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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SUNDAY NOTES PACKAGE (Nov. 18, 2012)

Results from Nov. 17 Games

Mississippi State 45, Arkansas 14 (54,838 at Starkville)

Auburn 51, Alabama A&M 7 (74,832 at Auburn)

LSU 41, Ole Miss 35 (92,872 at Baton Rouge)

Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee 18 (40,350 at Nashville)

Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0 (101,126 at Tuscaloosa)

Syracuse 31, Missouri 27 (63,045 at Columbia)

Florida 23, Jacksonville State 0 (82,691 at Gainesville)

Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 14 (92,746 at Athens)

Kentucky 34, Samford 3 (46,749 at Lexington)

South Carolina 24, Wofford 7 (79,982 at Columbia)

Texas A&M 47, Sam Houston State 28 (87,101 at College Station)

 

Top Performances from Nov. 17 Games

Rushing

181 yards (12 carries, 2 TDs) – Tre Mason, Auburn vs. Alabama A&M

127 yards (27 carries, 1 TD) – Kenny Miles, South Carolina vs. Wofford

122 yards (20 carries, 1 TD) – Mike Gillislee, Florida vs. Jacksonville State

123 yards (15 carries, 1 TD) – Raymond Sanders, Kentucky vs. Samford

119 yards (27 carries, 1 TD) – Kendial Lawrence, Missouri vs. Syracuse

108 yards (16 carries) – Marlin Lane, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

104 yards (15 carries, 2 TDs) – Onterio McCalebb, Auburn vs. Alabama A&M

100 yards (16 carries, 2 TDs) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State

99 yards (10 carries, 3 TDs) – Eddie Lacy, Alabama vs. Western Carolina

 

Passing

330 yards (18-of-28, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Georgia Southern

310 yards (15-of-35, 2 TD, 3 INT) – Bo Wallace, Ole Miss vs. LSU

282 yards (22-of-37, 0 TD, 2 INT) – Zach Mettenberger, LSU vs. Ole Miss

279 yards (17-of-23, 2 TDs, 0 INT) – James Franklin, Missouri vs. Syracuse

274 yards (19-of-32, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Tyler Russell, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

267 yards (14-of-20, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State

245 yards (13-of-26, 2 TDs, 1 INT) – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee

225 yards (23-of-29, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

Receptions

7 catches (115 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee

7 catches (88 yards, 1 TD) – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

6 catches (161 yards, 2 TDs) – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss vs. LSU

6 catches (84 yards) – Javontee Herndon, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

6 catches (82 yards, 2 TDs) – Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

6 catches (81 yards, 2 TDs) – Mike Evans, Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State

 

Defense

15 tackles (0.5 TFL -1) – Zaviar Gooden, Missouri vs. Syracuse

13 tackles (2 Sacks – 19; 1 PBU) – Avery Williamson, Kentucky vs. Samford

12 tackles (2 TFL -2; 1 QBH) – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

12 tackles (1 TFL -1; 1 FF; 1 FR) – D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina vs. Wofford

12 tackles (1 TFL -1; 1 FR) – Alec Ogletree, Georgia vs. Georgia Southern

11 tackles (1 FR, 1 PBU) – Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

11 tackles (2 TFL -4) – Kevin Minter, LSU vs. Ole Miss

 

Kick Scoring

11 points (2-2 PATs; 3-4 FGs) – Caleb Sturgis, Florida vs. Jacksonville State

10 points (4-4 PATs; 2-2 FGs) – Craig McIntosh, Kentucky vs. Samford

9 points (3-3 PATs, 2-2 FGs) – Drew Alleman, LSU vs. Ole Miss

9 points (6-6 PATs, 1-1 FG) – Devon Bell, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

9 points (3-3 PATs, 2-2 FGs) – Andrew Baggett, Missouri vs. Syracuse

9 points (6-6 PATs, 1-2 FGs) – Marshall Morgan, Georgia vs. Georgia Southern

8 points (2-2 PATs, 2-2 FGs) – Carey Spear, Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee

7 points (7-7 PATs) – Jeremy Shelley, Alabama vs. Western Carolina

7 points (7-7 PATs) – Cody Parkey, Auburn vs. Alabama A&M

 

Kick Return Yards

195 yards (2 – 109 PR; 4 – 86 KOR) – Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

110 yards (3 – 48 PR; 3 – 62 KOR) – Quan Bray, Auburn vs. Alabama A&M

109 yards (3 PR – 109) – Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU vs. Ole Miss

108 yards (7 KOR – 108) – D'Arthur Cowan, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

77 yards (3 PR – 45; 1 KOR – 32) – Daryl Collins, Kentucky vs. Samford

73 yards (5 KOR – 73) – Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss vs. LSU

 

Schedule for Friday, Nov. 23 Games

 

LSU (9-2, 5-2 SEC) at Arkansas (4-7, 2-5 SEC)

1:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports

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

 

Schedule for Saturday, Nov. 24 Games

 

Georgia Tech (6-5) at Georgia (10-1, 7-1 SEC)

12 p.m. ET • ESPN

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

 

Kentucky (2-9, 0-7 SEC) at Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC)

12:21 p.m. ET • SEC Network

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

 

Auburn (3-8, 0-7 SEC) at Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC)

2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports

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

 

Vanderbilt (7-4, 5-3 SEC) at Wake Forest (5-6)

2:30 p.m. CT • ESPNU

Winston-Salem, N.C. • BB&T Field (31,500)

 

Florida (10-1, 7-1 SEC) at Florida State (10-1)

3:30 p.m. ET • ABC Sports

Tallahassee, Fla. • Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)

 

Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3 SEC) at Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPNU

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

 

Missouri (5-6, 2-5 SEC) at Texas A&M (9-2, 5-2 SEC)

6 p.m. CT • ESPN2

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

 

South Carolina (9-2, 6-2 SEC) at Clemson (10-1)

7 p.m. ET • ESPN

Clemson, S.C. • Clemson Memorial Stadium (82,500)

 

SEC PLAYERS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (TOP 40)

 

All-Purpose Rushing – Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (18th - 154.55 ypg); LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (27th - 136.40 ypg); Todd Gurley, Georgia (40th - 124.91 ypg).

 

Field Goals – Caleb Sturgis, Florida (5th - 1.82 fgpg); Drew Alleman, LSU (9th - 1.64 fgpg); Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (17th - 1.55 fgpg); Bryson Rose, Ole Miss (30th - 1.36 fgpg)

 

Interceptions – Byron Moore, Tennessee (9th - 0.45 ipg); Darius Slay, Mississippi State (9th - 0.45 ipg); Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (19th - 0.36 ipg)

 

Kickoff Returns – Cordarelle Patterson, Tennessee (12th - 29.05 ypr); Michael Ford, LSU (35th - 24.53 ypr); Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss (40th - 23.80 ypr)

 

Passing Efficiency – Aaron Murray, Georgia (1st - 174.33 rating); A.J. McCarron, Alabama (3rd - 172.44 rating); Connor Shaw, South Carolina (16th - 156.92 rating); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (21st - 155.13 rating); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (30th - 147.38 rating); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (35th - 144.32 rating); Tyler Russell, Mississippi State (36th - 142.41 rating)

 

Punting – Kyle Christy, Florida (4th - 46.29 ypp); Dylan Breeding, Arkansas (6th - 45.67 ypp); Richard Kent, Vanderbilt (11th - 44.81 ypp); Brad Wing, LSU (13th - 44.42 ypp); Landon Foster, Kentucky (33rd - 42.45 ypp); Trey Barrow, Missouri (39th - 42.15 ypp)

 

Punt Returns – Ace Sanders, South Carolina (10th - 13.88 ypr); Marcus Murphy, Missouri (11th - 13.84 ypr); Dustin Harris, Texas A&M (16th - 13.40 ypr); Christion Jones, Alabama (24th - 10.74 ypr); Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU (27th - 10.31 ypr); Devrin Young, Tennessee (31st - 9.67 ypr)

 

Receptions per Game – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (11th - 7.27 rpg); Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (15th - 7.00 rpg); Justin Hunter, Tennessee (30th - 6.36 rpg); Mike Evans, Texas A&M (36th - 6.09 rpg)

 

Receiving Yards per Game – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (6th - 112.45 ypg); Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (12th - 101.64 ypg); Justin Hunter, Tennessee (21st - 92.55 ypg); Mike Evans, Texas A&M (31st - 83.91 ypg).

 

Passing Yards per Game -- Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (12th - 302.80 ypg); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (13th - 301.73 ypg); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (24th - 277.00 ypg); Aaron Murray, Georgia (26th - 271.45 ypg);

 

Rushing – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (30th - 101.27 ypg; Todd Gurley, Georgia (37th - 94.64 ypg).

 

Scoring – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (20th - 9.27 ppg); Drew Alleman, LSU (35th - 8.45 ppg)

 

Total Offense – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2nd - 378.27 ypg); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (20th - 299.91 ypg); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (21st - 299.70 ypg)

 

Tackles – Avery Williamson, Kentucky (3rd - 11.64 tpg); A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (6th - 11.27 tpg); Kevin Minter, LSU (36th - 9.18 tpg)

 

Tackles for Loss – Jarvis Jones, Georgia (1st - 2.00 tpg); Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (4th - 1.82 tpg); Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (7th - 1.70 tpg); Kevin Minter, LSU (34th - 1.23 tpg)

 

Sacks – Jarvis Jones, Georgia (2nd - 1.17 spg); Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (3rd - 1.14 spg); Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (18th - 0.85 spg); Chris Smith, Arkansas (31st - 0.73 spg); Sam Montgomery, LSU (34th - 0.70 spg)

 

 

SEC TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (TOP 40)

 

Pass Efficiency Defense – Florida (1st - 91.76 rating); Alabama (7th - 101.18 rating); LSU (8th - 101.20 rating); Vanderbilt (9th - 101.60 rating); Texas A&M (33rd - 120.47 rating); Georgia (36th - 121.19 rating); South Carolina (38th - 121.30 rating)

 

Kickoff Returns – Missouri (10th - 26.10 ypr); Alabama (14th - 25.53 ypr); Auburn (33rd - 23.57 ypr)

 

Net Punting – Florida (2nd - 41.58 ypp); Texas A&M (4th - 41.24 ypp); Arkansas (9th - 40.54 ypp); LSU (14th - 40.14 ypp); Mississippi State (17th - 39.83 ypp); Vanderbilt (22nd - 39.24 ypp); Alabama (27th - 39.05 ypp); Auburn (29th - 39.00 ypp); Kentucky (31st - 38.88 ypp)

 

Passing Offense – Tennessee (13th - 317.64 ypg); Texas A&M (17th - 308.82 ypg); Arkansas (25th - 296.27 ypg); Georgia (35th - 278.91 ypg)

 

Pass Defense – Alabama (4th - 164.45 ypg); Vanderbilt (10th - 174.91 ypg); LSU (13th - 179.36 ypg); Georgia (13th - 179.36 ypg); Florida (19th - 185.82 ypg); South Carolina (22nd - 194.18 ypg)

 

Passing Efficiency – Georgia (1st - 172.06 rating); Alabama (2nd - 171.96 rating); South Carolina (22nd - 152.44 rating); Texas A&M (24th - 151.43 rating); Mississippi State (38th - 143.98 rating)

 

Punt Returns – Missouri (7th - 15.12 ypr); Texas A&M (11th - 14.07 ypr); South Carolina (16th - 12.73 ypr); Tennessee (20th - 11.95 ypr); Florida (21st - 11.71 ypr); Alabama (37th - 10.25 ypr); LSU (38th - 10.20 ypr)

 

Rushing Offense – Texas A&M (14th - 234.91 ypg); Alabama (27th - 209.36 ypg); Georgia (39th - 192.45 ypg); Florida (40th - 189.55 ypg)

 

Rushing Defense – Alabama (3rd - 75.64 ypg); Florida (6th - 95.18 ypg); LSU (8th - 101.73 ypg); South Carolina (16th - 116.64 ypg); Arkansas (25th - 127.27 ypg); Texas A&M (32nd - 136.55 ypg); Missouri (37th - 141.27 ypg)

 

Scoring Defense – Alabama (1st -10.09 ppg); Florida (3rd - 11.73 ppg); LSU (12th - 17.27 ppg); South Carolina (13th - 17.45 ppg); Vanderbilt (16th - 18.00 ppg); Georgia (18th - 18.36 ppg); Mississippi State (24th - 20.73 ppg); Texas A&M (28th - 21.91 ppg)

 

Scoring Offense – Texas A&M (6th - 43.45 ppg); Alabama (19th - 38.09 ppg); Georgia (21st - 37.64 ppg); Tennessee (26th - 36.09 ppg)

 

Total Defense – Alabama (2nd - 240.09 ypg); Florida (4th - 281.00 ypg); LSU (5th - 281.09 ypg); South Carolina (13th - 310.82 ypg); Vanderbilt (17th - 327.91 ypg); Georgia (20th - 329.82 ypg); Missouri (39th - 367.36 ypg)

 

Total Offense – Texas A&M (5th - 543.73 ypg); Tennessee (23rd - 477.64 ypg); Georgia (25th - 471.36 ypg)

 

Turnover Margin – Mississippi State (4th - 1.45 margin); LSU (9th - 1.18 margin); Florida (9th - 1.18 margin); Alabama (13th - 1.09 margin); Georgia (26th - 0.64 margin)

 

NOTES

 

* - SEC has seven teams in the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 with six teams in the top 13. Alabama is ranked second in both polls, Georgia third in both, Florida sixth in both, LSU seventh in USA Today and eighth in AP, Texas A&M ninth in AP and 10th in USA Today and South Carolina is 12th in USA Today and 13th in AP. Mississippi State returns to the poll at 24thin USA Today and 25th in AP.

 

* - This is the sixth week this season that the SEC has had seven teams ranked in the AP poll and 15th week since1999. Since 1992, the SEC has had at least 5 teams ranked in the AP Top 25 a total of 252 times, an average of 11.95 times per year. Since 1992 (counting 2012), the SEC has had at least 5 teams ranked for at least 10 weeks in 17 of the last 21 years.

 

* - SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DIVISIONAL SCENARIOS

 

Eastern Division

 

* - Georgia is the Eastern Division representative to the SEC Championship Game.

* - Georgia and Florida are co-champions of the Eastern Division with 7-1 records. By virtue of its 17-9 victory over the Gators on Oct. 27, the Bulldogs won the tie-breaker.

 

Western Division

* - Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M are all mathematically eligible to reach the SEC Football Championship Game as the Western Division representative. Here are the scenarios:

1) If Alabama defeats Auburn on Nov. 24, the Tide are the Western Division Champions and representatives of the Western Division

2) If Alabama loses to Auburn, Texas A&M defeats Missouri and LSU defeats Arkansas (all games on Nov. 23-24), there will be a three-team tie for the Western Division championship and LSU would get the tie-breaker because:

a) All three teams have a 1-1 record against each other

b) Texas A&M and LSU would have a 5-1 division record while Alabama would have a 4-2 division record, thus eliminating Alabama

c) LSU defeated Texas A&M 24-19 on Oct. 20, thus the Tigers would win the tie-breaker

3) If Alabama loses to Auburn, Texas A&M defeats Missouri and Arkansas defeats LSU (all games on Nov. 23-24), Texas A&M and Alabama would finish in a tie for the Western Division Championship. Texas A&M would win the tie-breaker due to its 29-24 win on Nov. 10.

 

* - In 11 of 42 divisional races (counting 2012), an SEC championship game berth has not been decided until the weekend prior to the SEC Championship Game. That occurred in 1997 (Tennessee), 1998 (Mississippi State), 2001 (Tennessee and LSU), 2002 (Arkansas), 2003 (Georgia and LSU), 2005 (LSU), 2007 (Tennessee), 2011 (LSU) and 2012 (Western Division).

 

* - In Vanderbilt's 41-18 win over Tennessee, the Commodores got their 5th SEC win of the season, equaling school's all-time high (1935: 5-1 SEC record).

 

* - Georgia's UGA Aaron Murray is now 11th in SEC history with 9,407 career total offensive yards. He needs 170 to move into career top 10.

 

* - Alabama's 49-0 win over Western Carolina is its 21st defensive shutout since 1992, the most in the SEC during that time.

 

* - With South Carolina's 24-7 win over Wofford yesterday, Steve Spurrier collected his 64th win at the helm of the Gamecocks, which ties the school record (with Rex Enright).

 

* - In 93 home dates, SEC attendance has reached 6,963,067, which is an all-time high for the league. Average attendance is at 74,872 per home game, which is 7th in school history. The conference record for average attendance is 76,844, set in 2008. Average capacity at SEC games is at 96.13 percent with 47 sellouts in the 93 home dates.

 

* - SEC teams are 44-8 (.846) against non-conference foes, which is second among FBS conferences (Big 12; 25-4, .862). Since 1992, SEC teams are 776-233-2 (.769) against non-conference foes (includes bowl games).

 

* - The Arkansas-LSU rivalry is the sixth closest in the SEC since 2000, with the average winning margin at 11.33 points per game. There have been 8 of the last 12 games decided by single digits. 

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