No. 10 Georgia 23, LSU 22
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Tenth-ranked Georgia escaped with a one-point victory for the second week in a row.
This time it was a 23-22 decision over LSU, which scored with 18 seconds remaining and went for the victory, only to see Will Witherspoon bat away Josh Booty’s 2-point conversion pass to preserve Georgia’s unbeaten record four games into the season.
Booty, who bypassed college to spend five years in minor league baseball, almost made his first college start most memorable.
With LSU trailing 23-16, Booty steered the Tigers from their 39 to the Georgia 28 before having a pass picked off in the end zone by Cory Robinson with 1:55 remaining.
Georgia (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) was unable to run out the clock and LSU (2-2, 0-2) got the ball back at its 39 with 1:26 to play. Booty hit Ed Dangerfield with a 32-yard pass on the Georgia 39. After three incompletions, he found Reggie Robinson at the goal line for the touchdown with 18 seconds to play.
On the 2-point play, Booty rolled to the right sideline, dodged a defender and tried to hit either of two open receivers on the far side of the field, but Witherspoon made a leaping deflection to save the Bulldogs.
Georgia erased a 16-13 halftime deficit when Quincy Carter connected with Randy McMichael on a 12-yard scoring pass less than 90 seconds into the final quarter. It came five plays after Charles Grant blocked an LSU punt.
The Bulldogs got runs of 18 and 25 yards from Jasper Sanks on their next possession and stretched the lead to 23-16 when Hap Hines kicked a 33-yard field goal, his third of the game. He also scored from 31 and 20 yards, but missed a 38-yarder that would have forced a tie two minutes into the second half.
Georgia’s other score came on a 58-yard run by Patrick Pass in the second quarter.
John Corbello kicked field goals of 37, 31 and 40 yards for the Tigers and Rondell Mealey got LSU’s other touchdown on a 9-yard run in the first quarter on which he was hit by three defenders.
Carter was 12-of-28 for 110 yards, Booty 19-of-45 for 280. Mealey, needing 100 yards to become LSU’s eighth 2,000-yard rusher, was held to 25 yards on 18 carries, while Sanks had 156 on 27 for the Bulldogs.