SEC Football news and notes

  • SEC kickers getting a workout.  After six weeks, SEC teams have scored 222 offensive touchdowns and 100 field goals.  That equates to 68.9 percent of all offensive scores coming from touchdowns and 31.1 percent from field goals.  It is the highest percentage of field goals in a single-season in the SEC since 1992, when SEC teams accounted for 172 field goals (35.3 percent) and 315 offensive touchdowns (64.7 percent).
  • SEC teams attempt 28.8 passes per game, which is the second lowest total amount NCAA FBS conferences.  Only the Big East at 28.6 passes per game attempt lower.  The Big 12 attempts the most (35.7) and the average per game in all NCAA FBS is 31.2 passes per game.
  • SEC teams have scored more touchdowns on interceptions (12) and kickoff returns (7) than any other NCAA FBS conference.
  • SEC teams have made more field goals (100) than any other conference in NCAA FBS.  The next closest conference is the ACC with 79 field goals made.

SEC School Nuggets

ALABAMA - Sophomore running back Mark Ingram is one of only three players in NCAA FBS to average more than 100 rushing yards per game and 10 or more total touchdowns.  Only others are Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State) and Toby Gerhart (Stanford).  Ingram averages 109.8 yards per game and has 10 TDs (7 rushing/3 passing).

ARKANSAS - The Razorbacks are a perfect 20-for-20 scoring in the redzone this year.  Arkansas is one of three NCAA FBS teams who are perfect scoring in the redzone in 2009:  Virginia and San Jose State.

AUBURN - 31 players have played in their first career games as Auburn Tigers so far this season.  Of those, 12 have seen their first career starts this season.  Auburn has won 12 consecutive games at Jordan-Hare Stadium with Gene Chizik on the coaching staff (2003-2004 as Tiger assistant coach).

FLORIDA - Since 2005, Florida has committed the least amount of turnovers than any NCAA FBS team (72).  In that time, the Gators have had 18 games in which they did not turn the ball over at all (second of all NCAA FBS teams:  West Virginia - 20).

GEORGIA - Sophomore defensive back Brandon Boykin is the first player in SEC history with two 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season.  He had one against Tennessee last week and one against South Carolina earlier this season.

KENTUCKY - In five games this season, the UK offensive line has given up just five sacks - which is third in the SEC and 16th in the nation.  Last year, the O-line gave up only 13 sacks and ranked fourth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed.

LSU - WR Brandon LaFell has now caught a pass in 34 straight games (33 of those multiple-reception games) dating back to the 2007 Sugar Bowl versus Notre Dame.  LaFell's streak is the fifth longest streak in the nation. Central Michigan's Bryan Anderson leads the nation with 46consecutive games with a catch.

OLE MISS - The Rebel defense has been accumulating sacks lately.  The Rebels lead the SEC in sacks per game (2.80) and is second in total sacks (14).  In the last three games, Ole Miss is averaging 3.33 sacks per game.  The Rebel defense is the only unit in the SEC with three players among the top 11 in sacks - Kentrell Lockett (4th/3.5), Patrick Trahan (T7th/3.0) and Greg Hardy (T7th/3.0).

MISSISSIPPI STATE - Senior running back Anthony Dixon has rushed for 3,164 yards in his four-year career at Mississippi State. With just 49 yards this weekend, Dixon will pass Jerious Norwood's school rushing record of 3,212 set from 2002-05.  Currently, he also ranks 20th in SEC history.

SOUTH CAROLINA - South Carolina has outscored its opponents 64-13 in the third quarter, its highest scoring quarter and the fewest allowed points in a quarter.  Under Steve Spurrier, the Gamecocks are 5-7 when entering a game as a ranked team and 6-13 against opponents ranked in the Top 25.

TENNESSEE - Senior tailback Montario Hardesty rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries against Georgia and has moved up four spots to 20th in school history with 1,718 career rushing yards.  His 19 career rushing scores rank 14th in school history.

VANDERBILT - The Commodore defense has held 18 of its last 19 opponents under 25 points.  The only team to post more than 24 points on the Vandy defense since the 2008 opener is Florida (42 on Nov. 8, 2008).  Freshman tailback Warren Norman accumulated 171 all-purpose yards against Army in his first career start.