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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SUNDAY NOTES PACKAGE

September 16, 2012

 

Results from Saturday, Sept. 15

Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 (74,617 at Fayetteville)

Florida 37, Tennessee 20 (102,455 at Knoxville)

Georgia 56, Florida Atlantic 20 (92,746 at Athens)

Western Kentucky 32, Kentucky 31 (1OT) (53,980 at Lexington)

LSU 63, Idaho 14 (92,177 at Baton Rouge)

Texas 66, Ole Miss 31 (61,797 at Oxford)

Mississippi State 30, Troy 24 (29,013 at Troy)

Missouri 24, Arizona State 20 (71,004 at Columbia, Mo.)

South Carolina 49, UAB 6 (77,963 at Columbia, S.C.)

Texas A&M 48, SMU 3 (32,016 at Dallas)

Vanderbilt 58, Presbyterian 0 (35,491 at Nashville)

Auburn 31, Louisiana-Monroe 28 (1OT) (85,214 at Auburn)

 

Top Performances from Saturday, Sept. 15

Rushing

179 yards (23 carries, 1 TD) – LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State vs. Troy

174 yards (8 carries, 1 TD) – Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt vs. Presbyterian

137 yards (14 carries, 1 TD) – Brian Kimbrow, Vanderbilt vs. Presbyterian

128 yards (11 carries, 1 TD) – Onterio McCalebb, Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe

124 yards (13 carries, 2 TDs) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. SMU

116 yards (11 carries, 2 TDs) – Kenny Hilliard, LSU vs. Idaho

115 yards (18 carries) – Mike Gillislee, Florida vs. Tennessee

111 yards (10 carries, 1 TD) – Todd Gurley, Georgia vs. Florida Atlantic

104 yards (10 carries, 1 TD) – Keith Marshall, Georgia vs. Florida Atlantic

95 yards (8 carries, 1 TD) – Jeff Scott, Ole Miss vs. Texas

 

Passing

342 yards (14 of 19, 2 TDs, 1 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Florida Atlantic

332 yards (37 of 60, 2 TDs, 4 INTs) – Maxwell Smith, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

294 yards (20 of 36, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. SMU

257 yards (22 of 44, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Florida

244 yards (11 of 26, 3 TDs, 0 INT) – Tyler Russell, Mississippi State vs. Troy

222 yards (17 of 22, 2 TDs, 1 INT) – Zach Mettenberger, LSU vs. Idaho

219 yards (14 of 20, 2 TDs, 0 INT) – Jeff Driskel, Florida vs. Tennessee

 

Receptions

10 catches (84 yards) – La'Rod King, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

8 catches (88 yards) – T.J. Moe, Missouri vs. Arizona State

8 catches (75 yards, 1 TD) – Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee vs. Florida

7 catches (144 yards, 1 TD) – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss vs. Texas

7 catches (75 yards) – Demarco Robinson, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

6 catches (123 yards) – Mike Evans, Texas A&M vs. SMU

6 catches (180 yards, 3 TDs) – Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State vs. Troy

6 catches (54 yards, 1 TD) – Jonathan George, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

 

Defense

14 tackles (2 PBU, 3 QBH) – Daren Bates, Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe

14 tackles (1 INT) – Avery Williamson, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

13 tackles – Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State vs. Troy

12 tackles – Alvin Dupree, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

12 tackles – Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss vs. Texas

12 tackles (1 TFL -1; 1 PBU) – Shawn Williams, Georgia vs. Florida Atlantic

11 tackles – Martavius Neloms, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

11 tackles (1 TFL -6; 2 QBH) – A. J. Johnson, Tennessee vs. Florida

11 tackles (1 TFL -4; 1 PBU) – Demetruce McNeal, Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe

11 tackles – Rohan Gaines, Arkansas vs. Alabama

10 tackles (1 QBH) – Jake Holland, Auburn vs. Lousiana-Monroe

10 tackles (1 Sack -10; 1 INT, 1 PBU) – Matt Elam, Florida vs. Tennessee

10 tackles (1.5 Sacks – 10) – Collins Ukwu, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

10 tackles – Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas vs. Alabama

 

Schedule of Saturday, Sept. 22 Games

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

11 a.m. CT • FSN              

New Orleans, La. • Mercedes-Benz Superdome (72,000)

 

Kentucky (1-2) at Florida (3-0, 2-0 SEC)

12:21 p.m. ET • SEC Network

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

 

Missouri (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at South Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SEC)

3:30 p.m. ET • CBS Sports            

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

 

Florida Atlantic (1-2) at Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC)

4 p.m. CT • PPV

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

 

LSU (3-0) at Auburn (1-2, 0-1 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPN

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

 

Rutgers (3-0) at Arkansas (1-2, 0-1 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPNU

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

 

South Alabama (1-2) at Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • PPV

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

 

South Carolina State (1-2) at Texas A&M (1-1, 0-1 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • FSN

College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (82,589)

 

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

7:30 p.m. ET • Neyland Stadium / Shields-Watkins Field (102,455)

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

 

Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC) at Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC)

7:45 p.m. ET • ESPN2

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

 

GAME WEEK NOTES

 

* - Six SEC teams are ranked in this week's AP and USA Today Top 25 polls, including four teams ranked in the top eight of both polls.  Alabama and LSU are 1-2 in both polls.  Georgia is 5th in AP and 6th in USA Today while South Carolina is 7th in AP and 8th in USA Today.  Florida is 14th in both polls and Mississippi State becomes the 9th SEC team to be ranked in one of the two polls, coming in at 23rd in both polls.

 

* - SEC NCAA Statistical Leaders

INDIVDIUAL

Interceptions – Darius Slay, Miss. State – 1st (1.33 ipg)

Field Goals – Caleb Sturgis, Florida; Casey Spear, Vanderbilt – T4th (2.33 fgpg)

All-Purpose Rushing – Todd Gurley, Georgia – 14th (171.33 ypg)

Kickoff Returns – Onterio McCalebb, Auburn – 4th (40.50 ypr); Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss – 5th (39.75 ypr)

Passing Efficiency – A.J. McCarron, Alabama – 3rd (196.59 rating)

Punting – Ryan Epperson, Texas A&M – 3rd (47.45 ypp)

Punt Return – Marcus Murphy, Missouri – 12th (19.18 ypr)

Receptions per Game – La'Rod King, Kentucky –1 5th (7.67 rpg)

Receiving Yards per Game – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss – 11th (106.67 ypg)

Rushing – Mike Gillislee, Florida – 20th (115.33 ypg)

Scoring – Kenny Hilliard, LSU – 9th (12.00 ppg)

Total Offense – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M – 14th (325.50 ypg)

Tackles – Daren Bates, Auburn – 3rd (12.67 tpg)

Tackles for Loss – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M – 6th (2.50 tpg)

Sacks – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M – 1st (2.50 spg)

 

TEAM

Pass Efficiency Defense – Vanderbilt – 4th (82.59 rating)

Kickoff Returns – Auburn – 6th (32.17 ypr)

Net Punting – Texas A&M – 3rd (47.18 ypp); LSU – 5th (43.27 ypp); Florida – 6th (43.00 ypp)

Passing Offense – Kentucky –13th (322.0 ypg)

Pass Defense – Vanderbilt – 3rd (100.67 ypg)

Passing Efficiency – Alabama – 3rd (191.19 rating)

Punt Returns – Missouri – 6th (23.18 ypr)

Rushing Offense – LSU – 13th (269.33 ypg)

Rushing Defense – LSU – 4th (47.00 ypg); South Carolina – 6th (53.00 ypg); Alabama – 8th (57.67 ypg)

Scoring Defense – Alabama – 3rd (4.67 ppg); South Carolina – 7th (9.67 ppg)

Scoring Offense – LSU – 9th (48.33 ppg); Georgia – 10th (47.33 ppg)

Total Defense – LSU – 4th (205.00 ypg); Alabama – 6th (210.00 ypg)

Total Offense – Georgia – 20th (517.67 ypg)

Turnover Margin – Alabama – T1st (3.67 margin); Miss. State – T1st (3.67 margin); Missouri – 5th (2.00 margin)

 

* - In 28 home SEC games this season, the SEC has averaged 72,220 fans per game with an average capacity of 95.93 percent.  More than two million fans (2,022,156) have attended the 28 home SEC games this season.  12 of the 28 games have been at or above capacity.

 

* - The SEC is 23-6 in non-conference games this season (.793).  The win percentage is second among FBS conferences, behind the Big 12, which is 21-2 (.913) this season.

 

* - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier won his 200th game in his college coaching career.  Spurrier is now 200-75-2 (.726).  Spurrier's 180 wins at SEC schools is fifth in SEC history and his 74.3 win percentage at SEC schools is 13th in league history.  His 117 SEC wins is second in SEC history and his 73.6 win percentage against SEC teams is 6th in league annals. 

 

* - Florida has the SEC's best record in conference games away from home since 1992.  The Gators have won twice already this season (at Texas A&M, at Tennessee) and are now 68-23 (.747) in games away from Gainesville (record includes games in Jacksonville).

 

* - SEC offenses were in high gear on Saturday.  The 14 SEC teams combined for 6,331 total offensive yards, an average of 452.2 yards per team.  To put it in perspective, SEC teams averaged 355.0 total offensive yards per game last year.  Five SEC teams had more than 500 offensive yards yesterday – Georgia 713, Texas A&M 605, Vanderbilt 605, Florida 555 and South Carolina 501.  Georgia's 713 total is tied for sixth in SEC history for a single game and the most in the league since Florida had 705 yards against The Citadel in 2008.

 

* University of South Carolina sophomore quarterback Dylan Thompson is the Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team Player of the Week for Week 4 of the SEC football season.  The Boiling Springs, S.C. native spent his spring break in El Salvador, helping feed the poor, exercise with students there while speaking to villages and churches during the trip.  He has twice participated in the Pigskin Poets reading at the Richland County Library and at the Epworth Children's Home Thanksgiving Dinner.  A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, he also played a role in the Children's Chance Dinner for two consecutive years before Christmas and has taken time to speak at churches and Fellowship of Christian Athletes events and visit a children's hospital.

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