South Carolina 54 – Kentucky 3: Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse for UK(2-4) offensively, they are seemingly finding new lows to hit every week. QB Morgan Newton completed just 4 passes for 17 yds as the Gamecocks (5-1) unleashed a furious offensive display in the 2nd – 4th quarters after only leading the Cats 7-3 after the 1st. Newton also had 14 carries for 54 yards but fumbled once and was battered all day long whether in or out of the pocket. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks rolled up over 600 yds of offense behind back-up QB, Connor Shaw (311 passing yds & 4 TDs) and RB Marcus Lattimore (22 carries for 102 yds) in route to their best offensive output all season; WR Alshon Jeffery had 6 grabs for 95 yds and 2 TDs as he gave the UK secondary fits. UK scored first after the Gamecocks fumbled the opening kick-off; unfortunately they were only able to get a field goal. South Carolina would score the next 54 pts as UK’s bleak chance for an upset was gone by half-time.
Mississippi St. 21 – UAB: Well things are not getting much better for Dan Mullins’ ball club as they fell behind UAB (0-5) 3-0 at the half. Mullins decided to bench starting QB, Chris Relf and that seemed to jump start the offense or at least give them life. T. Russell passed for 165 yds & 3 TDS in the 2nd half and the Bulldogs’ “D” blanked the Blazers the rest of the way. State (3-3) RB Vic Ballard had 101 yds on the ground but this team still seems to be in somewhat of a daze as all of their wins have been outside of the conference thus far. The Bulldogs will finally try to breakthrough with a conference win Saturday in Starkville when they host South Carolina.
LSU 41 – Florida 11: A tale of two teams possibly heading in the opposite direction, the Tigers (6-0) beat its 4th ranked opponent of the season, further strengthen its grip on the #1 spot while the Gators (4-2) lost their 2nd straight, both in convincing fashion. Playing without starting QB, John Brantley, the Gators could never find a rhythm on offense and on defense they were helpless to stop LSU either on the ground or through the air. LSU had over 300 yds of offense while Florida was short of 200 yds for the game. LSU may have proved to every one in the nation that they have the fastest defense (the Sooners and the Tide may disagree) going sideline to sideline as the Gators couldn’t muster anything of significance on the ground as their only TD came on a 65 yd pass play in the 3rd. LSU will now visit Knoxville to face Tennessee while Florida will hit the road again this weekend to face Auburn.
Arkansas 38 – Auburn 14: For the 1st half, this game was very entertaining as the teams traded TDs with Arkansas (5-1) leading at the half, 21-14. Apparently the Tigers (4-2) forgot there was a 2nd half as they were blanked offensively while the defense could not slow down the steamrolling Razorback offense. Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson passed for 262 yds and 2 TDs and the Razorbacks defense forced Auburn into 3 & outs on just about every 2nd half possession. The Tigers played without its two leading receivers and it showed as the back-ups either dropped passes or were not running the correct routes. The only bright spot for Auburn is that Michael Dyer continues run well (21 carries f/ 112 yds & 1 TD).
Alabama 34 – Vanderbilt 0: For about a quarter or so, the Commodores (3-2) defense seemed to be inspired rather than intimidated by Alabama’s (6-0) offense. The problem was that Vandy’s offense was intimidated by the Tide defense and that meant the Commodore defense would eventually get worn down and they did. Vandy was limited to less than 200 yds of offense and Alabama rolled up over 400 yds (McCarron passed for 237 yds & 4 TD, while Richardson ran for 107 & 1TD). Alabama will visit Oxford, MS this weekend to play Ole Miss while Vandy will play host to Georgia.
Georgia 20 – Tennessee 12: Oh how costly was the Volunteers’ lost to the Bulldogs on Saturday…..Tennessee (3-2) will have to go the next 4 weeks or so without QB Tyler Bray (Broken Thumb on throwing hand). While Bray may have not been having a stellar game (251 yds passing) he is the trigger man for what can be an explosive offense; he hit his right hand and wrist on a defenders helmet while throwing a pass in the 4th quarter. Georgia (4-2) also did not get a stellar performance from its QB (Aaron Murray 227 passing yds) but the difference proved to be on the ground where Isiah Crowell ran for 2 scores. Coach Mark Richt continues to stave off the “hot-seat” talk as Bulldogs have clearly put themselves in a position to be right there in the SEC East race with South Carolina. The problem is they have already lost to the Gamecocks so they will need to keep winning and hope someone else can knock off the Gamecocks along the way.