Published September 16, 2012 - 9:45am
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Here’s a quick recap of all week three games and performances that stood out:
Auburn 31, ULM 28
- It wasn’t pretty but Auburn got the win in overtime with a field goal
- Kiehl Frazier started off strong in the first half, but he didn’t finish the game too well. He was 10 of 18 for 130 yards and one touchdown, with one INT.
- Frazier’s Hail Mary just before halftime proved to be the difference
- ULM had over 400 yards of total offense on Tigers’ defense
- Auburn committed two turnovers, but still found a way to win the game
- Credit the players and coaches for not quitting
- Onterio McCalebb carried 11 times for 128 yards and one touchdown
- Corey Lemonier was a terror off the edge and was a difference-maker in the second half
- Auburn has to learn how to finish games. They were up 28-14 and never could put it away in the second half.
- With LSU coming to town next, Auburn needed this win in the worst way
- QB Kiel Frazier needs to become more than a game manager if the Tigers are going to do anything the rest of the season in the SEC
Vanderbilt 58, Presbyterian 0
- It was all Vandy from the get-go
- RB Zac Stacy racked up 174 yards rushing with one touchdown
- Freshman RB Brian Kimbrow carried 14 times for 137 yards and one touchdown
- QB Austyn Carta-Samuels started in place of Jordan Rodgers and was 13 of 20 for 195 yards and one TD
- Vandy’s defense only gave up 149 total yards all game
- Vandy showing some life on offense heading into Georgia next week
#1 Alabama 52, Arkansas 0
- Bama exerted their will against a beaten down and abused Hogs’ team
- Without Tyler Wilson, the Hogs posed no offensive threat all day
- Arkansas self-imploded, committing five turnovers
- Bama’s defense held Arkansas to 137 yards total, with 58 rushing yards
- The Alabama running game racked up 225 yards on the ground with six rushing touchdowns
- AJ McCarron threw for 189 yards and one touchdown, but he didn’t have to do much at all
- This marks Alabama’s second straight shut out, with last week’s coming against WKU
- Wilson criticized his teammates after the loss saying they “quit”
- Is there any doubt Bama is the most dominant team in the country?
#18 Florida 37, #23 Tennessee 20
- Tennessee had the lead at halftime 14-10, but it was all Florida in the second half
- The Gators scored the final 24 points and really exerted their will in the second half
- Gators’ QB Jeff Driskel was as cool as the other side of the pillow under pressure. He finished 14 of 20 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 81 yards.
- Florida’s two big plays – Trey Burtons 80-yard TD run and Frankie Hammond’s 75-yard TD catch – were the big plays Florida hasn’t had this year yet
- Florida racked up 555 yards of total offense, compared to 340 of Tennessee
- Florida also rushed for 336 yards compared to the Vols’ 83
- The best rushing team has won the last 21 of 23 games, and that was the main takeaway of the night
- The biggest takeaways from this game are that Florida’s team is buying into Will Muschamp, and that Tennessee folds when it hits adversity
Texas A&M 48, SMU 3
- QB Johnny Manziel took over this game. He finished 20 of 36 for 294 yards and four TDs through the air. He also rushed 13 times for 124 yards and two TDs. Six total touchdowns isn’t a bad day.
- Aggies rolled up 605 total yards of offense, with 380 of them coming through the air
- Texas A&M is better than what people think, now that Manziel has some experience
- This team will be tough to beat moving forward if they develop a better running attack with their running backs.
- Star RB Christine Michael was suspended for the SMU game for unknown reasons
Missouri 24, Arizona State 20
- QB James Franklin did not play in the game because of a right shoulder injury, the same shoulder he had surgery on in the spring
- Backup QB Corbin Berkstresser completed 21 of 41 for 198 yards and played good in Franklin’s absence
- Mizzou’s defense forced four turnovers, and it was the difference in the game. The defense stepped up at the biggest time.
- RB Kendial Lawrence carried 16 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns
- This was a big win for Missouri, after losing last week. It gets some momentum back on their side.
#8 South Carolina 49, UAB 6
- Steve Spurrier picked up his 200th collegiate career win
- Connor Shaw started the game and reinjured his right shoulder. He finished 8 of 14 for 107 yards before getting hurt. His status for next week is largely unknown.
- Backup Dylan Thompson played well again filling in for Shaw, connecting on 5 of 10 passes for 177 yards and two TDs
- RB Marcus Lattimore had 12 carries for 85 yards and one TD
- Gamecocks’ defense stepped up on run defense, keeping UAB to just 27 yards on the ground
- It looks like Thompson will be starting in SC’s second conference game against Missouri, unless Shaw can recover quickly
Mississippi State 30, Troy 24
- MSU is off to first 3-0 start since since 1999 and has now won 13 consecutive non-conference games
- Tyler Russell shined again, throwing for 244 yards and three TDs
- WR Chad Bumphis is starting to breakout of his shell as a senior. He caught six passes for 180 yards and all three TDs. He’s been big all season so far.
- RB LaDarius Perkins carried 23 times for 179 yards and one TD
- MSU’s defense forced four turnovers
- MSU should start 4-0, as they face South Alabama next week
#7 Georgia 56, FAU 20
- Aaron Murray had a career night, throwing for 342 yards and two touchdowns
- Georgia’s offense racked up over 700 yards of offense, a school record
- RB Todd Gurley carried 10 times for 111 yards and one TD
- RB Keith Marshall carried 10 times for 104 yards and one TD
- However, Georgia committed four turnovers. That has to get cleaned up before next week against Vanderbilt.
- LB Jarvis Jones sat out with an injury
#3 LSU 63, Idaho 14
- LSU has now won an NCAA FBS record 40th-straight non-conference regular season games
- LSU safety Ronald Martin had two INTs, with one returned for a TD
- LSU’s defense forced four total interceptions on the night, and two of them were returned for TDs
- QB Zach Mettenberger was 17 of 22 for 222 yards and two TDs, and he played much better and was more efficiently on the night
- RB Kenny Hilliard rushed 11 times for 116 yards and two TDs
- Tigers’ RBs combined for five rushing touchdowns
- Tigers’ defense held Idaho to 213 total yards, with only 39 rushing yards
- LSU looks really ready for a date against Auburn next week
#14 Texas 66, Ole Miss 31
- You have to credit Ole Miss for fighting and never giving up
- The air in Oxford was electric before and during this game
- Texas racked up 676 total yards on offense, compared to Ole Miss’ 399
- QB Bo Wallace was held in check for most of the night, as the Longhorns forced three INTs
- Ole Miss’ defense simply couldn’t match Texas’ prolific offense. The Longhorns scored on seven straight possessions at one point.
- It was obvious that Texas was just the bigger and better team early in the game
- No harm done for Ole Miss, as this was expected. They still scored 31 points on arguably the top defense in the Big 12.
- The Rebels have to bounce back this week with a road trip to Tulane