Here’s a week 11 recap for all games:
#8 South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20
- There were talks of an upset with a Lattimore-less South Carolina, but the Gamecocks took care of business at home with a swarming defensive line and a good Connor Shaw.
- USC has won eight games for the third season in a row.
- The Gamecocks’ defense only allowed two touchdowns with five trips inside the 20-yard line.
- Connor Shaw finished 14 of 22 for 272 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Shaw also added a touchdown on the ground.
- Tyler Wilson finished 26 of 41 for 277 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Cobi Hamilton caught four passes for 72 yards, giving him Arkansas’ season receiving yards record at 1,149 yards.
- Main Takeaway: Without Lattimore, the Gamecocks know they will have to be effective throwing the ball in order to win games. They aren’t flashy, but they have firepower behind Shaw to make some plays down the field. The defensive line can alter any outcome for any game during the remainder of the season, but Clemson will be very tough for the Gamecocks in their final game in two weeks.
#6 Florida 27, Louisiana-Lafayette 20
- Florida eked out a victory over Sun Belt ULL by blocking a punt in the final seconds and running it in for the score.
- The Gators’ offense is going backwards in a hurry.
- Jeff Driskel injured his ankle late in the game, and Jacoby Brissett had to finish the game for the Gators. Brissett connected with Jordan Reed for a 39-yard gain and then hit WR Quinton Dunbar for a 3-yard score with 1:42 remaining to the game.
- ULL was content to play for overtime but Florida blocked the kick with 2 seconds remaining and ran it in for a touchdown.
- Main Takeaway: Florida’s offense is regressing at a remarkable rate. The offensive line is terrible, they have no wide receivers who can shake average defenders and the quarterback play has been below par. The Gators have to get something going on offense next week leading into the FSU game. Florida may not be a top ten team, but credit them for improving to 9-1 on the season.
Missouri 51, Tennessee 48
- It took four overtimes, but Missouri finally beat Tennessee.
- Missouri tied it with 47 seconds remaining on a James Franklin to Dorial Green-Beckham touchdown pass on 4th and 12.
- Tennessee entered as the national 115th worst defense in the country, with Mizzou’s offense ranked 112th in the country. So, we knew it would be a crazy game. Tennessee’s defense, however, was just too giving.
- Tyler Bray finished 37 of 54 for 404 yards and four touchdowns.
- James Franklin finished 19 of 32 for 226 yards and four touchdowns.
- Missouri RB Kendial Lawrence carried 21 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
- Both teams combined for 1,039 yards and 99 points.
- Tennessee led 28-14 in the third quarter before the Tigers fought back to tie it at 28 just before the game ended.
- Each team scored touchdowns on its first two overtime possessions, including a 5-yard run by Tennessee holder Tyler Drummer on a fake field goal attempt. Both teams reached the end zone again in the third overtime but failed to make their ensuing two-point conversion attempts.
- Tennessee has now lost 13 of the past 14 SEC games.
- Main Takeaway: The Derek Dooley era in Knoxville should come to a close at the end of the 2012 season. He had to win out and get to seven wins to save his job, and with the loss to Missouri, it’s only a matter of time before Dooley gets run out of town. It would be a mistake to keep him at this point.
#15 Texas A&M 29, #1 Alabama 24
- This is the upset heard ‘round the college football world, as the Aggies took down the Tide in Tuscaloosa.
- I don’t think you could say that Alabama beat themselves with three turnovers, but Texas A&M just took it to them on the road.
- Johnny Manziel further bolstered his Heisman talk to combine for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He connected on 24 of 31 for 253 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 92 yards, too.
- Ryan Swope caught 11 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. He hauled in big play after big play.
- Mike Evans showed once again why he will be a force at WR for the next few years. He abused Bama CB John Fulton for much of the night.
- AJ McCarron had a chance to punch in the go-ahead touchdown with under two minutes left, but he was picked off at the one-yard line to end the comeback. He threw two interceptions – his first of the entire season.
- The Aggies rolled up 418 total yards, and 165 was on the ground.
- Alabama was their own worst enemy with three turnovers. That’s now five turnovers in the last two games, something that is very uncharacteristic for Alabama.
- Manziel became the second freshman in FBS history with 2,000 pass yards and 1,000 rush yards in the same season.
- Main Takeaway: Texas A&M is playing as good as any team in the entire country, and they are better than when they lost to Florida and LSU earlier in the season. Manziel for Heisman is really going to be picking up some steam over the next three weeks. Alabama, on the other hand, still has a chance to play for the national championship, but two of Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame have to lose. Hats off to the Aggies, because they outplayed the Tide for four quarters.
#7 LSU 37, #21 Mississippi State 17
- LSU did a great job bouncing back from last week’s loss against Alabama, and really played well on offense.
- QB Zach Mettenberger continued his hot streak, throwing for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He’s played well in back-to-back games now.
- QB Tyler Russell connected on 26 of 38 passes for 295 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
- Credit Mississippi State, too, for bouncing back from their last two games and playing for four quarters. The score doesn’t indicate how close the game actually was, as Tyler Russell threw a pick-six late at the goal line.
- LSU WR Javis Landry caught nine passes for 109 yards and one touchdown.
- LSU S Craig Loston had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:13 left in the fourth as Mississippi State was about to pull the game within one score.
- Main Takeaway: LSU really looks much improved on offense from the first half of the season, and they will likely finish 10-2 with a possibility of a BCS bowl berth. Mississippi State must get back in the win column next week against Arkansas.
#5 Georgia 38, Auburn 0
- Georgia pummeled Auburn, likely putting the exclamation point on the Gene Chizik era, and they punched their ticket to Atlanta.
- Georgia scored the first shutout for either team in the series since the Bulldogs’ 28-0 win in 1976.
- Aaron Murray finished 18 of 24 for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
- RB Todd Gurley carried 11 times for 116 yards and one touchdown.
- Keith Marshall rushed 8 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.
- Gurshall averaged 11.63 yards per carry and ate up the Tigers’ defense.
- Auburn just managed 57 yards rushing on 27 attempts and turned it over twice.
- WRs Tavarres King, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Conley each caught a touchdown pass from Murray.
- Freshman Jonathan Wallace making his second start for Auburn, completed 15 of 22 passes for 181 yards with one interception.
- Main Takeaway: With Alabama’s loss, Georgia maybe moves up a slot to #4 in the rankings, furthermore boosting their BCS national championship hopes with a win in Atlanta and two of Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame losing. The Bulldogs have played very well the last three weeks, and they are peaking as a team at just the right time. They’ve regained their early season swagger on offense, while being dominant on defense. For Auburn, Gene Chizik could be fired next week.
Vanderbilt 27, Ole Miss 26
- What a great game and great win for the Commodores, who will be riding high with momentum next week against the Tennessee Vols. The Commodores are quicker to a bowl game than the Rebels.
- James Franklin has led the Commodores to back-to-back bowl berths for the first time in their history.
- Ole Miss jumped out to a 23-6 lead, but the Commodores scored 21 unanswered points and a touchdown with 52 seconds remaining to pull ahead 27-26.
- QB Jordan Rodgers finished 20 of 35 for 267 yards and two touchdowns.
- WR Jordan Matthews caught nine passes for 153 yards and one touchdown.
- QB Bo Wallace completed 31 of 49 passes for 403 yards and one touchdown.
- Four different Ole Miss WRs caught five or more passes.
- Main Takeaway: Hats off to James Franklin and Vanderbilt on their bowl berth. They have a big one next week against Tennessee, a game they have had circled on their calendars for a year now. Ole Miss is still on schedule to make a bowl game with a win against LSU or Mississippi State in the next two games. However, it will be an uphill battle. Nonetheless, both programs are headed in the right direction.
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