The frustration mounted as Patrick Towles badly underthrew Garrett Johnson and the Cajuns intercepted it. Adding insult to injury the Cajuns would methodically march down the field and score on a read option QB keep from 23 yards out. Louisiana would once again convert the two-point conversion and we were tied at 33 with 7:36 to go.
Connor Mitch Will Be Fine, Everybody Have Some Patience If you look at his raw numbers you'd probably think Mitch had an absolutely terrible game. 9/22 for 122 yards and a touchdown doesn't exactly inspire confidence from a former 4 star recruit. But those numbers don't tell the entire story. David Williams had 3 drops on swing routes that would have netted him at least 10 yards a pop, Jerrell Adams had one hit him in the face that he didn't even put his hands up for (at least from what I could tell) and Deebo Samuel dropped a tough catch on what was pretty much a perfect throw that would've been about a 50 yard gain.
The first half ended with more of the same from the offense; another Will Grier passing touchdown. The defense, however, took a step back as Marcell Harris (being forced to play corner back because of the absence of Marcus Maye and Keanu Neal) got beat for a TD on the side line on a 9 route. Halftime ended 34-13, Florida.
Nick Chubb, as always, was in command of things. finishing with 16 carries for 120 yards. Also welcome was the return to form of Keith Marshall, whose 10 carry, 73 yard rushing performance included some nice cuts and some runs on which he dragged multiple UL-M defenders. Much the same could be said for Malcolm Mitchell. If you take out the 28 yard touchdown above his 3 catch, 52 yard day was fairly pedestrian statistically. But he looked like the Mitchell of old in terms of route-running and cutting. That's also a very positive sign.
Vandy responded with an 86-yard drive that peaked with a 19-yard Webb run that gave the team first-and-goal, but McCrary forced a bad pass into the end zone that was intercepted by Nick Holt to end the scoring threat. The Toppers punted, and Dallas Rivers powered a 52-yard drive down to the WKU 10 - but Tommy Openshaw's 28-yard field goal went wide left to keep this game knotted at 0-0 midway through the second quarter.
2) It would have been nice to see De'Runnya Wilson be more involved in the passing game. He had several nice blocks to open up large running plays, but it would have been better to see his plays happening through the air. They finally made a big play with each other with about six minutes to play.
Non-Conference Game in Kansas City, MO
Tanner Mangum came in and performed admirably. He lead two scoring drives going 7/11 for 111 yards and 1 almost miracle touchdown. Not only did Mangum show poise and lead a game winning drive, but I'm sure that the fears of many Cougar fans by seeing Tanner play as well as he did.
Tennessee fans were in a frenzy throughout the game Saturday, as Bowling Green amassed 433 passing yards in the game and connected on multiple big pass plays on almost every drive. Bowling Green's starting quarterback Matt Johnson completed 27-of-49 passes for 424 yards and two scores and had his way with Tennessee's secondary at times during the game. The secondary's struggles weren't because of a lack of pass rush up front. Tennessee's defense got 3 sacks and had plenty of pressure for most of the game against Bowling Green, but Johnson was able to find receivers quickly and down the field on multiple occasions.
Otherwise, Allen had complete control of the offense. He was 14-for-18 for 308 yards and four touchdowns, tying a personal best. None of them were easy, short-yardage scores, either. Two of them were long passes to Keon Hatcher, and the other two were simple sideline screen passes that Drew Morgan and Jared Cornelius were able to take to the house.
PAY THE MAN HIS MONEY! The John Chavis hire will go down as the single smartest thing that Kevin Sumlin has ever done. Think about it...we had that defensive performance without Obioha, Alaka, Hilliard, and Walker. With all those guys out we held them to less than 300 yards. To put that in perspective in 2014 ASU averaged 36.9 ppg and 442 yards. We held them to 17 points and 291 yards. Wow.
Not really a post-game recap just the numbers
That's when I knew it was over. Any time there is a conflict between the SEC and LSU, we know who wins. A half an hour later, LSU cancelled the game and its offcials were left answering questions from the media regarding the decision. Meanwhile. there wasn't an SEC official to be seen. It was left to Alleva and Miles to justify the decision and put a happy spin on it.
The defense was really the story for Auburn. From that first interception to a Justin Garrett scoop and score, the defense was constantly in the backfield of Louisville. They pressured the QB on almost every passing play. They were stuffing runs. Sure, they had some bad plays, but for the most part the D was attacking and looked good.
The Rebs' first few possessions unfolded in predictably helter-skelter fashion, but fear not, Chad Kelly and the ramblin' band found their groove astride Jaylen Walton and the ever important battle of field position. If the Rebs' scorecard doesn't reflect a yardage gain commensurate with 76 points scored, please bear in mind that UT Martin's punter detests kicks past the 30 yard line. Starting offensive drives from the 40 is, like, very very helpful.