The SEC just got really interesting.
South Carolina Knocks Out Alabama
Alabama’s 19-game winning streak came to a screeching halt in Columbia, South Carolina, as the Gamecocks drilled the Crimson Tide 35-21.
That’s right. Fourteen points. That’s not a close loss for the top team in the country. That’s not a fluke. That’s just plain ole getting dropped with a left hook Evander Holyfield-style.
South Carolina, ranked #19 coming into the game, limited Alabama’s talented running backs to just 64 yards rushing and sacked QB Greg McElroy seven times. SCar’s freshmen RB Marcus Lattimore scored three times and racked up 95 yards rushing against one of the nation’s top defensive units. Gamecocks QB Stephen Garcia was masterful, going 17-for-20 for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Alabama plays Ole Miss next. South Carolina plays Kentucky.
LSU Drops Florida Les Miles-Style
Last week LSU beat Tennessee in one of the goofiest finishes of the college football season. “Only a Les Miles team could pull that off,” many said. Well, the same thing happened in the Swamp Saturday night except this time, the craziness was well orchestrated.
LSU faked a field goal with 29 seconds to go, gained a first down, and QB Jarrett Lee threw the go ahead touchdown to Terrence Toliver with six seconds left, giving LSU the 33-29 win. In that 23 seconds, LSU managed the clock perfectly and showed a lot of poise overcoming a great deal of adversity. The Bengal Tigers blew a 26-14 lead in the fourth as the Gators roared back on the strength of some big plays on special teams.
LSU faces McNeese State next. Florida plays Mississippi State.
Auburn Remains Perfect
If Michigan’s Denard Robinson is a Heisman candidate, then so is Auburn’s Cam Newton for the same reasons. He rushed for four touchdowns, 198 yards, threw for another 210, and led the Tigers into field goal range for the game winner as time expired in Lexington Saturday night.
Auburn led 31-17 at the half, but the Kentucky Wildcats stormed back in the third quarter behind the play of do-everything player Randall Cobb. Auburn’s defense finally stiffened and Newton worked his magic to give the Tigers their first 6-0 start since 2004.
Auburn faces Arkansas at home next. Kentucky takes on South Carolina.
Georgia Finally Shows Up, Stomps Tennessee
It was never close. There was never any doubt. Georgia finally showed how talented they are and how good they could be when they put it all together by obliterating the Volunteers 41-17.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the offense clicked like a well-oiled machine. The Bulldogs defense smothered Tennessee all day, holding the Vols to a mere nine yards rushing.
Georgia takes on Vanderbilt next. Tennessee has a bye week.
Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State were all victorious over out of conference opponents (Texas A & M, Eastern Michigan, and Houston, respectively).
Arkansas prepares to play Auburn this week in a big SEC West game. Vanderbilt takes on Georgia. Mississippi State prepares to face Florida.
Check back later this week for the SEC Weekly Preview.