Recapping a wild final SEC weekend in 60 seconds

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Here’s a week 13 recap for all games:

#7 LSU 20, Arkansas 13

  • LSU stayed in BCS bowl contention Friday with the win over Arkansas in Fayetteville. But with the Florida win over FSU, the Gators will get the SEC’s second BCS bowl bid. Another 10-win season for the Tigers under Les Miles.
  • Arkansas fought back from a 17-3 deficit to make it 17-13 in the fourth quarter.
  • John L. Smith had two questionable calls in the second half. He elected to kick a field goal from inside the five-yard line when he should have gone for it, and he elected to punt it late in the fourth when it was a very manageable fourth down situation. It was frustrating to watch from a coaching standpoint. 
  • LSU WR Jarvis Landry delivered the catch of the year with a one-hand twisting catch in the end zone for a touchdown.
  • QB Tyler Wilson ends his illustrious career for Arkansas, throwing for 359 yards and one touchdown. Wilson passed former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet’s mark of 7,493 yards passing in the second quarter.
  • WR Cobi Hamilton also caught 10 passes for 98 yards.
  • LSU QB Zach Mettenberger threw for 217 yards and one touchdown, and he connected with Landry on eight passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.
  • Arkansas had a chance to tie it late in the game, but the clock expired on the Hogs.
  • Main Takeaway: John L. Smith was relieved of his duties Saturday morning, and he will not return as the head coach. Arkansas is also said to hire their next coach in the next 10 days. We can finally close the book not only on Smith at Arkansas but Bobby Petrino, too. LSU should play in the Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl or the Cotton Bowl.

#3 Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10

  • It was very apparent early that Tech could not stop Georgia on offense.
  • Tech fumbled at the Bulldogs’ one-yard line early in the game, and the rout was clearly on after that.
  • UGA led 42-10 late in the game behind Aaron Murray’s two touchdown passes, and Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall’s combined four rushing touchdowns.
  • Eight different UGA WRs caught passes.
  • Georgia’s defense forced two turnovers and are playing their best football.
  • Main Takeaway: Georgia’s team is peaking at just the right moment, and they will give Alabama all they want next week in Atlanta. Murray is playing as well as any QB in the country right now, and the running game is firing on all cylinders. The defense, however, has played particularly well in the last few weeks, and they will be absolutely key against Bama next Saturday.

Tennessee 37, Kentucky 17

  • Joker Phillips has coached the final game of his Kentucky tenure, and Tennessee finally got their first win in SEC play for 2012.
  • QB Tyler Bray threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns.
  • WRs Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson caught seven passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
  • All three of Bray, Hunter and Patterson could leave early for the NFL, depending on who Tennessee hires as their next head coach.
  • Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow threw for 225 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 31 yards.
  • Main Takeaway:  The big three will await their decision on whether or not to enter the NFL Draft depending on who the next head coach is in Knoxville. I think Patterson and Hunter are gone, and it’s more likely Bray returns than either receiver. We await the coaching decision at Tennessee as well.

#4 Florida 37, #10 Florida State 26

  • Gators’ 24-point fourth quarter helped lift them to a win.
  • This was a streaky game, meaning Florida went up early 13-3. Then, FSU went up 20-13. Florida finally put the Seminoles to bed in the fourth quarter by scoring 24 unanswered points before EJ Manuel punched in a meaningless touchdown with no time left on the clock.
  • Florida came out and really kept FSU off balance in the first half, and they had a great game plan overall. The offensive line played outstandingly well against the strong defensive front of the Seminoles. 
  • Florida won the time of possession 36:20 to 23:40, and it clearly showed against FSU’s defense in the fourth quarter.
  • Florida’s defense forced five turnovers – three interceptions and two fumbles.
  • RB Mike Gillislee carried 24 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
  • QB Jeff Driskel threw for 147 yards and one touchdown.
  • The biggest play of the game was when freshman linebacker Antonio Morrison crushed EJ Manuel and forced a fumble. Florida recovered and had all the momentum. 
  • Main Takeaway: Florida saved their best game for week 13, and it took a rivalry game to make that happen. The Gators will likely be headed to a BCS bowl in New Orleans. Overall, what a season for Florida and Will Muschamp. Muschamp just may be the SEC Coach of the Year.

Vanderbilt 55, Wake Forest 21

  • Vandy has won six in a row for the first time since 1955.
  • The Dores had their way all night against the ACC foes, rushing for 203 and passing for 229.
  • RB Zac Stacy carried 21 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He caps off a great career, and he still has a bowl game left. He notched another 1,000-yard season for the second year in a row.
  • Main Takeaway: What a job James Franklin has done at Vanderbilt. How long will be there? He seems content and determined to win in Nashville, but when a bigger program comes calling, look out. If not for Will Muschamp or Kevin Sumlin, Franklin would be your coach of the year.

#2 Alabama 49, Auburn 0

  • Auburn never had a chance from the opening kickoff. It was the most lopsided Iron Bowl in 64 years.
  • Bama scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions against the Tigers.
  • QB AJ McCarron threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns.
  • RBs Eddie Lacy carried 18 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Bama rolled up 483 yards of total offense, compared to Auburn’s 163. 267 of the Tide’s yards came on the ground.
  • It turned into the skull pounding we all thought would take place.
  • Main Takeaway: Alabama has a chance to win the SEC Championship and play Notre Dame in the national championship. Bama is playing well, but other than Texas A&M, the Tide haven’t faced an offense like Georgia’s all season. It will be fun to watch. The teams are about equal, but Nick Saban would get a nod over Mark Richt. For Auburn, Gene Chizik should be fired sooner rather than later. Auburn is a dumpster fire in its current state.

Ole Miss 41, Mississippi State 24

  • Ole Miss stopped its three-game Egg Bowl skid with a win last night, and they became bowl eligible with their sixth win of the season.
  • Mississippi State has locked down the state, but Hugh Freeze had other plans for the Bulldogs.
  • QB Bo Wallace threw for 294 yards and five touchdowns, to go along with his two interceptions. He had a career night.
  • Ole Miss racked up 527 yards of total offense, compared to Mississippi State’s 333.
  • The Bulldogs were held to 1-13 on third downs and committed two turnovers.
  • WR Donte Moncrief caught seven passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns. He abused MSU corners Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay all night.
  • MSU just managed 30 total rushing yards.
  • Main Takeaway: This game did not disappoint. I thought Ole Miss would win this game, and they indeed took care of business. Freeze has put a dent in Mississippi State’s reign with his first career Egg Bowl victory in his first season in Oxford. Freeze won’t be the SEC Coach of the Year, but he’s turned this program around in a hurry.

#12 South Carolina 27, #11 Clemson 17

  • Steve Spurrier won his 65th game in eight seasons at South Carolina, surpassing Rex Enright for the most victories as a Gamecock head coach.
  • USC started backup QB Dylan Thompson, and he picked apart the Clemson secondary. He threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns on the road against the Gamecocks’ biggest rival. Connor Shaw was out with an ankle injury.
  • South Carolina converted 11 of 21 3rd downs.
  • DE Jadeveon Clowney had 4.5 sacks in the game, and he became USC’s single-season sack record holder.
  • The Gamecocks have now won four straight over the Tigers.
  • Main Takeaway: You have to tip your hat to Steve Spurrier. He beat Clemson with a backup quarterback, a backup running back and a point guard at wide receiver. Clemson just can’t beat South Carolina. The ACC is just stellar, right?

#9 Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29

  • Johnny Manziel wrapped up the Heisman Trophy this weekend, combining for 440 yards and five touchdowns. No one around the country has come close to those numbers.
  • Manziel threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 67 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.
  • Manziel went down in the first half with an apparent knee injury, but the training staff just dropped some fluid on his bionic legs and he was good to go.
  • The Aggies piled up 647 yards of total offense and connected on 12 of 16 third downs.
  • Missouri’s Kendial Lawrence had 16 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown to surpass 1,000 yards rushing this season.
  • Main Takeaway: Texas A&M may become the country’s best two-loss team. What Kevin Sumlin has done in his first year at TAMU and in the SEC is something that legends are made of. Texas A&M will likely head to the Cotton Bowl, hopefully to take on the Texas Longhorns.
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