SEC EAST (and Mizzou's opponents in the SEC West)
I didn't get to watch SCAR v Georgia but I'll probably end up watching it a little later today - sounds like it's a must see.
However, while the defense gave up 35 points and over 400 yards, it also got some key stops in this game. Carolina gave Georgia the ball right back on the ensuing drive after Brandon Wilds lost a fumble on a botched option pitch, but the Carolina defense forced one of the first of several field goal attempts, keeping Georgia from taking a two-TD lead. Carolina would mount another impressive drive on the ensuing possession to retake the lead. After UGA added a field goal to Carolina's touchdown and field goal in the second quarter, Carolina took a surprising 24-13 lead to the half.
Hutson Mason may be the real life son of Bruce Willis's character from Unbreakable. He cannot throw a wet football well, as we previously saw in the Gator Bowl. He was also clearly not in sequence with his receivers for much of the night. It wasn't the worst performance a Bulldog quarterback has ever had in Columbia. But there's a good chance the Red and Black win this game if the performance were only marginally better.
It took three overtimes. It took a record night from Demarcus Robinson. It took every bit of Matt Jones's heart. It took time stopping. It took over 500 yards of offense to compensate for more than 400 from Kentucky — Kentucky.
The 'Dores came back behind Robinette's touchdowns and an Adam Butler fumble recovery in the UMass end zone, but they could not sustain that momentum in the second half. Massachusetts took their first possession of the frame 66 yards behind Lorenzo Woodley's running and a pair of pass interference calls to make it 31-20. Vandy appeared to get back within striking distance when Andrew Williamson blasted Frohnapfel and forced a fumble that Stephen Weatherly returned 48 yards for a touchdown. However, that call was overturned and Vanderbilt rolled into the fourth quarter down by two possessions.
Let’s just get one thing straight at the outset — the Kentucky Wildcats went down in triple overtime 36-30 to the Florida Gators, but the Gators know, and if they don’t know and admit it they are straight-up jerks, that they lost this football game. A bad call by an official was the only reason Florida gets to claim this as a win. That is an absolute, incontrovertible fact, and only a blind man or brain-dead partisan would even attempt to contest it. I don’t like to be a sore loser, but when a transparently bad call costs you a game, you have a right to complain and demand recognition of reality. So I do.
I can very much see why Kenny won the starting gig over Kyle. He takes care of the ball and his short/intermediate game is almost flawless when he's really on. He can take the team down the field incredibly easily. That being said, Kenny had a few balls that were thrown behind his WRs and he's still struggling mightily with the long ball. I really dont know if that can be fixed this year...and the cynical part of me says that we will need that long ball to win against the likes of Auburn and Alabama, but I guess we'll see. His 39 yard run was pretty nifty though huh.
In this, the Sooners' advantage also showed up in a couple of specific spots that kept the game just on the right side of comfortable for Oklahoma. Late in the third quarter the Vols were down 27-10 but driving, when Worley fired for Jason Croom in single coverage in the end zone. Croom had a chance to make the play, but sophomore star Zack Sanchez ended up with the ball in a key interception. On the next drive, early in the fourth quarter, Tennessee moved to 3rd and 2 at the Oklahoma 4, but a tipped ball on a good defensive play turned into a 100 yard pick six. They were big plays in timely moments, plays great teams make and Oklahoma made them.
Nursing a seven-point halftime lead, the Hogs converted three third downs and a fourth down on the opening drive of the second half to push their lead to 14 points. The touchdown came on a 3rd-and-goal play that looked like a disaster until when Brandon Allen was forced to run back and back but eventually was able to run through the left side and get into the end zone untouched for a touchdown. Once Arkansas had the 14-point lead, the Red Raiders never had the ball with a chance to tie the game.
Sims threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in three quarters and emerged as the Crimson Tide's undisputed starting quarterback -- for now, at least -- in a 52-12 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night.
It's tough to draw too many conclusions from this game. It is ULM, after all. LSU is supposed to blow them out, and that's exactly what they did. But it was fun to watch HOW this LSU team blew ULM out. This is the kind of football we've come to expect from LSU: powerful, ball-control offense methodically breaking down the opposing team's will, while the defense dominates the game.
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2. Dak Prescott is good at football. Dak led all players in passing and rushing with 201 yards through the air and 139 yards on the ground. He also accounted for two touchdowns. Josh Robinson is proving himself to be invaluable as well. Josh came into the game as the second leading rusher in the SEC and he ran for 77 yards and scored two touchdowns. If Dak and Josh can continue to produce like they did today, State could win some games they're not supposed to.
On offense, quarterback Bo Wallace had another excellent game, completing 23 of his 28 passes for 316 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception that was kinda-sorta-maybe not his fault. His top target was senior Vince Sanders, who caught eight passes for 125 yards and two scores. Cody Core and Jaylen Walton also contributed for touchdowns in the passing game.
Observations on Week 3:
- If you thought South Carolina was going to be a push over based on their loss to Texas A&M I think you mis-judged how good A&M is going to be this year.
- The road to the SEC East championship still goes through Columbia, I'll let you decide which one.
- I was really starting to be concerned about Florida's new-found offense, but if Kentucky (who's not going to be the worst team in the SEC this year!) did that to them I think all these pundits have to seriously re-evaluate their prediction of Florida as 3rd in the SEC East.
- Hey Vandy congrats on not letting the conference down!
- Texas A&M against Rice means nothing, but I'm increasingly finding it difficult to see Mizzou pull off a win against them.
- Tennessee got beat, but it wasn't the score wasn't I'd imagined it'd be, although the manner in which it occurred lined up pretty well.
- Arkansas (an "SEC" team) beat a Big12 team by playing like a B1G team.
- If SCAR-Georgia-Florida is Mizzou's gauntlet then I think A&M-Tennessee-Arkansas is the left hand.