Saturday’s games are in the books for Week 10. What plays will we remember? Here are five plays that explained week 10 in the SEC.
TJ Yeldon’s 28-yard touchdown catch and run will live on in infamy in Tuscaloosa, and people will be talking about Alabama’s touchdown drive against LSU many years from now. And likewise, we’ll be talking about Yeldon’s superior talent as a big-time back with a huge future for many years, too. Alabama took advantage of LSU’s aggressive defense, and Doug Nussmeier called the perfect play on the screen pass to Yeldon. When it counted, Alabama rose up to the challenge and hit Baton Rouge right in the gut with less than a minute remaining.
Johnny Manziel ran wild once again, but it didn’t get any wilder than his 37-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0. Mississippi State’s defense was no match for Johnny Boy, as he racked up 440 yards and two touchdowns on the day. If you thought running the ball is Manziel’s only strength, he only completed 30 of his 36 passes, too, good for 83 percent. If he goes off against Alabama next week, the Heisman race better watch out. He’ll replace AJ McCarron’s name on the ballot if he does the unthinkable in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
Aaron Murray’s 40-yard touchdown pass explained the whole game for Georgia and Ole Miss. The Rebels had momentum early, and they were playing out of their minds for the better part of the first quarter. However, after two sacks and time running out in the half, Murray ran around the pocket and hit Tavarres King for a touchdown with :04 left, ultimately erasing everything the Rebels accomplished in the first two quarters. Georgia took the 14-10 lead and scored 37 total answered points in the 37-10 rout over the Rebels that crushed the Gators’ dreams of making it to Atlanta.
Did you hear Florida eked by another opponent this week? Good thing they were playing Missouri and James Franklin, who threw four interceptions. If not for a top five defense in the country, Florida would be sitting exactly where they were last season. Missouri was driving in the third quarter looking to take the lead, and Franklin threw yet another pass high once again. This time soon to be NFL safety Matt Elam picked it off at the five-yard line, and Florida went on to win 14-7 in another underwhelming offensive game. Yeah, I hear you Florida fans – eight wins is very good!
Tyler Bray had a career day against Troy on Saturday, throwing for 530 yards and five touchdowns, setting a new Tennessee record in passing yards in one game. And Jim Chaney is finally learning how to use Cordarrelle Patterson. If you’re not going to give him the football, at least use him as a decoy. It’s about time. The fake pitch to Patterson and Bray’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter was a thing of beauty.