Florida Kicks Way Past Georgia
Florida DB Will Hill picked off an errant pass from Georgia QB Aaron Murray in OT (his third of the game) and Chas Henry kicked a game-winning 37-yard field goal to give the Gators the win, 37-34.
Florida had led it by 14 at the half but Georgia stormed back to tie it up on two occasions in the second half. The win ends the longest losing streak for Florida since 1999 and the the longest in Urban Meyer’s coaching career.
In order to win the SEC East, Florida must defeat Vanderbilt and South Carolina in the coming weeks. Georgia’s SEC East title hopes ended with the loss Saturday.
Florida plays at Vanderbilt next week. Georgia hosts Idaho State.
Auburn, Newton Too Much for Ole Miss
Last week Auburn QB Cam Newton did it with his legs. This week he left the running to his RBs and torched the Ole Miss defense with his arm as the Tigers blew by the Rebels, 51-31. And, it wasn’t as close as the score indicates.
Ole Miss scored first on an 83-yard scamper by Jeff Scott but Auburn answered quickly when former QB-turned-WR/Wildcat Kodi Burns lofted a 20-yard pass to the end zone for Cam Newton who made the catch for the score. After the first quarter, Ole Miss faltered on offense and defense as Auburn built a 27-point lead before surrendering two touchdowns late in the game.
Newton went 18-of-24 for 209 yards and two scoring throws of his own. Auburn RB Michael Dyer added 180 yards on the ground including a 30-yard score and RB Onterio McCalebb added 99 yards including a 68-yard touchdown run.
Auburn plays host to Chattanooga next week. Ole Miss hosts Louisiana-Lafayette.
South Carolina Overpowers Tennessee
South Carolina took one more big step towards winning the SEC East with a 38-24 win over Tennessee.
Tied at 24 in the fourth quarter, SCar WR Alshon Jeffrey took a short pass from QB Steven Garcia and raced 70 yards to give the Gamecocks the lead for good. It was Jeffrey’s biggest play of the day; he had only one catch for five yards until that play. Freshman RB Marcus Lattimore added 184 yards rushing and 26 more receiving as the Gamecocks offense simply overpowered the Volunteers defense late in the game.
Tennessee WR Denarius Moore had six catches for 228 yards in the loss. Tennessee is now 0-5 in conference play.
South Carolina hosts Arkansas next week. Tennessee travels to play Memphis.
Mississippi State Runs By Kentucky
Mississippi State rushed for 214 yards, including 103 by RB Vic Ballard, as the Bulldogs relied on the ground game and defense to down the Wildcats, 24-17.
Mississippi State never trailed in the game but had to come back after Kentucky tied it at 17 in the third quarter. Kentucky outgained Mississippi State in yardage but three interceptions gave the Bulldogs all the room they needed to notch the win.
Mississippi State is off next week. Kentucky hosts Charleston Southern.
Arkansas Blows Up Vanderbilt
Ryan Mallett threw for a school record 419 yards along with three scores as Arkansas blew by Vanderbilt, 49-14.
Vanderbilt constructed a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter. The Razorbacks answered with 26 points in the third quarter and 17 in the second half while also shutting down the Commodores offense, limiting them to only eight first downs in the contest.
Arkansas travels to play South Carolina next week. Vanderbilt hosts Florida.
Check back later this week for the SEC Weekly Preview.