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Results from Nov. 3 Games

Alabama 21, LSU 17 (93,374 at Baton Rouge)

Auburn 42, New Mexico State 7 (74,676 at Auburn)

Florida 17, Missouri 7 (90,496 at Gainesville)

Georgia 37, Ole Miss 10 (92,746 at Athens)

Vanderbilt 40, Kentucky 0 (44,902 at Lexington)

Texas A&M 38, Mississippi State 13 (55,240 at Starkville)

Tennessee 55, Troy 48 (84,189 at Knoxville)

Arkansas 19, Tulsa 15 (64,451 at Fayetteville)

 

Top Performances from Nov. 3 Games

Rushing

152 yards (22 carries, 1 TD) – Tre Mason, Auburn vs. New Mexico State

132 yards (19 carries, 2 TDs) – Marlin Lane, Tennessee vs. Troy

129 yards (21 carries, 2 TDs) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State

117 yards (18 carries) – Todd Gurley, Georgia vs. Ole Miss

113 yards (8 carries, 2 TDs) – Onterio McCalebb, Auburn vs. New Mexico State

112 yards (17 carries, 1 TD) – Ben Malena, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State

109 yards (22 carries, 2 TDs) – Dennis Johnson, Arkansas vs. Tulsa

107 yards (29 carries, 1 TD) – Jeremy Hill, LSU vs. Alabama

 

Passing

530 yards (29-of-47, 5 TDs, 0 INT) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Troy

384 yards (21-of-28, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Ole Miss

311 yards (30-of-36, 0 TDs, 0 INT) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State

298 yards (24-of-35, 1 TD, 0 INT) – Zach Mettenberger, LSU vs. Alabama

272 yards (21-of-31, 0 TD, 1 INT) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. Tulsa

236 yards (24-of-51, 0 TD, 4 INT) – James Franklin, Missouri vs. Florida

220 yards (18-of-29, 2 TDs, 1 INT) – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

212 yards (19-of-30, 1 TD, 1 INT) – Tyler Russell, Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M

 

Receptions

11 catches (177 yards) – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas vs. Tulsa

9 catches (219 yards, 1 TD) – Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee vs. Troy

9 catches (181 yards, 3 TDs) – Justin Hunter, Tennessee vs. Troy

9 catches (121 yards) – Ryan Swope, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State

9 catches (97 yards) – Mike Evans, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State

8 catches (76 yards, 1 TD) – Jarvis Landry, LSU vs. Alabama

6 catches (73 yards) – Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri vs. Florida

6 catches (81 yards, 1 TD) – Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

5 catches (75 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

5 catches (64 yards) – Arceto Clark, Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M

5 catches (62 yards) – Kevin Norwood, Alabama vs. LSU

 

Defense

20 tackles (1 FF) – Avery Williamson, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt

14 tackles – Bernardrick McKinney, Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M

13 tackles (1 Sack – 9; 1 FF; 1 PBU) – Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M

13 tackles (1 TFL – 2; 1 QBH) – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee vs. Troy

12 tackles (1 INT) – Josh Evans, Florida vs. Missouri

12 tackles – Byron Moore, Tennessee vs. Troy

12 tackles (0.5 TFL -1) – Nico Johnson, Alabama vs. LSU

12 tackles (0.5 Sack – 4; 2 other TFL – 3) – Adrian Hubbard, Alabama vs. LSU

12 tackles – Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M

11 tackles (0.5 Sack – 4; 1 FR) – Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss vs. Georgia

11 tackles (1 Sack – 4; 1 other TFL -3; 1 INT) – Alec Ogletree, Georgia vs. Ole Miss

10 tackles (1 Sack – 7; 1 other TFL -2; 1 FF; 1 FR; 2 PBU) – Demetruce McNeal, Auburn vs. New Mexico State

10 tackles (1 TFL -2; 2 PBU) – Jaron Toney, Tennessee vs. Troy

10 tackles (1 QBH) – Matthew Wells, Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M

10 tackles – LaDarrell McNeal, Tennessee vs. Troy

10 tackles – Nick Perry, Alabama vs. LSU

10 tackles (1 PBU) – TreyDePriest, Alabama vs. LSU

 

Kick Scoring

13 points (2-3 FG, 7-7 PAT) – Michael Palardy, Tennessee vs. Troy

9 points (2-2 FG, 3-3 PAT) – Carey Spear, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

7 points (2-3 FG, 1-1 PAT) – Zach Hocker, Arkansas vs. Tulsa

6 points (0-1 FG, 6-6 PAT) – Cody Parkey, Auburn vs. New Mexico State

5 points (1-3 FG, 2-2 PAT) – Drew Alleman, LSU vs. Alabama

5 points (0-1 FG, 5-5 PAT) – Marshall Morgan, Georgia vs. Ole Miss

 

Return Yards

98 yards (5 KOR – 98 yards) – Raymond Sanders, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt

60 yards (2 KOR – 60 yards) – Onterio McCalebb, Auburn vs. New Mexico State

 

Schedule for Saturday, Nov. 10 Games

 

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

12 p.m. ET • CBS Sports

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

 

Missouri (4-5, 1-5 SEC) at Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC)

12:21 p.m. ET • SEC Network

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

 

Louisiana-Lafayette (5-3) at Florida (8-1, 7-1 SEC)

12:21 p.m. ET • SEC Network

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

 

Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC) at Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC)

2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports

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

 

Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) at Auburn (2-7, 0-6 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPN2

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

 

Vanderbilt (5-4, 3-3 SEC) at Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPNU

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

 

Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 SEC) at LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPN

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

 

OPEN:  Kentucky (1-9, 0-7 SEC)

 

SEC PLAYERS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (TOP 40)

All-Purpose Rushing – Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (24th - 143.56 ypg); LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (29th - 135.22 ypg); Todd Gurley, Georgia (33rd - 131.11 ypg).

Field Goals – Caleb Sturgis, Florida (8th - 1.67 fgpg); Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (21st - 1.44 fgpg); Drew Alleman, LSU (21st - 1.44 fgpg).

Interceptions – Byron Moore, Tennessee (12th - 0.44 ipg); Darius Slay, Mississippi State (12th - 0.44 ipg); Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (12th - 0.44 ipg); Ross Rasner, Arkansas (31st - 0.33 ipg); Jaylen Watkins, Florida (31st - 0.33 ipg); Robert Lester, Alabama (31st - 0.33 ipg); Matt Elam, Florida (31st - 0.33 ipg).

Kickoff Returns – Cordarelle Patterson, Tennessee (6th - 31.53 ypr); Jaylden Walton, Ole Miss (30th - 26.08 ypr); Onterio McCalebb, Auburn (33rd - 25.56 ypr); Trey Williams, Texas A&M (36th - 25.24 ypr); Andre Debose, Florida (40th - 24.13 ypr).

Passing Efficiency – A.J. McCarron, Alabama (3rd - 173.54 rating); Aaron Murray, Georgia (6th - 168.90 rating); Connor Shaw, South Carolina (22nd - 155.00 rating); Tyler Wilson (27th - 149.82 rating); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (29th - 149.82 rating); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (30th - 149.31 rating).

Punting – Kyle Christy, Florida (5th - 46.74 ypp); Dylan Breeding, Arkansas (6th - ypp); Richard Kent, Vanderbilt (9th - 45.13 ypp); Brad Wing, LSU (11th - 44.53 ypp); Jim Broadway, Ole Miss (20th - 42.97 ypp); Landon Foster, Kentucky (28th - 42.56 ypp); Cody Mandell, Alabama (29th - 42.45 ypp).

Punt Returns – Ace Sanders, South Carolina (6th - 15.90 ypr); Marcus Murphy, Missouri (9th - 14.95 ypr); Dustin Harris, Texas A&M (10th - 14.44 ypr); Christion Jones, Alabama (19th - 11.67 ypr); Jonathan Krause, Vanderbilt (30th - 10.00 ypr); Devrin Young, Tennessee (33rd - 9.54 ypr); Andre Debose, Florida (34th - 9.30 ypr).

Receptions per Game – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (7th - 7.67 rpg); Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (17th - 6.78 rpg); Mike Evans, Texas A&M (33rd - 6.22 rpg); Justin Hunter, Tennessee (33rd - 6.22 rpg).

Receiving Yards per Game – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (4th - 119.67 ypg); Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (16th - 94.44 ypg); Justin Hunter, Tennessee (17th - 93.11 ypg); Mike Evans, Texas A&M (25th - 89.11 ypg).

Passing Yards per Game -- Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (8th - 315.75 ypg); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (9th - 312.44 ypg); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (19th - 280.78 ypg); Aaron Murray, Georgia (23rd - 272.00 ypg).

Rushing – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (27th - 102.44 ypg); Todd Gurley, Georgia (35th - 95.22 ypg).

Scoring – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (18th - 10.00 ppg); Taylor Bertolet, Texas A&M (28th - 8.89 ppg).

Total Offense – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2nd - 383.22 ypg); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (13th - 314.25 ypg); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (14th - 311.11 ypg).

Tackles – Avery Williamson, Kentucky (5th - 11.50 tpg); A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (6th - 11.22 tpg); Daren Bates, Auburn (29th - 9.56 tpg); Demetruce McNeal, Auburn (35th - 9.33 tpg).

Tackles for Loss – Jarvis Jones, Georgia (1st - 2.14 tpg); Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (2nd - 2.11 tpg); Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (12th - 1.67 tpg); Will Ebner, Missouri (28th - 1.38 tpg); Sam Montgomery, LSU (36th - 1.25 tpg).

Sacks – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (2nd - 1.28 spg); Jarvis Jones, Georgia (5th - 1.21 spg); Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (11th - 0.94 spg).

 

SEC TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (TOP 40)

Pass Efficiency Defense – Florida (1st - 87.43 rating); LSU (3rd - 92.83 rating); Alabama (5th - 95.01 rating); Vanderbilt (7th - 99.61 rating); Mississippi State (29th - 117.16 rating); South Carolina (36th - 119.27 rating); Texas A&M (38th - 120.40 rating); Georgia (39th - 121.52 rating).

Kickoff Returns – Alabama (10th - 26.77 ypr); Missouri (19th - 25.36 ypr); Auburn (20th - 25.32 ypr); Texas A&M (36th - 23.68 ypr).

Net Punting – Florida (2nd - 43.50 ypp); Texas A&M (3rd - 41.89 ypp); Mississippi State (13th - 40.45 ypp); Vanderbilt (18th - 40.05 ypp); Arkansas (22nd - 39.93 ypp); Auburn (23rd - 39.92 ypp); LSU (25th - 39.65 ypp); Ole Miss (29th - 39.10 ypp); Kentucky (32nd - 38.93 ypp); Alabama (40th - 38.27 ypp).

Passing Offense – Tennessee (12th - 323.11 ypg); Texas A&M (19th - 308.22 ypg); Arkansas (22nd - 305.44 ypg); Georgia (33rd - 278.44 ypg).

Pass Defense – LSU (2nd - 150.33 ypg); Vanderbilt (3rd - 151.89 ypg); Alabama (8th - 162.56 ypg); Missouri (15th - 185.56 ypg); Florida (17th - 186.56 ypg); Georgia (24th - 197.33 ypg); South Carolina (27th - 198.67 ypg).

Passing Efficiency – Alabama (1st - 175.85 rating); Georgia (7th - 166.25 rating); South Carolina (23rd - 152.16 rating); Tennessee (30th - 148.68 rating); Texas A&M (37th - 145.28 rating).

Punt Returns – Missouri (6th - 16.35 ypr); Texas A&M (12th - 15.24 ypr); South Carolina (14th - 14.43 ypr); Alabama (33rd - 11.07 ypr).

Rushing Offense – Texas A&M (10th - 251.33 ypg); Alabama (24th - 209.00 ypg); LSU (29th - 200.67 ypg); Florida (35th - 192.67 ypg); Georgia (37th - 189.78 ypg).

Rushing Defense – Alabama (2nd - 66.33 ypg); Florida (10th - 100.33 ypg); LSU (12th - 102.78 ypg); South Carolina (14th - 104.56 ypg); Arkansas (24th - 121.44 ypg); Texas A&M (31st - 132.11 ypg).

Scoring Defense – Alabama (1st - 9.11 ppg); Florida (4th - 12.11 ppg); LSU (10th - 15.33 ppg); Vanderbilt (14th - 17.11 ppg); South Carolina (20th - 18.33 ppg); Mississippi State (23rd - 19.67 ppg); Georgia (25th - 20.89 ppg); Texas A&M (27th - 21.00 ppg); Missouri (38th - 22.56 ppg).

Scoring Offense – Texas A&M (4th - 44.67 ppg); Alabama (17th - 38.44 ppg); Tennessee (24th - 36.78 ppg); Georgia (24th - 36.78 ppg).

Total Defense – Alabama (2nd - 228.89 ypg); LSU (3rd - 253.11 ypg); Florida (5th - 286.89 ypg); South Carolina (12th - 303.22 ypg); Vanderbilt (19th - 316.22 ypg); Missouri (22nd - 327.56 ypg); Georgia (33rd - 341.33 ypg).

Total Offense – Texas A&M (5th - 559.56 ypg); Tennessee (18th - 485.11 ypg); Georgia (23rd - 468.22 ypg).

Turnover Margin – Alabama (4th - 1.67 margin); Mississippi State (6th - 1.44 margin); LSU (7th - 1.22 margin); Florida (7th - 1.22 margin); Georgia (37th - 0.44 margin); Missouri (40th - 0.33 margin).

 

GAME NOTES

 

* - Seven SEC teams are ranked in this week's USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Polls – Alabama leads both polls for the 10th straight week followed by Georgia 5th in both polls, Florida 7th in both polls, LSU 9th in both polls, South Carolina 11thin USA Today and 12th in AP, Texas A&M 14th in USA Today and 15th in AP and Mississippi State 22nd in AP and 23rd in USA Today.

 

* - The SEC has had at least four teams ranked in the top 10 of one of the four major polls every week of this season.

 

* - SEC has eight of the top 27 teams in the nation in scoring defense, 10 of the top 40 in net punting and have six of the top 30 passers in passing efficiency.

 

* - SEC players and teams that lead the nation in statistical categories:  Georgia LB Jarvis Jones (2.14 tackles for loss per game); Florida pass efficiency defense (87.43 rating); Alabama passing efficiency (175.85 rating); Alabama scoring defense (9.11 ppg).

 

* - Home teams are 14-15 in last five weeks in SEC intra-conference games.

 

* - According to CBS Sports, the Alabama-LSU game garnered a 7.0/13 rating/share in overnights, which would make the contest the highest rated college football game of the season.

 

* - Both Florida and Alabama have clinched at least a share of the divisional championship but need help in order to make the SEC Championship Game.  Florida would win the Eastern Division title outright and make the championship game if Auburn defeats Georgia this weekend.  Should Georgia defeat the Tigers, the Bulldogs will represent the Eastern Division as a co-champion, winning the head-to-head tie-breaker with the Gators. 

                Alabama needs to defeat either Texas A&M or Auburn to represent the Western Division in the SEC Championship Game.  Texas A&M is the only other SEC team mathematically remaining to make the SEC Championship and would need for Alabama to lose twice and A&M to defeat both the Tide and Missouri.

 

* - Arkansas RB Dennis Johnson, with 156 all-purpose rushing yards against Tulsa, moved into 10th place in career all-purpose rushing yards in SEC history with 5,104 yards.

 

* - With four passing touchdowns against Ole Miss, Georgia QB Aaron Murray now has 80 career TD passes, which is sixth in SEC history. 

 

* - Tennessee's 718 total offensive yards against Troy is the most in the SEC this season.

 

* - Tennessee and Troy combined for 1,439 total offensive yards yesterday, which is the most for two teams in a game involving an SEC team.  The previous record was 1,329 yards, set in 1997 by Tennessee and Kentucky.  The 103 combined points are the fourth highest total in a regulation game in SEC history.

 

* - Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has 922 rushing yards this season, third highest for a quarterback in SEC history.  Auburn's Cam Newton has record at 1,473 yards and Auburn's Jimmy Sidle is second at 1,006 yards. 

 

* - Vanderbilt's 40-0 win over Kentucky was the Commodores' first SEC defensive shutout since Nov. 9, 1968 (6-0 vs. Kentucky).

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