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                         ***** SEC News and Notes *****
 
 Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
 
 ALABAMA: The Crimson Tide defense stood up to a formidable threat posed by
 nationally-ranked Ole Miss by allowing just 205 yards and forcing a pair of
 turnovers in what wound up as a 25-0 shutout. The Alabama offense was
 impressive as well, racking up 434 yards, led by a rushing attack that
 averaged 6.3 yards per carry. T.J. Yeldon carried the load in the backfield
 with 17 attempts for 121 yards and a touchdown, while Kenyan Drake was also
 outstanding with 99 yards and a score on 12 carries. A.J. McCarron completed
 25-of-32 passes for 180 yards with an interception, but while the quarterback
 set a career-high in completions, it was the first time he went without a
 touchdown pass since Oct. 13, 2012 versus Missouri. HaHa Clinton-Dix had eight
 tackles to lead the defense, while C.J. Mosley had seven stops and recorded a
 safety. Alabama (4-0, 2-0 SEC) will step out of conference this week when it
 hosts FBS newcomer Georgia State.
 
 ARKANSAS: The Razorbacks hung tough with Texas A&M, playing the majority of
 the game within one touchdown of the lead, but they ultimately fell in their
 conference opener at home, 45-33. Brandon Allen returned from injury, and
 while he threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, both career-highs, he
 completed fewer than half of his pass attempts (17-of-36) and tossed a pair of
 interceptions. Hunter Henry set a career-high with 109 yards on four
 receptions, while Jonathan Williams (four receptions, 67 yards) was on the
 receiving end of two scoring strikes from Allen. Alex Collins crossed the
 century mark rushing for the fourth time this season, turning 14 carries into
 116 yards and a score, while Williams was also effective in the backfield with
 10 carries for 53 yards. The defense could not stop Johnny Manziel and the
 Aggies, giving up 523 total yards while failing to record a turnover. Arkansas
 (3-2, 0-1 SEC) will attempt to halt its two-game slide on Saturday when it
 takes on Florida in Gainesville.
 
 AUBURN: Following a 35-21 setback at the hands of LSU on Sept. 21 for their
 first loss of the season, the Tigers (3-1, 1-1 SEC) were idle over the
 weekend. They'll try to get back on track this Saturday when they play host to
 Ole Miss.
 
 FLORIDA: In what could have been a trap game on the road, Florida used an
 outstanding defensive effort to take down Kentucky over the weekend, 24-7. The
 nation's second-ranked defense allowed the Wildcats to net just 173 yards,
 while Dante Fowler, Jr. had two of the team's five sacks. In his first game as
 the starter in replace of the injured Jeff Driskel, Tyler Murphy completed 15-
 of-18 passes for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while also
 rushing for 36 yards and a score. Matt Jones was a workhorse in the backfield,
 turning 28 carries into a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown. Trey Burton
 led the receiving corps with six receptions for 66 yards, including a nine-
 yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Gators (3-1, 2-0 SEC) return to
 Gainesville this Saturday to host Arkansas.
 
 GEORGIA: In a marquee battle between top-10 programs, the ninth-ranked
 Bulldogs managed to outlast the sixth-ranked LSU Tigers, 44-41. Aaron Murray
 completed 20-of-34 passes for 298 yards, and he accounted for five touchdowns
 (four passing, one rushing). The Heisman hopeful stepped up his play when it
 counted the most, as he threw the game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to
 Justin Scott-Wesley with less than two minutes left in the game. Chris Conley
 was Murray's top target on the afternoon with five receptions for 112 yards
 and a touchdown, while Michael Bennett (three receptions, 38 yards) was on the
 receiving end of two of Murray's scoring strikes. After Todd Gurley (eight
 carries, 73 yards) left the game with an ankle injury, Keith Marshall stepped
 up to the tune of 96 yards on 20 totes. While the defense was far from
 impressive, it did manage to sack Zach Mettenberger four times and Josh
 Harvey-Clemons had 15 tackles. Georgia (3-1, 2-0 SEC) will attempt to extend
 its winning streak to four game this Saturday when it travels to Knoxville for
 bout with the Tennessee Volunteers.
 
 KENTUCKY: The Wildcats were stifled by nationally-ranked Florida's imposing
 defense, as they racked up just 173 total yards on their way to a 24-7 defeat.
 Maxwell Smith earned the start under center but was underwhelming in
 completing 12-of-20 passes for 90 yards with zero touchdowns and an
 interception while being sacked four times. Jalen Whitlow also saw time at
 quarterback, going 5-of-6 for 35 yards. The squad rushed for just 35 yards on
 the night, with Joe Mansour (25 yards, TD) earning the team lead on just one
 carry. Ryan Timmons had six receptions for 40 yards and Alex Montgomery reeled
 in four passes for 47 yards. Kentucky (1-3, 0-1 SEC) travels to Columbia on
 Saturday for a matchup with nationally-ranked South Carolina.
 
 LSU: The Tigers appeared on their way to a shootout victory over ninth-ranked
 Georgia, but they surrendered the game-winning touchdown with 1:47 left in the
 game as they fell on the wrong end of a 44-41 final. Zach Mettenberger was
 masterful against a strong UGA defense in defeat, completing 23-of-37 passes
 for a career-high 372 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Jarvis
 Landry cashed in on Mettenberger's big day with 156 yards and a touchdown on
 10 receptions, while Odell Beckham was also impressive with six catches for
 118 yards. Kadron Boone had just two grabs but both went for scores, a 48-
 yarder and a four-yarder. Jeremy Hill tallied 86 rushing yards and a score,
 but he averaged just 4.1 yards per carry. LSU (4-1, 1-1 SEC) will try to get
 back on track this Saturday at Mississippi State.
 
 MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1 SEC) were off this past weekend
 after starting the season by alternating losses with wins. They will continue
 their current four-game homestand on Saturday with a difficult matchup against
 LSU.
 
 MISSOURI: After a close clash for three quarters, the Tigers managed to pull
 away from Arkansas State late to capture a 41-19 victory. The offense amassed
 nearly 500 yards on the day and showed why its one of the nation's most
 balanced units with a near-even split between rushing (239) and passing (256)
 yards. James Franklin recorded four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing)
 and 289 total yards while completing 21-of-30 pass attempts. Russell
 Hansbrough had just eight carries but he went for a team-best 96 yards, while
 Henry Josey (52 yards) and Marcus Murphy (45 yards) both had six carries and
 scored a touchdown apiece. Dorial Green-Beckham hauled in four passes for 95
 yards and two scores, while L'Damien Washington had six receptions for 67
 yards and a touchdown. The defense gave up 425 yards, but held the Red Wolves
 to just one touchdown, with Andrew Wilson pacing the effort with a whopping 17
 tackles. Missouri (4-0) will try to continue its best start since 2010 when it
 opens SEC play at Vanderbilt on Saturday.
 
 OLE MISS: The Rebels had no answer for the stout Alabama defense, as they went
 into Tuscaloosa and were shut out by the No. 1 team in the nation, 25-0. The
 offense amassed just 205 total yards, with only 46 of those coming via the
 run. Bo Wallace completed 17-of-31 passes for 159 yards, with the majority of
 his production going to Donte Moncrief (six receptions, 60 yards). The defense
 played well against the Tide's high-powered offense, holding A.J. McCarron
 without a touchdown, but the unit allowed 254 rushing yards. Bryon Bennett
 recorded a sack and Cody Prewitt had an interception. Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1 SEC)
 will try to bounce back this Saturday when it plays at Auburn.
 
 SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks came out sluggish at UCF, going scoreless in the
 first half, but they picked things up after halftime to rally for a 28-25
 victory. The comeback was orchestrated mostly by Mike Davis, who rushed 26
 times for a career-high 167 yards with three touchdowns, with his final score
 coming early in the fourth quarter to put his team up 18. Connor Shaw left the
 game after injuring his shoulder on the opening drive and did not return.
 Dylan Thompson replaced Shaw and threw for 261 yards and an interception on
 15-of-32 passing while adding a rushing touchdown. Damiere Byrd (five
 receptions, 74 yards) and Bruce Ellington (four receptions, 88 yards) both had
 impressive showings on the outside. The defense was somewhat lax in allowing
 427 yards, but made up for it by forcing four turnovers. South Carolina (3-1)
 returns home on Saturday night to entertain the Kentucky Wildcats.
 
 TENNESSEE: The Volunteers built a 24-point lead over South Alabama early in
 the second half, and while they allowed 17 unanswered points at the end of the
 game, they still managed to hold on for a 31-24 victory. Rajion Neal led the
 way with a career-high 169 yards on 25 carries, including an 11-yard touchdown
 run early in the third quarter. Marlin Lane had just five carries, but made
 each of them count with 66 yards and a score. Justin Worley completed 20-of-36
 passes for 204 yards and a two touchdowns, but he nearly cost his team with
 three interceptions. Josh Smith (three receptions, 40 yards) caught a 29-yard
 touchdown from Worley in the second quarter. Brian Randolph led the defensive
 effort with 12 tackles. Tennessee (3-2) returns to SEC action this Saturday
 with a home contest against nationally-ranked Georgia.
 
 TEXAS A&M: A lackluster defensive effort made the game interesting throughout,
 but the offense picked up the slack, putting up 523 yards as the Aggies
 dismissed Arkansas on the road, 45-33. It was a rather modest performance by
 Johnny Manziel's standards, as he completed 23-of-30 passes for 261 yards and
 two touchdowns to go with 59 rushing yards, but he also played mistake-free
 football. Mike Evans continued his outstanding season with six receptions for
 116 yards and two touchdowns, and Derel Walker was also impressive as a
 receiver with seven receptions for 81 yards. Trey Williams (83 yards) and Tra
 Carson (64 yards) each had strong rushing days on just nine carries apiece,
 with Williams finding the end zone. Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1 SEC) has off this
 week, next returning to action against Ole Miss on the road on Oct. 12.
 
 VANDERBILT: The Commodores made easy work of UAB at home on Saturday, 52-24,
 behind a career performance from their quarterback. Austyn Carta-Samuels
 completed 23-of-29 passes for 334 yards with two touchdowns and an
 interception, while also adding a score on the ground. As usual, Carta-Samuels
 leaned on star wideout Jordan Matthews, who reeled in eight passes for 115
 yards and a touchdown. Matthews has crossed the century mark in receiving
 yards in four of five games this season, and has tallied eight receptions in
 each of the last three. Johnathan Krause was also a reliable target for Carta-
 Samuels with four grabs for 108 yards. Jerron Seymour led the Vandy rushing
 attack with 107 yards and a pair of score, while also playing a big role in
 the passing game (three receptions, 45 yards). Darreon Herring and Kenny
 Ladler each picked off a pass in a strong defensive effort. The unit held UAB
 to 362 total yards. Vanderbilt (3-2) will try for its first conference win on
 Saturday when it hosts Missouri.
 
 
 
 09/30 11:09:23 ET

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