The Southeastern Conference is gearing up for rivalry week, so it was only right for week 13 to be filled with tune up games. Two good matchups did occur last week, including one that resulted in more Charmin tissues for the magnolia state.
The SEC West did make history, despite a list of scrimmage games. It became the second division (2008—ACC Atlantic Division) to have all programs bowl eligible.
SEC Matchups: Week 13
#4 Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt
Summary: Mississippi State bounced back from a heart-breaking loss to Alabama by shutting out Vanderbilt. Junior quarterback Dak Prescott returned to form, completing 16 of 21 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns. Mississippi State’s running back Brandon Holloway led the group with 66 rushing yards, but Prescott and Ashton Shumpert both totaled one rushing touchdown apiece. Joe Morrow anchored the Bulldogs receiving corps with five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Beniquez Brown and Tolando Cleveland each recorded an interception off Vanderbilt’s quarterbacks Jordan McCrary and Patton Robinette. Mississippi State is now 10-1, (6-1) and remains in the conversation for an SEC West crown and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Final Score: Mississippi State 51—Vanderbilt 0
#20 Missouri vs. Tennessee
Summary: Tennessee’s bowl eligibility hopes took a back seat Saturday against Missouri. Maty Mauk threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Murphy got it done on the ground. He collected 82 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Jimmie Hunt and Bud Sasser put in a solid day’s work receiving. Hunt caught three passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Sasser recorded four catches 76 yards and a score. Sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs had a rough outing for Tennessee. He tossed for 195 yards, one touchdown and an interception. The Volunteers averaged 1.8 yards per carry! Alex Ellis and Jason Croom each caught a touchdown pass, but it wasn’t enough. Tennessee had two costly turnovers and was outgained 410-279. Missouri still controls its own destiny in the SEC East. The Tigers can clinch a division crown with a win against Arkansas and a Georgia loss.
Final Score: Missouri 29—Tennessee 21
#8 Mississippi vs. Arkansas
Summary: Arkansas is one of the hottest teams in college football as of late. The Razorbacks have achieved back-to-back shutout victories against quality SEC opponents. Brandon Allen threw for 87 yards and a touchdown, but Arkansas’s defense and run game was the story of the contest. Jonathan Williams totaled 81 rushing yards on 20 carries. Alex Collins recorded a touchdown and 79 yards rushing. Rohan Gains, Brooks Ellis and Tevin Mitchell all registered one interception apiece for Arkansas. The Razorbacks held Ole Miss to 63 rushing yards. The Rebels averaged 1.9 yards per carry. Arkansas is now bowl eligible at 6-5.
Final Score: Arkansas 30—Mississippi 0
Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky
Summary: Florida’s head coach Will Muschamp leaves after this season, but it didn’t stop the Gators from playing passionately for him Saturday. Jeff Driskel has been inconsistent all season, yet he played well against Eastern Kentucky. Driskel had 164 passing yards and three touchdowns. Treon Harris tossed for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Adam Lane led Florida’s running backs with 60 rushing yards, but Kelvin Taylor and Driskel both found the endzone. Demarcus Robinson and Quinton Dunbar both played well. Robinson caught four passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Dunbar had three receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Florida outgained Eastern Kentucky 430-142. The Gators are 6-4 on the season. It has a chance to spoil Florida State’s dream of a College Football Playoff spot next week.
Final Score: Florida 52—Eastern Kentucky 3
South Carolina vs. South Alabama
Summary: It’s been a rocky season for head coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks, but South Carolina got its 6th win of the season against South Alabama. Dylan Thompson threw for 237 yards, one touchdown and an interception. David Williams collected South Carolina’s lone rushing touchdown, but Brandon Wilds totaled 77 rushing yards. Pharoh Cooper had 95 receiving yards and a touchdown pass to Thompson. Skai Moore and Brison Williams both had two interceptions apiece for South Carolina. Aleem Sunanon was South Alabama’s lone means of scoring. He nailed four field goal attempts. South Carolina outgained South Alabama 484-289.
Final Score: South Carolina 37—South Alabama 12
#10 Georgia vs. Charleston Southern
Summary: Georgia is now 6-0 at home after its victory over Charleston Southern Saturday. Hutson Mason was razor sharp in the first half. He completed 83.3 percent of his passes (10/12) for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Nick Chubb tore through Charleston Southern with nine carries for 113 yards (12.6 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. Chris Conley, Jonathon Rumph and Justin Scott-Wesley all benefitted from Mason’s arm. Conley led the trio with three catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Rumph and Scott-Wesley both had one touchdown reception apiece. Running back Christian Reyes scored Charleston Southern’s lone touchdown. He had 75 yards rushing. Georgia has an opportunity to an SEC East division crown, if it wins out and Missouri loses to Arkansas next week.
Final Score: Georgia 55—Charleston Southern 9
#14 Auburn vs. Samford
Summary: Auburn ends a two-game losing streak with a victory over Samford Saturday. Nick Marshall threw for 171 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Cameron Artis-Payne led Auburn’s rushing attack with 129 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Quan Bray and Roc Thomas both totaled one rushing score apiece. Sammie Coates caught two passes for 64 yards. Corey Grant brought in Marshall’s lone touchdown pass. Linebacker Kris Frost and defensive back Jonathon Mincy each recorded an interception for Auburn. Samford’s quarterback Michael Eubank tossed for 125 yards and a touchdown. Auburn converted 7 of 14 (50 percent) third downs and forced two turnovers. The Tigers can spoil Alabama’s shot at an SEC West division crown and its spot in the College Football Playoff with a win next Saturday.
Final Score: Auburn 31—Samford 7
#1 Alabama vs. Western Carolina
Summary: Alabama notched a win, but it came at a cost. Five Crimson Tide players, including Amari Cooper (knee), Cam Robinson (ankle) and A’Shawn Robinson (knee) all needed medical attention. Alabama rested T.J. Yeldon (ankle/foot), DeAndrew White (hamstring), Denzel Devall (ankle) and Adam Griffith. Sophomore running back Derrick Henry carried the load for Alabama. He rushed for 92 yards and totaled three touchdowns (one receiving). Tyren Jones had 75 rushing yards and a score. Chris Black led Alabama’s receiving corps with six catches for 101 yards. Quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jake Coker both saw the field against Western Carolina. Sims had 222 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Coker threw for 115 yards and a touchdown. Alabama’s defense lacked focus and energy in the first half, but regained its composure in the second half. WCU’s quarterback Troy Mitchell had two touchdown passes, but the Catamounts couldn’t run the ball. Landon Collins led Alabama’s defense with seven tackles. Alabama can clinch the SEC West next week with a victory over Auburn.
Final Score: Alabama 48—Western Carolina 14
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