SEC Football Wrap: A Recap Look at Week 3
Georgia wins easily, as does Alabama, LSU and South Carolina. Check out the video of Western Kentucky's win over Kentucky.
Georgia 56, Florida Atlantic 20: The seventh-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) set a school record with 713 total yards in dispatching 41 ½-point underdog Florida Atlantic (1-2). Quarterback Aaron Murray passed for a career-high 342 yards and accounted for four touchdowns — two rushing and two passing. "The best legacy you can leave is winning games and winning championships," Murray told the Associated Press, as posted on ajc.com. "I want to be known for that — not just for throwing touchdowns and having a good game here and there.” Freshmen running backs Todd Gurley (111) and Keith Marshall (104) each broke 100 yards rushing. Florida Atlantic scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and forced a 14-14 tie before Georgia turned it on.
Florida 37, Tennessee 20: With ESPN College Game Day in Knoxville, the 18th-ranked Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) took a big step back into prominence in beating No. 23 Tennessee (2-1, 0-1). Florida gained 336 yards and beat the Vols for the eighth straight time. Quarterback Jeff Driskell passed for 219 yards and two TDs, and rushed for 81. “I’m really proud of our guys,” Florida coach Will Muschamp told the Gainesville Sun. “We grew up a lot last year. We’re the University of Florida and these guys didn’t come here to go 7-6."
Western Kentucky 32, Kentucky 31 OT: In what was the highlight of the day of college football, the Hilltoppers (2-1) converted a two-point conversion in overtime to beat the Wildcats (1-2). The two-point play came on a lateral and throw back to the quarterback (see it here on YouTube). WKU led 17-0 before Kentucky came back. Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith passed for 332 yards and two TDs, but also threw four interceptions. WKU running back Antonio Andrews scored three TDs.
Alabama 52, Arkansas 0: The top-ranked Crimson Tide (2-0, 1-0) forced five turnovers and held Arkansas (1-2, 0-1) to 137 yards in its second straight shutout. Alabama got two interceptions from Brandon Allen and three TD runs by Eddie Lacey. The Tide turned all five Arkansas turnovers into touchdowns. It was the Razorbacks’ first shutout loss in Fayetteville since 1966, as reported on al.com.
LSU 63, Idaho 14: No. 3 LSU (3-0) won its FBS-record 40th straight non-conference game easily in Baton Rouge. The Tigers gained 472 yards, 222 coming on 17-of-22 passing from Zach Mettenberger. It was the most points scored by LSU since a 63-28 win over Kentucky in 1997, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.
South Carolina 49, UAB 6: The Gamecocks (3-0) gained 501 total yards, despite starting quarterback Connor Shaw being knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. His replacement Dylan Thompson finished with 177 passing yards and two TDs.
Auburn 31, Louisiana-Monroe 28 (OT): Auburn (1-2, 1-1 SEC) avoided becoming the second straight SEC upset victim to Louisiana-Monroe (1-1), using Cody Parkey’s 35-yard field goal in OT. ULM, which trailed 28-14 entering the fourth quarter, missed on its field-goal try on the first possession of overtime. Onterio McCalebb had 128 rushing yards and TD for Auburn, according to stats on the SEC’s official website. Kolton Browning completed 28 of 46 passes for 237 yards and three TDs for ULM.
Vanderbilt 58, Presbyterian 0: The Commodores (2-1) gained 410 yards, including 174 by Zac Stacy, to beat the Football Championship Subdivision Blue Hose (1-2). Stacy scored on an 86-yard run on Vandy’s first offensive play. The game marked the first start as a Commodore for quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, who was 13-of-20 for 195 yards and a TD. Carta-Samuels was a surprise starter for Jordan Rodgers, who started seven games last year and the first two game this season, according to a report by The Tennessean in Nashville.
Texas A&M 48, SMU 3: QB Johnny Manziel passed for an A&M freshman record 294 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 124 yards and two TDs. The Aggies (1-1) gained 605 yards, according to A&M’s official website.
Mississippi State 30, Troy 24: The Bulldogs (3-0) held off the Trojans (1-2) as LaDarius Perkins (179 rushing yards) and Chad Bumphis (180 yards receiving) became the first running back/wide receiver duo in school history to each gain more than 175 yards in a single game. Darius Slay added two interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State led 23-7 at halftime before Troy rallied.
Missouri 24, Arizona State 20: The Tigers (2-1) saw a 17-point lead entering the fourth quarter almost disappear in holding off Arizona State (2-1). Missouri, which faded in the second half in a 41-20 loss to Georgia earlier this season, led 24-7 before the Sun Devils came back. The Tigers forced four Arizona State turnovers. Corbin Berkstrasser started for the first time in his career in place of injured starter James Franklin. Berkstrasser completed 21 of 41 passes for 198 yards and scored on a rushing TD.
Texas 66, Ole Miss 31: QB David Ash passed for 326 yards and four TDs for the 14th-ranked Longhorns (3-0). It was the most points allowed by the Rebels (2-1) in 95 years.
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