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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SUNDAY NOTES PACKAGE

September 30, 2012

Results from Saturday, Sept. 29

Alabama 33, Ole Miss 14 (101,821 at Tuscaloosa)

Texas A&M 58, Arkansas 10 (86,442 at College Station)

Georgia 51, Tennessee 44 (92,746 at Athens)

South Carolina 38, Kentucky 17 (49,810 at Lexington)

LSU 38, Towson 22 (92,154 at Baton Rouge)

Missouri 21, Central Florida 16 (35,835 at Orlando)

 

Top Performances from Saturday, Sept. 22

Rushing

164 yards (10 carries, 2 TDs) – Keith Marshall, Georgia vs. Tennessee

130 yards (24 carries, 3 TDs) – Todd Gurley, Georgia vs. Tennessee

120 yards (23 carries, 2 TDs) – Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina vs. Kentucky

104 yards (14 carries, 1 TD) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

104 yards (23 carries, 1 TD) – Rajion Neal, Tennessee vs. Georgia

104 yards (19 carries, 1 TD) – Kendial Lawrence, Missouri vs. Central Florida

 

Passing

453 yards (29-of-38, 3 TD, 0 INT) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

373 yards (29-of-59, 1 TD, 2 INT) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M

281 yards (24-of-45, 2 TD, 3 INT) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Georgia

278 yards (19-of-25, 2 TD, 1 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Tennessee

257 yards (19-of-30, 1 TD, 1 INT) – James Franklin, Missouri vs. Central Florida

238 yards (15-of-26, 2 TD, 0 INT) – Zach Mettenberger, LSU vs. Towson

Receptions

11 catches (162 yards) – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M

8 catches (84 yards, 2 TDs) – Amari Cooper, Alabama vs. Ole Miss

7 catches (46 yards) – Vince Sanders, Ole Miss vs. Alabama

6 catches (51 yards, 1 TD) – Zach Rogers, Tennessee vs. Georgia

6 catches (83 yards, 1 TD) – Mike Evans, Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

5 catches (70 yards, 2 TDs) – Michael Bennett, Georgia vs. Tennessee

5 catches (53 yards, 1 TD) – Rajion Neal, Tennessee vs. Georgia

5 catches (33 yards) – Marcus Lucas, Missouri vs. Central Florida

5 catches (141 yards, 1 TD) – Ryan Swope, Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

5 catches (108 yards) – Thomas Johnson, Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

5 catches (128 yards, 2 TDs) – Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU vs. Towson

 

Defense

14 tackles (3 PBU) – Alec Ogletree, Georgia vs. Tennessee

13 tackles (2.0 TFL – 9; 1 FF; 1 PBU) – E.J. Gaines, Missouri vs. Central Florida

13 tackles (0.5 TFL – 1) – Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss vs. Alabama

12 tackles (3.0 TFL -6; 1 PBU; 2 QBH) – Will Ebner, Missouri vs. Central Florida

12 tackles – Miles Simpson, Kentucky vs. South Carolina

12 tackles (1 TFL -4) – Toney Hurd, Jr., Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

11 tackles (1 Sack – 10; 2 other TFL – 4; 2 FF) – Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss vs. Alabama

11 tackles (1 TFL -1; 1 FR) – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee vs. Georgia

11 tackles (1 QBH) – Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M

10 tackles – C.J. Mosley, Alabama vs. Ole Miss

10 tackles – Avery Williamson, Kentucky vs. South Carolina

 

Schedule of Saturday, Oct. 6 Games

Arkansas (1-4, 0-2 SEC) at Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC)

11 a.m. CT • ESPN2 • Sirius Channel 91 • XM Channel 91

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

 

Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at Kentucky (1-4, 0-2 SEC)

12:21 p.m. ET • SEC Network • Sirius Channel 94 • XM Channel 201

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

 

LSU (5-0, 1-0 SEC) at Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC)

3:30 p.m. ET • CBS Sports • Sirius Channel 86 / 91 • XM Channel 86 / 91

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

 

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

6 p.m. CT • FSN • Sirius Channel 93 • XM Channel 200

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

 

Texas A&M (3-1, 1-1 SEC) at Ole Miss (3-2, 0-1 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPNU • Sirius Channel 123 • XM Channel 198

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

 

Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at South Carolina (5-0, 3-0 SEC)

7 p.m. ET • ESPN • Sirius Channels 91 / 92 • XM Channels 91 / 199

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

 

OPEN: Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC); Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 SEC)

 

 

SEC PLAYERS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS

 

All-Purpose Rushing – Todd Gurley, Georgia (19th – 158.00 ypg)

Field Goals – Caleb Sturgis, Florida (T5th – 2.00 fgpg); Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (T5th – 2.00 fgpg)

Interceptions – Darius Slay, Mississippi State (T1st – 1.00 ipg)

Kickoff Returns – Onterio McCalebb, Auburn (3rd – 36.83 ypr); Todd Gurley, Georgia (5th – 34.71 ypr)

Passing Efficiency – Aaron Murray, Georgia (3rd – 183.47 rating); A.J. McCarron, Alabama (7th - 177.04 rating); Connor Shaw, South Carolina (10th – 172.60 rating); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (11th – 170.88 rating)

Punting – Ryan Epperson, Texas A&M (7th – 46.71 ypp); Dylan Breeding, Arkansas (9th – 45.52 ypp); Kyle Christy, Florida (10th – 45.35 ypp)

Punt Returns – Marcus Murphy, Missouri (7th – 20.07 ypr); Dustin Harris, Texas A&M (11th – 17.78 ypr)

Receptions per Game – Justin Hunter, Tennessee (25th – 6.6 rpg)

Receiving Yards per Game – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (9th – 118.20 ypg)

Rushing – Todd Gurley, Georgia (19th – 107.20 ypg)

Scoring – Todd Gurley, Georgia (6th – 12.0 ppg)

Total Offense – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (6th – 365.00 ypg); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (12th – 338.00 ypg)

Tackles – Daren Bates, Auburn (5th – 11.75 tpg)

Tackles for Loss – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (2nd – 2.63 tpg); Jarvis Jones, Georgia (9th – 2.00 tpg); Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (12th – 1.90 tpg)

Sacks – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (2nd – 1.50 spg); Corey Lemonier, Auburn (13th – 1.25 spg)

 

 

SEC TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS

 

Pass Efficiency Defense – Alabama (3rd – 84.82 rating); Florida (5th – 88.32 rating); LSU (6th – 88.59 rating)

Kickoff Returns – Alabama (T4th – 31.50 ypr); Auburn (T4th – 31.50 ypr)

Net Punting – Texas A&M (1st – 46.06 ypp); Florida (3rd – 43.44 ypp)

Passing Offense – Tennessee (14th – 329.20 ypg)

Pass Defense – Alabama (3rd – 125.80 ypg); LSU (6th – 134.80 ypg); Vanderbilt (8th – 141.75 ypg)

Passing Efficiency – Georgia (2nd – 180.3 rating); Alabama (7th – 176.94 rating); South Carolina (8th – 174.35 rating)

Punt Returns – Missouri (4th – 23.21 ypr); Texas A&M (9th – 18.89 ypr)

Rushing Offense – Georgia (11th – 250.40 ypg)

Rushing Defense – Alabama (4th – 65.80 ypg); South Carolina (7th – 77.60 ypg); LSU (9th – 83.00 ypg)

Scoring Defense – Alabama (1st – 7.00 ppg); South Carolina (6th – 11.20 ppg); Texas A&M (8th – 11.75 ppg); LSU (9th – 12.60 ppg); Florida (10th – 12.75 ppg); Mississippi State (13th – 13.25 ppg)

Scoring Offense – Texas A&M (7th – 48.25 ppg); Georgia (8th – 48.20 ppg)

Total Defense – Alabama (2nd – 191.60 ypg); LSU (4th – 217.80 ypg)

Total Offense – Georgia (11th – 536.00 ypg); Texas A&M (12th – 525.75 ypg)

Turnover Margin – Mississippi State (1st – 3.25 margin); Alabama (2nd – 2.40 margin)

 

GAME NOTES

 

* - Six SEC teams are ranked in this week's Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls. Alabama is top-ranked in both polls while LSU is 3rd in USA Today and 4th in AP. Georgia and South Carolina, which play this weekend in Columbia, are 5-6, respectively, in both polls. Florida is 10th in AP and 11th in USA Today and Mississippi State is 19th in USA Today and 20th in AP. Texas A&M receives votes in both polls and Tennessee received votes in the AP poll. The SEC is tied with the Pac-12 for most teams ranked in the AP poll and with the Big 12 for most teams in the USA Today poll.

 

* - This week's games mark two matchups between Top 10 teams. #5 (AP/USA) Georgia visits (#6 AP/USA) South Carolina on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET while #10 (AP)/ #11 (USA) Florida hosts #3 (USA) / #4 (AP) LSU on CBS Sports at 3:30 p.m. ET. It is the second year in a row where the SEC has had two Top 10 matchups on the same day. On Nov. 5 of last season, #2 Alabama hosted #1 LSU and #8 Arkansas hosted #10 South Carolina.

 

* - In 42 home games, SEC games have drawn 3,190,578 fans, an average of 75,996 fans per game. The average capacity for games is 96.41 percent. Half of the 42 games (21), have been filled to 100 percent capacity or more.

 

* - SEC teams have recorded a record of 30-7 (.811) against non-conference foes this season. The last time the league did not have at least a .800 non-conference winning mark was in 2008 (37-11, .771).

 

* - The LSU-Florida matchup pits the two winningest teams in the SEC since 2003 (last 10 seasons). The Tigers are 102-22 (.823) and the Gators are 91-31 (.746) since 2003.

 

* - Winningest active SEC starting QBs – Aaron Murray, Georgia (21-11); A.J. McCarron, Alabama (17-1); Connor Shaw, South Carolina (12-1); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (12-5); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (11-6).

 

* - SEC teams have scored 136 rushing and 116 passing TDs after five weeks. Arkansas and Kentucky are the only SEC teams not to score a non-offensive TD this season. SEC teams have allowed 88 rushing TDs and 72 passing TDs this season. Alabama, South Carolina and Texas A&M have allowed just five TDs each.

 

* - Alabama leads SEC, scoring on 56.9 percent of its offensive drives (TD + FG), 33 of 58 drives, 56.9 percent. Georgia leads SEC in drives scoring touchdowns at 41.9 percent (31 of 74). Texas A&M is a close second at 41.8 percent (23 of 55).

 

* - Alabama leads SEC, allowing scores (TD + FG) on just 08.5 percent of its defensive drives (5 of 59) while South Carolina leads SEC in allowing least TDs on drives (07.5 percent, 5 of 67).

 

* - LSU leads the SEC in holding opponents to three-downs-and-out. The Tigers have stopped opponents 47.1 percent of the time (32 of 68) in three downs or less.

 

* - Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Texas A&M have not allowed a score when an opponent takes possession on a turnover.

 

* - Alabama has scored a league-high 84 points when taking the ball on an opponents turnover.

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