You read that right! Alabama got beaten and by a team who were over two touchdown underdogs. The SEC week 6 review gets right to it down at Kyle Field.
Alabama were left shocked by Texas A&M, when a lass second field goal gave the Aggies a 41-38 win over the reigning champions. Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada had the best game of his season, throwing 285 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. The Aggies QB was delivered a big hit, when throwing a 25 yard touchdown to Ainias Smith to tie the game at 38. Calzada showed his bravery by bouncing back out of the medical tent, to help drive Texas A&M into field goal range, for kicker Seth Small to win them the game.
Airing it out!
The running game was quiet compared to the previous weeks, with the receivers taking centre stage. Ainias Smith had 2 touchdowns and 85 receiving yards, while tight end Jalen Wydermyer had a touchdown and 73 yards receiving from just 3 catches. Alabama will look at the times they had good drives into Aggies territory, but had to settle for field goals. Twice in the second half they got inside the oppositions 10 yard line, but could not convert into touchdowns. The Aggie defence held strong when it mattered. They will look back at those series of plays as game winning ones. Bryce Young had over 350 passing yards and threw 3 touchdowns.
He did have an interception that was picked off on the Aggies 1 yard line, more points left on the field by Bama. Receiver Jameson Williams was the star for the Crimson Tide on offence, with 146 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Alabama can’t drop another game if they want to defend their 2021 title. Next up for them a road trip against Mississippi State. Texas A&M have had a disappointing season so far, but that win against Bama could jump start them going into the second half of the season. Next up is struggling Missouri for the Aggies.
Georgia moved to #1 rank after comfortably beating Auburn 34-10. The Bulldogs continue to dispatch anybody who steps in their way, whether it be on the ground or through the air. With their defence looking the real deal. Georgia had success on the ground and via Stetson Bennett’s arm. Bennett hit his targets 14 times from 21 attempts, on his way to 231 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. After exchanging field goals in the first quarter, Georgia scored 2 touchdowns in the 2nd, the first from a Zamir White run and the second a Bennett pass to Adonai Mitchell.
A 60 yard touchdown touchdown pass to receiver Ladd McConkey followed in the 3rd quarter, then the Auburn touchdown from running back Tank Bigsby. The first touchdown Georgia had conceded in 10 quarters of football. That Bigsby score was the only highlight on the ground, as Georgia held firm in the trenches to limit the Tigers to just 46 rushing yards from 29 attempts. A team who have found it easy in the past to stack rushing yards on teams. Bulldog freshman receiver McConkey had his first 100 yard receiving game, another talent to watch from off the Georgia conveyor belt. Auburn will need to brush themselves off and move onto next week against Arkansas. Georgia have another top running back room to deal with, when Kentucky rolls in to Athens.
Tennessee continue to impress with a 45-20 win over South Carolina. The game was sealed before the half, with the Volunteers scoring 5 of their 6 touchdowns before the half. They added a field goal to end the half and took a 38-7 lead into the break. This Vols offence has been fun to watch with Hendon Hooker under centre. The Senior QB threw 3 passing touchdowns and ran one in himself in the 1st quarter. Hooker hit Jalin Hyatt, JaVonta Payton and Velus Jones Jr. with his 3 passing touchdowns. Twice Hooker was handed back possession after scores, threw turnovers from the Gamecocks.
One was an interception by Jaylen McCollough in the end zone after a trick play saw defensive end Jordan Burch throw the ball into McCollough’s hands. The second time the Gamecocks fumbled the ball inside their own 25. This helped the Volunteers get away from South Carolina early. Tennessee running back Tiyon Evans continues to impress.He had 119 rushing yards and a touchdown, his touchdown a 45 yard effort. Gamecocks punter Kai Kroeger had the only touchdown pass for South Carolina. on 4th and 9 at the Volunteers 49 yard line, he lined up to punt the ball. Instead he threw a 44 yard passing touchdown to receiver Payton Mangrum, the highlight of the day for the Gamecocks. They should bounce back with a victory at home against SEC struggles Vanderbilt. Tennessee will hope to continue this good run against #13 Ole Miss.
Kentucky beat LSU 42-21 and moved to 6-0 on the season. The Tigers struggled to get their offence going until the 4th quarter, but the Wildcats had already sealed the game by then with their 5 touchdowns to LSUs 1. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis had figures of 14 from 17, 145 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 11 times for 75 yards and added 2 more touchdowns. It was the Wildcats ground game that the Tigers could not handle. Kentucky had 330 yards on the ground, with both Chris Rodriguez Jr. and Kavosiey Smoke both going over 100 rushing yards with Rodriguez Jr. rushing in an 18 yard score to end the scoring on the day. He also had a receiving touchdown that started of the scoring half way through the 1st quarter.
Kentucky limited LSU to just 120 offensive yards in the first half and on the Tigers first drive, they sacked QB Max Johnson and forced a fumble that was recovered by Josaish Hayes at the LSU 44 yard line. They got it going a little in the second half with 3 scoring drives over 75 yards, but the gap Kentucky created was too much. LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price was the star on the offence with 22 carries for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Kayshon Boutte had 8 receptions for 73 yards, but left the field in the 4th quarter after falling awkwardly on his leg, after a highlight reel catch. They will hope he will be back for the visit of Florida on Saturday. Kentucky will put their unbeaten record on the line against fellow unbeaten SEC East team Georgia.
Emory Jones and Florida brushed past a bad Vanderbilt team, without giving up point in a 42-0 win. Florida QB Jones threw for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns, but did have one interception. Despite the score, it wasn’t flashy and still lots to improve on for Dan Mullen’s team. Anthony Richardson, who came in for a few snaps, also threw an interception. Running back Dameon Pierce got himself 3 touchdowns on the day, two of them short yard scores from the 1 yard line. In between them he scored on a 61 yard pass from Jones down the middle, running 40 yards after the catch was completed.
Jacob Copeland, Trent Whittemore and Ja’Quavion Fraziars hauled in the other 3 receiving touchdowns. Vanderbilt QB Ken Seals threw another 2 interceptions, but managed to put the Commodores into field goal position 3 times. All 3 were missed by kicker Joseph Bulovas, summing up the state of affairs at Vanderbilt this season. Florida have a battle on the road against LSU. Vanderbilt are also on the road to South Carolina.
Missouri picked up their 3rd win of the season, with a entertaining 48-35 win over North Texas. The Tigers had 474 offensive yards in the game, with running back Tyler Badie having 226 of them, 217 coming from 17 rushing attempts. The senior also had 3 touchdowns, one an impressive 52 yard run. Missouri had this game won at half time, with 4 touchdowns and a field goal giving the Tigers a 31-7 lead at the break. The Mean Green brought it back to 31-14 with the only score in the 3rd quarter, but a field goal and a 40 yard interception score from defensive lineman Mekhi Wingo, stretched the lead to 27 points.
North Texas scored 3 late touchdowns to make the game look closer on paper. Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak threw for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns, his second was a 41 yarder to receiver JJ Hester. The defence still struggled, despite keeping the opposition to just 7 points in the first half. The 3 touchdowns they gave up in the 4th quarter was more than likely switching off thinking about next weeks game, something that isn’t great to see. It’s a tough one next week at home to the Aggies.
Arkansas and Ole Miss played out a thriller, with Ole Miss taking it 52-51. I have to start with the ending, as Razorbacks QB KJ Jefferson threw a 9 yard passing touchdown to receiver Warren Thompson to make it 52-51 with 0:00 on the clock. Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman decided to go win the game and sent his offence out for a two point attempt.
The Ole Miss defence put pressure on Jefferson, who could only throw it over the top of his receiver and out the back of the end zone. The game had everything, both teams had over 600 yards on offence, both teams had 7 touchdowns each and just one field goal. Out of 26 offensive possessions, there was only 5 punts. The game swung back and forth early, then the Rebels would take the lead and were pinned back constantly on the next possession. Ole Miss QB Matt Corrall continues to improve his draft stock, throwing for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns.
KJ Is Ballin Right Now
Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson had 3 passing touchdowns and 326 passing yards, he also rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries and added 3 scores on the ground. Numbers you would think would win you most games. Ole Miss running back Snoop Conner also had 3 rushing touchdowns and went over 100 yards. Running back partner Henry Parrish Jr. also had over 100 yards rushing. On the side, Hogs had their own running back go over 100 yards in freshman Raheim Sanders.
Receiver Treylon Burks went over 100 yards receiving for the third time this season and added another touchdown. Neither team deserved to lose this game, but somebody had to. Sam Pittman’s team lost, but did it with the battle and guts he has embedded in this Arkansas team. Ole Miss still have a glimmer of making the playoffs and travel to Tennessee next weekend. Arkansas welcomes Auburn to Fayetteville next.
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87