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SEC Week Twelve Recap: LSU and Arkansas Survive

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LSU 43, Ole Miss 36
Maybe LSU didn’t expect such a fight from Ole Miss. Maybe it’s just how Les Miles works. Either way it was another cardiac finish for the Tigers as they scored the go ahead touchdown with under a minute to play to finish off the Rebels (Black Bears) Saturday afternoon.

LSU surrendered 236 yards rushing to Ole Miss on the day but had one of the best passing games from Jordan Jefferson who threw for 254 yards and one score in the game.

The see-saw game produced a 32-point fourth quarter. Ole Miss took a 36-35 lead on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Masoli to Markeith Summers who flipped into the end zone and was flagged 15 yards which was enforced on the kickoff try. That set LSU up in great field position and they ran the ball down the field to set up Stevan Ridley’s 7 yard scamper to go ahead for good.

LSU plays on the road at Arkansas this week. Ole Miss hosts Mississippi State.

Arkansas 38, Mississippi State 31 (2OT)
Arkansas needed double overtime and a strong game by RB Knile Davis to down the Bulldogs. Davis scored on a seven yard toss from QB Ryan Mallett. The Razorbacks’ defense sacked MSU QB Chris Relf on 4th down ending the Bulldogs attempt to tie the game once again.

Mallett threw for three touchdowns and 305 yards on the day. Davis had 180 yards rushing and two scores on the ground. MSU’s Relf had a stellar day throwing for 224 yards and rushing for another 103 and a score in the losing effort.

Arkansas plays host LSU this week. Mississippi State travels to take on Ole Miss.

And in other games…
– Alabama’s first, second, and third teams squashed former coach Bill Curry’s first year Georgia State program 63-7 Thursday evening. The Crimson Tide held the Panthers to 165 total yards in the outing while gaining a well-balanced 478 in the winning effort. Alabama hosts Auburn Friday.

– South Carolina’s RB Marcus Lattimore scored three times in the first seven minutes as the Gamecocks tuned up Troy 69-24. South Carolina travels to play ACC foe Clemson this week before preparing to play Auburn in the SEC Championship December 4.

– Florida ran for over 300 yards as the Gators walloped Appalachian State 48-10. QB Jordan Reed gained 71 yards and scored three times. Florida travels to take on ACC foe Florida State this week.

– Tennessee took one step closer to bowl eligibility downing Vanderbilt 24-10. Freshman QB Tyler Bray tossed two touchdowns and 232 yards in the winning effort. Tennessee hosts Kentucky next week. Vanderbilt hosts ACC foe Wake Forest.

Check back on Tuesday of this week for the SEC Weekly Preview.

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