Ten of the conference’s 14 teams played this weekend, and almost all of the games were SEC match-ups (Kentucky and No. 12 Texas A&M were the only two squads who played an out of conference game). No. 1 Alabama, who had a bye week, is still the SEC’s only undefeated team (both overall and in conference play), while Kentucky and Arkansas have still yet to win against an SEC opponent. The conference’s top six teams are all bowl eligible and still ranked in the top 15 of the BCS standings, while two teams, Georgia and Ole Miss, will be bowl eligible with one more win. Read on to catch up on all of this weekend’s football action.
(14) South Carolina 34, Mississippi State 16
It was a happy Homecoming for the Gamecocks, as they topped the visiting Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.
MSU got on the board first, when QB Dak Prescott took the ball to the house himself, but USC answered with a touchdown of their own shortly after, when QB Connor Shaw found Shaq Roland for a score. The Cocks took the lead late in the quarter, when Shaw and Roland connected again, this time for a 43-yard scoring play. South Carolina tacked on a 44-yard field goal to start the second quarter, and the Bulldogs added a 38-yard field goal of their own to make the score 17-10 at the half.
The Gamecocks pulled away in the third quarter, opening the second half with another touchdown, then finding the end zone again midway through the quarter, and getting their final points of the day thanks to another field goal. Mississippi State scored a fourth quarter TD, again on a run by Prescott, but that was all they could muster.
The Bulldogs more than doubled the Gamecocks in first downs, 23-11, and Mississippi State also outgained USC in total yardage, 385-307. The Bulldogs turned the over five times, while the Cocks didn’t do so at all, but MSU had possession for a little more than half of the game.
Shaw finished the day 10-of-20 for 147 yards and four TDs, while Prescott went 28-of-43 for 235 yards and the three interceptions. Davis led Carolina in rushing with 15 carries for 128 yards and Roland led them in receiving with two catches for 57 yards and the two touchdowns. Prescott had 78 yards and two TDs on 15 carries and Robert Johnson had 53 yards on seven receptions to lead MSU.
South Carolina improves to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the SEC and Mississippi State drops to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play. Next weekend, the Gamecocks will be off before hosting Florida in two weeks and the Bulldogs will travel to take on No. 12 Texas A&M.
Georgia 23, Florida 20
It was a close finish in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, but the Dawgs did just enough to pull off a win over the Gators on Saturday.
UGA got on the board early in the first quarter, when Todd Gurley ran five yards to the end zone. Gurley scored another touchdown three minutes later, this time courtesy of a 73-yard pass from Aaron Murray. A 49-yard field goal padded the Bulldogs’ lead even more near the end of the quarter. Another field goal early in the second quarter increased their lead to 20-0, then it was finally UF’s turn to get some points. The Gators put up a field goal of their own, but Georgia added another one too, and took a 23-3 lead into the locker rooms.
Florida scored twice in the third quarter, a TD and then a safety, when Murray was tackled by Loucheiz Purifoy in the end zone. The Gators opened up the fourth quarter with another touchdown, which came on a 14-yard run by QB Tyler Murphy, and then Murphy and Clay Burton connected for the two-point conversion, which brought UF to within three points. After that, the Dawgs seemed to be trying to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, but they managed to run out the clock on a lengthy possession and secure the victory.
The Bulldogs tallied 21 first downs compared to Florida’s 18 and outgained them 414-319 in total yardage. UGA turned the ball over once while the Gators didn’t do so at all, and UF had possession of the ball for a little over half of the game.
Murray finished the day 16-of-25 for 258 yards and a touchdown, while Murphy was 13-of-29 for 174 yards. Gurley led the Dawgs in rushing with 17 carries for 100 yards and a TD and in receiving with three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Kelvin Taylor had 76 yards on 20 carries and Quinton Dunbar had 91 yards on four receptions to lead the Gators.
Georgia is now 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the SEC and Florida falls to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play. Next weekend, the Bulldogs will be home to play Appalachian State and the Gators will host Vanderbilt.
(11) Auburn 35, Arkansas 17
The Razorbacks’ woes continued as the visiting Tigers cruised to a solid victory on Saturday night.
Auburn got on the board late in the first quarter thanks to a Tre Mason touchdown, while Arkansas’ first two drives ended in turnovers. The Hogs put up a field goal to open the second quarter, but Mason found the end zone again a few minutes later, and Arkansas’ next possession lasted more than eight minutes, but ended with them turning the ball over on downs, so the Tigers took a 10-3 lead into halftime.
Mason added another TD early in the third quarter, then Sammie Coates hauled in an 88-yard pass from Nick Marshall midway through the quarter to put Auburn on top 28-3. The Razorbacks finally found the end zone themselves less than 30 seconds later, as Brandon Allen and Keon Hatcher connected for a 12-yard score. Each team tacked on one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, with Mason again being the scorer for the Tigers.
The Hogs notched 25 first downs compared to Auburn’s 18, but the two teams were pretty close in total yardage, as the Tigers outgained Arkansas just 366-346. The Razorbacks turned the ball over once, while Auburn didn’t do so at all, but Arkansas had possession for a little more than half of the game.
Allen finished the night 10-of-22 for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Marshall went 7-of-8 for 118 yards and a TD. Mason led the Tigers in rushing with 32 carries for 168 yards and four touchdowns and Coates led them in receiving with three catches for 102 yards and a TD. Jonathan Williams had 104 yards on 15 carries and Hatcher had 50 yards and a touchdown on four receptions to lead the Hogs.
Auburn improves to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC and Arkansas drops to 3-6 overall and 0-5 in conference play. Next weekend, the Tigers will be on the road to square off against Tennessee and the Razorbacks will travel to face off against Ole Miss.
(9) Missouri 31, Tennessee 3
After their double OT upset loss to South Carolina last weekend, the Tigers bounced back by trouncing the Volunteers on Saturday night.
Missouri got on the board first, taking a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. They added a field goal midway through the second quarter, then Maty Mauk and L’Damian Washington hooked up for a 26-yard touchdown. Tennessee got their first points of the night on a field goal a couple of minutes later, but Marcus Lucas caught a 40-yard TD pass from Mauk to put his team up 24-3 just before the half.
While the Vols went the entire second half without adding any more points, the Tigers scored once more, when Russell Hansbrough ran 26 yards to the house midway through the third quarter. Almost all of the drives in the second half by both teams ended in punts. Mizzou’s only non-punt drive was the one on which they scored, while UT had one finish with a turnover on downs and another on an interception.
The Tigers tallied 24 first downs compared to the Volunteers’ 15 and outgained them 502-334 in total yardage. Tennessee turned the ball over three times, while Missouri didn’t do so at all, and the Tigers had possession for a little over half of the game.
Mauk finished the night 12-of-25 for 163 yards and three touchdowns, while Vols QB Joshua Dobbs, a freshman making his first-ever start, was 26-of-42 for 240 yards and two interceptions. Mauk led Mizzou in rushing with 13 carries for 114 yards and Lucas led them in receiving with four catches for 75 yards and a TD. Dobbs had 45 yards on seven carries and Alton Howard had 89 yards on 11 receptions to lead UT.
Missouri is now 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC and Tennessee falls to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Next weekend, the Tigers will be on the road to play Kentucky and the Volunteers will travel to take on No. 11 Auburn.
Kentucky 48, Alabama State 14
After weeks of losing, the Wildcats finally got back into the win column by beating the Hornets for a Homecoming victory on Saturday night.
UK scored less than a minute into the game, when QB Jalen Whitlow ran 88 yards to the house. Alabama State tied things up midway through the quarter, when Isaiah Crowell scored a touchdown of his own on a 32-yard run, but the Wildcats took back the lead three minutes later when Demarco Robinson recovered a fumble in the end zone. Kentucky scored three more times in the second quarter, two TDs and a field goal, to give them a 31-3 lead going into the locker rooms.
Early in the third quarter, the Wildcats tacked on another field goal, then found the end zone twice more, too, including once when Whitlow hit Steven Borden with a 38-yard scoring pass. The Hornets got one more score, a 68-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Duhart to Jamel Johnson late in the quarter. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, as UK punted on every drive and Alabama State punted on every possession except their final one, when they turned the ball over on downs.
The Wildcats racked up 22 first downs compared to the Hornets’ 13, and outgained them in total yardage 422-297. Alabama State turned the ball over twice while Kentucky didn’t do so at all, and the Wildcats had possession for a little more than half of the game.
Whitlow finished the night 16-of-26 for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while Duhart went 8-of-23 for 97 yards and a TD. Whitlow led UK in rushing with 10 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns and Jeff Badet led them in receiving with four catches for 48 yards. Crowell had 84 yards and a TD on 12 carries and Johnson had 97 yards and a touchdown on five receptions to lead the Hornets.
Kentucky improves to 2-6 overall (they’re 0-4 in the SEC) and Alabama State drops to 6-3 overall. Next weekend, the Wildcats will be home to square off against No. 9 Missouri and the Hornets will host Southern University.
(12) Texas A&M 57, UTEP 7
It was a rough night for the Miners, who were beaten soundly and easily by the Aggies on Saturday night.
Texas A&M’s first score of the game came on a safety a few minutes into the game, when the ball went through the end zone. UTEP took the lead midway through the quarter, when Aaron Jones ran four yards for their only score of the night. The Aggies answered with a touchdown of their own a minute later, when Johnny Manziel hit Travis Labhart with a 44-yard pass, putting them up 9-7. The Miners’ defense was no match for the Texas A&M offense, who added four more TDs in the second quarter, one of which came on a 10-yard run by Manziel and another for Labhart right before the half, which put the Aggies up 36-7.
There were three more Texas A&M touchdowns in the third quarter, including one on a 49-yard dash by Manziel, and another when Manziel and Mike Evans connected for a 26-yard scoring play, which was the final play of Manziel’s night. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, though the Aggies did lose Tra Carson, who’d scored one of Texas A&M’s first half touchdowns, to a scary injury that required him to leave the field on a stretcher.
The Aggies more than doubled UTEP in first downs, 25-10, and outgained them 564-198 in total yardage (the Miners were held to just 71 yards through the air). UTEP turned the ball over four times while Texas A&M did so once, but the Miners also had possession for more than half of the game.
Manziel finished the night 16-of-24 for 273 yards and four touchdowns, while his UTEP counterpart, Blaire Sullivan, was 9-of-17 for 71 yards and three interceptions. Manziel led the Aggies in rushing with seven carries for 67 yards and two TDs and Labhart led them in receiving with four catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Jones had 62 yards and a TD on 22 carries and Devin Patterson had 32 yards on one catch the lead the Miners.
The Aggies more than doubled the Miners in first downs, 25-10, and outgained them 564-198 in total yardage (UTEP was held to just 71 yards through the air). The Miners turned the ball over four times while Texas A&M did so once, but UTEP also had possession for more than half of the game.
Manziel finished the night 16-of-24 for 273 yards and four touchdowns, while Sullivan was 9-of-17 for 71 yards and three interceptions. Manziel led the Aggies in rushing with seven carries for 67 yards and two TDs and Labhart led them in receiving with four catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Jones had 62 yards and a TD on 22 carries and Devin Patterson had 32 yards on one catch the lead the Miners.
Texas A&M is now 7-2 overall (they’re 3-2 in conference play) and UTEP falls to 1-7 overall. Next weekend, the Aggies will be home to take on Mississippi State and the Miners will be on the road to play North Texas.
For a full recap of the game between No. 14 South Carolina and Mississippi State, visit Cocky Country.