The SEC Week 4 Review has some tasty games to look back on. Bama and Georgia showed off their prowess. The Hogs got a huge win and Missou got upset.
Alabama were comfortable winners Saturday, beating Southern Miss 63-14. After stumbling past Florida last week, the Crimson Tide put on an impressive 9 touchdown performance, with standout performances across the board. Alabama QB Bryce Young threw his first interception of his career, but still managed 5 touchdowns, 313 yards passing and only 2 incomplete passes. Freshman quarterback Jalen Milroe got a few snaps and got his first touchdown pass of his career from one attempt. Tight End Jahleel Billingsley had his first 100 yard game of his career, the junior had 5 receptions for 105 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Another guy to go over 100 yards for the first time was running back Roydell Williams, who had 110 rushing yards and a touchdown. Even kick-off return man Jameson Williams was having fun. Williams returned two kick offs for touchdowns, one of them a 100 yard score. He even added an 81 yard receiving touchdown from the arm of Bryce Young. The defence were solid and only gave up 213 total offensive yards, 84 of them coming from the Golden Eagles second touchdown drive. Nick Saban will be happy with this Bama performance, after a few weeks of inconsistent play. Next up is a big SEC West math-up, as Alabama welcome Ole Miss to the Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Georgia scored 5 touchdowns in the first quarter on their way to a 62-0 win over Vanderbilt. It will be hard to find another in conference game as one sided as this during this season. The Commodores had 15 more offensive yards than Georgia had points in this game. 53 rushing yards and 24 passing yards from two quarterbacks, with each guy both throwing an interception. The Bulldogs had 7 receivers that outscored the whole of Vanderbilt’s team receiving total. Georgia were ruthless, scoring 35 points in the first quarter, with the first two touchdowns coming from tight end Brock Bowers. The first touchdown was a sign of things to come as the big tight end bumbled in the end zone on a 12 yard run.
The Bulldogs had 532 yards on offence, but no player had a big portion of those yards, with it being shared around equally and backups getting a chance in the second half. JT Daniels was done early, finishing with 2 touchdowns and 129 passing yards. Senior QB Stetson Bennett came in and threw a touchdown, but was also picked off by Vandy line backer Ethan Barr, which was as good as it got for the Commodores. The defence was solid in all areas, as you would expect in a shutout. The big win for Georgia was limiting Vanderbilt to just four 1st downs, even when the backups came in. It was another impressive performance for the Bulldogs who will have
a much tougher game against in from Arkansas next. Vanderbilt will be happy to see their next game will be against the win less UConn Huskies.
The Gators got back to winning ways as they beat Tennessee 38-14 at the swamp. With the score 17-14 to Florida going into half-time, the Gators shut out the Volunteers in the second while scoring three touchdowns to take them to 3-1 on the season. Tennessee gave a good account of themselves in the first half, with quarterback Hendon Hooker having a decent half. The second half was less effective. The Volunteers had a total of just 162 offensive yards. 65 of them coming on the final drive of the game 1:39 left to play. Hooker did go down injured late in the 4 the quarter after being sacked, Joe Milton III came in and had 54 of those second half yards on the last drive.
Hooker had 221 passing yards on the day, with 183 of them coming in the first half with his two touchdowns. Florida were the opposite, they were a little sluggish in the first half, but pulled themselves together to play much better in the second half. Emory Jones seems to repaying the faith Dan Mullen’s has given him. Jones had figures of 21 from 29, 209 yards, 2 touchdowns and 144 rushing yards from 15 attempts. We know Jones can do it on the ground. But it was good to see his quality with his arm, which has yet to be seen this season. The Volunteers will need to take that first half performance from this game into the Missouri game, but things look brighter for head coach Josh Heupel despite the loss. The Gators are on the road at undefeated Kentucky.
Auburn avoided an upset defeat, seeing of Georgia State 34-24 at the Jordan-Hare Stadium. 24-12 down at the half, Auburn scored two touchdowns in the last minute of the game. The last being a 36 yard interception score by safety Smoke Monday to seal the win. This was just 14 seconds after Auburn had taken a 27-24 lead. Thanks to a touchdown pass from backup quarterback TJ Finley, who replaced starter Bo Nix. Who was benched when the Tigers were trailing 24-12. Moments before the touchdown pass that gave Auburn the lead, there was controversy.
A 19 yard completion from the Tigers 30 was called a completed pass, when it looked like the ball had hit the ground. The play was reviewed and the call stood. If the call would have been overturned, it would have been 2nd and 10 on Auburn’s own 30. Instead, 3 plays later Finley found wide receiver Shedrick Jackson in the end zone. Auburn definitely got away with one and sealed the win with the interception score. Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter were both kept relatively quiet. The big question next week for the big game at LSU, will Bo Nix be back under centre? Or will TJ Finley be rewarded with the starting job, after his performance helped Auburn dodge an upset loss.
LSU nearly blew an 18 point lead against Mississippi State, but held on for a 28-25 win. The Tigers took a 28-10 lead early in the 4th quarter and it looked like the game was over. Two touchdowns in the last 7 minutes from Will Rodgers gave LSU a scare. With no timeouts left it was on the Air Raid to recover and onside kickoff. The Tigers recovered the kick and saw out the clock to give them the win. Max Johnson threw all 4 off LSUs touchdowns, 2 of them to Keyshom Boutte, which took him to 8 touchdowns in 4 games on the season.
Johnson was picked off by corner back Emmanuel Forbes, who had a great game at corner, but was later carted off the field with what looked like a bad injury. We know how much the Bulldogs lean on their throwing game. QB Will Rodgers had figures of 47 from 62, 371 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. This could have been easily a Mississippi State win, but too turnovers inside the LSU 30 and a 33 yard missed field goal were hammer blows for the Bulldogs. Both teams have things they will want to iron out before their next games. Mississippi State travel to take on the Aggies, while LSU welcome Auburn to Baton Rouge.
Missouri lost to Boston College in OT 41-34 and slump to 2-2 on the season. An impressive last gasp 56 yard field goal from Harrison Mevis tied the game up at 34-34 and took the game into overtime. The Eagles struck first with a touchdown, the Tigers needed a reply. Quarterback Connor Bazelak on the very next play was intercepted in the end zone. That was Bazelak’s second interception on the day, but this time their was no further chances to change the outcome.
Bazelak did have 303 yards passing on the day and a touchdown. Running back Tyler Baddie had 2 touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 72 yards from 18 attempts. The Eagles really hurt Missouri on the ground. they gave up 275 yards, 175 of them to running back Pat Garwo III. It was a wild back and forth game, that the Tigers will need to pick themselves up from. Next up for Missouri is Tennessee, a game they are slight favourites in.
Kentucky continued their unbeaten start to the season with a tight 16-10 victory over South Carolina. The Wildcats limited the Gamecocks to just 216 offensive yards and 12
first downs, but couldn’t make their dominance count. Twice they had to settle for field goals when inside South Carolina’s 10 yard line, one of them after starting 1st and goal on the opposition 4 yard line. Running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. was relied on heavily to get the Wildcats down the field. He had 149 of Kentucky’s 332 offensive yards. Kavosiey Smoke, another running back for Kentucky, became the 41st player to rush for over 1000 yards as a Wildcat player.
Smoke got the only touchdown of the game for the Wildcats on a 15 yard run. Turnovers didn’t help Kentucky either, 3 times giving up possession to the Gamecocks. Twice from fumbles by receiver Josh Ali and an interception thrown by quarterback Will Levis. Levis will need to play better and the offence will need to be more efficient in the red zone if they want to keep up this good run. Next it will be their toughest game of the season so far, when they travel to the swamp to play Florida.
Arkansas took down #7 ranked Texas A&M 20-10 in Dallas and saw them jump up from #16 to #8 ranked team. The Razorbacks were ruthless in the first half, taken a 17-3 lead into the break. Two big passing touchdowns from quarterback KJ Jefferson, who was impressive while he was on the pitch after a field goal from Cam Little gave them a 17-0 lead. Jefferson found Treylon Burks on a 85 yard touchdown pass, then found AJ Green on a 48 yard score. Jefferson only had 7 completions from 15 attempts, but each throw had something goof about it. The damage was done on the ground, where the Aggies could not get to grips with stopping the run. They gave up 197 yards from 49 attempts.
The Razorbacks never really got many chunk yardage plays on the ground. However they continuously bashed there way through defensive bodies for positive yards. Running back Trelon Smith lead the way with 82 rushing yards on 17 carries. On the other side, the Aggies struggled on offence with back up Zach Calzada continuing at QB and he looked way out of is depth. Calzada’s figures of 20-36, 151 yards, 0 touchdowns and an interception tells the story. The Aggies only score came from an Isaiah Spiller 67 yard run. Take that away and Texas A&M had 205 yards all game, which isn’t going to win you games against this calibre of Razorbacks team.
The game was never really in doubt. It took an injury to KJ Jefferson that saw the QB fail to return to the game, that stopped the Arkansas offence in their tracks. Any chance of an Aggies fight back was distinguished, when Calzada was picked off just inside his own half. The Razorbacks capitalized with a field goal to make it a 10 point game with just over 8 minutes remaining. That’s the way it stayed to keep Arkansas unbeaten, while the Aggies dropped to 3-1. The Razorbacks have a tough job in staying unbeaten as they go on the road to number #2 ranked Georgia. Texas A&M will hope to bounce back at home to Mississippi State.
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87