The SEC Week 7 Review starts with a team who flirted with not being in the playoffs. It then drives around Tennessee trying to avoid flying objects. Finally settling at home with The Bulldogs and the number one spot. Strap in folks!
Alabama bounced back from last weeks disappointment, with a emphatic 49-9 win over Mississippi State. It looked like head coach Nick Saban had harsh words to say about last weeks loss during the build up to this game, as both sides of the ball were excellent. Quarterback Bryce Young diced up the Bulldogs defence, throwing for 348 yards and 4 touchdowns. Three of his touchdowns were over 45 yards scores, one of them a 75 yard touchdown to Jameson Williams, the first play of the second half.
Receiver John Metchie III also was found by Young for a touchdown, Metchie also had 117 yards receiving from 7 receptions. One guy the Bulldogs could not deal with all game was running back Brian Robinson Jr. Robinson had 146 scrimmage yards, 2 rushing touchdowns and a receiving TD. The defence picked off Mississippi State quarterback Will Rodgers 3 times. DB Jordan Battle had 2 of the interceptions, one of them he read the the QB and darted to intercept the ball, then ran it back for the pick 6 score.
The Bulldogs will just want to move onto next week, picking a bad week to play a wounded Alabama team. The 9 points they scored came the way of field goals from kicker Brandon Ruiz. Will Rodgers had 300 yards passing and the 3 interceptions mentioned. They finished with 299 total offensive yards, with -1 yards coming on the ground from 19 attempts. It gets significantly easier next week for the Air Raid as they travel to Vanderbilt. Alabama welcomes Tennessee to the Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Ole Miss held onto a 31-26 victory, in a fiery game against Tennessee. Former Vols coach Lane Kiffin, now Ole Miss HC, avoided being hit by objects from the crowd with just under a minute of the game to play. Golf balls and Mustard bottles amongst other things rained down as officials confirmed that Tennessee were stopped a yard short of the first down marker after a 4th and 24 yard play.
A 20 minute delay followed and the game resumed with no change to the score. Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corrall threw his first interception of the season and fumbled the ball twice. He did manage to rush for 195 yards on 30 carries. Corrall also threw for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Snoop Conner only had 24 yards from 15 attempts, but ran in 2 scores. Just like Corrall, Volunteers QB Hendon Hooker led his team with rushing yards with 108 of them and a score. Hooker had a passing touchdown and 233 passing yards, with no interceptions.
Running back Jabari Small had another good game, with 92 rushing yards and a touchdown. Even those the Vols lost this game, you can see how far they have progressed under HC Josh Heupel. The Next stop for Tennessee is Alabama. Ole Miss play LSU in the Magnolia Bowl.
Auburn beat Arkansas 38-23 to move them into the top 25 AP Rankings. Bo Nix had one of his better games, finishing with figures of 21 from 26, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Nix also rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown. Nix who has had an up and down college career, showcased some top passes, one a 71 yard pass to Demetris Robinson that put the Tigers up by 11 in the 3rd quarter. Just over 3 minutes earlier, Arkansas were up by 3 and had just forced an Auburn 3 and out.
3 plays later Hogs QB KJ Jefferson was sacked by defensive end Derick Hall and forced the fumble, which was picked up by Auburns Marcus Harris who went in for a defensive touchdown. Arkansas were also stuffed on 4th down plays when in field goal range and also missed a 53 yard attempt in the first half. KJ Jefferson threw 2 touchdowns, both to star receiver Treylon Burks who also went over 100 yards receiving.
Arkansas had over 200 team rushing yards, but will rue missed opportunities and leaving points on the field. Tigers QB Bo Nix spread the ball around his team, hitting 10 different players with his 21 completed passes. Auburn goes into their bye week buoyant, but will have to play on that same level when they play Ole Miss next. Arkansas don’t want their good start to the season be for nothing and will have a get right game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Florida turned the ball over 4 times in their 49-42 loss against LSU. Gators QB pairing Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson both threw a pair of interceptions, the second one from Richardson was picked off by Damone Clark and sealed the game for LSU. Both Emory Jones turnovers resulted in 14 points, the first was intercepted by Micah Baskerville, that set the Tigers up on the Florida 28 yard line after a 54 yard return. One play later QB Max Johnson found Jaray Jenkins in the end zone. Straight after that Anthony Richardson trotted out onto the field, his first pass was intercepted by Jay Ward and returned to the Florida 26 yard line.
Max Johnson came back off the sideline and 4 plays later found Jenkins again, 2 touchdowns in 1:47. The second Emory Jones interception came early in the 3rd quarter and was returned for a pick 6 by Dwight McGlothern. 21 points given up softly to the Tigers. LSU still played well on offence besides the gifts from the Gators QBs. Running back Tyrion Davis-Price had himself a day, rushing for a whopping 287 yards and 3 touchdowns, a new LSU record. Receiver Jaray Jenkins stepped up with 3 receiving touchdowns. Jenkins could be the go to guy with key injuries in the receiver room.
Despite the win Ed Orgeron and LSU will part ways at the end of the 2021 campaign. The news breaking Monday that he will not be at Baton Rogue in 2022. LSU have a tough match against Ole Miss in the Magnolia Bowl. Florida gets to reflect on this game longer as next week sees them on a bye week.
Texas A&M followed up their impressive win last week over Alabama, with a 35-14 win over struggling Missouri. 4 touchdowns in the first half gave the Aggies a 28-7 lead at the half, with Missouri unable to pull it back in the second half. The score could have been much worse for the Tigers with Texas A&M missing two field goals and QB Zach Calzada being intercepted just before the goal line by Jaylon Carlies.
Missouri QB Connor Bazelak had two interceptions of his own, both coming in the first half. The first came on the opening drive and set the Aggies up with good field position, which they capitalized on with a touchdown. The second again came inside Missouri territory, this time A&M couldn’t turn the turnover into points, with kicker Seth Small missing on a 54 yard attempt.
It was the Aggies running game that tore up the Tigers defence. Both Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane going over 100 yards, combining for a total of 292 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Calzada only managed 148 passing yards, but did find receiver Ainias Smith for 2 touchdowns. Texas A&M have another winnable game next week when they welcome South Carolina.
South Carolina scored a late touchdown to beat Vanderbilt 21-20. Ex graduate Zeb Noland came in for the game winning drive, with starting QB Luke Doty no being able to continue due to soreness. Noland completed 5 from 8 passes for 75 yards, finishing it with a 9 yard touchdown pass to Xavier Legette. Earlier Doty had thrown for 242 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His second touchdown was an 82 yard pass to receiver Jaheim Bell, which helped to a 136 yard game.
The Commodores looked like they were going to win their first SEC conference game since 2019 when kicker Jospeh Bulovas slotted over the field goal to give them a 20-14 lead with just 1:36 left to play. Up stepped Zeb Noland to snatch the lead away from Vanderbilt. Even after the touchdown with 31 seconds left on the clock, South Carolina made sure of the win on the first play. Gamecocks Kingsley Enagbare sacked Vandy QB Mike Wright who fumbled the ball. Jabari Ellis recovered the ball to seal the win for South Carolina.
Missouri have their bye week before they travel to Vanderbilt. A cruel loss for Vanderbilt, who are at home next against Mississippi State. South Carolina are on the road against the Aggies.
The top two unbeaten teams in the SEC East came up against each other Saturday, with Georgia comfortably beating Kentucky 30-13 and stay number #1 in the AP rankings. One again Georgia halted an impressive running game, limiting the Wildcats to just 51 rushing yards. Star running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. had just 7 yards from 7 carries and Kavosiey Smoke 14 yards from 5 carries. Limiting Rodriguez shows how good this Bulldogs Defence is against the run. The running back coming into the game as the lead rusher in the SEC.
Georgia placed the ball in Kentucky QB Will Levis’s hand and besides a touchdown just before the half to make it a 7 point game, he struggled to get much going. The two touchdown drives from the Wildcats were around 60% of the offensive yards they had on the day. The second touchdown came in the 4th quarter and took 22 plays and over 11 minutes. It was even a slog in garbage time. The two TDs for Kentucky were caught by Justin Rigg and Wan’Dale Robinson. It was the first time a team had scored more than 1 touchdown against the Bulldogs this season, something to take with them from this game. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett started again for the injured JT Daniels and had another solid game.
Bennett threw for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rushing for 22 yards from 3 attempts. The Senior found tight end Brock Bowers for 2 touchdowns. Bowers just going over 100 yards receiving on the day. Running back James Cook caught the other TD on a 19 yard pass. Cook also led on the ground with 51 rushing yards from 6 attempts. Kentucky shouldn’t feel too down heartened with the loss, they are definitely a team on the up. The Wildcats are on a bye week, then are on the road to Mississippi State. Georgia also have a bye week next, then welcome Florida.
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87