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Schedule of Games for Oct. 2

Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) at Auburn (4-0, 2-0) (11 a.m. CT) (ESPNU)

Alcorn State (3-0) at Mississippi State (2-2, 1-2) (11 a.m. CT) (FSN & ESPN3.com)

Vanderbilt (1-2, 1-1) at Connecticut (2-2) (Noon ET) (Big East Network)

Kentucky (3-1, 0-1) at Ole Miss (2-2, 0-1) (11: 21 a.m. CT) (SEC Network & ESPN3.com)

Tennessee (2-2, 0-1) at LSU (4-0, 2-0) (2:30 p.m. CT) (CBS & CBSSports.com)

Georgia (1-3, 0-3) at Colorado (2-1) (7 p.m. ET) (FSN)

Florida (4-0, 2-0) at Alabama (4-0, 1-0) (7 p.m. CT) (CBS & CBS Sports.com)

 

Results from Sept. 25

Tennessee 32, UAB 29 (2OT) (95,183 at Knoxville, Tenn.)

Alabama 24, Arkansas 20 (76,808 at Fayetteville, Ark.)

Florida 48, Kentucky 14 (90,547 at Gainesville, Fla.)

Mississippi State 24, Georgia 12 (56,721 at Starkville, Miss.)

Auburn 35, South Carolina 27 (87,237 at Auburn, Ala.)

Ole Miss 55, Fresno State 38 (55,267 at Oxford, Miss.)

LSU 20, West Virginia 14 (92,575 at Baton Rouge, La.)

 

* - Alabama vs. Florida Tidbits

1) The game is a rematch of the 2008 and 2009 SEC Football Championship Games. It is the eighth rematch of an SEC Championship Game in the immediate next season and the fifth in a regular season SEC game. In the rematches, the team that won the SEC title game is 3-4 in the following game. These include:

1992 SEC Championship Game – Alabama 28, Florida 21 (rematch: 1993 SEC Championship Game – Florida 28, Alabama 13)

1993 SEC Championship Game – Florida 28, Alabama 13 (rematch: 1994 SEC Championship Game – Florida 24, Alabama 23)

1995 SEC Championship Game – Florida 34, Arkansas 3 (rematch: 1996 – Florida 42, at Arkansas 7)

1997 SEC Championship Game – Tennessee 30, Auburn 29 (rematch: 1998 – Tennessee 17, at Auburn 9)

2000 SEC Championship Game – Florida 28, Auburn 6 (rematch: 2001 – at Auburn 23, Florida 20)

2003 SEC Championship Game – LSU 34, Georgia 13 (rematch: 2004 – at Georgia 45, LSU 16)

2008 SEC Championship Game – Florida 31, Alabama 20 (rematch: 2009 SEC Championship Game – Alabama 32, Florida 13)

2009 SEC Championship Game – Alabama 32, Florida 13 (rematch: 2010 at Tuscaloosa)

2) The game is a pairing of two of the top three winningest teams in the SEC since 2006. Since 2006, Florida has the SEC's best overall mark at 51-7 (.879) while Alabama is third at 42-15 (.737).

3) The game is a pairing of two of the most successful SEC head coaches in league history. Currently, Florida coach Urban Meyer has the league's best win percentage in all games at SEC schools (.857, 60-10) and in SEC vs. SEC games win percentage (.800, 36-9) while Alabama's Nick Saban is 7th in win percentage in all games at SEC schools (.778, 84-24) and 5th in SEC vs. SEC games win percentage (.750, 51-17).

4) Starting quarterbacks for both teams are a combined 21-0. Alabama's Greg McElroy is 17-0 as a starting quarterback while Florida's John Brantley is 4-0 as a starter.

5) Alabama and Florida are #1-#2 in the SEC in scoring offense (UA – 39.5; UF – 37.8); #2-#3 in total defense (UA – 295.2; UF – 295.5) and #1-#3 in scoring defense (UA – 9.8; UF – 14.2). Florida and Alabama have given up just one rushing TD each this season.

6) Teams are both ranked in the top 10 this week – Alabama #1 in both AP and USA Today polls; Florida #7 in both AP and USA Today polls.

 

* - In 47 games this season, SEC teams have allowed just 48 rushing touchdowns. In all, SEC teams have allowed 108 total touchdowns, of which 101 have been from opposing offenses.

 

* - SEC teams were 3-0 against non-conference foes during the fourth weekend of the season. For the season, the SEC is 22-3 (.880) against non-conference competition. The SEC currently has the nation's top non-conference winning percentage (.880). The Big 12 (34-6, .850) and Big Ten (34-8, .810) follow closely behind.

 

* - After four weeks and 31 games at SEC stadiums, games have drawn 2,409,015 fans, an average of 77,710 fans per game. Stadiums have been filled to an average 97.97 percent capacity with 15 sellouts.

 

* - This week, the SEC has six teams ranked in the top 25 in of the USA Today Top 25 and AP polls. Alabama is first in both polls while Florida is 7th in both polls, Arkansas is 15th in both polls and LSU (12th – AP / 10th – USA Today), Auburn (10th – AP / 11th – USA Today) and South Carolina (19th – AP / 22nd – USA Today) are also ranked. The SEC and the Big Ten are tied for the most teams ranked in the top 25 this week with six each.

 

* - The SEC has had a least five teams ranked in at least one AP poll every year since expansion (1992). Since 1992, the SEC has had a least five teams ranked in the AP Top 25 a total of 218 times, an average of 11.4 times per year. Since 1992, the SEC has had a least five teams ranked for at least 10 weeks in 15 of the last 18 (not including 2010).

 

* - Two of the SEC's four intra-conference games this past weekend were decided by eight points or less. Since 2004, the SEC has had 49.5 percent of its games (151 of 305 total games) decided by 10 points or less. That figure is third of all FBS conferences (ACC – 54.8 percent; Sun Belt – 52.2 percent).

 

* - The LSU-Tennessee series is the second most competitive of all SEC series (min. 4 games played) since 2000. In six games, the average margin is 6.67 points per game.

 

* - For the 10th straight year, the Southeastern Conference has le the nation in total number of former players on NFL opening weekend rosters. The SEC has 272 of its former players on opening weekend NFL rosters followed by the ACC at 228. The Big Ten is third at 217, Big 12 fourth at 184 and the Pac-10 fifth at 180. Among SEC schools, LSU led with 35 (fourth nationally) followed by Florida, Georgia and Tennessee with 33 each (tied for sixth nationally).

 

 

Leading Statistical Performances from Week 4

Rushing

228 yards (19 carries, 2 TDs) – Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss vs. Fresno State

176 yards (25 carries, 3 TDs) – Cameron Newton, Auburn vs. South Carolina

157 yards (24 carries, 2 TDs) – Mark Ingram, Alabama vs. Arkansas

116 yards (20 carries, 1 TD) – Stevan Ridley, LSU vs. West Virginia

103 yards (23 carries) – Derrick Locke, Kentucky vs. Florida

100 yards (23 carries) – Michael Dyer, Auburn vs. South Carolina

 

Passing

357 yards (25-of-38, 1 TD, 3 INTs) – Ryan Mallett, Arkansas vs. Alabama

274 yards (18-of-31, 1 TD, 0 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Mississippi State

248 yards (24-of-35, 1 TD, 1 INT) – John Brantley, Florida vs. Kentucky

245 yards (19-of-34, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) – Matt Simms, Tennessee vs. UAB

242 yards (21-of-39, 1 TD, 2 INTs) – Mike Hartline, Kentucky vs. Florida

235 yards (15-of-21, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) – Stephen Garcia, South Carolina vs. Auburn

 

Receiving

8 catches (192 yards, 2 TDs) – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina vs. Auburn

7 catches (67 yards) – Randall Cobb, Kentucky vs. Florida

6 catches (114 yards, 2 TDs) – Chris Matthews, Kentucky vs. Florida

6 catches (131 yards) – Jarius Wright, Arkansas vs. Alabama

5 catches (55 yards) – Julio Jones, Alabama vs. Arkansas

5 catches (63 yards) – D.J. Williams, Arkansas vs. Alabama

5 catches (68 yards, 2 TDs) – Denarius Moore, Tennessee vs. UAB

5 catches (86 yards) – Deonte Thompson, Florida vs. Kentucky

5 catches (37 yards, 1 TD) – Trey Burton, Florida vs. Kentucky

 

Defense

12 tackles (7-5) (2.5 TFL -4) – Jonathan Cornell, Ole Miss vs. Fresno State

11 tackles (9-2) – Jerry Franklin, Arkansas vs. Alabama

11 tackles (5-6) – Kelvin Sheppard, LSU vs. West Virginia

10 tackles (7-3) (1 TFL – 1; 1 PBU) – Chris Mitchell, Mississippi State vs. Georgia

10 tackles (8-2) – Akeem Dent, Georgia vs. Mississippi State

10 tackles (7-3) (2.5 TFL -8; 1 FF; 1 BLK; 2.0 sacks -7) – Allen Walker, Ole Miss vs. Fresno State

 

All-Purpose Yards

243 yards (228 rush/15 rec.) – Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss vs. Fresno State

227 yards (85 rush/25 rec./117 kickoff) – Trent Richardson, Alabama vs. Arkansas

193 yards (103 rush/10 rec./80 kickoff) – Derrick Locke, Kentucky vs. Florida

192 yards (192 rec.) – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina vs. Auburn

184 yards (157 rush/27 rec.) – Mark Ingram, Alabama vs. Arkansas

176 yards (176 rush) – Cameron Newton, Auburn vs. South Carolina

 

Total Offensive Yards

350 yards (357 pass/-7 rush) – Ryan Mallett, Arkansas vs. Alabama

334 yards (158 pass/176 rush) – Cameron Newton, Auburn vs. South Carolina

256 yards (235 pass/21 rush) – Stephen Garcia, South Carolina vs. Auburn

249 yards (248 pass/1 rush) – John Brantley, Florida vs. Kentucky

237 yards (242 pass/-5 rush) – Mike Hartline, Kentucky vs. Florida

228 yards (228 rush) – Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss vs. Fresno State

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CAM NEWTON

Quarterback

AUBURN

6-6 • 250 • Jr. • College Park, Ga.

 

•  Newton completed 16-of-21 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 176 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns in Auburn's 35-27 win over #12/15 South Carolina.

• Newton accounted for 334 yards of total offense and five touchdowns.  Of his 46 offensive plays, only six did not gain any yardage and only one lost yardage.

• 11 of his 25 rushing attempts were for first downs and also threw for eight first downs, making him responsible for 19 of Auburn's 29 first downs in the game.

• Newton is the first quarterback in school history to throw for two or more TDs in the first four games this season.  He is also the only player in the SEC this season to have two 170+ rushing yardage performances.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ROBERT LESTER

Safety

ALABAMA

6-2 • 206 • So. • Foley, Ala.

 

• Lester recorded seven total tackles (five solos) and a career-high two interceptions in Alabama's 24-20 win at #10/11 Arkansas.

• Lester's second interception of the game came at the 4:40 mark in the fourth quarter at the Arkansas 45-yard line and was returned 33 yards to the Arkansas 12-yard line to set up the Tide's game-winning touchdown.

• His first interception of the game was in the second quarter in the endzone to stop an Arkansas drive.

• The Alabama defense held Arkansas to 15 points under its season average (35.3 points) with just three coming in the second half.

• Lester's four interceptions leads the SEC and tied for second in the NCAA. 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

PATRICK PETERSON

Return Specialist /  Cornerback

LSU

6-1 • 222 • Jr. • Pompano Beach, Fla.

 

• Peterson returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and partially blocked a field goal in LSU's 20-14 win over #22/21 West Virginia.

• He also had a 26-yard punt return that gave LSU possession at the WVU 37-yard line.

• The 60-yard punt return for a score came in the second quarter and gave LSU a 17-0 lead.

• Peterson's partially blocked field goal came in the first quarter on a 28-yard attempt.

• Peterson had one tackle on defense as LSU held West Virginia to just 177 yards of total offense.

• He leads the SEC with 28.1 yards per punt return and became the first Tiger to have multiple punt returns for a TD since 2003 (had 87-yarder for TD against North Carolina).

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

DEREK SHERROD

Tackle

MISSISSIPPI STATE

6-6 • 305 • Sr. • Columbus, Miss.

 

• Sherrod helped pave the way for Mississippi State to gain 314 total offensive yards and gave up no sacks in the Bulldogs' 24-12 win against Georgia.

• The Bulldog offensive line controlled the second half, with five drives lasting a total of 19:21. 

• Three of the five second-half drives went for 10-plays or more, all lasting more than five minutes of clock.  In the two other drives, one was a touchdown and the other ran out the clock.

• The Bulldog offense has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in all four games this season and 15 of the last 16 contests.

 

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

MIKE BLANC

Defensive Tackle

AUBURN

6-4 • 297 • Sr. • Pompano Beach, Fla.

 

• Blanc recorded a season-best seven total tackles (three solos) and one fumble recovery in Auburn's 35-27 win over #12/15 South Carolina.

• Blanc's fumble recovery led to a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that gave the Tigers a 35-27 lead.

• He helped lead an Auburn defensive line that held South Carolina to just 79 yards rushing, 119 yards below the Gamecocks season average (198.3).

 

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

TREY BURTON

Quarterback / Wide Receiver

FLORIDA

6-2  • 222 • Venice, Fla.

 

• Burton scored an SEC freshman record six total touchdowns in Florida's 48-14 win against Kentucky.

• The six scores are one shy of the national freshman record and the SEC single-game record of seven.

• Burton surpassed the Florida record for most touchdowns in a single game, topping Tim Tebow's mark of five set in 1997.

• Burton scored touchdowns on all five of his rushing attempts (40 yards total) and caught an 11-yard TD pass as well.

• He was 1-for-1 passing for 42 yards and caught five passes for 37 yards.

 

OTHER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES FROM WEEK FOUR

 

RB MARK INGRAM (Alabama) -- Led the Tide with 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and added two receptions for 27 yards against Arkansas.

 

LB JERRY FRANKLIN (Arkansas) -- Had a game-high 11 total tackles (9 solos) against Alabama.

 

C MIKE POUNCEY (Florida) -- Had 83 percent grade for Gators and graded out as a Champion.

 

QB AARON MURRAY (Georgia) -- Completed 18-of-31 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 32 yards against Mississippi State.

 

WR CHRIS MATTHEWS (Kentucky) -- Had six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns against Florida. 

 

LB KELVIN SHEPPARD (LSU) -- Led Tigers with 11 tackles as the LSU defense held West Virginia to just 2-of-13 on 3rd-down attempts.

 

RB BRANDON BOLDEN (Ole Miss) -- Rushed for a career-high 228 and two touchdowns and had two catches for 15 yards and another score against Fresno State.

 

LB ALLEN WALKER (Ole Miss) -- Posted a career-high 10 tackles with 2.5 for losses, including two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked kick against Fresno State.

 

LB K.J. WRIGHT (Mississippi State) -- Posted seven tackles with 0.5 sack, team-high four pass deflections and three quarterback pressures against Georgia.

 

WR ALSHON JEFFERY (South Carolina) -- Caught eight passes, matching career-best, for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns against Auburn.

 

LB NICK REVEIZ (Tennessee) -- Led all SEC tacklers for second straight week with 14 stops, including two for losses, against UAB.

 

WR DENARIUS MOORE (Tennessee) -- Had six catches for 68 yards and tied career-high with two TD receptions, including game-winner in second OT, over UAB.

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