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SEC Recap: Week 2

 

Week 2 of the SEC season did not have too many surprises for us. Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel lit up Sam Houston State for 65, LSU put up 56 on UAB and Mississippi St hit Alcorn St. up to the tune of 51 points. Other than that, it was just an ordinary week in the SEC. Let’s take a look at the key games that were played this past week.

Miami 21 Florida 16

For the Gators of Florida, it has been a work in progress under head coach Will Muschamp. He was expected by many to bring the glory back after the departure of Urban Meyer. In this game, they were ranked and the Canes were not. They were the better team and were expected to basically win this one.

Well somebody forgot to tell the Gators and their head coach Al Golden. Speaking of the coach, many wondered why he took this job. Then they wondered why players decided to stay. Some of those questions were answered in a game that may have put the Hurricanes back on the college football map.

It was a game that saw Miami get just over 200 total yards with just 50 coming via the running game. They had only 10 first downs, just 69 total yards the last three quarters and still came out with a huge win. The big plays came down the stretch when they forced Florida QB Jeff Driskel into an interception and a fumble in the final seven minutes of the game.

Florida would get over 400 yards of offense, moving the ball at will at times and it accomplished nothing. As a matter of fact, after a Driskel nine-yard run for a score in the first, the Gators would not score again until there was just over to minutes to play. In a game they were supposed to win, Florida found a way to lose. A game where they dominated the stats and were the better team. In the SEC, you want to be sure to win your non-conference games and this will not do the Gators any good the rest of the way.

Georgia 41 South Carolina 30

Leave it to the Dawgz to give their fans unwanted drama. Last week they went to Clemson and lost a thriller. This week they were at home playing the other Carolina team. This was an SEC showdown early in the year and it was a great game.

Aaron Murray has been used to carrying the monkey on his back. He has not come up big in the big games when needed. On this day he came up big on two third down plays that would result in two touchdowns. Finally, after three  years, the monkey was taken off his back as he beat the Gamecocks. To seal the deal, the defense chipped in when they stopped S.C. running back Mike Davis from inside the one.

For the Gamecocks, it was a huge loss early in the SEC season. They, just like the Gators, are trying to come out on top in the East for a possible right to play for the last BCS title. They played well with Davis running for 150 yards and QB Connor Shaw throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns. It just came down to execution, which the Gamecocks could not do down the stretch.

Tennessee 52 Western Kentucky 20

For the last three years the Volunteers of Tennessee have had issues with organization. They have been lacking in discipline and coaching. This year Butch Jones came to see if he could correct that. Well if one play is any indication, the Vols may well be on their way back. On this particular play the ball was about to be snapped when the refs blew the whistle. It was a penalty like any other time, except on this play, not one Vol on the offensive line moved. It was the kind play that made you wait for the replay.

The Vols are trying to avoid a replay of the last several years and they have gotten off on the right foot so far. Western went to Knoxville hoping to beat an SEC opponent for the second straight week after knocking off home state rival Kentucky last week. Tennessee had other ideas and went on a run of five turnovers on six plays that propelled them to a 31-3 lead.

Now the game was not a runaway like one would have thought at that point of the game, but the Volunteers looked like a much improved team. They ran the football well getting 242 yards, but QB Justin Worley was very ineffective for the most part. They may have put up 52 points, but the defense gave up almost 400 yards of offense to the Hilltoppers. The gave up a few sustained drives and lost the battle in first downs, time of possession and total yards.

There is still work to do on the Hill, but coach Jones and his staff are making strides. They have one of the best offensive lines in the college game. They were not jumping around on defense looking like they had no idea what they were doing. They looked in sync for the most part and now they want to see where it takes them as they play college heavyweight Oregon next week.

Kentucky 41 Miami(OH) 7

Missouri 38 Toledo 23

Mississippi St. 51 Alcorn St. 7

LSU 56 UAB 17

Arkansas 31 Samford 21

Texas A&M 65 Sam Houston St. 28

Ole Miss 31 SE Missouri 13

Auburn 38 Arkansas St. 9

Vandebilt 38 Austin Peay 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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