1. This defense is GOOD. Except for two big scoring plays, Army could not get much going offensively. UConn displayed a strong defensive effort against the triple option, which bodes well for the Huskies' home date with Navy in two weeks. The defense did a great job holding the edge and forcing everything outside, and the defensive line shed blocks well. Army only mustered nine first downs in the game.
It was the Cats' first SEC road win since November of 2009. UK’s previous SEC road win was at Georgia, 34-27, on Nov. 21, 2009.
Things started well enough for the home team. After a Skai Moore interception set up a short Mitch touchdown run, the Wildcats took over, picking up 176 yards on the ground en route to a 24-7 halftime lead. Mikel Horton and Jojo Kemp had a score each, while Patrick Towles scored on a keeper after a Kentucky field goal to give the Wildcats a comfortable cushion in the game's first thirty minutes.
Once again, Will Grier starred at quarterback for the Gators, completing 10 of 17 throws for 155 yards and two touchdowns. But he wasn't nearly as precise as he was against New Mexico State a week ago, missing on several throws and also throwing an interception that caromed out of Alvin Bailey's hands and into a Pirates defender's mitts. And Treon Harris, marginalized by Grier starting, did even less, completing just five of eight passes and adding 32 yards as a runner.
And to some extent you'd be right. Georgia never trailed in this game. In fact by the second quarter the lead never dipped below double figures. The Georgia defense was generally dominating, not allowing Vanderbilt inside the Bulldog 10 yard line until halfway through the fourth quarter. The Bulldog offense committed no turnovers (pushing Mark Richt's record in games without a giveaway to 37-2).
The Commodores rode a strong defensive effort to keep this week's game against #9 Georgia close, but ultimately their offense couldn't capitalize on those opportunities in a 31-14 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday. Vandy limited UGA's scoring opportunities and gave the home team a few chances to pull off the upset, but Johnny McCrary and the Vanderbilt offense failed to capitalize on their chances, dropping to 0-2 in the process.
2. The Mississippi State rushing attack and offensive line have to show up. The Bulldogs are not going to win many games when they run for under 60 yards, and unfortunately, that was the case Saturday against LSU. The Bulldogs did not run the ball well against Southern Miss either. This has to change for the rest of SEC play.
BYU won 35-24 over #20 Boise State but my big take away from this game? This is definitely an honor code violation:
I guess BYU is making a habit of playing dirty huh?
31-24 Oklahoma is your final. 17-0 is the biggest lead Tennessee has blown at home in school history. Butch Jones continues to recruit lights out, but for the third year in a row, when the Vols had a big game at home, they choked hard. Vanderbilt in 2013. Florida in 2014. And Oklahoma in 2015. Three 50/50 matchups in Neyland. Three fourth quarter leads. Three losses.
Speaking of Allen, he threw 53 passes. FIFTY-THREE. How do you throw for 412 yards and zero touchdowns? That has to be some sort of record. Who is this team? Arkansas had a strong identity, or so we all thought. To be fair, the rushing game wasn't working at all. In 31 attempts, Arkansas gained just 103 yards. That's not good enough.
Hey Arkansas it's okay, Mizzou lost a non-conference game once and still managed a decent season.
LSU tried very hard to lose a game that had all but salted away. LSU took an early 14-0 lead and then put the offense up on blocks for the rest of the game. Even when State threatened early in the second half, LSU woke up, let Fournette score another TD, and went up comfortable 21-6 with 6:56 left in the 3rd quarter.*
1) Jeremy Johnson may not be very good. At all. HOWEVER, I am not in favor of pulling him right now. I think he's shaken from last week. I think we've ruined QBs by pulling them in the past. He still throws some great balls. It's not all on him, either. He does seem to be very bad at reading coverages, though, which is very disconcerting.
This game was fun to watch. The passing game (under Kelly at least) was damn near unstoppable. The defense had a bit off that bend-but-don't-break thing going on, but they made big plays when they needed to. And for a second straight week, we didn't have to worry about the outcome of the game pretty much as soon as the ball kicked off.