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Auburn Outscores Arkansas, 65-43
Cam Newton accounted for over 300 yards of offense and four touchdowns as the Tigers’ defense finally made an appearance to down Arkansas in the fourth quarter.
Hogs’ QB Ryan Mallett went down in the second quarter with a concussion, leaving backup Tyler Wilson to take the reins. Wilson finished with 332 yards and four touchdowns, but his two fourth quarter interceptions ended Arkansas’ chances in a wild, back-and-forth game.
Auburn, 7-0 for the first time since 2004, prepares for the SEC West showdown against undefeated LSU next week. Arkansas, whose title hopes effectively ended Saturday, faces Ole Miss at home.
Florida Falls to Mississippi State
Florida dropped its third straight conference game as the Mississippi State Bulldogs leaned on an improving defense and a solid running game to get the win, 10-7.
Florida’s offense continued its downward spiral as the Gators moved the ball up and down the field but were unable to turn it into points, missing two field goals and scoring only one touchdown.
Mississippi State takes on UAB next week. Florida has the week off.
Kentucky Rings South Carolina’s Bell
The Wildcats rallied from an 18-point deficit to down the Gamecocks, scoring the go ahead TD with just over a minute to go in the game on Saturday. Kentucky QB Mike Hartline shredded SCar’s defense for 349 yards and four touchdowns. SCar QB Steven Garcia led the team in field goal range, but a heave for the end zone was intercepted and the comeback was complete.
South Carolina started strong, appearing to shake off any of the hangover after the win against Alabama last week. But Kentucky continued to fight, finding ways to keep the Gamecocks defense off of Hartline. And he did the rest, getting the ball in the hands of his offensive weapons.
Kentucky hosts Georgia next week. South Carolina travels to Vanderbilt.
And finally …
-LSU slopped its way to a victory over McNeese State, 32-10. The Tigers defense is solid but the offense still looks lost and ineffective. LSU plays in Auburn next week.
-Georgia notched a second straight conference win over a team from the state of Tennessee, waxing Vanderbilt 43-0. It’s amazing how quiet the Bulldogs faithful are now that Mark Richt is winning, albeit over incredibly inferior competition. Georgia travels to face Kentucky next week.
-Alabama’s defense rebounded against Ole Miss, limiting the Rebel Black Bears largely in check on the way to a 23-10 victory. The Crimson Tide plays Tennessee in Knoxville next week.
Check back next week for the SEC Weekly Preview.