Kentucky 38 – Jacksonville St. 14: The Kentucky Wildcats (3-4) started slowly on offense again, but their defense jump-started the whole team as they literally ran away from the 8th ranked team in the FCS polls. The defense forced J’Ville State (5-2) QB Coty Blanchard to fumble and DB Martaveous Neloms scooped it up and took it to the house late in the 1st qtr. and that seemed to energize the rest of the squad, including the anemic offense. The Cats would rush for a season high of 250 + yds, led by 3rd string RB, Cozik Williams who ran for 148 on 22 carries. If not spectacular, QB Morgan Newton had probably his best all-around game as a Cat, throwing for 105 yds & 2 TDs as well as running for 1 himself. While the Cats offense still had some miscues they appeared to be just a step quicker Saturday and they looked a little more ready to play. The defense was back to the “D” that we saw the first two games of the year, although RB Wasaun Ealey did run for 120 yds on 16 carries; but the Cats managed to keep him out of the end zone. Joker Phillips had to be pleased but he also knows this game was just the beginning. The Cats will host Mississippi St. (3-4) this weekend and surely the loser of that game can all but forget about going to a bowl so there will be a lot on the line for both teams.
Arkansas 29 – Ole Miss 24: Well for a half it appeared that the Razorbacks were still on their bye week and it seemed as though Ole Miss would get the upset Houston Nutt may need to keep his job. Then the 2nd half came everything fell back into its rightful place as the Hogs (6-1) overcame a 17-7 halftime deficit by outscoring the Rebels 22-7 after intermission. The Rebels (2-5) had it clicking on both sides of the ball in the first 2 quarters as they dominated the #9 Team in the country. The Rebels used 3 different running backs, all with their own style to keep the Razorback defense off-balance; once they began to focus on the run, QB R. Mackey (219 passing yds 2 TDs) began to pick them apart in the air. In the 2nd, it was reversal of fortunes as Arkansas QB, Tyler Wilson (232 passing yds) began to heat up and the defense tightened up. D. Johnson had a 52 yd TD run and piled up a total of 160 on the ground and Arkansas held off a late Rebel drive.
LSU 45 – Auburn 10: Well, LSU entered this game short-handed as three players (all starters, 2 DBs) were suspended for drug-testing issues. Meanwhile, Auburn entered the game starting a new QB, Clint Moseley (1st career start) after benching the struggling Barrett Trotter. Well neither of these proved to make a bit difference as LSU (8-0) steam-rolled Auburn (5-3) in handing them their worst loss in close to 15 years. LSU is using the two QB “thing” a lot better this time around (Jarrett Lee – 165 passing yds and 2 TDs) & Jefferson passed for 1 TD as well) and together, Auburn could do nothing with them. LSU RB, Michael Ford ran for 82 yds on 12 carries (replaced the suspended Spencer Ware) and WR Rueben Randle had 5 grabs for 106 yds 2 TDs. LSU will have this weekend off before they have that huge showdown with #2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa on 11/5. Auburn will play host to Ole Miss this weekend.
Vanderbilt 44 – Army 21: Vandy named QB Jordan Rodgers (little brother of Aaron Rodgers) the starter early last week and it paid dividends. He passed for 186 yds, 1 TD & 2 INTs but the team seemed to be more energetic with him under center. The Commodores (4-3) led Army 23 -6 at the half largely behind the gritty play of Rodgers and the feet of RB Zac Stacy (21 carries, 198 yds and 3 TDs). The Cadets largely rely on the triple-option attack and they just could not get a lot going against Vandy’s “D”. Army has struggled at times this year with their ground game and when that happens, they are going to be on the losing end just because they ate one of the worst passing teams in the nation. The Commodores would like to build off of this victory as they host Arkansas this Saturday in a game that could move them one-step closer to bowl eligibility.
Alabama 37 – Tennessee 6: For a half, UT played Alabama (8-0) to an even affair (6-6 at half-time). In the 2nd half, the Tide woke up and the defense clamped down on the Vol offense while their offense broke loose on the Vol defense. Even though Tennessee (3-4) was able to hold RB Trent Richardson to under 100 yds, he still managed 77 on the ground and 2 TDs; meanwhile QB A.J. McCarron passed for 284 yds. & 1 TD, most of it in the 2nd half. UT QB, Matt Sims had a second consecutive week of being held below 100 passing yds (just 58 this game) and as a team, the Vols failed to reach 200 offensive yds for a second consecutive week. All eyes and minds are set for 11/5 when the Tide and the LSU Tigers collide in what may be the game of the season. Like LSU, Alabama will be off this weekend so both teams will be rested and prepared. For Tennessee, they will host South Carolina this weekend, a game they have a good chance at winning.