The SEC Week 10 Review starts with Georgia adding another win on the season. With a comfortable 43-6 win over Missouri. The first 8 minutes it looked like we might have a game on but in usual Bulldogs fashion, they showed why they are the number #1 ranked team in college. After forcing Georgia to punt, Missouri moved the ball nicely to the opposition 25 yard line. They were finally halted and on 4th and 3 took the 3 points via kicker Harrison Mevis.
After the first possession punt, normal service resumed with the Bulldogs going 75 yards and 62 yards for touchdowns. Wedged in between those TDs was a safety, when the special teams forced a block punt that went out the back of the Tigers end zone. Zamir White finished off the scoring drive after the safety. Later in the 2nd quarter Georgia added a field goal, then James Cook ran in 1 yard touchdown. It was easy work for the Bulldogs as it has been for most of the season.
Its just so Easy Right Now
The second half started and it took Georgia just over 2 minutes to go 60 yards down the field. Quarterback Stetson Bennett found receiver Jermaine Burton on a 12 yard pass to score. Day done for Bennett who finished with figures of 13 from 19 passes completed, 255 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. In came JT Daniels who had been sidelined with an injury for a umber of weeks. He continued the offensive domination by finding Ladd McConkey but was picked off on the next drive by defensive back Jaylon Carlies.
One of a few things to shout about for Missouri. The Tigers can still salvage what’s been a poor season and next week is a big one at home to South Carolina. Next week Georgia travels to Tennessee, the last SEC match up before the Championship game.
In the match up of the potential 2022 NFL Draft QBs, it was Matt Corrall and Ole Miss who came out on top. They beat Malik Willis and Liberty 27-14 at the Vaught Hemingway Stadium. The first possession for the Rebels ended with a touchdown on the second play. Running back Jerrion Ealy found a gap on the left side and sprinted 70 yards into the end zone, leaving defenders chasing his shadow. Late in the 1st quarter kicker Caden Costa added a 43 yard field goal, this was after Liberty missed one of their own. Matt Corral shone again as he had 324 passing yards from 20 completions.
Corral Shows great touch in the win
The second touchdown Corrall put Ole Miss inside the opposition 5 yard line with a beautifully placed 44 yard pass to Braylon Sanders. Ealy finished it off with a 4 yard run for his 2nd touchdown of the day. The 3rd and final touchdown for the Rebels came just before the half when Corrall found Dannis Jackson and with ball in hand, faked outside and went inside leaving the defender on the floor at the 5 yard line and then trotted into the end zone. The Rebels gave up two 3rd quarter touchdowns to the Flames but were never in any real danger of losing the game. The Ole Miss defence picked off Willis 3 times, 2 of the interceptions came from AJ Finley. Next up is a big test for the Rebels as they play in form Texas A&M.
Arkansas got back to SEC winning ways with a 31-28 win over Mississippi State. The Bulldogs had a chance to send the game into overtime after driving 53 yards in 21 seconds to the Razorbacks 22 yard line. Unfortunately, kicker Nolan McCord missed a 40 yard field goal that secured their 4th loss of the season. Arkansas got off to the faster start, slotting over a field goal then adding a touchdown in the 1st quarter. Running back Dominique Johnson scored the touchdown on a 1 yard run. Johnson who had another touchdown on the day also had his first 100 yard rushing game of his career.
On the next drive, Bulldogs quarterback Will Rodgers threw a pass into the hands of Grant Morgan. A 23 yard missed field goal followed on the drive after and Mississippi State fans were probably thinking it was going to be a long day. The Razorbacks added another field goal, but just before the half a Bulldog touchdown got them back into the game.
Big Play Time
A 74 yard drive was capped off by a Rodgers pass to Jaden Walley. It lifted them going into the half and came back out for the 3rd quarter with a spring in their step. They took advantage of having the first possession of the ball, with Rodgers again sprinkling the ball around and ending the drive in the end zone, finding receiver Rara Thomas on a 6 yard pass.
Arkansas took the lead again with a field goal. Then adding to the lead with a Treylon Burks TD after the Bulldogs missed another field goal. Again the lead changed hands with Rodgers throwing two touchdowns. These were either side of a missed field goal from Arkansas this time. Rara Thomas notched his TD second of the day and running back Jo’Quavious Marks go the go ahead score on a 15 yard pass. With over 2 minutes left on the clock it was Razorback QB KJ Jefferson’s turn to shine. He marched them down the field and it was finished off with Johnson’s 2nd touchdown. A big win for Arkansas who play LSU next. The Bulldogs are at Auburn.
Alabama survived a late onslaught to edge out LSU 20-14. Bama will be happy to get out of this one with a win after a below par performance on offence for them. Two late touchdowns in the 2nd quarter glossed over an average first half on offence, but the LSU defence played their part. It was on the 5th Alabama possession that they finally moved the ball with some gusto.
They went 77 yards finishing it off with Brian Robinson Jr. punching the ball home. That made it a 7-7 ball game, as earlier LSU quarterback Max Johnson found Brian Thomas Jr. Johnson was at fault for handing Alabama the chance to go into the half with the lead, which they took. The Tigers QB tried to force a pass into tight coverage and was picked off. Bama receiver John Metchie III grabbed a Bryce Young pass to give the home side the lead.
Turnovers cost LSU dearly
On the first drive of the second half LSU coughed up possession again. This time running back Tyrion Davis-Price had the ball forced out by Henry To’oTo’o and the Crimson Tide recovered. On the second play, Young picked out Jameson Williams with a nice deep ball to extend the lead to 13, the extra point was missed by kicker Will Reichard. After the touchdown the Tigers limited Alabama to just 34 offensive yards, during which they added a touchdown. It was Johnson’s arm again, this time he found receiver Jack Bech to make it a 6 point game.
The Bama defence held firm, with LSU having a 1st and goal at their 8 yard line. The Tigers couldn’t get the ball into the end zone and handed the ball over. Again Bama let LSU in again, this time Bryce Young was sacked by Cameron Lewis and the Tigers recovered on the Crimson Tide 42 yard line. Their defence held them to a 4 and out and with that a difficult win. It will be a much easier game next week as Alabama plays New Mexico. LSU take on Arkansas in Baton Rouge.
In a game that swung back and forth, it was Tennessee that came out on top over Kentucky, with a 45-42 win. The Wildcats had 612 offensive yards and 35 first downs to the Volunteers 461 yards and just 17 first downs. The score was at 45-42 with still 9 minutes and 36 seconds in the 4th quarter left. A missed Tennessee field goal and a final drive from Kentucky that was turned over on downs at the Vols 38 yard line finished off a captivating game.
Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker had 316 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns and 41 rushing yards. His 4 touchdowns went for 171 yards, having 2 over 70 yard passes. His first two were a 75 yard one to JaVonta Payton and a 72 yard pass to Velus Jones Jr. wedged in between was a rushing touchdown from Wildcats running back Kavosiey Smoke. A Will Levis rushing TD and Levis pass to Justin Rigg, swung the game back in favour of Kentucky.
Taking the lead
It was Tennessee who went into the half with a 24-21 lead, thanks to a late field goal from kicker Chase McGrath. This was after Jacon Warren had tied the game with his touchdown. The 3rd quarter was just as crazy as the first half. Kentucky QB Will Levis getting his 2nd rushing touchdown of the day. Will Levis was also picked off in the 3rd quarter, with the interception leading to 7 points courtesy of Alontae Taylor.
That extended the Volunteers lead to ten and Kentucky tried to get the lead back but couldn’t find enough to get over the line. Wildcats running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. had another 100 yard game on the ground. While Vols receiver Velus Jones Jr. had a 100 yard receiving game. Tennessee welcomes number #1 ranked Georgia to town next week. Kentucky have lost their last 3 but have Vanderbilt on the calender next.
Florida went down with a whimper Saturday, losing 40-17 to South Carolina. It was the Gators 3rd straight loss and one that has question Marks over HC Dan Mullen going forward. After an even 1st quarter that saw both teams score TDs from Xavier Henderson for the Gators, then Juju McDowell for the Gamecocks. South Carolina ran riot in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, while stuffing the Gators offence to just 24 yards until they had their meaningless 75 yard touchdown drive that was scored by Rick Wells from a Emory Jones pass.
After Florida levelled the game up from a field goal with 8 seconds gone in the 2nd quarter, the Gamecocks scored 30 unanswered points. Kicker Parker White had 3 successful field goals and the other 3 score came by the way of touchdowns. In the 2nd quarter South Carolina quarterback Jason Brown found Josh Vann on a 24 yard score. Then with 46 seconds left of the half, QB Jones tried to make a positive play with his feet but was hit by Aaron Sterling and fumbled the ball. It was recovered by big defensive lineman Jabari Ellis. Who scooped the ball up inside the 20 and rumbled home for the score.
One way from Halftime
The 3rd quarter and while the Gators struggled to get things going on offence. The Gamecocks had their 4th touchdown of the day. Brown connected with Jaheim Bell for his second passing touchdown of the day. South Carolina Running back pair Kevin Harris and ZeQuandre White both had 100 yard rushing games, while the Florida rushing attack had just 82 yards total.
With the lead such a big one the ball was placed in Emory Jones’s hands more and he couldn’t get anywhere near the Gamecocks lead. The win gives South Carolina a chance of a bowl game, with next weeks match against Missouri being a big one. Luckily for Florida they have a cupcake game against Samford.
In the match up between two teams on the tail of Alabama in the SEC West, it was Texas A&M that kept their hopes alive, beating Auburn 20-3. The first half dominated by the defences, with 9 of the 12 possessions being of 5 or less plays. Both teams kicked a field goal, with Aggies kicker Seth Small missing a 42 yard attempt late in the 2nd quarter. In the second half Auburn drove into the Texas A&M red zone, this time it was their turn to miss a field goal. Both defences were keeping the game tight. When the Aggies got into the Auburn red zone, it looked like we were about to see our first touchdown.
Set up at the Tigers 4 yard line on 1st and goal, a false start penalty and an offensive holding penalty saw them at 2nd and goal at the 23 yard line. Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada tried but they had to settle for a field goal to make it 6-3. Then the turning point of the game. A&M added another field goal early in the 4th, then the turning point.
Bo got Nixed
Bo Nix moved to the left looking for the pass but had the ball knocked loose on his own 30 yard line by Jayden Peevy. The ball was scooped up by Micheal Clemons, who ran it in for the only touchdown of the day. Calzada found receiver Ainias Smith on the 2 point conversion to make it a 2 score game. It could have been made worse when Aggies running back Devon Achane broke loose and looked like he was going to go all the way to score from his own 27 yard line.
The Auburn defence had other ideas when Safety Donovan Kaufman chased down Achane and punched the ball out from behind. It was recovered by Roger McCreary at the 5 yard line. Bo Nix and the offence couldn’t capitalize on the turnover, with them handing the ball back to Texas A&M on downs on 4th and 13, falling a yard short on a 12 yard pass to John Samuel Shenker. Bo Nix threw a late interception to end any hope of a comeback. The Aggies stay on the heals of Alabama, waiting for a slip up. They must look after their own schedule first with the next match up against Ole Miss. Auburn plays Mississippi State on the road next week.
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87