ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Now it's up to the computers.
Justin Vincent rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns and linebacker Lionel Turner returned an interception for a score as No. 3 Louisiana State routed fifth-ranked Georgia, 34-13, in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Earlier in the day, Southern California, which is No. 2 in the BCS standings, rolled past Oregon State to stake its claim to a spot in the Sugar Bowl. LSU was equally impressive against a stronger opponent, but the schools must wait until Sunday afternoon, when the final BCS standings are released.
Complicating matters is top-ranked Oklahoma's stunning 35-7 loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference title game.
"Our team wanted to win the SEC," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "We wanted to prove that we were the best team in the SEC. I haven't had a talk about a bowl game. We needed to win the football game today."
Vincent set an SEC championship game rushing record, and his 87-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter was the longest run from scrimmage in school history.
Beating Georgia for the second time this eason, the Tigers (12-1) opened a 17-3 halftime lead on Vincent's run, the longest in the history of the title game, and Matt Mauck's 43-yard pass to Michael Clayton.
"I was able to get into position by two guys going down," Vincent said of his long TD. "I got my opportunity and took it from there. I just took it as it came. I didn't rush it."
LSU dethroned Georgia as SEC champions and claimed its second league crown in three years.
"If you can't control it, there's no reason to worry about it," Mauck said when asked about the national championship. "Whatever bowl game we're going to, we're going to give our opponents a great effort."
Georgia (10-3) closed to 17-6 midway through the third quarter on Billy Bennett's 51-yard field goal. But on the Bulldogs' next possession, David Greene made a critical mistake, throwing the ball right into the hands of Turner, who returned the interception 18 yards to make it 24-6.
"They put a lot of pressure on us," Greene said. "We knew they would. They are very good at what they do. Their defense was very sharp tonight."
Mauck played a steady, if unspectacular game, completing 15-of-22 passes for 151 yards with an interception.
"It was a great team effort," he said. "Not too many people thought we could beat a team as good as Georgia twice in a season. Anytime you can win a title in the SEC, it's a great feeling."
Greene was harrassed throughout, completing just 17-of-41 passes for 199 yards and throwing three interceptions against the nation's top-ranked scoring defense. The Bulldogs also could get little going on the ground, rushing for just 50 yards on 25 carries.
"LSU is obviously a lot better team than we were tonight," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "They were a great team. Hopefully, they will get a shot at the national championship. They deserve it."
Georgia closed to 24-13 on Greene's 18-yard TD pass to Ben Watson with 3:40 left in the third quarter, but LSU pulled away in the fourth period on Vincent's three-yard TD run and Ryan Gaudet's 22-yard field goal.