Week two of the college football season and the SEC is in the books. What another great weekend it was, as the nation welcomed Missouri and Texas A&M into the conference, with both having their home SEC openers. Unfortunately for the new additions, they were dealt losses, but both showed themselves well and will be factors in the future.
Well, lets get right to all the headlines and big plays from Saturday on our SEC Football: Sunday Morning Quarterback.
The Arkansas Razorbacks had a Saturday they’d love to forget. They blew a 28-7 lead to Louisiana Monroe, in route to a 34-31 overtime loss. Kolton Browning, the Warhawk’s junior quarterback, led La Monroe as they outgained the Razorbacks 550 to 337. Browning also had the final word on a 4th and 1 in overtime to seal the deal.
If the Razorback loss wasn’t enough, the fact that quarterback Tyler Wilson left the game to what was deemed “an above the shoulder injury”, should really worry the Arkansas faithful.
The Auburn Tiger faithful must feel just downright awful this fine Sunday morning as they got hammered 28-10 by the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Tigers looked bad on offense, bad on defense, and had no fire in the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs finally took control of the game.
For Gene Chizik, things are not looking up. Auburn must now really regroup and get this ship moving in the right direction, as the schedule isn’t getting any easier. For Chizik, either get it going, or on the hot seat you’ll squarely land.
The Georgia Bulldogs put an SEC style whooping on Missouri. The Bulldogs trailed 20-17 in the third quarter but scored the final 24 points of the game to dispose of the Tigers 41-20. As Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution put it, the Bulldogs started slow but then wrote the winning script.
The Bulldogs had several key defensive suspensions on Saturday night, but one player they did have was linebacker Jarvis Jones. Jones led the Bulldog defense and showed why he may be the best defensive player in America.
The Florida Gators relied on a great second half defensive effort to hold off Texas A&M 20-17. The Gators, who trailed 17-7 at one point in the first half, finally pulled within seven right before halftime. Will Muschamp’s defense really clamped down in the second half as they held the Aggies to just 65 yards and four first downs.
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel passed the test in his first career start, completing 13 of 16 passes for 145 yards.
The LSU Tigers continued to roll as they finished off the Washington Huskies 41-3, in what was just a physical mismatch. The Tigers held the Huskies to just 183 total yards. Zach Mettenberger finished the night 12 of 18 for 195 yards and a score, as he continues to look solid and give the Tigers’ offense the added dimension of a passing game. Alfred Blue went over 100 yards for the second straight game as he carried the ball 14 times for 101 yards and a touchdown.
The Alabama Crimson Tide took on Western Kentucky as they tuned up for next weeks trip to Arkansas. Alabama didn’t look very sharp, but there was no need to worry, as they beat the Hilltoppers 35-0. AJ McCarron did shine, as he finished the day 14 of 19 for 219 yards and four touchdowns.
Starting quarterback Connor Shaw sat our for South Carolina on Saturday, but it didn’t matter as backup Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in the Gamecocks 48-10 win over East Carolina.
Much like Gene Chizik, James Franklin needs to get this Vanderbilt ship turned around, as they have now lost two in a row. 2012 was supposed to be a breakthrough season, but after the Commodores dropped a tough, hard fought battle to Northwestern 23-13, they’ll now be fighting for their lives with trips to Georgia and Missouri coming in the next few weeks.