Here’s a week six recap for all games:
Arkansas 24, Auburn 7
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- The Hogs snapped a four-game skid with the win over Auburn, and it was John L. Smith’s first in-conference victory of the season.
- Arkansas had the league’s worst defense, giving up over 500 yards of total offense and over 40 points. They held Auburn to 321 yards and only seven points. Does that say more about Arkansas or Auburn?
- Arkansas’ defense had only forced two turnovers all year long, and they forced five against the Tigers. All were huge takeaways and something to build upon for the future.
- RB Dennis Johnson was the player of the game, and he handled the majority of the carries after Knile Davis was benched. Johnson rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
- The play of the game was a reverse pass from wide receiver Brandon Mitchell to Javontee Herndon for 26 yards. It stretched the lead to 17-7 and put the Hogs up for good.
- Auburn benched starter Kiehl Frazier in lieu of backup Clint Moseley for the second half, but to no avail. Both QBs combined for 22 of 35 for 281 yards and one touchdown with three INTs.
- AU WR Emory Blake caught 10 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown.
- Biggest Takeaway: Arkansas gets on the board in conference, and the defense played much, much better. The Hogs still have a bowl game in their sights and host Kentucky next week, in what will be another likely win. On the other hand, Auburn is just struggling mightily on offense, and looking ahead on the schedule is somewhat daunting. You can only pencil in two games as probable wins going forward in New Mexico State and Alabama A&M. Gene Chizik could realistically start to really feel the heat this week and finish with a 3-9 record.
#20 Mississippi State 27, Kentucky 14
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- MSU is 5-0 for the first time since 1999 with the win over the Wildcats.
- QB Tyler Russell shined and threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns on the day. He was crisp in the passing game and reminds me of Alex Smith the way he moves around the pocket.
- WR Chad Bumphis has developed into Russell’s primary target, and he caught nine passes for 104 yards and one touchdown.
- MSU RB LaDarius Perkins carried 25 times for 110 yards and one touchdown.
- Kentucky burned the redshirt of freshman QB Patrick Towles, and he led the Cats on a touchdown drive his very first series but was injured before halftime and never returned.
- MSU dominated the time of possession 35:59 to 24:01
- The Bulldogs were +13 in turnover margin but committed two turnovers and didn’t get any takeaways on defense. They will fall to +11 in TO margin.
- Biggest Takeaway: Mississippi State took care of business on the road and stayed unbeaten. They host Tennessee next week in Starkville, and we’ll know whether the Bulldogs are for real, because the Vols will give MSU all they want in a must-win game for Derek Dooley.
#10 Florida 14, #4 LSU 6
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- Florida proves the East is stronger than the West with their takedown of LSU.
- The Gators really beat the Tigers at their own game by playing physical defensive football, a power running game and a conservative offensive game plan.
- Florida RB Mike Gillislee was the player of the game, as he had 34 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Both came in the second half, and he was just a monster workhorse down the stretch.
- LSU led at halftime 6-0, coming on the wings of two Florida first-half turnovers.
- However, much like all year, the Gators outscored the Tigers 14-0 in the second half. Florida has now outscored their opponents 78-13 in the second half.
- Florida is the only team in the country that hasn’t given up a fourth-quarter point.
- LSU QB Zach Mettenberger struggled all day to get any kind of rhythm throwing the ball and finished with 158 yards and one INT. Florida sent multiple blitz packages and got to him several times.
- The play of the game was Matt Elam’s strip of Odell Beckham after a 56-yard pass completion. At that point Florida was up 7-6, and they drove it down the field for another score to make it 14-6 on 11 consecutive running plays.
- Florida physically wore down the LSU defense in the second half.
- Will Muschamp has his young club believing in the toughness he’s selling.
- Biggest Takeaway: The Gators undeniably proved they are back and are a force to be reckoned with. This team now has an identity of toughness, something Mushcamp vowed to change when he accepted the job. LSU’s loss also shows just how hard it is to stay on top in the SEC and accomplish what the Tigers did a year ago. It makes what Nick Saban is doing at Alabama seem mind blowing.
Vanderbilt 19, Missouri 15
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- The Commodores are the first to get an SEC win between the two programs in ‘12.
- Missouri is still searching for their first-ever SEC win.
- Two plays that really stood out for Missouri were a botched extra-point snap and a bobbled punt that led to a safety.
- This game was a battle of field position, and Vanderbilt punter Richard Kent and kicker Carey Spear had huge games.
- Vanderbilt mixed up the offense and ran several trick plays and Wildcat plays to move the football.
- Missouri went up 6-0 and kept Vanderbilt from even getting a first down until nine minutes in the second quarter.
- Mizzou starting QB James Franklin injured his MCL on a first-quarter run and the Tigers never could get any offense going. He could be out a few weeks.
- Backup Corbin Berkstresser was just 9 of 30 for 189 yards and one touchdown.
- Commodores RB Zac Stacy finished with 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns. We knew he was a big key in this football game.
- Biggest Takeaway: Vanderbilt finally gets on the board with an SEC win, as they get ready to host Florida next week at home. Missouri is beat up with injuries and clearly struggling with a tough SEC schedule. Kentucky should be the only game ahead on the schedule the Tigers will be favored moving forward. It will be a tough march for both teams to become bowl eligible.
Texas A&M 30, Ole Miss 27
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- The Aggies had to rally late, but they pulled out the win on the road against a much-improved Ole Miss team, scoring two touchdowns in the final seven minutes.
- Texas A&M turned it over six times and still eeked out the win.
- Johnny Manziel finished with 191 yards passing and one touchdown, while rushing for 129 yards and one touchdown.
- Texas A&M rushed for 290 yards.
- Ole Miss went for it on fourth down in their own territory leading late in the fourth quarter, and the Aggies got a stop and turned the short field into a touchdown. That was the key play of the game.
- Rebels’ QB Bo Wallace finished with 305 yards and one touchdown through the air.
- Ole Miss had a shot to tie the game but Wallace’s pass was intercepted to end the threat.
- RB Jeff Scott finished with 108 yards rushing and one touchdown.
- Biggest Takeaway: Texas A&M team is improving each and every week as a team, as is QB Johnny Manziel. Down late in the game, the Aggies never panicked and ultimately pulled out the victory in the fourth quarter. Ole Miss should have won this game and let it slip away. The fourth down call was controversial, and the Rebels should have punted it away and made the Aggies drive the length of the field. Ole Miss is improving, but this is a game the Rebels should have won. However, it’s still likely the Rebels get six wins and a bowl berth.
#6 South Carolina 35, #5 Georgia 7
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- Georgia ran into a buzz saw in Columbia, and the Gamecocks were in complete control starting from the opening possession…just like you draw it up.
- Carolina went up 21-0 midway through the first quarter on Ace Sanders’ 70-yard punt return.
- Connor Shaw improves to 13-1 as a starter, and it’s time to start taking him seriously. (I’m talking to myself!)
- The story of this game is really about South Carolina’s defense. Georgia had no shot all night to get Aaron Murray comfortable in the pocket or even buy any time for him to get the ball to his receivers. Jadeveon Clowney was a monster for the Gamecocks off the edge the entire night.
- Georgia was hit in the backfield on 10 of its 36 runs Saturday, including 7-of-17 in the first half.
- Shaw finished 6 of 10 for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
- Marcus Lattimore carried 24 times for 109 yards and one touchdown.
- The Bulldogs’ two freshmen RBs finished a combined 76 yards and no touchdowns.
- Aaron Murray finished 11 of 31 for 109 yards and one INT.
- Georgia was arguably the best offense in the country entering this game, but they were completely dominated and taken out of their game.
- Biggest Takeaway: South Carolina has to be the favorites in the East right now, even with Florida’s win over LSU, and they were in complete control of this football game from the get-go. Kudos to Steve Spurrier for building a force to be reckoned with in Columbia. On the other hand, Georgia just looked uninspired, and the offense was totally a non-factor the entire game. It was simply amazing to watch Carolina’s defense dominate the Bulldogs.