SPORTS BRIEFS: UGA star WR Mitchell out for year; Auburn starts season 1-0

Georgia WR Mitchell injured celebrating, out for year

ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday that star wideout Malcolm Mitchell is out for the season following an injury to his ACL during Saturday night’s 38-35 loss to No. 8 Clemson.

Mitchell hurt his ACT while celebrating the Bulldogs’ first touchdown in the first quarter.

“Malcolm unfortunately has an ACL injury that needs to be repaired here,” Richt told ESPN.com on Sunday, adding that Mitchell should be eligible for a medical redshirt after suffering the injury so early in the season. “I’m not sure when we’ll do the surgery, but sometime in the near future. So what we thought happened did happen. It was confirmed by the MRI (Sunday).”

Mitchell leaped to celebrate running back Todd Gurley’s long TD run and appeared to land awkwardly. He did not return.

Auburn escapes season-opening upset late Saturday

Tre Mason had a rushing touchdown and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score and Corey Grant ran for 146 yards and a score to lift the host Auburn Tigers to a 31-24 win in head coach Gus Malzahn’s first game at the helm.

Junior-college transfer Nick Marshall was 10-for-19 for 99 yards in his first game under center for Auburn (1-0). The Tigers intercepted Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday three times, including once in the end zone with 4:46 remaining to end a prime scoring chance for the visitors.

Halliday completed 35-of-66 passes for 344 yards and had an early scoring connection with Bobby Ratliff to give Washington State a 14-8 lead. Jeremiah Laufasa had a pair of short TD runs in the first half as the Cougars (0-1) opened up a 21-15 lead midway through the second quarter.

On the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage following Laufasa’s second TD, Grant took a handoff and dashed down the left sideline for a 75-yard touchdown that put the hosts up by a point. Three Cody Parkey field goals gave Auburn a 31-24 advantage early in the fourth before Washington State drove to the Tigers’ 8 in the closing minutes with an opportunity to tie it.

On first-and-goal, Halliday forced a pass into double coverage and Robenson Therezie hauled it in for the hosts. The Tigers gave Halliday another chance by fumbling it away on the next possession, but the Cougars turned it over on downs in Auburn territory and the Tigers ran out the clock.

Elliot becomes youngest-ever to win NACSAR Trucks race

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario — At 17 years, nine months and four days of age, Chase Elliott overtook Ryan Blaney to become the youngest race winner in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history as he moved aside leader Ty Dillon in a controversial and action-packed finish to Sunday’s inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Dillon last pitted for fuel under caution on Lap 32 and appeared to be on his way to capturing his second win of the season when Elliott drove hard into his right rear-quarter panel on the last corner of the final lap, sending the driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet hard into the tire barrier on the outside of turn 10.

“I was doing all I could to make it to the finish,” said Dillon, who dropped from first to 17th. “He just gave up trying to race and dumped me. I mean, he killed our truck. He killed our day.”

A visibly upset Dillon leaned into Elliott’s truck on pit road immediately following the race to share some choice words with the Dawsonville, Ga., driver as well as promised that payback was forthcoming.

“He obviously wasn’t happy and he had every right not to be happy. I wouldn’t have been happy either,” said Elliott. “At the same time, you have to do what you have to do.”

Chase Elliott’s father, 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, was spotting for his son in turns eight, nine and 10 of the 2.459-mile road course.