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Saturday Night Non-Conference Roundup: Five Teams Get Wins, Longhorns Blast Ole Miss, Kentucky Falls In OT

South Carolina 49  – UAB 6

1. Gamecocks get the win but Connor Shaw aggravates shoulder injury. Shaw – “…hopefully I’ll be back next week.”

2. Steve Spurrier gets the 200th win of his career - the South Carolina runs his record to 46-0 against non-BCS automatic qualifier conferences.

South Carolina video highlights

Missouri 24 – Arizona State 20

3. Up 24-7, Tigers hang on for the victory.

4. Introduced as the starting quarterback, James Frankin doesn’t play for Mizzou.  Gary Pinkel: “It’s between him and the medical staff. They make those decisions. I don’t make those decisions.”

5. Bryan Burwell: “There are a lot of questions to be asked and answered about why the 6-foot-2, 228-pound junior from Corinth, Texas, did not play against Arizona State.”

6. “The coach essentially called his quarterback a conscientious objector on national television before the game.”

Missouri video highlights

Mississippi State 30 – Troy 24

7. Bulldogs give up 572 yards to Troy.  Dan Mullen: “We’re very fortunate to play as poorly as we did and come out of it with a win.”

8. Troy linebacker Kanorris Davis: “The only thing they had over us was size. They had more size. Physical, head up, they weren’t anything special.”

9. Three touchdown catches for Chad Bumphis.

Western Kentucky 32 – Kentucky 31 (OT)

10. Trick play in overtime puts Hilltoppers over the top.

11. Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggert: “The entire game, our guys were saying, ‘Coach, call the play! Coach, call the play!”

12. Joker Phillips: Well, yes, you’ve got to expect trick plays, but again, we were in man to man coverage.  The only guy you can’t account for is the quarterback, and they threw the ball back to him.”

13. John Clay: “There’s nowhere to go but up.”

Kentucky video highlights

Georgia 56 – Florida Atlantic 20

14. A program record total 713 yards for the Bulldogs.

15. Both Georgia freshmen running backs go over 100 yards.

16. Thoughts turn to Vanderbilt and last year’s shouting match between James Franklin and Todd Grantham.

Georgia video highlights

LSU 63 -  Idaho 14

17. 42 unanswered points for the Tigers.  Les Miles: “I think our football team was imperfect. But I think everybody can see we can be a dominant football team.”

18. LSU’s not-so-secret weapon?  The student section.

19. With USC’s loss – expect LSU to be No. 2 behind Alabama.

LSU video highlights

Texas 66 – Ole Miss 31

20. Most points allowed by Ole Miss since 1917.

21. Bright spot?  “The Rebels offense is pretty good.”

Ole Miss video highlights

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Wow Saturday Schedule 9/15/2012

Saturday SEC Football Finals
Auburn 31  - Louisiana Monroe 28 (OT)
Vanderbilt 58 – Presbyterian 0
Alabama 52 – Arkansas 0
Texas A&M 48 – SMU 3
Florida 37 – Tennessee 20
Mississippi State 30 – Troy 24
Missouri 24 – Arizona State 20
Western Kentucky 32-  Kentucky 31  (OT)
South Carolina 49 – UAB 6
Georgia 56 – Florida Atlantic 20
LSU 63- Idaho 14
Texas 66 – Ole Miss 31

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Latevius Rayford Commits To Vanderbilt

Wide receiver Latevius Rayford from Memphis (Tenn.) Central High School committed to Vanderbilt on Friday morning.

Rayford made the decision after receiving a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt on Monday. He chose the Commodores over offers from Arizona State, Purdue, Memphis and Western Kentucky.

Rayford said Vanderbilt offered him the best opportunity in athletics and academics.

“They’re in the SEC,” Rayford told MrSEC. “That’s the No. 1 conference in football and I really feel like I can play in the conference. And academics has always been my focus. My coaches have always been telling me, ‘You’re a student first. You have to get your business done in the classroom first.’ That’s the opportunity I’m going to have.”

Rayford believes Vanderbilt’s program will have a chance to compete at a high level in the SEC under head coach James Franklin.

“He has an enthusiasm and hype for the game and a love for football,” Rayford said. “He’s determined to turn the program around. I see the progress of the program and I’m running along with it.”

Rayford is Vanderbilt’s eighth commitment for the class of 2013. He said he’s hoping to help bring more prospects to Nashville with him.

“I’m trying to put a message out there that I want all the top prospects to be a part of the family with me,” Rayford said.

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Vanderbilt First SEC School To Offer Rayford

Latevius Rayford could have a decision to make.

The wide receiver from Memphis (Tenn.) Central High School received a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt on Monday.

Rayford, whose offer list includes Arizona State, Purdue, Memphis and Western Kentucky, received the offer during a phone conversation with Commodores head coach James Franklin.

“I was very excited because a lot of schools have offered but Vanderbilt has been one of my top choices for a long time because of the academics,” Rayford told MrSEC. “My main focus is on academics.”

And Rayford’s attention is now focused on his latest offer from Vanderbilt. He said he plans to spend Monday night discussing the offer with his parents and Franklin before he decides if he’s ready to commit to the Commodores.

Along with academics – Rayford said he plans to study business in college – Vanderbilt offers a chance to play in the SEC.

“That’s big time right there because that’s the best football conference in the NCAA,” Rayford said. “That’s where the big-time players go to pursue a chance to go to the NFL. The SEC gets your name out there. I just really want to play in the SEC to play against the best competition.”

Rayford would be the first wide receiver to commit to Vanderbilt, which has seven commitments for the class of 2013.

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SEC Headlines 12/7/2011 Afternoon Edition

1. Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain is reportedly closing in on the head coaching job at Memphis.

2. Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof is reportedly headed to the same job at Central Florida.

3. Auburn returns to the practice field Monday.

4. One A.P. voter will have LSU No. 1 on his ballot – almost regardless of the outcome against Alabama.

5. Stewart Mandel on the “Plus-One” plan: “If you’re the commissioner of another conference who places any priority whatsoever on giving your member schools an opportunity to compete for championships, you have no choice at this point but to support expanding to four. ”

Extras - 

6. SMU’s June Jones will be the next head coach at Arizona State. Or maybe not..



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SEC Headlines – 8/16/11 Part 3

1.  DeAndrew White could be the next go-to receiver at Alabama.

2.  Anthony Steen expects to be a better offensive lineman this year for the Tide.

3.  This writer says if Nick Saban were any more secretive about stats he’d be Gene Chizik.

4.  Somebody done give Chizik a big ol’ Waw Eagle sculpture.

5.  Auburn veterans have confidence in their underclassmen.

6.  Trooper Taylor wants receivers Trovon Reed and DeAngelo Benton to be “fueled up.”

7.  Arkansas’ loss of Knile Davis will put more pressure on new quarterback Tyler Wilson.

8.  Bobby Petrino brought in former one-legged Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles to inspire his team… and they say it worked.

9.  The Hogs’ offensive line play — complete with two new tackles – is improving.

10.  Mike Anderson’s first roundball schedule at Arkansas features games with Michigan and defending national champ UConn.

11.  A weekend scrimmage gave LSU’s offense a confidence boost.

12.  The Tigers hope to once again thrive in the kicking game even with a lot of new faces (and feet).

13.  Karnell Hatcher and Kevin Minter are fighting to win Kelvin Sheppard’s old middle linebacker job.  (This writer says Hatcher has “wisdom and guile” on his side.  So you might say the job could come down to “Karnell knowledge.”)

14.  LSU will unveil its new statue of Shaquille O’Neal on September 8th.

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