Recapping SEC week 8 in 60 seconds

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Here’s a week eight recap for all games:

#6 LSU 24, Texas A&M 19

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  • LSU’s mantra remains: struggle on offense and win with defense. Don’t sleep on this team after a bye against Alabama.
  • Texas A&M’s offense started off blazing hot and took the 12-0 lead. However, the Aggies turned it over twice just before halftime, and LSU scored two touchdowns heading into the break and led 14-12.
  • Zach Mettenberger threw a TD just before half, and it gave the Tigers momentum heading into the locker room.
  • Texas A&M outplayed the Tigers for much of the first half. But after the Aggies’ first two possessions, John Chavis’ defense settled in for the remainder of the game.
  • LSU held Johnny Manziel to complete 52 percent of his passes for 276 yards, but his three interceptions were very costly.
  • Once again, LSU grinded with the running game, and freshman Jeremy Hill once again iced the game with a 47-yard TD run. Hill did it last week against South Carolina on a 50-yard TD run.
  • LSU ended up rushing for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Biggest Takeaway: LSU is still the same football team they were last season. They really don’t care how ugly the passing game gets – only 97 yards against TAMU – because they are going to win with a physical running game and a suffocating defense. Johnny Manziel was brought back to reality yesterday against a faster Tigers’ defense that really clamped down late in the first half, much like Florida did after halftime earlier in the season. LSU gets the week off before hosting Alabama in Death Valley.

Vanderbilt 17, Auburn 13

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  • This marks Auburn’s worst start since 1952.
  • Vandy RB Zac Stacy became the Commodores’ all time leading rusher with his 27 carries for 169 yards and one touchdown.
  • Auburn’s offense bumped and grinded for only 212 yards of total offense.
  • Vanderbilt committed three turnovers, but still pulled out the victory.
  • Auburn RB Tre Mason was once again the workhorse, rushing 16 times for 85 yards and one touchdown.
  • Stacy fumbled it late in the ball game, but Auburn was unable to convert on 4th and 13, as Clint Moseley overshot his WR to end it.
  • The news gets worse for Auburn, as Chizik confirmed that OL Avery Young and TE Phillip Lutzenkirchen will be out for awhile.
  • Biggest Takeaway: Vanderbilt gets their third win on the season, and they will continue to become bowl eligible needing only three more wins with UMASS, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest left. There are three wins among those five, right?

#2 Florida 44, #7 South Carolina 11

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  • South Carolina gave up this ballgame and never allowed themselves to get back in it. Florida scored off three first-half fumbles and put up 21 points off turnovers.
  • Florida set the tone with a corner blitz on the first play of the game and caused Connor Shaw to fumble, setting up the Gators’ first score of the day.
  • QB Jeff Driskel threw for four touchdowns, but he only amassed 94 yards through the air. He benefited from the short field the entire day practically.
  • South Carolina’s defense virtually dominated the line of scrimmage the entire first half and only allowed Florida 29 total yards.
  • Florida took the 21-6 lead into halftime, and the coaches once again made great in-game adjustments. The Gators outscored the Gamecocks 23-5 in the second half.
  • Florida still needs to clean up the penalties though, as they committed seven for 74 yards.
  • Florida’s defense held South Carolina to 191 total yards and 36 yards rushing. The Gamecocks scored zero touchdowns the entire game.
  • Florida’s punter Kyle Christy boomed seven punts averaging 54 yards per punt. He was Florida’s biggest weapon in the first half.
  • Biggest Takeaway: Florida won this game off turnovers, a suffocating defense and stellar coaching adjustments once again at halftime. Florida’s defense legitimately makes them a national title contender. Driskel is improving week to week, and Florida has just dominated second halves this season. Florida no doubt proved they are the #2 team in the country with their dominant performance yesterday.

#1 Alabama 44, Tennessee 13

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  • Alabama must have watched Florida’s performance, because they came out swinging against Tennessee.
  • The Tide amassed 539 yards of total offense, with 306 coming from the arm of AJ McCarron.
  • McCarron threw for four touchdowns and no interceptions. Can this guy get some Heisman love?
  • Freshman RB TJ Yeldon carried 15 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns, breaking a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.
  • Freshman WR Amari Cooper is quickly becoming Alabama’s biggest weapon in the passing game. He caught seven passes for 162 yards and two TDs, torching Tennessee’s secondary all night.
  • Tyler Bray had another rough SEC performance, throwing two INTs.
  • Derek Dooley falls to 0-14 against top 25 teams during his tenure.
  • Bama led at halftime 23-10, but they outscored the Vols 21-3 in the second half.
  • Biggest Takeaway: The only team that will beat Alabama is Alabama. They play to their own standards and not against their opponents, but themselves. The offense very much came alive and is forming a very sexy compliment to an already nasty defense. McCarron really went off with his first 300-yard passing game and four touchdowns. He has yet to throw an INT, and he should be moving up in the Heisman talk soon. This team may be more complete than last year’s team. Is that possible?

#11 Georgia 29, Kentucky 24

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  • The Bulldogs looked very lethargic over the course of the game in Lexington.
  • They needed the Gators to take care of business, and they still control their own destiny in the SEC.
  • QB Aaron Murray threw four TDs, and he became the school’s career leader in TD passes.
  • Murray finished 30 of 38 for 427 yards and four touchdowns.
  • WR’s Tavarres King and Malcolm Mitchell combined for 18 catches for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
  • The Bulldogs only ran for 77 yards and were very much one dimensional.
  • Kentucky amassed 329 yards of total offense and 206 yards on the ground, and they moved the football throughout the game with a sub-par offense.
  • The Cats actually had a chance to recover a late onside kick with the score 29-24, but the Bulldogs pounced on it before the kicker could. UGA then ran out the clock.
  • UK RBs Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders combined for 30 carries for 159 yards and one touchdown.
  • Biggest Takeaway: Georgia isn’t quite the team everyone thought they would be. Obviously they were dominated by South Carolina two weeks ago, and the defense just isn’t playing to its potential. While it should be noted that Jarvis Jones sat out of the game with an injury, I’m not sure how much of an effect he would have had. We know the offense can score, but can the defense step up against a ground-pounding Florida team next week? The winner wins the SEC East.  Mark Richt doesn’t know if Jarvis Jones or DE Abry Jones will be ready in time for Florida next week.

#12 Mississippi State 45, Middle Tennessee 3

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  • QB Tyler Russell was once again very good for the Bulldogs. He completed 17 of 21 for 191 yards and three TDs.
  • MSU only led 10-3 at halftime, but they scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to open up a very comfortable lead.
  • RB LaDarius Perkins carried 20 times for 125 yards and one touchdown, breaking a 64-yarder early in the third quarter to get the scoring spree started.
  • DB Johnthan Banks picked another pass off tonight that tied school mark set by Walt Harris. Banks has four INTs on the season.
  • MSU’s offense racked up 446 total yards and 231 yards on the ground.
  • WR Chris Smith caught seven passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns to lead the receivers.
  • Biggest Takeaway: Well, here you go Bulldog fans. You’re sitting 7-0 with a huge road test against #1 Alabama next week. This is what we’ve been waiting for to see if the Bulldogs are a contender or a pretender. This will be a huge game, and College GameDay won’t even be there to see it. They are heading to Norman, Oklahoma, to see the Sooners and Irish. It’s the equivalent of “spreading the wealth” in college football. Nonetheless, everyone in the SEC will be glued to this game.

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