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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SUNDAY NOTES PACKAGE

November 6, 2011

 

(NOTE: This week's BCS standings will be announced on ESPN at 8:15 p.m. ET)

 

Results from Saturday, Nov. 5

Florida 26, Vanderbilt 21 (90,144 at Gainesville)

Arkansas 44, South Carolina 28 (73,804 at Fayetteville)

Kentucky 30, Ole Miss 13 (56,882 at Lexington)

LSU 9, Alabama 6 (OT) (101,821 at Tuscaloosa)

Georgia 63, New Mexico State 16 (92,746 at Athens)

Mississippi State 55, Tennessee-Martin 17 (55,096 at Starkville)

Tennessee 24, Middle Tennessee 0 (88,211 at Knoxville)

OPEN: Auburn

 

Top Performances from Saturday, Nov. 5

Rushing

158 yards (23 carries, 2 TDs) – Jeff Demps, Florida vs. Vanderbilt

111 yards (25 carries, 2 TDs) – CoShik Williams, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

102 yards (11 carries, 2 TDs) – Vick Ballard, Mississippi State vs. Tennessee-Martin

98 yards (15 carries, 1 TD) – Brandon Harton, Georgia vs. New Mexico State

89 yards (23 carries) -- Trent Richardson, Alabama vs. LSU

86 yards (15 carries) – Dennis Johnson, Arkansas vs. South Carolina

 

Passing

299 yards (20-of-37, 1 INT, 2 TDs) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. South Carolina

297 yards (19-of-28, 0 INT, 2 TDs) – Jordan Rogers, Vanderbilt vs. Florida

291 yards (23-of-32, 0 INT, 1 TD) – Justin Worley, Tennessee vs. Middle Tennessee

283 yards (19-of-36, 0 INT, 2 TDs) – Maxwell Smith, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

238 yards (18-of-23, 0 INT, 5 TDs) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. New Mexico State

199 yards (16-of-28, 1 INT) – A.J. McCarron, Alabama vs. LSU

 

Receptions

9 catches (170 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Florida

9 catches (137 yards, 1 TD) – Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee vs. Middle Tennessee

7 catches (116 yards) – Matt Roark, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

6 catches (61 yards) – Marquis Maze, Alabama vs. LSU

5 catches (80 yards) – Trent Richardson, Alabama vs. LSU

5 catches (126 yards, 1 TD) – Chris Conley, Georgia vs. New Mexico State

5 catches (60 yards, 1 TD) – Orson Charles, Georgia vs. New Mexico State

5 catches (96 yards, 2 TDs) – Arceto Clark, Mississippi State vs. Tennessee-Martin

 

Defense

17 tackles (6 UT, 11 AT, 1.5 TFL -9, 1 INT) – Danny Trevathan, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

11 tackles (3 UT, 8 AT) – Nico Johnson, Alabama vs. LSU

11 tackles (5 UT, 6 AT) – Tramain Thomas, Arkansas vs. South Carolina

11 tackles (9 UT, 2 AT) – Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt vs. Florida

10 tackles (6 UT, 4 AT, 2.5 TFL – 8) – Winston Guy, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

10 tackles (3 UT, 7 AT) – Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss vs. Kentucky

10 tackles (9 UT, 1 AT, 1 Sack -9) – Sean Richardson, Vanderbilt vs. Florida

 

Schedule of Saturday, Nov. 12 Games

Florida (5-4, 3-4 SEC) at South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC)

12 p.m. ET • CBS Sports

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

Series Record: UF leads, 23-5-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Gainesville (USC, 36-14)

 

Kentucky (4-5, 1-4 SEC) at Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5 SEC)

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

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

Series Record: UK leads, 40-38-4 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Lexington (UK, 38-20)

 

Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) at Georgia (7-2, 5-1 SEC)

3:30 p.m. ET • CBS Sports

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

Series Record: AU leads, 54-52-8 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Auburn (AU, 49-31)

 

Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC) at Arkansas (8-1, 4-1 SEC)

5 p.m. CT • ESPN2

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

Series Record: UT leads, 13-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 10, 2007 at Knoxville (UT, 34-13)

 

Western Kentucky (5-4) at LSU (9-0, 6-0 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPNU

Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,542)

Series Record: First Meeting

 

Louisiana Tech (5-4) at Ole Miss (2-7, 0-6 SEC)

6:30 p.m. CT • CSS / ESPN3.com

Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium / Hollingsworth Field (60,580)

Series Record: UM leads, 8-1 • Last Meeting: Oct. 6, 2007 at Oxford (UM, 24-0)

 

Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) at Mississippi State (5-4, 1-4 SEC)

6:45 p.m. CT • ESPN

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

Series Record: UA leads, 73-18-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Tuscaloosa (UA, 30-10)

 

SEC Notes

 

* - SEC has six teams ranked in this week's major polls – AP, Harris Interactive and USA Today. Three teams are ranked the same in all three polls – LSU is first, Alabama fourth and Arkansas eighth. South Carolina is 15th in AP and USA Today and 16th in Harris. Georgia is 14th in AP, 15th in Harris and 16th in USA Today. Auburn is 24th in Harris and AP and 25th in USA Today.

 

* - This marks the seventh week this year that the SEC has had at least six teams ranked in the AP poll. The SEC has had six teams ranked in the AP poll at least one week every year since 2003. Since 1992, the SEC has had at least five teams ranked in the AP Top 25 a total of 234 times, an average of 11.7 times per year.

 

* - Going into Saturday's LSU-Alabama game, both teams combined for 2.70 points per offensive drive and had scored on 48.7 percent (TD + FG) of its offensive drives. In the game, both combined for scores on 22.7 percent of its offensive drives (no TDs, 5 FGs) and averaged 0.68 points per drive.

 

* - Going into Week 11, Georgia has posted the biggest turnaround from this time last season. The Bulldogs' 7-2 mark this year is three games ahead of last year's 4-5 mark at this time. Vanderbilt has the league' second biggest turnaround at two games, advancing from 2-7 at this time last year to 4-5 this year.

 

* - The SEC has six of the top 20 pass defenses in the nation, according to the latest NCAA statistics. Alabama leads the nation, giving up 130.67 yards per game, followed by South Carolina in third (154.00), LSU ninth (177.44), Florida 11th (182.78), Tennessee 17th (186.78) and Mississippi State 19th (188.11).

 

* - The SEC has three of the top eight rushing defenses in the nation. Alabama leads the nation, giving up 56.33 yards per game, followed by LSU in second (78.78) and Georgia 8th (91.11).

 

* - The SEC has five of the top 14 total defenses in the nation. Alabama leads the nation, giving up 187.00 yards per game followed by LSU third (256.22), Georgia 7th (282.00), South Carolina 9th (284.89) and Florida 14th (306.11).

 

* - Other SEC team national statistical leaders: LSU is second in turnover margin (+1.67), Alabama (7.11) and LSU (10.89) are 1-2 in scoring defense, Ole Miss is first in punt returns (25.11), Arkansas is 8th in pass offense (318.67) and LSU is seventh in net punting (40.68).

 

* - Among individual national leaders from the SEC: Florida's Caleb Sturgis leads the nation in field goals per game, Georgia's Bacarri Rambo is 2nd, Vanderbilt's Casey Hayward and Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks is sixth in interceptions, Arkansas' Joe Adams is 6th in punt return average, Kentucky's Danny Trevathan is 5th in tackles, Georgia's Jarvis Jones is 8th in sacks an 7th in tackles for loss and Alabama's Trent Richardson is 5th in scoring, 10th in rushing an 13th in all-purpose rushing.

 

* - This week's SEC Community Service Team Players of the Week are Auburn junior defensive end Dee Ford (Odenville, Ala.) and Kentucky senior offensive lineman Stuart Hines (Bowling Green, Ky.). The honor recognizes football student-athletes who are active in their communities.

 

* - The SEC is now 34-4 in non-conference games this year, an 89.5 winning percentage. The percentage is second highest among all conferences, behind the Big 12's 89.7 percent (26-3). In years of 12 game schedules (2002-03; 2005-11), the SEC has never won less than 37 non-conference games except one year (2003, 31 games).

 

* - In 62 regular season home games, SEC games have attracted 4,704,342 fans, an average of 75,876 fans per game. SEC stadiums have been filled to 95.47 percent of capacity this season.

 

* - This weekend's Georgia-Auburn game continues the SEC's longest rivalry. These two teams will meet for the 115th time on Saturday, with the first game dating back to 1892. Auburn holds the series edge, 54-52-8. The two teams are two of the winningest SEC teams of the last 10 years – Georgia is second with a 95-32 mark (.748) and Auburn is fourth with a 92-33 mark (.736).

 

* - Georgia and Tennessee are the only SEC teams to post shutouts during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The Vol defense shutout Middle Tennessee, 24-0, this past weekend.

 

* - The Kentucky-Vanderbilt rivalry is the 7th closest in the SEC since 2000. In the 11 games, the average win margin has been 11.09 points per game. Five of the 11 games have been decided by single digits and nine of the 11 by 19-points or less.

 

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DIVISIONAL RACE UPDATES

EASTERN DIVISION

South Carolina and Georgia are the only teams mathematically eligible to participate in the SEC Championship Game.

 

Georgia (5-1) ...

• Georgia controls its own destiny and can reach the SEC Championship Game by defeating both Kentucky and Auburn.

 

South Carolina (5-2)

• Gamecocks can get to the SEC Championship Game by defeating Florida and having Georgia lose to either Kentucky or Auburn.

 

WESTERN DIVISION

Alabama, LSU and Arkansas are the only teams mathematically eligible to particpate in the SEC Championship Game.

 

LSU (6-0)

• LSU controls its own destiny and can reach SEC Championship Game by defeating Ole Miss and Arkansas.

 

Alabama (5-1)

• Alabama can get to the SEC Championship Game by defeating Mississippi State and Auburn and LSU losing both of its remaining games.

 

Arkansas (4-1) ...

• The Razorbacks can reach the SEC Championship Game by defeating Tennessee, Mississippi State and LSU and having Alabama lose to either Mississippi State or Auburn.

In case of a three-way tie between Alabama, Arkansas and LSU, all with 7-1 marks, and all have one-loss in the three-team subset, the tie-breaker would go to (G) of the three-team tie-breaker (use of the BCS standings). In this instance, the third team would be eliminated and, if the second team is five spots or less from the top team, head-to-head result would be used to break tie. If top team is more than five spots ahead of second team, it would be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game.

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