LSU freshman Jeremy Hill announced his arrival as a big-time running back with both tackle-breaking power and breakaway speed on a 50-yard scoring run that was too much for South Carolina to overcome.
Hill finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns in his breakout performance, and the ninth-ranked Tigers bounced back from a loss last week to Florida to hand No. 3 South Carolina its first loss of the season, 23-21, Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU (6-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) outgained South Carolina, 406-211, but struggled to find the end zone. Three times, LSU settled for field goals after driving at least as far as the Gamecocks 5-yard line, and another drive to the South Carolina 15 stalled on a missed field goal.
But Hill’s long score with 5:03 left gave LSU a 9-point lead that proved to be just enough cushion for the Tigers.
Connor Shaw drove South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) for a late TD on a short pass to Bruce Ellington with 1:41 left, and the Gamecocks got the ball once more with 35 seconds left, but LSU’s defense held up.
Shaw finished 19 of 34 for 177 yards and two TDs, but was intercepted twice, once by Eric Reid to set up LSU’s go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter, and then on the final desperate play by Craig Loston.
Marcus Lattimore had a quiet night by his standards, gaining only 35 yards on 13 carries, but had given the Gamecocks a 14-10 lead in the third quarter when he impressively broke Reid’s tackle on a 2-yard scoring run.
Texas Tech 49, West Virginia 14 — Seth Doege passed for six touchdowns and a season-high 499 yards, and Geno Smith and the No. 5 Mountaineers (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) were shut down by the Red Raiders (5-1, 2-1) in Lubbock, Texas.
Red Raider fans stormed the field after the win, the most lopsided Texas Tech victory ever over a team ranked in the top five.
Texas Tech’s defense consistently stymied West Virginia’s offense. Heisman Trophy hopeful Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.
Doege threw TD passes of 39, 19, 16, 2, 29, and 7 yards. He completed 32 of 42 passes and the six touchdowns matched his career high. Darrin Moore caught three touchdown passes.
Texas Tech had 18 plays of 15 yards or more, including a 61-yard pass to Jace Amaro and a 53-yard touchdown run by SaDale Foster.