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SEC Recap: Week 3

Week 2 in the SEC came to a close with a bang. As usual, there were heart stopping moments, especially for Alabama and Texas A&M fans. Same goes for South Carolina and Vanderbilt fans. Let’s take a closer look at the action from this past week’s recaps in the SEC.

Alabama 49 Texas A&M 42

This was the latest Game of the Century for this decade and it did not disappoint. Before the Tide knew what hit them, Johnny football had his Aggies up 14-0. It was beginning  to look like Tuscaloosa all over again from last year.

So when A.J. McCarron went under center for the Tide he had work to do. What he did the next was throw three touchdown passes to go along with a T.J. Yeldon scoring run to make it 28-14 Alabama. At that point, it appeared the air was about to be taken out of the Aggies as they went into the locker room for halftime.

With the ball and a chance to bring his team back, Manziel proceeded to throw a pick-six that would give the Tide a comfortable 35-14 lead. It was about this time you could see fans leaving College Station. They felt that their team had given all they could, but it was not to be their night.

I always see that as a sign when fans leave too early and that was about to be confirmed. The teams traded scores and it was 42-21 and about to get real interesting. Johnny football would follow up with a 12-yard scoring strike and then a 95-yard bomb that would make it 42-35. Just like that, a football game broke out.

The teams would trade another touchdown each for the final scores, but the story line was written. Both teams combined for 1196 yards and the 91 points. The game was an instant classic and saw Manziel and McCarron make their case for the Heisman. McCarron finished 20-29 and a career-high 334 yards and four touchdowns. Manziel was incredible going 28-39 for 464 yards and fice touchdown passes. He added 14 carries for 98 yards for a game total of 562 of offense.

South Carolina 35 Vanderbilt 25

The game of expectations is a part of the game of football. With expectations come goals to conquer and titles to win. On West End Ave the expectations keep rising for the Vanderbilt faithful. A nine-win season just made those expectations grow for the 2013 season. Jadeveon Clowney, DE for S.C., came in with a lot of expectations himself. Many have him chosen first already for the 2014 NFL Draft. On this night, you could say that neither made a big expectation impact.

Before you could blink, the Gamecocks were up 28-0 on the strength of QB Connor Shaw’s arm (two touchdown passes) and the running game (Mike Davis four-yard TD run and Dylan Thompson three-yard score). With a little more than three minutes left in the second quarter, South Carolina had scoring drives of 42, 93, 76 and 92 yards.

The second half saw the Dores mount an incredible comeback effort that came up short. They had to come back from a huge deficit while struggling to keep up with the Gamecocks play calling. They were killed by the screen pass and receivers constantly getting open. QB Austun Carta-Samuels was sacked five times and Vandy lost the battle of time of possession, first downs and field position.

This was a game they hoped to win to get over that hump of not beating quality teams. They have come close to beating this team before, but S.C was not having any of that on this day. For the Gamecocks, it was a big win after a loss last week. It helps them keep pace with Georgia for the East.

Other scores:

Louisville 27 Kentucky 13

Arkansas 24 Southern Miss 3

Oregon 59 Tennessee 14

Auburn 24 Miss. St. 20

LSU 45 Kent St. 13

Ole Miss. 44 Texas 23

So goes SEC recaps Week 2.

 

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