The SEC Week 8 Review has some barnstorming action for your delights this week. Bama needed all four quarters to get it done. A&M again looked comfortable and LSU couldn’t win two on the spin.
Four Alabama touchdowns in the 4th quarter saw off a Tennessee, with a 52-24 win. Bama always looked like they would win this game, but could never get ahead by more than 7 points until the 4th quarter. Out of Tennessee’s first 9 possessions up until the end of the 3rd quarter, they had 6 three and outs, one resulting in a field goal after a blocked field goal put them in good field position. One was also just one play before the half finished. Alabama missed a field goal and fumbled the ball inside the oppositions 10 yard line, recovered by Tennessee. A few 3 and outs of their own and they game somehow managed to stay a one score game.
Turn on the burners
The 4th quarter came and in a blink of an eye, Bama had won by 4 scores. First quarterback Bryce Young recovered his own fumble on the goal line to score a touchdown. Then after Volunteers QB Hendon Hooker found receiver Cedric Tillman on a 70 yard touchdown pass. Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. went in for a TD. On the next two series, the game was won. First Hooker had a pass intercepted by Jalyn Armour-Davis, which was returned 47 yards to the Tennessee 18 yard line. Four plays later and Robinson Jr had his 3rd touchdown on the day, to stretch the lead to 21.
Robinson had another 100 yard day on the ground and 13 total touchdowns on the season. Tennessee’s Hooker also had a good game besides his interception, throwing for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bama QB Bryce Young continues to impress in his first full season, throwing for 371 yards and 2 touchdowns, both his touchdown passes caught by receiver John Metchie III. The Crimson Tide have next week off before they play LSU. Tennessee also have a bye week, then travels to impressive Kentucky.
Texas A&M continue their good form with a comfortable 44-14 win over South Carolina. The Aggies scored their 44 points before the Gamecocks had even put a score on the board, with their two touchdowns coming in the 4th quarter. The A&M defence were ruthless, allowing just 15 South Carolina offensive yards, thanks to a lot of tackles for loss, sacks and a fumble. Zeb Noland was the hero last week, but came crashing down to earth, being sacked three times and losing a fumble.
The Aggies found themselves 7-0 up after just touching the ball just once, thanks to a 95 yard punt return touchdown by Ainias Smith. On the first A&M drive, quarterback Zach Calzada was picked off by DB Jaylan Foster. But the Gamecocks could not capitalise on decent field position. Aggies tight end Jalen Wydermyer has had a relatively quiet year, but he ended this game with 75 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, both coming in the first half. The running back tandem of Devon Achane and Isaiah Spiller both rushed for over
100 yards on the day and both getting themselves a touchdown. South Carolina had only 185 total offensive yards on the day, with running back ZaQuandre White leading on offence with 59 rushing yards from 8 attempts. The Gamecocks fumbled the ball 5 times too, with only one resulting in a turnover. Both teams are on bye weeks next. South Carolina then plays Florida while the Aggies will hope this form continues against Auburn.
Arkansas stopped the rot with a 45-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson led the team to 45 unanswered points in the first half. Then got to sit on the bench with other starters in the second half. Comfortably knowing the job was done. Jefferson had figures of 10 from 17 passes completed, 194 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and added 33 yards on the ground. The sophomore QB did have another lost fumble on the day, ball security being an area that needs some addressing. Jefferson found receiver Treylon Burks twice for touchdowns, with the receiver even managing to score a 49 yard rush on a jet sweep.
Blake Kern and Ketron Jackson Jr. hauled in the other two touchdowns from Jefferson. The 6th touchdown came courtesy of a 80 yard punt return from Nathan Parodi. The Hogs defence limited UAPB to just 223 total offensive yards and two field goal attempts in each half, one being missed in the first quarter. DBs Myles Slusher and Malik Chavis both had an interception on the day, with Slusher intercepting in the Arkansas endzone. The Razorbacks are another SEC team on a bye week, then they play against Mississippi State.
Mississippi State swept aside Vanderbilt in a comfortable 45-6 win. The Bulldogs limited Vandy to just 155 offensive yards and 5 first downs, with 91 of those yards and 2 first downs coming on the two drives ending in field goals. Bulldogs quarterback Will Rodgers threw for 384 yards and 4 touchdowns, but did throw 2 interceptions in his own half. Luckily only one turned into points for the Commodores. After the first interception from Rodgers, Vanderbilt QB Mike Wright threw an interception of his own on the very next play from the Mississippi State 35 yard line.
Bulldogs backup quarterback came in when the game was beyond gone in the 4th quarter. Senior Chance Lovetich went 5 from 6 and 77 passing yards, finishing off the final drive with a 28 yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Rara Thomas. Only Georgia had previously held Vanderbilt to such a low first down count this season, with just 4. Bulldogs head coach wasn’t satisfied with the win, being unhappy with sloppy mistakes. Against a better team Mississippi State will have been punished, luckily it was hapless Vanderbilt, who continue to be the whipping
boys of the SEC. Receiver Devon Bodie Jr. managed 69 yards receiving. Bulldogs receiver Makai Polk had two touchdowns on the day, with fellow receiver Jaden Walley leading on yards with 72 from 4 receptions. Vanderbilt needs to channel how they played against South Carolina last week for the visit of Missouri next. Mississippi State plays Kentucky next.
Ole Miss took victory in the Magnolia Bowl, with a 31-17 win over LSU. The Tigers got the scoring underway with a 1 yard touchdown from running back Tyrion Davis-Price. Ole Miss reacted with 31 unanswered points across the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Most of the damage was done on the ground. With the Rebels racking up 266 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. In the 2nd quarter after a field goal from Ole Miss kicker Caden Costa, the Rebels quarterback Matt Corrall got to work.
Now Corall can get going
Corrall helped lead his team down the field, first on a 63 yard drive with him finding Casey Kelley in the endzone. He then drove them another 80 yards, finishing it off himself on a 3 yard run. LSU helped Ole Miss out in the first half, QB Max Johnson threw an interception, finding Rebels Tysheem Johnson in the endzone, on 4th and goal at the Ole Miss 3 yard line. The Tigers also missed a 55 yard field goal, but the interception was the real kick in the teeth. In the 3rd quarter, Ole Miss ran in touchdowns from running back pair Henry Parish Jr and Jerrion Ealy. Ealy had 97 rushing yards on the day, with other top running back Snoop Connor going over 100 yards rushing.
Max Johnson came out of the game in the 4th after being sacked and losing the football. The LSU offensive line did not protect their quarterback well again. Freshman QB Garret Nussmeier came in and threw for 103 yards and his first touchdown of his career, with a 9 yard pass to Malik Nabers. After a great start to the game the Tigers self destructed again. They have a bye week to regroup before they travel to Alabama. Ole Miss still have an outside chance of the playoffs if they win out. Next up for them is Auburn.
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87