September 9th, 2013 03:38 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Austin Peay, South Carolina, Southeast Missouri State, Western Kentucky
Good Monday afternoon to you. As is the norm, here is our full around-the-SEC Weekend Wrap complete with game-by-game comments and several bonus observations on Alabama/Texas A&M, South Carolina feuding, Vanderbilt attendance, ex-SEC coach Lane Kiffin and more.
1. Kentucky 41, Miami (OH) 7
Saturday marked the first home game and the first win for new Wildcat coach Mark Stoops. But the big story in this one was the play of quarterback Max Smith. Oh, UK continued to use both of their quarterbacks — in a bit of a surprise move — and both had good days throwing the football, but Smith is clearly his team’s best passer. While Jalen Whitlow finished 10-of-12 for 103 yards and another 48 on the ground, Smith went 15-of-23 for 310 yards, three scores and no interceptions. We’ll see home Smith does — and how the quarterback rotation works — when Louisville visits on Saturday.
2. Miami (FL) 21, Florida 16
Many Gators fans weren’t thrilled with winning ugly a year ago. One can imagine how losing ugly sits with the UF faithful. First things first: A little credit to offensive coordinator Brent Pease for guiding his offense to a plus-400-yard day. Unfortunately, five turnovers — four in the red zone — killed any hope of a Gator victory. Quarterback Jeff Driskel’s passing line wasn’t that bad – 22-of-33 for 291, one TD and two picks — but he also fumbled for a third giveaway and his TD pass came a little too late. From Urban Meyer’s last season through Charlie Weis’ failures right on through to Pease, Gators fans haven’t seen a consistent offense since Tim Tebow graduated.
3. Tennessee 52, Western Kentucky 20
On Saturday morning, the feeling was that we’d all know more about Tennessee after its session with Bobby Petrino. But seven WKU turnovers muddied the water quite a bit. Butch Jones’ Vols were in the right place at the right time — a big improvement over last year’s defense — and they forced several of the Hilltoppers’ errors. Credit must be given for that. However, with Oregon and Florida coming up next, it’s doubtful UT will be on the receiving end of five turnovers in six plays as they were last Saturday. Well, OK, maybe they can get those kinds of breaks against Florida.
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