What does it mean to make a statement? Well, in football, it means to dominate your opponent in every facet of the game.
The South Carolina Gamecocks did just that as they assaulted the Georgia Bulldogs from the opening kickoff. The Gamecocks gave us the best performance by any team in the SEC in 2012, bar none. They were more physical than the Bulldogs and it showed, as they laid the hammer down 35-7.
The Florida Gators trailed at the half versus LSU, then proceeded to rip off 14 unanswered points in route to a 14-6 victory over the Tigers. Trailing at the half in three of four conference games this year, the Gators have become accustomed to dominating opponents in the second half, just as they dominated the Tigers on Saturday.
Well, let’s jump right into our SEC Football: Week Six Game Balls.
Offense: Mike Gillislee, Florida
Gillislee was the big gator in the swamp on Saturday as he put up 146 yards and two touchdowns. He did this on 34 carries, which tied for third most in Florida history. Both of his touchdowns came in the second half as the Gators outscored the Tigers 14-0 to win a huge ball game 14-6. Gillislee is now the SEC’s leading rusher after posting his third 100 yard game of the season.
Defense: Kevin Minter, LSU
Minter set an SEC best this season as he tallied 20 tackles on Saturday in a losing effort. 17 of Minter’s tackles were of the solo variety, with three being for loss. He also added a sack and forced a fumble.
Special Teams: Ace Sanders, South Carolina
Sanders put the Gamecocks up 21-0 as he electrified the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium with his 70 yard punt return for a touchdown. The return was Sanders’ second career punt return for a touchdown.
Newcomer: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Another week in the SEC, another week we’re talking about the Texas A&M Aggies freshman quarterback Manziel. Manziel rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown and also completed 17 of 26 passes for 191 yards and another score. He led two fourth quarter scoring drives, giving the Aggies the win on the road at Ole Miss.
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