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From the Southeastern Conference

Results from Saturday, Sept. 10

Auburn 41, Mississippi State 34 (87,451 at Auburn)

South Carolina 45, Georgia 42 (92,746 at Athens)

Ole Miss 42, Southern Illinois 24 (58,504 at Oxford)

Vanderbilt 24, Connecticut 21 (32,119 at Nashville)

LSU 49, Northwestern State (92,405 at Baton Rouge)

Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23 (94,207 at Knoxville)

Arkansas 52, New Mexico 3 (52,606 at Little Rock)

Alabama 27, Penn State 11 (107,846 at University Park, Pa.)

Florida 39, UAB 0 (87,473 at Gainesville)

Kentucky 27, Central Michigan 13 (58,022 at Lexington)

 

Top Performances from Saturday, Sept. 10

Rushing

176 yards (27 carries, 1 TD) – Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina vs. Georgia

150 yards (18 carries, 2 TDs) – Michael Dyer, Auburn vs. Mississippi State

135 yards (21 carries, 1 TD) – Vick Ballard, Mississippi State vs. Auburn

126 yards (14 carries, 1 TD) – Josh Clemons, Kentucky vs. Central Michigan

119 yards (16 carries, 1 TD) – Chris Rainey, Florida vs. UAB

118 yards (16 carries, 1 TD) – Isaiah Crowell, Georgia vs. South Carolina

118 yards (16 carries, 3 TDs) – Jeff Scott, Ole Miss vs. Southern Illinois

 

Passing

405 yards (34-of-41, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Cincinnati

259 yards (18-of-26, 1 TD, 1 INT) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. New Mexico

248 yards (19-of-29, 4 TDs, 1 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. South Carolina

195 yards (20-of-33, 1 TD, 1 INT) – Chris Relf, Mississippi State vs. Auburn

195 yards (12-of-19, 0 TD, 0 INT) – Jeff Brantley, Florida vs. UAB

 

Receptions

10 catches (156 yards, 1 TD) – Justin Hunter, Tennessee vs. Cincinnati

10 catches (100 yards, 2 TDs) – Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee vs. Cincinnati

7 catches (108 yards, 1 TD) – Emory Blake, Auburn vs. Mississippi State

6 catches (78 yards) – Joe Adams, Arkansas vs. New Mexico

6 catches (54 yards) – Mychal Rivera, Tennessee vs. Cincinnati

 

Defense

14 tackles (12 UT, 2 AT, 1 Sack -10, 3.5 TFL -16, 1 FF) – Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State vs. Auburn

13 tackles (5 UT, 8 AT, 3.5 TFL -3, 1 INT, 1 PBU) – Danny Trevathan, Kentucky vs. Central Michigan

13 tackles (2 UT, 11 AT) – Winston Guy, Kentucky vs. Central Michigan

12 tackles (4 UT, 8 AT, 0.5 TFL -2) – Daren Bates, Auburn vs. Mississippi State

11 tackles (4 UT, 7 AT, 0.5 TFL -1) – Neiko Thorpe, Auburn vs. Mississippi State

10 tackles (5 UT, 5 AT) -- Martavius Neloms, Kentucky vs. Central Michigan

 

Schedule of Saturday, Sept. 17 Games

GAMES OF SATURDAY, SEPT. 15

LSU (2-0) at Mississippi State (1-1)

7 p.m. CT • ESPN

Starkville, Miss. • Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (55,082)

Series Record: LSU leads, 68-33-3 • Last Meeting; Sept. 18, 2010 (LSU, 29-7)

 

GAMES OF SATURDAY, SEPT. 17

Auburn (2-0) at Clemson (2-0)

12 p.m. ET • ABC Sports

Clemson, S.C. • Clemson Memorial Stadium (81,500)

Series Record: AU leads, 34-11-2 • Last Meeting: Sept. 18, 2010 (AU, 27-24, OT)

 

Ole Miss (1-1) at Vanderbilt (2-0)

11:21 a.m. CT • SEC Network / ESPN3.com

Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)

Series Record: UM leads, 47-36-2 • Last Meeting: Sept. 18, 2010 (VU, 28-14)

 

Coastal Carolina (2-0) at Georgia (0-2)

1 p.m. ET • Georgia PPV / ESPN3.com

Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Series Record: First Meeting

 

Tennessee (2-0) at Florida (2-0)

3:30 p.m. ET • CBS Sports

Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548)

Series Record: UF leads, 21-19 • Last Meeting: Sept. 18, 2010 (UF, 31-17)

 

Navy (2-0) at South Carolina (2-0)

6 p.m. ET • ESPN2

Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

Series Record: USC leads, 4-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 12, 1988 (USC, 19-7)

 

Louisville (1-1) at Kentucky (2-0)

7 p.m. ET • ESPNU

Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)

Series Record: UK leads, 14-9 • Last Meeting: Sept. 4, 2010 (UK, 23-16)

 

North Texas (0-2) at Alabama (2-0)

6:30 p.m. CT • FS South / ESPN3.com

Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)

Series Record: UA leads, 3-0 • Last Meeting: Sept. 19, 2009 (UA, 53-7)

 

Troy (0-1) at Arkansas (2-0)

6:30 p.m. CT • CSS / ESPN3.com

Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)

Series Record: UA leads, 3-0 • Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2009 (UA, 56-20)

 

* - The SEC leads the nation with seven teams ranked in this week's AP and USA Today Polls. Alabama is second, LSU is third and South Carolina 11th in both polls. Arkansas is 14th in AP and 13th in USA Today, Florida is 16th in AP and 17th in USA Today and Auburn is 21st in AP and 19th in USA Today. Mississippi State is 25th in both polls.

 

* - After two weeks, the SEC is 18-2 (.900) against non-conference competition. The SEC went 8-0 this weekend against non-conference foes. It is the first time since Sept. 11, 1999 that the SEC went undefeated against non-conference competition in at least eight games.

 

* - After two weeks of games, 16 SEC games have had a total of 1,179,298 fans, an average of 73,706 fans per game. The games have a 95.6 percentage of capacity so far this season.

 

* - Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has moved into a tie for 17th for wins as an SEC head coach with 98. He ties Harry Mehre, who had 98 wins during his tenure as head coach at Georgia (1928-37) and Ole Miss (1938-45).

 

Starting QB Nuggets

* - Tennessee QB Tyler Bray is 6-1 as a starting quarterback. In his six wins, he has 19 TDs to 4 INTs.

* - South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia is 18-13 as a starting quarterback. In his 18 wins, he has 27 TDs to 11 INTs. In his 13 losses, he has 14 TDs to 20 INTs.

* - Georgia QB Aaron Murray is 6-9 as a starting quarterback. He has 13 TDs to 1 INT in his six wins and 17 TDs and nine INTs in his nine losses.

 

* - The Georgia-South Carolina contest lived up to its recent series record. Since 2000, the game has been decided by nine-points-or-less 8 times. The average scoring margin of the 12 games since 2000 is 8.25, which is the most competitive of any SEC series. Second most competitive by scoring margin is South Carolina-Tennessee at 9.00 per game (11 games).

 

* - Auburn PK Cody Parkey leads the SEC with 8 touchbacks while Arkansas' Zach Hocker is second with 7.

 

* - Florida's defense recorded the SEC's first shutout of the year in a 39-0 win against UAB. It was the Gators' first defensive shutout since a 62-0 win against Western Carolina on Nov. 18, 2006.

 

* - SEC defenses allowed just 8 offensive touchdowns in 8 non-conference games this weekend.

 

* - Vanderbilt is 2-0 for the first time since 2008. Coach James Franklin is the first, first-year coach at Vanderbilt to start 2-0 since Fred Pancoast in 1975.

 

* - LSU win streaks extended with its 49-3 win over Northwestern State: non-conference regular season (35), September (19), home games (12), home openers (6), vs. Louisiana schools (28).

 

* - Tyler Bray's 405 passing yards marked the first time a Vol quarterback eclipsed with 400-yard mark since Peyton Manning threw for 523 yards against Kentucky on Nov. 22, 1997.

 

* - Arkansas has scored 103 points in the first two games of the season, the second most in school history and the most in the first two games of a season since the 1911 squad scored 165.

 

* - Alabama opponents have not scored a touchdown in the first quarter for seven straight games. The last time an opponent scored a TD in the opening stanza against the Tide was against Tennessee on Oct. 23, 2010.

 

* - Kentucky freshman RB Josh Clemons' 87-yard TD run was the longest for a Wildcat since Bernie Scruggs went 88-yards against Georgia in 1970. It is the longest rush by a UK freshman ever.

 

* - The 45-42 score in South Carolina's win over Georgia is the most combined points between the two schools in the history of the series (previous high was 86 points, 52-34 Georgia in 1970). Carolina's 45 points is the most points the Gamecocks have scored in the history of the series.

 

* - Six players in the Auburn-Mississippi State game each had more than 100 all-purpose yards in the contest. For Mississippi State, Vick Ballard had 199 (135 rush, 64 receiving), LaDarius Perkins had 117 (78 rush, 2 receiving, 37 kickoff returns) and Chris Relf had 109 (106 rush, 3 receiving). For Auburn, Tre Mason had 186 (14 rush, 172 kickoff return), Michael Dyer had 150 (all rushing) and Emory Blake had 108 (all receiving).

 

* - Ole Miss RB/RS Jeff Scott leads the nation in punt returns, averaging 35.67 yards per return. He returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown against Southern Illinois (and also scored three other rushing TDs against the Salukis).

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