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Standout players in week 5 of the college football season

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LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga. Georgia 44-41. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga. Georgia 44-41. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Players who shined in week five of the college football season:

—Aaron Murray, Georgia, threw four TD passes, including a 25-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 left, and ran for another score to help the No. 9 Bulldogs rally to beat No. 6 LSU 44-41.

—Zach Mettenberger, LSU, threw for 372 yards and three TDs in the Tigers' loss to Georgia.

—Sean Mannion, Oregon State, passed for 414 yards and a school-record six TDs to lead the Beavers to a 44-17 victory over Colorado.

—Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for three TDs and ran for another score to join Phillip Rivers as the only ACC quarterbacks to account for 100 career touchdowns, leading the No. 3 Tigers to a 56-7 victory over Wake Forest.

—Jameis Winston, Florida State, threw for 330 yards and four TDs, including a 55-yard desperation pass as time expired in the first half, to help the No. 8 Seminoles rally from a slow start to beat Boston College 48-34.

—Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, accounted for 320 yards of total offense and threw two TD passes to Mike Evans as the No. 10 Aggies A&M pulled away for a 45-33 win over Arkansas.

—Shane Carden, East Carolina, threw three TD passes and ran for three more scores to help the Pirates beat North Carolina 55-31 for their first win in Chapel Hill in nearly four decades.

—Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois, threw for 278 yards and five TDs to help the Illini blow by Miami of Ohio 50-14.

—Bishop Sankey, Washington, carried a school-record 40 times for 161 yards and a TD to help the No. 16 Huskies beat Arizona 31-13.

—Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State, rushed for 280 yards to reach 5,000 yards for his career and scored two TDs in a 49-34 win over Eastern Washington.

—Caleb Herring, UNLV, threw four touchdowns, including the game-winner to Devante Davis late in the fourth quarter in a 56-42 victory over New Mexico.

—Jerry Lovelock, Prairie View A&M, threw four TD passes and ran for three more scores in a 56-48 win over Stephen F. Austin.

—Tuskani Figaro, Nicholls State, threw three TDs and ran for 281 yards and two more scores in a 44-34 win over Arkansas Tech.

—Brandon Connette, Duke, threw for 324 yards and three TDs and ran for two more scores to lead the Blue Devils to a 38-31 win over Troy.

—Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina, ran for a career-best 205 yards and three TDs in a 53-28 win over Elon.

—Quinn Epperly, Princeton, ran for touchdowns on his first four attempts in a 50-22 win over Georgetown.

—Sawyer Kollmorgen, Northern Iowa, passed for 288 yards and three TDs and rushed another score in a 41-6 win over McNeese State.

—John Robertson, Villanova, passed for three TDs, rushed for a 36-yard score and accounted for 398 total yards in a 35-6 victory over Pennsylvania.

—Michael German, Tennessee State, completed all eight of his passes and threw for three TDs in a 73-6 rout over Central State.

—Andy Summerlin, Samford, threw for 327 yards and four TDs in a 62-23 win over Western Carolina.

—Deon Randall, Yale, scored four second-half TDs in a 38-23 win over Cornell.

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GEORGIA'S STATEMENT

Georgia is back in the national championship picture after a statement win over LSU.

Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes, including a 25-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining, and the ninth-ranked Bulldogs rallied to beat No. 6 LSU 44-41 in a thrilling game between Southeastern Conference powerhouses.

The Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 SEC) completed their opening-month run through a gauntlet of top 10 teams with a victory that propelled them back into the thick of the national championship race.

LSU went ahead 41-37 on Jeremy Hill's 8-yard touchdown run with 4:14 to go, but that was plenty of time for Murray and the high-powered Bulldogs on a day when neither defense had much success.

Murray completed three straight passes and capped the drive by finding Scott-Wesley, who broke wide open behind the secondary to haul in a pass and tiptoe just inside the pylon for the winning score.

Murray ran for Georgia's other touchdown on a sneak and finished with 298 yards passing in Georgia's second victory over a top 10 team after a season-opening loss to Clemson.

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TIDE TOPS REBS

Alabama responded to a week of soul-searching with a dominating defensive performance against Mississippi.

The Crimson Tide's offense didn't jump on the Rebels early, but Alabama turned to its ground game in the second half after the sluggish start.

T.J. Yeldon ran for 121 yards, Kenyan Drake gained 99 and the top-ranked Crimson Tide's defense smothered normally high-octane No. 21 Mississippi in a 25-0 victory.

The Tide (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) regrouped after a lackluster effort against Colorado State that prompted several team leaders to speak up and a series of one-on-one chats with coach Nick Saban during the week. Saban had said Alabama players were feeling "overwhelmed with expectations."

The result was an SEC West matchup that turned increasingly one-sided, with the Tide outgaining the Rebels (3-1, 1-1) 434-205 in total yards.

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NUMBERS

37_Completions by Arkansas State's Adam Kennedy against Missouri, tying a school record.

652_Total yards by Coastal Carolina in its 53-28 win over Elon, setting a school record.

1,052_Combined yards by Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington. The teams combined for 1,026 in last year's FBC semifinals.

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TRICKET'S TURN

Clint Trickett waited patiently while two others got the call this season as the starting quarterback at West Virginia. When his time finally came, the Florida State transfer came through.

Trickett threw a touchdown pass in his first start at West Virginia and engineered two late scoring drives, leading the Mountaineers to a 30-21 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State.

For all the mistakes West Virginia made in a 37-0 loss at Maryland last week, the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) seemed to get most of the breaks Saturday.

Trickett was named West Virginia's third starting quarterback after Ford Childress was injured last week. Trickett was chosen to start over Paul Millard, who started the first two games but lost the job after a 16-7 loss at Oklahoma.

Trickett finished 24 of 50 for 309 yards in his first start since subbing for EJ Manuel for the Seminoles in October 2011.

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SHAW HURT

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw sprained his right shoulder in a 28-25 win over UCF, but coach Steve Spurrier is hopeful he'll be able to return within two weeks.

Shaw left the game during the Gamecocks' opening series after he landed awkwardly on his shoulder during a run with 6:34 left in the first quarter. Shaw was dragged to the ground by UCF linebacker Terrance Plummer and fumbled. The Knights recovered the ball and Shaw came up holding his shoulder.

He was taken to the locker room and replaced by backup Dylan Thompson on the next series. Shaw returned to the sideline wearing a sling and ice pack.

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