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LSU Dominates A&M; Murray Reportedly Tears ACL In Georgia Victory

postgame-links-150x1501LSU 34 – Texas A&M 10. Video Highlights

1. LSU offense rolls up 517 yards – 324 on the ground.

2. For the second year in a row, the LSU defense throttles Johnny Manziel and the Aggies offense.

3. “Welcome back, guys. You’ve been missed.”

4. A&M offense fails to score 40 points for the first time in 14 games. “It was by far the most miserable day for the Aggies since they joined the Southeastern Conference, and it had nothing to do with the weather.”

5. Give a lot of credit to LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis.

6. Aggies lose more than the game – any chance at a BCS bowl  and a second Heisman Trophy also gone.  Manziel: “We got punched in the mouth today, and it wasn’t fun.”

Georgia 59 – Kentucky 17. Video Highlights

7. Blowout victory by Georgia spoiled by knee injury to quarterback Aaron Murray.  Coach Mark Richt: ”It’s just sickening.”

8. His last Sanford Stadium pass was an interception but Murray had four TD passes and become only the third quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards in all four seasons.

9. Report: Murray has ACL tear in his left knee. Will have surgery on Tuesday. Update: Confirmed.

10. With two starting cornerbacks suspended, Kentucky’s defense shredded. Saturday, “Kentucky played like a team playing out the string…”

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Carolina’s Spurrier Thinks QB Shaw Plays Better When Looking Over His Shoulder

gfx - they said itSteve Spurrier is a big fan of Connor Shaw.  But that doesn’t mean he won’t gig South Carolina’s senior signal-caller.  In fact, the Ol’ Ball Coach plans to give backup Dylan Thompson some action this week as that seems — in his view — to make Shaw play better:

 

“I told Connor yesterday, ‘We’re going to play Dylan.  You play better when you know Dylan’s going to play.  And he does.  So Dylan’s going to play somewhere — first, second quarter — and we’ll see what happens…

He knows Dylan is going in first or second quarter, he plays better, seems like.  His footwork was off last week.  His steps were off.  He was off balance throwing.  I don’t know why.  He can throw a lot better than he threw last week.  Maybe having Dylan play a series or two will help him out.”

 

We’re not sure if some in-game competition will improve Shaw’s footwork, but it might just improve his focus (which in turn might help his footwork).

Shaw ranks fourth in the SEC in passer rating behind Johnny Manziel, Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron.  He’s just ahead of Aaron Murray.  But last week against Florida he was just 14-of-28 for 213 yards, one TD and no interceptions.  Decent, but hardly the show he put on when relieving Thompson at Missouri.

South Carolina will play Coastal Carolina on Saturday, so it’s unlikely to matter who’ll be taking snaps at quarterback.

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SEC East Race A Muddled Mess After Carolina Nips Mizzou; Tiger Fans Make Fools Of Themselves

confused-man-old-funnyIt all could have been so nice and neat.  If Missouri had been able to hold on against South Carolina, the Tigers would have been the clear-cut, odd-on, catbird-seat leaders in the SEC’s East Division.

Instead, we’ve got a mess.  And Missouri has got egg on its face.

With the game looking to be out of reach, ill and injured quarterback Connor Shaw entered the game like the gridiron version of Roy Hobbs.  He wasn’t in tip-top medical condition, but he seemed destined to get the job done for Carolina.  His first scoring drive cut seven points into a 17-0 Missouri lead with 12:13 to play.

Next, Missouri’s offense fizzled out at Carolina’s 28 and Andrew Baggett missed a lengthy 46-yard field goal attempt.  The ball went back to USC.

Down 17-7, Shaw drove the Gamecocks to the Missouri two-yard-line.  Mizzou’s D finally stiffened and held USC to a 20-yard field goal.  17-10 Missouri with 5:03 to play.

With a chance to run down the clock, the Tiger offense sputtered to a three-and-out and gave the ball right back to Shaw with 3:08 to play.  Carolina never even faced a third down on their 63-yard game-tying drive.

From there you know the rest.  Missouri had yet another chance to finish USC off in the first overtime, but Bruce Ellington got free in the end zone and Shaw hit him with a game-extending TD pass on fourth-and-goal from the 15.  Fourth-and-goal from the 15.

Down three in the second OT, Baggett missed a chip shot field goal to tie which led many Missouri fans to make complete and utter asses of themselves by piling on their kicker, as though he was the only culprit in a game that saw the Tigers blow a 17-0 lead with less than 13 minutes to play.  Baggett was eviscerated on Twitter which you can see for yourself right here (warning: stiff language).

For those Mizzou fans wanting credit for the few Tiger fans who actually sent Baggett pep-talk tweets after the game, sorry, we give no bonus points for behaving rationally.  Hooray for those who weren’t saps, but the childish, unfair, disgraceful tweets left by your brethren are the reason Missouri football is being discussed nationally today.

Of course, Mizzou fans didn’t show a lot of class (or football intelligence) in booing their team’s decision not to let a freshman quarterback try to lead a drive from his own 25 with 42 seconds to play in regulation.  An interception there would have only led to a Carolina opportunity and more boos.

One wonders how much the booing of an undefeated team and the nastiness on Twitter will resonate with Tiger recruits.  I would hope MU fans are better than what they showed on Saturday and Sunday.

In the big picture, Missouri’s pain is all gain for South Carolina, Georgia and even Florida.  All are now back in the East race.  Here’s a breakdown of what each school has left on the schedule:

 

  Missouri (3-1)   S. Carolina (4-2)   Georgia (3-2)   Florida (3-2)
  Tennessee   Miss. State   Florida (Jacksonville)   Georgia (Jacksonville)
  at Kentucky   Florida   at Auburn   Vanderbilt
  at Ole Miss   Kentucky   at S. Carolina
  Texas A&M

 

Now lets run through a few scenarios.

If Missouri drops one more game — and those last two games look pretty tough — Carolina can claim the East Division by beating Mississippi State and Florida at home.  USC would hold the head-to-head tie-breaker by virtue of Saturday’s comeback, Steve Spurrier’s decision to insert Shaw, and the Shaw-Ellington fourth-and-goal TD pass (which would certainly go down in Gamecock history should Carolina win the East).

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Shootout Between The Hedges: Georgia Rallies To Beat LSU

postgame-linksGeorgia 44 – LSU 41. Video Highlights

1. Georgia rallies late behind quarterback Aaron Murray – 298 passing yards and four touchdowns, also rushed for a TD.  Game-winner came with under two minutes to go.

2. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo: “I’m about to pass out.”

3. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger: “For myself and my teammates, it was just another game for us.”

4. Mettenberger throws for 372 yards – most passing yards for an LSU quarterback in the Les Miles era. 

5. What Georgia coach Mark Richt told Mettenberger: “I told him the same thing I told Murray, ‘I’m really proud of you.’ ”

6. Tied at 27, a botched punt return for LSU proves crucial.

7. Ron Higgins: “LSU’s defensive pass rush rarely got any pressure on Murray. ”

8. LSU rushes for 77 yards, Georgia goes 196 – without Todd Gurley in the second half.

9. Jeremy Fowler: “For pure entertainment, Saturday was a near-perfect game…”

10. Mark Schlabach: “It was a lot of fun for everyone except the defenses on the field.”

11. Matt Hayes: “The rest of college football didn’t have to find a way to catch the SEC after all. The SEC has — like it or not — fallen back to them.”

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Arkansas QB Allen Will Start Versus Texas A&M… If He’s Ready

Puzzled male shrugging wearing lab coatFile this one in the “no duh” category.  Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema addressed his team’s quarterback situation yesterday afternoon, saying that Brandon Allen will start against Texas A&M this weekend… if his bruised throwing shoulder is given a clean bill of health from team docs.

“If (Allen) at any point, even if it’s not until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, says that he can go and the doctors give him 100% we’ll go in that direction,” the coach said.  “If not it will be, obviously, AJ (Derby) again and Austin (Allen) as his backup.”

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for Derby, the juco transfer who’s completed 18-of-32 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown filling in for Allen the last two weeks.  Derby’s has been a fine game manager (one TD pass, no interceptions), but he’s not been able to create big plays through the air (a 5.41 yards-per-attempt average) to help open up the Arkansas running game.  The run game suffered last week in a loss to Rutgers.  The Razorbacks mustered just 101 yards rushing on 34 carries.

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Will Florida’s Offense Improve With New QB Murphy?

tyler-murphy-game-shotOver the weekend, Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel suffered a broken fibula in a 31-17 over Tennessee.  Following the game, Will Muschamp said of his starter: “I hurt for him.  I hurt for us because Jeff’s a good player.  It’s going to hurt us.”

According to Matt Hayes of The Sporting News: “I’m not buying it.”

Hayes believes that backup Tyler Murphy will come to the rescue of a long-dormant Florida offense.  Why?  His legs.

 

“When was the last time Florida was dynamic on offense?  When was the last time the Gators had a quarterbacks who pressed defenses and forced adjustments? 

When was the last time the Gators were exciting on offense: when they had a dynamic threat at the most important position on the field? 

The guy’s name was (Tim) Tebow and the year was 2009.”

 

For the Gators’ sake, here’s hoping Hayes isn’t being a little — OK, a lot — premature in his Murphy/Tebow comparison. UF’s offense has been lackluster for several seasons and to be honest, the Gators’ offense even in 2009 was almost all-Tebow.  If they could develop an offense to go with their fast/strong defense, the Gators could be scary good.

But let’s tap the brakes on the whole Murphy as Tebow thing.  One needs to keep in mind that Murphy’s numbers as a backup on Saturday (8-of-14 passing for 134 yards, one passing TD, 84 yards rushing and one TD on the ground) were similar to the numbers Driskel put up against the very same Tennessee team a year ago (14-of-20 passing for 219 yards, two passing TDs, and 81 yards rushing).  Driskel looked just as dynamic against Tennessee a year ago as Murphy did on Saturday.

This isn’t to say that Murphy didn’t come into his own during Saturday’s second half.  Nor is it impossible for him to elevate Brent Pease’s offense to another level.  But if one game against an outgunned Tennessee defense were a true measuring stick, then Driskel should have gone on to be Tebow II because he looked every bit as good and — to be frank — better than Murphy versus the Volunteers in 2012.

Murphy is a redshirt junior whose last action before 2013 was as a wide receiver versus South Carolina last year.  Sure, he may play Lou Gehrig to Driskel’s Wally Pipp, but three quarters of action doesn’t provide enough evidence to make that call.

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Ole Miss Blasts Texas, LSU Moves To 3-0

postgame-linksOle Miss 44 – Texas 23. Watch Jeff Scott’s punt return for TD

1. Ole Miss now 3-0 for the first time since 1989.  Rebels get a signature road win for coach Hugh Freeze.

2. Ole Miss MVP Jeff Scott?  164 yards on 19 carries – plus a 73-yard punt return for a TD

3. Coach Hugh Freeze:  ”I think we get stronger as the game goes on.”

LSU 45 – Kent State 13. Video Highlights

4. Season-high 307 rushing yards for the LSU offense.

5. LSU offense impressive but not as many show up to see it.  First time since 2005 Tigers fail to sell 90,000 tickets.

6. 3-0 Tigers now move on to conference play against Auburn.  Les Miles: “We are minus a couple of SEC games of where we need to be.”

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WOW Headlines – 10/25/12

Arkansas AD Jeff Long says he will most likely hire someone who is currently employed as a coach…
That would seemingly rule out Arkansas native Butch Davis
Sources have told MrSEC.com that TCU’s Gary Patterson is Arkansas’ top choice
Source have told MrSEC.com that if Tennessee replaces Derek Dooley, Jon Gruden and Bobby Petrino would be 1-2 on UT’s list of replacements
Georgia FB Alex Ogletree tweeted that UGA players and fans should rush the end zone after Bulldogs’ first TD versus Florida this weekend
Hurricane Sandy could create a windy day for the Georgia-Florida game
Kentucky will try to play three quarterbacks versus Missouri on Saturday
Missouri QB James Franklin is doubtful for this weekend’s game but should return for Florida game in two weeks
Texas A&M DL Damontre Moore leads the nation in sacks with 9.5 and tackles for loss with 17
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Chizik Not Paying Attention To Auburn’s Past Scoring Woes

According to Gene Chizik: “We don’t really pay attention to the past.”  At least that’s what he said about Auburn’s current scoring drought when asked about it by The Opelika-Auburn News.

Good thing.  ‘Cause the drought’s growing longer and longer.

Auburn hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown against an SEC defense in more than 171 minutes of game action.  The Tigers scored an offensive TD in the first quarter of last year’s 45-7 whipping at the hands of Georgia on November 12th.  The Tigers then lost the Iron Bowl to Alabama 42-14.  They lost their SEC opener this year 28-10 to Mississippi State.  The three touchdowns in those games: two Onterio McCalebb kickoff returns and a fumble recovery in Alabama’s end zone.  That’s it.

To make matters worse, this week’s foe is LSU.  In its last 10 regular season games against FBS opponents, the Tigers have allowed 3, 10, 17, 3, 9, 6, 10, 7, 11, and 7 points.  That includes last year’s 45-10 romp over Auburn in Baton Rouge.

If Kiehl Frazier and Auburn’s so-so rushing attack can’t post many — or any — points against John Chavis’ defense this week there’s still reason for hope.  Arkansas’ spotty defense will visit the Plains in two weeks.

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Wilson Not Cleared For Hogs, Won’t Play Versus Tide

Apparently that’s that.

According to local radio and TV reports from Fayetteville, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has not been cleared by doctors and will not play tomorrow against top-ranked Alabama.  Wilson suffered a concussion last Saturday.  He also suffered a concussion last year.  (Don’t think NFL GMs won’t consider that next April.)

That’s a tough break for Wilson, a tough break for the Razorbacks, and a really tough break for John L. Smith.  If the loss to Louisiana-Monroe didn’t guarantee his departure from Fayetteville at year’s end, what’s likely to occur when Arkansas starts a backup against Bama probably will.

Brandon Allen went 6-of-20 for 85 yards with a TD and an interception when he was thrown in against Louisiana-Monroe last weekend.  As ULM proved, anything’s possible… but if Arkansas upsets the Crimson Tide with a backup quarterback, it’ll go down in the Hog history books.

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