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Results from Saturday, Sept. 8

Mississippi State 28, Auburn 10 (56,111 at Starkville)

Florida 20, Texas A&M 17 (87,114 at College Station)

Georgia 41, Missouri 20 (71,004 at Columbia, Mo.)

Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0 (101,821 at Tuscaloosa)

Louisiana-Monroe 34, Arkansas 31 (OT) (53,089 at Little Rock)

Kentucky 47, Kent State 14 (48,346 at Lexington)

LSU 41, Washington 3 (92,804 at Baton Rouge)

Ole Miss 28, UTEP 10 (53,133 at Oxford)

South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10 (77,006 at Columbia, S.C.)

Tennessee 51, Georgia State 13 (87,821 at Knoxville)

Northwestern 23, Vanderbilt 13 (31,644 at Evanston, Ill.)

 

Top Performances from Saturday, Sept. 8

Rushing

115 yards (13 carries, 1 TD) – Raymond Sanders, Kentucky vs. Kent

113 yards (13 carries) – Jeff Scott, Ole Miss vs. UTEP

101 yards (14 carries, 1 TD) – Alfred Blue, LSU vs. Washington

 

Passing

354 yards (30 of 39, 4 TD, 0 INT) – Maxwell Smith, Kentucky vs. Kent

330 yards (21 of 37, 3 TD, 0 INT) – Dylan Thompson, South Carolina vs. East Carolina

310 yards (18 of 20, 4 TD, 0 INT) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Georgia State

269 yards (25 of 41, 2 TD, 1 INT) – James Franklin, Missouri vs. Georgia

242 yards (22 of 35, 3 TD, 1 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Missouri

222 yards (20 of 29, 3 TD, 0 INT) – Tyler Russell, Mississippi State vs. Auburn

219 yards (14 of 19, 4 TD, 0 INT) – A.J. McCarron, Alabama vs. Western Kentucky

217 yards (17 of 33, 1 TD, 0 INT) – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern

 

Receptions

11 catches (100 yards, 1 TD) – Aaron Boyd, Kentucky vs. Kent

8 catches (146 yards, 3 TDs) – Justin Hunter, Tennessee vs. Georgia State

8 catches (106 yards, 2 TDs) – Marlon Brown, Georgia vs. Missouri

8 catches (79 yards) – Michael Bennett, Georgia vs. Missouri

7 catches (60 yards) – Mike Evans, Texas A&M vs. Florida

6 catches (88 yards, 1 TD) – Marcus Lucas, Missouri vs. Georgia

6 catches (45 yards) – T.J. Moe, Missouri vs. Georgia

6 catches (50 yards) – Quan Bray, Auburn vs. Mississippi State

6 catches (76 yards) – Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern

6 catches (75 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern

 

Defense

18 tackles (6 UT, 12 AT, 1.5 TFL (-3)) – Demetruce McNeal, Auburn vs. Mississippi State

17 tackles (11 UT, 6 AT, 0.5 Sack (-3)) – Jonathan Stewart, Texas A&M vs. Florida

12 tackles (2 UT, 10 AT, 1 FR, 1 PBU) – Jermaine Whitehead, Auburn vs. Mississippi State

11 tackles (7 UT, 4 AT, 1 Sack (-10), 1 PBU) – C.J. Mosley, Alabama vs. Western Kentucky

11 tackles (3 UT, 8 AT) – Tenarius Wright, Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Monroe

10 tackles (5 UT, 5 AT) – Rohan Gaines, Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Monroe

10 tackles (2 UT, 8 AT, 1 TFL (-2), 1 FR, 1 PBU) – Amario Herrera, Georgia vs. Missouri

10 tackles (2 UT, 8 AT) – Daren Bates, Auburn vs. Mississippi State

10 tackles (6 UT, 4 AT, 1 Sack (-6), 0.5 Other TFL (-2), 1 PBU) – Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State vs. Auburn

10 tackles (7 UT 3 AT, 3 Sacks (-21)) – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M vs. Florida

 

Schedule of Saturday, Sept. 15 Games

Louisiana-Monroe (1-0) at Auburn (0-2, 0-1 SEC)

11:21 a.m. CT • SEC Network      

Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium / Pat Dye Field (87,451)

 

Presbyterian (1-1) at Vanderbilt (0-2)

11:30 a.m. CT • CSS

Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (40,550)

 

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

2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports            

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

 

Texas A&M (0-1) at SMU (1-1)

2:30 p.m. CT • FSN

Dallas, Texas • Ford Stadium (32,000)

 

Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) at Tennessee (2-0)

6 p.m. ET • ESPN

Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium / Shields-Watkins Field (102,455)

 

Mississippi State (2-0, 1-0 SEC) at Troy (1-1)

6 p.m. CT • ESPN3

Troy, Ala.  • Veterans Memorial Stadium (30,000)

 

Arizona State (2-0) at Missouri (1-1, 0-1 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPN

Columbia, Mo. • Memorial Stadium / Faurot Field (71,004)

 

Western Kentucky (1-1) at Kentucky (1-1)

7 p.m. ET • ESPNU

Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium / C.M. Newton Field (67,942)

 

UAB (0-1) at South Carolina (2-0, 1-0 SEC)

7 p.m. ET • FSN

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

 

Idaho (0-2) at LSU (2-0)

7 p.m. CT • TigerVision PPV

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

 

Florida Atlantic (1-1) at Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC)

7:30 p.m. ET • CSS

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

 

Texas (2-0) at Ole Miss (2-0)

8:15 p.m. CT • ESPN

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

 

GAME WEEK NOTES

 

* - SEC quarterbacks had a very productive Saturday.  Combined, SEC QBs were 270-of-417 with 33 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions for 3,472 yards.  The pass efficiency rating is 156.97, which would be 31st in the nation and 7th in the SEC.  The most productive QBs Saturday (by yards) – Maxwell Smith, UK (354 yards), Dylan Thompson, USC (330 yards) and Tyler Bray, UT (310 yards) combined for 11 TD passes and no interceptions.

 

* - SEC has half of its teams (7) ranked in this week's AP and USA Today Top 25 polls, with four teams in the top 10 in both polls.  Alabama is first in both polls while LSU is second in the USA Today poll and third in AP.  Georgia is 7th in both polls and South Carolina is 8th in AP and 9th in USA Today.  Florida is 17th in USA Today and 18th in AP while Arkansas is at 21st in USA Today.  Tennessee moves into the AP Top 25 this week at 23rd

 

* - The SEC is now 14-4 (.778) in non-conference games this season.  It is third among FBS conferences this season behind the ACC (15-3, .833) and the Big 12 (14-2, .875).  Since 2009, the SEC is 97-17 (.851) against non-conference teams.

 

* - SEC Among National Leaders

                TEAM

                Pass Efficiency Defense – Mississippi State (8th – 83.17 rating)

                Kickoff Returns – Auburn (8th – 33.80 avg.)

                Net Punting:  Texas A&M (2nd – 49.67 avg.); Kentucky (3rd – 48.80 avg.)

                Passing Offense:  Tennessee (9th – 353.50 avg.)

                Pass Defense:  Vanderbilt (4th – 100.00 ypg)

                Pass Efficiency:  Alabama (4th – 198.56 rating); Ole Miss (6th – 192.24 rating)

                Punt Returns:  Missouri (7th – 22.88 avg.)

                Rushing Offense:  Ole Miss (9th – 283.50 avg.)

                Rushing Defense:  LSU (8th – 51.00 ypg)

                Scoring Defense:  Alabama (5th – 7.00 ppg); LSU (8th – 8.50 ppg)

                Scoring Offense:  Tennessee; Georgia (T15th – 43.00 ppg)

                Total Defense:  LSU (5th – 201.00 ypg)

                Total Offense:  Ole Miss (10th – 551.50 ypg)

                Turnover Margin:  Mississippi State (1st – 3.50 margin); Alabama (2nd – 3.00 margin)

 

                INDIVIDUAL

                All-Purpose Rushing:  Cordarrelle Patteson, Tennessee (8th – 180.00 ypg)

                Field Goals:  Cody Parkey, Auburn (3rd – 2.50 fgpg)

                Interceptions:  Darius Slay, Miss. State; Shaq Wilson, So. Carolina; Johnthan Banks, Miss. State (T3rd – 1.00 ipg)

                Kickoff Returns:  Todd Gurley, Georgia (1st – 47.25 ypr)

                Passing Efficiency:  A.J. McCarron, Alabama (3rd – 199.78 rating); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (4th – 195.30 rating); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (5th - 194.77 rating); Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (8th – 187.59 rating)

                Punting:  Ryan Epperson, Texas A&M (2nd – 49.83 avg.)

                Punt Return:  Marcus Murphy, Missouri (2nd – 22.88 avg.)

                Receptions per Game:  Justin Hunter, Tennessee (14th – 8.50 rpg)

                Receiving yards per game:  Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (13th – 111.00 ypg); Justin Hunter, Tennessee (14th – 109.50 ypg)

                Rushing:  Mike Gillislee, Florida (22nd – 115.50 ypg)

                Scoring:  Todd Gurley, Georgia; Kenny Hilliard, LSU; Mike Gillislee, Florida (12th – 12.00 ypg)

                Total Offense:  Tyler Bray, Tennessee (20th – 321.00 ypg)

                Tackles:  Jonathan Stewart, Texas A&M (1st – 17.00 tpg)

                Tackles for Loss:  Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (5th – 3.00 tpg)

                Sacks – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (1st – 3.00 tpg); Spencer Nealy, Texas A&M (3rd – 2.00 tpg); Jarvis Jones, Georgia (9th – 1.75 tpg)

 

* - The SEC Community Service Team Player of the Week for Week 3 is Georgia junior quarterback Aaron Murray.      The Tampa, Fla. native has visited children at camps, schools and hospitals.  Visits have included Camp Sunshine (camp for children with cancer), Egleston Children's Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital and mentoring students at Thomas Lay After-School Program.  Murray helped coordinate a student-athlete fundraiser around Thanksgiving for a worthy family with a student at Barrow Elementary School, a UGA Athletic Association partner in education.  He also served as an escort for participants in a fundraiser for Extra Special People's "Big Heart Pageant", an organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  He volunteered and assisted with "Countdown to Kickoff" the charitable event co-hosted by former Georgia players and current Bulldogs to benefit Children's Health Care of Atlanta, the UGA College of Education and the Georgia Transplant Foundation.  Murray is also a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

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