Twelve SEC teams were in action and it was an exciting day of football, with one game turning out to be one of the weekend’s biggest upsets, another almost ending in an upset, and a couple of blowouts. Tennessee and Vanderbilt were the only two schools not playing and Auburn and Mississippi State were the only two who didn’t face another team from the conference. Seven teams remain ranked in the Top 25 (four are in the Top 10). No. 1 Alabama and No. 25 Missouri, are both still undefeated in the SEC and overall and four teams (Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Arkansas) haven’t won a conference game. Read on for recaps of this weekend’s match-ups.
(14) South Carolina 52, Arkansas 7
The Gamecocks scored frequently and with ease as they trounced the Razorbacks and put a damper on their homecoming on Saturday afternoon.
Arkansas got on the board first, when Alex Collins found the end zone just a few minutes into the game. Unfortunately for the Hogs, that was the only score they’d get all day. South Carolina got on the board with a field goal midway through the first quarter, then took the lead two minutes later, when Mike Davis took one to the house. Connor Shaw hit Bruce Ellington with two touchdown passes in the second quarter, giving his team a 24-7 lead going into the locker rooms.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Cocks continued to march right down the field on drive after drive. They opened up the third quarter with a 45-yard TD pass from Shaw to Damiere Byrd, then Shaw took the ball into the end zone himself near the end of the quarter. Kane Whitehurst, a former Arkansas player, caught a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and third-string QB Brendan Nosovitch scampered for USC’s final touchdown – and score – of the day.
The Gamecocks racked up 32 first downs while the Hogs had just seven. South Carolina also outgained Arkansas in total yardage, 537-248. The Cocks had possession of the ball for more than 43 minutes and turned the ball over once, while the Razorbacks did so three times.
Shaw finished the day 19-of-28 for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He also has yet to throw an interception this season. His Arkansas counterpart, Brandon Allen, went a measly 4-0f-12 for 30 yards and a pick. Davis led USC in rushing with 19 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown and Ellington led them in receiving with six catches for 96 yards and two TDs. Collins had 69 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and Javontee Herndon had one reception for 20 yards to lead the Hogs.
South Carolina improves to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, while Arkansas drops to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play. Next weekend, the Gamecocks will be on the road against Tennessee and the Razorbacks will travel to play No. 1 Alabama
(25) Missouri 41, (7) Georgia 26
In one of this weekend’s many upsets, the Tigers went between the hedges and beat the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.
The first quarter was pretty quiet, until UGA scored a touchdown with less than four minutes remaining. Mizzou tied things up a few minutes later, then opened the second quarter with a 16-yard TD pass from James Franklin to L’Damian Washington. The Dawgs responded with a field goal, but the Tigers found the end zone twice more before the half, first when Marcus Murphy ran 36 yards to the house and again when Michael Sam took a recovered fumble 21 yards, putting them up 28-10 going into the locker rooms.
Georgia scored twice in the third quarter, a field goal and a touchdown, to bring them within eight points. Early in the fourth quarter, they got even closer, as Aaron Murray hit Chris Conley with a 10-yard TD pass. Their two-point conversion attempt failed, though, and Missouri went on to score two more touchdowns, including one on a 40-yard throw from Bud Sasser to Washington that came after Franklin left with an injury.
The Bulldogs tallied 26 first downs compared to the Tigers’ 23, and Georgia outgained Mizzou in total yardage 454-375. The teams split time of possession about equally, but the Dawgs turned the ball over four times.
Franklin finished the day 18-of-27 for 170 yards and a touchdown and Murray was 25-of-45 for 290 yards, three TDs, and two interceptions. Franklin’s injury was diagnosed as a separated shoulder and he’ll be out for the rest of the regular season, a sad occurrence on an otherwise positive day for his team. Murphy led the Tigers in rushing with five carries for 57 yards and a touchdown and Washington led them in receiving with seven catches for 115 yards and two TDs. J.J. Green had 87 yards on 12 carries and Rantavious Wooten had 83 yards and a touchdown on four receptions to lead UGA.
Missouri is now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC and Georgia falls to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Next weekend, the Tigers will host No. 17 Florida and the Bulldogs will be on the road to face off against Vanderbilt.
Auburn 62, Western Carolina 3
The Tigers got on the board early and often as they cruised to an easy victory over WCU on Saturday afternoon.
Less than two minutes into the game, Auburn scored their first touchdown, as Tre Mason took the ball 20 yards to the house. They added another TD three minutes later, then the Catamounts put up their only points of the day on a 49-yard field goal from Richard Sigmon. Ricardo Lewis caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Johnson before the end of the quarter to add to the Tigers’ lead some more. Auburn tacked on three more TDs in the second quarter, including two that came on runs of 51 and 53 yards, to give them a 42-3 lead at the half.
They found the end zone twice more in the third quarter and one final time in the fourth, including one on a 25-yard run by Cameron Artis-Payne and another on a 38-yard dash by Johnathan Ford. They missed the two-point conversion on Ford’s touchdown, but it didn’t much matter at that point.
The Tigers quintupled the Catamounts in first downs, 30-6, and rolled up 712 yards of total offense, compared to Western Carolina’s 173 (they managed just 66 yards on the ground). Auburn had the ball for just over half of the game and each team turned it over once.
Johnson finished the day an impressive 17-of-21 for 201 yards, four touchdowns, and a pick and the Catamounts’ Eddie Sullivan went a meager 3-of-11 for 73 yards. Artis-Payne led the Tigers in rushing with seven carries for 133 yards and a TD and Lewis led them in receiving with three catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Garrett Brown had 17 yards on three carries and Karnorris Benson had 63 yards on three receptions to lead WCU.
Auburn improves to 5-1 overall (they’re 2-1 in the SEC) and Western Carolina drops to 1-6 overall. Next weekend, the Tigers will be on the road to take on No. 9 Texas A&M and the Catamounts will be home to square off against Wofford.
(10) LSU 17, (17) Florida 6
Neither team was all that impressive offensively, but the Tigers defense stepped up and LSU came away with a victory on Saturday night.
The Gators were the first ones on the board, as Francisco Velez banged home a field goal from 44 yards out to give his team a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter. The Tigers answered with a touchdown just seconds into the second quarter, and they added another TD later on to give them a 14-3 lead at the half.
The third quarter was quiet for both teams, then each scored once more in the fourth. UF got their points first, as Velez connected for his second field goal of the night, and then Colby Delahoussaye was good from 31 yards out for LSU’s final score. The Gators were lucky to not lose by more, as Florida QB Tyler Murphy was nearly picked off three different times.
The Tigers tallied 21 first downs compared to the Gators’ 17 and outgained them 327-240 in total yardage. UF had possession for just over 34 minutes and didn’t turn the ball over at all, while LSU did so once.
Mettenberger finished the day 9-of-17 for 152 yards and Murphy was 15-of-27 for 115 yards. Jeremy Hill led the Tigers in rushing with 19 carries for 121 yards and Jarvis Landry led them in receiving with four catches for 58 yards. Mack Brown had 56 yards on 15 carries and Solomon Patton had 32 yards on three receptions to lead the Gators.
LSU is now 6-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play and Florida falls to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the SEC. Next weekend, the Tigers will travel to play Ole Miss and the Gators will be on the road against No. 25 Missouri.
(1) Alabama 48, Kentucky 7
Both teams got off to a slow start, but the Crimson Tide eventually got things rolling and ended up routing the Wildcats on Saturday night.
Bama had an uncharacteristically sloppy first quarter and finally put up the first points of the game in the second quarter. Cade Foster made it 3-0, and that opened the flood gates, as the Tide found the end zone three times before halftime, twice on one-yard runs by Kenyan Drake and the other when T.J. Yeldon took the ball 24 yards to the house, putting them on top 24-0 going into the locker rooms.
Yeldon scored again early in the third quarter, then UK finally got on the board when Maxwell Smith fount Javess Blue for a 30-yard touchdown. Alabama wasn’t done though, and they added a field goal late in the quarter plus two more TDs in the fourth quarter.
The Crimson Tide came close to tripling the Wildcats in first downs, 35-13, and rolled up 668 total yards compared to Kentucky’s 170 (they had just 76 yards through the air and 94 on the ground). Alabama turned the ball over twice but had poss ession for 36 minutes.
McCarron finished the night 21-of-35 for 359 yards and a touchdown and Smith went 7-of-16 for 76 yards and a TD. Yeldon led the Tide in rushing with 16 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns and Kevin Norwood led them in receiving with four catches for 81 yards and a TD. Raymond Sanders had 72 yards on 14 carries and Blue had 44 yards and a touchdown on two receptions to lead the Wildcats.
Alabama improves to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play and Kentucky drops to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the SEC. Next weekend, the Crimson Tide host will Arkansas and the Wildcats will be off before traveling to take on Mississippi State in two weeks.
Mississippi State 21, Bowling Green 20
It was much closer than the Bulldogs would have liked, but they managed to barely escape with a win over the Falcons on Saturday night.
MSU got on the board first with a touchdown in the first quarter, but Bowling Green answered soon after with a field goal. Eight seconds later, Dak Prescott ran 75 yards to the house to give the Bulldogs a 14-3 lead. Though it took them a while, again, the Falcons responded, this time with a TD of their own. Prescott found the end zone again to give his team a more solid lead, but Bowling Green’s Tyler Tate banged home a field goal from 45 yards out as the first half ended to make it 21-13 heading into the locker rooms.
The second half featured much less scoring than the first, and in fact, none came from MSU. The Falcons added to their point total with a third quarter touchdown that pulled them within one point, making it 21-20, and that score remained for the rest of the game.
The teams were almost even in first downs, with the Bulldogs notching 23 and Bowling Green 21, but Mississippi State outgained the Falcons in total yardage 422-384. Each team turned the ball over once and the Bulldogs had possession for a little more than half of the game.
MSU QB Tyler Russell finished the night an impressive 12-of-14 for 102 yards and his Bowling Green counterpart, Matt Johnson, was 20-of-34 for 224 yards. Prescott led the Bulldogs in rushing with 15 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns and Joe Morrow led them in receiving with four catches for 57 yards. Travis Green had 99 yards on 15 carries and Ryan Burbrink had 66 yards on four receptions to lead the Falcons.
Mississippi State is now 3-3 overall (they’re 0-2 in conference play) and Bowling Green falls to 5-2 overall. Next weekend, the Bulldogs will be off before staying home to square off against Kentucky in two weeks and the Falcons will be off before hosting Toledo in two weeks.
(9) Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 38
It was a shootout in Oxford that almost ended up as the second conference upset of the weekend, but the Aggies pulled off a last-minute victory on Saturday night.
Texas A&M took a 7-0 lead minutes into the first quarter, but the Rebels tied things up later on, when Bo Wallace hit Vince Sanders with a 70-yard touchdown pass. The Aggies answered with another TD two minutes later, but Ole Miss came through with a 42-yard field goal by Andrew Ritter in the second quarter to make it 14-10 at halftime.
Each team found the end zone in the third quarter, with Aggies QB Johnny Manziel taking care of things for his team and the Rebs’ Laquon Treadwell scoring on a 16-yard pass from Barry Brunetti. The fourth quarter was a scoring bonanza, and it really came down to the wire. Texas A&M started things off with a field goal, then the Rebels scored two touchdowns in as many minutes, giving them their first lead of the night and making the score 31-24. The Aggies tied things up soon after, but Ole Miss retook the lead when Wallace found Jaylen Walton with a 50-yard TD pass. Manziel took one to the house again to knot the score at 38-38, and the Rebs opted to throw three straight times, which led to a three-and-out, and gave Texas A&M the ball back with enough time to get in scoring range, which they did, and then cash in on a field goal for the win as time expired.
The Aggies notched 33 first downs compared to the Rebels’ 23 and outgained them 587-462 in total yardage. Texas A&M had possession for a just over half of the game and turned the ball over twice, while Ole Miss did so once.
Manziel finished the night 31-of-39 for 346 yards and an interception and Wallace went 22-of-36 for 301 yards, three touchdowns, and a pick. Manziel also led the Aggies in rushing with 19 carries for 124 yards and two TDs and Travis Labhart led them in receiving with eight catches for 97 yards. Jaylen Walton had 41 yards on seven carries and Sanders had 90 yards and one touchdown on three receptions to lead the Rebs.
Texas A&M improves to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC and Ole Miss drops to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play. Next weekend, the Aggies will be home to face off against Auburn and the Rebels will host No. 10 LSU.
For a full recap of the game between No. 14 South Carolina and Arkansas, visit Cocky Country.