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Panik gets hat trick to lead Blackhawks past Predators, 5-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Richard Panik scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, Scott Darling was sharp in making 33 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks earned their first victory of the season, 5-3 over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Nick Schmaltz, one of four rookies in Chicago's lineup, scored his first NHL goal and Brent Seabrook added a power-play score and an assist as the Blackhawks rebounded from a 3-2 loss at Nashville on Friday. Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith each had two assists.

Colin Wilson, Craig Smith and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Predators.

Nashville trailed 3-0 after Schmaltz, Seabrook and Panik scored in a 3:43 span in the first period, and could never pull even in this one.

The Predators outshot Chicago 36-27 and dominated in stretches, but were stymied by Darling in the backup goalie's first start this season.

Nashville backup Marek Mazanec had 22 saves.

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Memphis tops Houston 134-125 in 2OT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Grizzlies closed on an 11-2 run in double-overtime to hand the Rockets their first loss of the preseason, 134-125. Troy Williams scored 23 points while Jeff Green had 21 and eight rebounds to pace the Grizzlies (4-1) on the road.

The Rockets shot just 20.6 percent from 3-point range in the loss and had 24 turnovers, seven more than the Grizzlies. Montrezl Harrell scored a team-high 20 off the bench and had 10 rebounds. James Harden just missed a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

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Alabama beats Tennessee in 49-10 runaway

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarbrough each rushed for over 100 yards Saturday and No. 1 Alabama again got points from its defense and special teams in a 49-10 blowout of No. 9 Tennessee.

Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) earned its 19th straight victory overall and its 10th consecutive win in this annual series. Tennessee (5-2, 2-2) has lost its last 13 games against Southeastern Conference Western Division schools.

It was the most lopsided victory by either team in this rivalry since a 51-0 Alabama victory in 1906.

Hurts, the Crimson Tide's freshman quarterback, ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns as Alabama outrushed Tennessee 438-32. Scarborough rushed for 109 yards on just five carries, including an 85-yard touchdown.

Alabama posted its highest single-game rushing total since running for 457 yards in a 56-28 victory over Tennessee in 1986.

The Tide also scored on Ronnie Williams' 58-yard interception return and Eddie Jackson's 79-yard punt return. Alabama has 11 non-offensive touchdowns this season, including eight from its defense. The Tide entered the day leading all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in both categories.

Tennessee had erased double-digit deficits in five of its first six games — including a 45-38 loss at Texas A&M last week in which it forced overtime after trailing 28-7 — but the Volunteers couldn't deliver a similar comeback this time.

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Stunner between the hedges: Vandy upsets Georgia 17-16

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Vanderbilt claimed its first Southeastern Conference road win in Derek Mason's three seasons as coach, stunning Georgia 17-16 on Khari Blasingame's 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and a huge fourth-down stop late in the game Saturday.

The Bulldogs (4-3, 2-3 SEC) held a commanding lead in total yards, 421-171, but special teams blunders doomed the home team and left rookie coach Kirby Smart facing plenty of questions heading into an off week.

For Vanderbilt (3-4, 1-3), it was only the third win over Georgia in the last 22 meetings between the SEC East rivals. Mason had dropped his first nine league road games before the upset between the hedges.

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Kimble, Eastern Illinois rally past Tennessee Tech 30-24

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mitch Kimble passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns and guided Eastern Illinois back from a 14-point deficit on Saturday to beat Tennessee Tech 30-24.

The Panthers (5-2, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) trailed 17-3 late in the second quarter before scoring the next 24 points.

Eastern Illinois cut the deficit to 17-10 with 19 seconds left in the first half and Nick Bruno added a field goal before halftime after Tennessee Tech fumbled on the kickoff. Kimble's 65-yard TD pass to Paul Gossage made it 20-17 early in the third and Darshon McCullough scored on a 1-yard TD run less than four minutes later.

Tennessee Tech (2-5, 2-3) cut the lead to 27-24 on Andrew Goldsmith's 3-yard TD run with 7:31 left, but The Panthers answered with Bruno's third field goal and the EIU defense held from there.

Michael Birdsong had 294 yards passing for Tennessee Tech.

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Blocked PAT in 2nd OT helps WKU beat Middle Tennessee 44-43

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Anthony Wales ran for three touchdowns and Deon Yelder blocked an extra point in the second overtime to lift Western Kentucky over Middle Tennessee 44-43 on Saturday.

Middle Tennessee's Brent Stockstill threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Andrews in the second OT but Canon Rooker's PAT was blocked. Wales bullied in from the 1-yard line and Skyler Simcox made the PAT to end it.

Wales ran for 158 yards and Mike White threw for 391 yards and two touchdowns for Western Kentucky (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA).

White drove the Hilltoppers 77 yards in 10 plays to the Blue Raiders' half-yard line with 14 seconds left in regulation. Middle Tennessee forced an incomplete pass on third down, and Simcox kicked an 18-yard field goal to send it to overtime.

Stockstill threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns for Middle Tennessee (4-2, 2-1). I'Tavius Mathers had 143 yards rushing and two scores. Richie James broke his own program record with 16 catches and had 233 yards receiving.

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Tennessee State holds on to beat Eastern Kentucky 35-28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ronald Butler threw for181 yards and ran for two touchdowns — including a career-best 61-yarder — as Tennessee State ran up a big first-half score and held on to beat Eastern Kentucky 35-28 on Saturday night.

Ezra Robinson had two crucial interceptions, including one he returned 93 yards for a score, and Chris Collins had one that ended Eastern Kentucky's final drive.

Butler and Andrew Knox both ran for scores in the first quarter to give the Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) a 14-0 lead. Early in the second, Robinson ended a 60-yard Eastern Kentucky drive by picking off a Bennie Coney pass and returning it 93 yards for another Tigers score, making it 21-0 with 12:15 left in the half.

Tennessee State scored twice more before halftime, including Butler's 61-yard rushing touchdown, stretching the Tigers advantage to 35-3 at halftime.

Coney had 350 yards passing with four interceptions for the Colonels (2-4, 1-2).

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Cook's 75-yard bomb lifts UT-Martin past Murray St, 38-31

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Troy Cook hit Greg McKillion for a 75-yard touchdown pass with 9:56 left to lift Tennessee-Martin to a 38-31 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Murray State Saturday.

The Skyhawks (4-3, 3-1) built a 20-7 lead in the first quarter, but Murray State (1-5, 1-2) came back to take a 21-20 lead midway through the second. UT-Martin took the lead with 3:17 left in the half when Cook hit Londell Lee from 11-yards out for a 27-21 advantage.

Murray State rallied behind a 23-yard touchdown pass from KD Humphries to Jesse Blackburn with 12: 55 left in the game and the Racers took the lead, 31-30 with 10:06 left on a 50-yard field goal by Connor Mitchell.

Cook was 21 of 38 passing for 317 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Skyhawks.

Humphries was 23 of 44 for 248 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw an interception.

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