky 7
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jordan Jefferson scored on his first play back from suspension and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu scored after setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles.
Jefferson was reinstated this week after a grand jury reduced his charges in connection with a bar fight to a misdemeanor.
LSU coach Les Miles inserted Jefferson on an early fourth-and-goal, and Jefferson dove over the goal line to give the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) a 7-0 lead. Lee later hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a 51-yard score, their second TD connection of more than 50 yards in two games.
Kentucky (2-3, 0-2) did not threaten to score until LSU led 35-0.
Published in The Messenger 10.3.11