SEC stat leaders: Week 11
The upsets continued in the SEC this weekend, as Auburn and Texas A&M were taken out thanks to game-clinching drives by Georgia and Ole Miss, respectively. Some of Saturday’s stars got their name in the paper, but even fewer will make it into this week’s SEC stat leaders.
Most Passing yards (individual)
- Jalen Hurts, Alabama — 347 yards, 4 TDs
- Shea Patterson, Ole Miss — 338 yards, 2 TDs
- Drew Lock, Mizzou—294 yards, 2 TDs
Jalen Hurts is special, and he’s only getting better. This game was essentially a practice, as this Alabama offense could have mailed it in and won by 20, but they used those extra reps to work on the passing game with deadly results.
Shea Patterson’s performance Saturday night was an SEC instant classic. After Chad Kelly, the captain, leader and unquestioned best player on Ole Miss went down, this season looked lost.
With nothing to lose, they burned Patterson’s redshirt, and what followed was one of the most dazzling freshman quarterback debuts in SEC history. Patterson led the Rebels back from the brink of defeat with two second-half touchdowns and upset a favored Texas A&M squad in College Station. Though Rebels fans’ high hopes of another New Year’s bowl game were doused early this year, the future looks much brighter in Oxford.
Drew Lock came out slinging again this week, and his team finally won – though they played Vandy at home. Lock and Co. have been long overdue for some good luck.
Most rushing yards (individual)
- Derrius Guice, LSU — 252 yards, 2 TDs
- Damarea Crockett, Mizzou — 154 yards, 0 TDs
- Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee — 147 yards, 2 TDs
Leonard who? Again, an LSU ground game led by backup tailback Derrius Guice demoralized a defense. Fournette was taking selfies with fans by the time the fourth quarter started giving Guice his chance to shine. He did just that with a 96-yard touchdown run as an exclamation point.
There have been a ton of bumps in the road for new Mizzou coach Barry Odom, but Damarea Crockett is the kind of back you can build around. He’s ninth in the SEC with 837 rushing yards. In a season of uncertainty, the freshman has been a bright light.
If Joshua Dobbs could play Kentucky every week, he’d probably win the Heisman. Dobbs will finish his Tennessee career at 4-0 against the Wildcats, and no one will be happier to see him building airplanes next year than Mark Stoops.
Most receiving yards (individual)
- ArDarius Stewart, Alabama — 156 yards, 3 TDs
- J’Mon Moore, Mizzou — 138 yards, 2 TDs
- Josh Malone, Tennessee — 92 yards, 1 TD
ArDarius Steward had a big performance against Mississippi State on Saturday, hauling in three touchdowns and amassing 156 yards. What he lacks in postgame interview skills, he makes up for by blowing by defenders with his blinding speed.
J’Mon Moore plays like a freak of nature, and his name will be about the last on the list of those at fault for the Tigers missing a bowl. This guy has NFL size, and his football story is far from over.
Josh Malone nearly topped 100 years for the second consecutive week as the Josh Dobbs wrecking crew was in full force.
Most total yards (team)
- Kentucky (vs. Tennessee) — 635 yards
- Alabama (vs. Miss. State) — 615 yards
- Tennessee (vs. Kentucky) — 599 yards
In true UK fashion, Kentucky executed its offensive game plan almost flawlessly on Saturday but still lost bigger than the 13-point margin would indicate. They always say defense wins championships – well it doesn’t hurt in SEC regular season games, either.
Alabama totally dismantled Mississippi State in a way that nearly everyone but Nick Fitzgerald’s mom thought they would. Nothing to see here.
Tennessee went blow for blow with Kentucky, but scored points instead of leaving them on the table. This Vols offense has played with new life since their loss to South Carolina, and they’re making a case to get to Atlanta.
Most rushing yards (team)
- Kentucky (vs. Tennessee) — 443 yards
- LSU (vs. Arkansas) — 390 yards
- Tennessee (vs. Kentucky) — 376 yards
ESPN had a nice graphic that the last 30 teams to rush for 400 yards won that game. Well, UK, here we are. The ‘Cats have a phenomenal ground game, and their season has been a pleasant surprise, but these past two weeks have been heartbreaking.
LSU has the best one-two punch of running backs in the league, and they feasted on an ill-prepared Arkansas front seven.
Maybe Tennessee would be undefeated if they started Joshua Dobbs at running back. When he’s on, the senior quarterback has some of the niftiest moves you’ll see outside of Louisville, and his legs can set up the passing game as well as making defenders account for him instead of a running back.
Fewest rushing yards allowed
- Florida (vs. South Carolina) — 43 yards
- LSU (vs. Arkansas) — 81 yards
- Alabama (vs. Miss. State) — 94 yards
South Carolina’s trip to The Swamp came at a perfect time for both teams. With Jake Bentley playing well, this loss pumped the brakes on the hype train just enough to stop someone from picking the Gamecocks to win the East next year. With Florida fans wanting to run Jim McElwain out of town like Frankenstein’s monster, the Gators’ win showed that he’s still better than Will Muschamp – for a day, at least.
LSU looks to have done the opposite of recent history when transitioning from Les Miles to Ed Orgeron. In previous years, a hard loss to Bama would cause the season to go off the tracks, and a streaking Arkansas would take them to the woodshed. None of that on Saturday, as the LSU defense built on a strong performance from last week.
Alabama’s front seven is terrifying and Nick Fitzgerald is Mississippi State’s leading rusher.
Fewest passing yards allowed
- Georgia (vs. Auburn) — 37 yards
- Arkansas (vs. LSU) — 157 yards
- Alabama (vs. Miss. State) — 180 yards
Auburn’s offense looked lost Saturday, especially in the second half. They failed to get a first down after halftime, and a Sean White interception turned into the only touchdown Georgia scored.
Arkansas limited Danny Etling, but LSU’s running duo made throwing the ball unnecessary.
Alabama throttled Mississippi State, and Nick Fitzgerald couldn’t get much going despite trailing from the onset.