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Southeastern Conference News and Notes

10:29 AM, Oct 25, 2010   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - ALABAMA: Julio Jones set career-highs with 12 catches for a school-record 221 yards to help his Crimson Tide crush the Tennessee Volunteers, 41-10, in Knoxville. Greg McElroy completed 21-of-32 passes for 264 yards for the Tide, who have won the last four meetings between the two schools. Trent Richardson ran for 119 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while Mark Ingram had 14 totes for 88 yards and two scores. Richardson added a receiving touchdown, while McElroy ran for one. Alabama recorded 536 yards of total offense and held Tennessee to just 315, scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away. The Tide will be idle this week and will return to the field on November 6th to battle LSU.

ARKANSAS: Knile Davis ran for three touchdowns, two of them coming in the fourth quarter, to lead the Razorbacks to a 38-24 home victory over Ole Miss this past weekend. Davis gained 176 yards on 22 carries for the Hogs, who bounced back from last week's 65-43 loss at Auburn and they need just one more victory to earn bowl eligibility. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett completed 13-of-24 passes for 196 yards on Saturday after a concussion forced him from the loss to the Tigers, but he left the Ole Miss game with another injury. The Razorbacks limited the Rebels to 4-of-17 conversions on third down, but Ole Miss outgained Arkansas in total yards, 512-464. Up next for the Razorbacks is a clash with Vanderbilt this Saturday.

AUBURN: Onterio McCalebb's 70-yard touchdown run with 5:05 remaining in the game turned out to be the difference in Auburn's 24-17 win over LSU in an SEC showdown this past weekend, but everyone was talking about Tigers' quarterback Cam Newton after the game. Newton ran for a career-high 217 yards on 28 carries to become the SEC's single-season rushing leader for quarterbacks, as Auburn rolled up 440 yards on the ground to start 8-0 for the first time since 2004. The standout quarterback, who may very well be the Heisman frontrunner, also rushed for two touchdowns to set the Auburn single-season record with 27 combined scores running and passing. He connected on 10-of-16 throws for 86 yards for the Tigers, who are set to take on Ole Miss this upcoming weekend.

FLORIDA: The Gators were the only SEC team with a bye this past weekend, and the club will return to the field this Saturday to battle Georgia. It is officially time to hit the panic button in Gainesville, as Florida fell to Mississippi State by a 10-7 final in front of the shocked home crowd last time out. John Brantley completed 24-of-39 passes for 210 yards in defeat for Florida, which has lost three straight games for the first time since the end of the 1999 season. Additionally, the Gators have lost three straight in the regular season for the first time since 1988 during a four-game skid. Omarius Hines ran for 58 yards and a score for the Gators, who lost despite outgaining the Bulldogs, 361-245. Obviously, a pair of missed field goals hurt the cause.

GEORGIA: Washaun Ealey set a school record with five rushing touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 44-31 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats in SEC action on Saturday. Ealey posted a season-high 157 rushing yards on 28 attempts for Georgia, which has won its last three games to even its overall record. The Bulldogs turned four Kentucky turnovers into 17 points, a key to the victory. Star receiver A.J. Green was responsible for 86 of his team's 113 passing yards, as the Bulldogs only needed to attempt 12 passes in the win. It is certainly surprising that Georgia scored 44 points when considering the fact that the team only finished with 290 yards, but the turnovers that were generated proved to be the difference. The annual rivalry game between Georgia and Florida will take place this coming weekend.

KENTUCKY: The Wildcats outgained Georgia 423-290 in total yardage this past weekend, but the result of that clash was a disappointing 44-31 loss. Mike Hartline completed 27-of-43 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns for the Wildcats, but his interception was one of four turnovers on the day for Kentucky, the most obvious reason for the setback. Six different players caught at least two passes from Hartline, who did a tremendous job of spreading the ball around. Kentucky surrendered five touchdowns to Georgia's tailback in the tilt, as stopping the run proved to be problematic. A tough Mississippi State squad will be the opponent for Kentucky this coming weekend.

LSU: The Tigers had an opportunity to start 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1973, and although they certainly put forth a strong effort against Auburn on Saturday, the result of that road affair was a heart- breaking 24-17 setback. Jordan Jefferson completed 7-of-14 passes for 46 yards and carried 16 times for 74 yards and a score for LSU, which looked helpless defensively at times. While LSU was allowing an average of 84 rushing yards coming into the game, Auburn posted over 400 yards on the ground. LSU has now lost five straight to teams ranked in the top-10 since beating Auburn in 2008. The Tigers are idle this coming weekend, giving them an opportunity to prepare for a November 6th showdown with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs took a break from SEC play on Saturday and slipped past UAB in a 29-24 final. Derek DePasquale kicked five field goals and LaDarius Perkins carried 18 times for 131 yards and reached the end zone twice to lead the way. Chris Relf completed only 8-of-19 passes for 107 yards and carried 20 times for 51 yards for the Bulldogs, who have won five straight games for the first time since starting the 1999 season 8-0. The Bulldogs have won their last 25 games when leading after three quarters, and they have won the last three games with UAB after losing the initial meeting in 2004. Also worthy of mention is that the Bulldogs have won five straight non-conference games for the first time since an eight-game streak from 1998-2000. MSU is set to host the Kentucky Wildcats this coming weekend.

OLE MISS: The good news for the Rebels is that they were able to rack up 512 total yards against Arkansas on Saturday. Unfortunately, Ole Miss was just 4- of-17 on third-down conversion attempts and fell in a 38-24 final. Jeremiah Masoli threw for 327 yards with three touchdowns and picked up 98 yards on the ground for Ole Miss, which has lost three of its four SEC games to date. Saturday's game was delayed twice during the second half due to lightning, but it was turnovers (two), shaky defensive play and the failure to convert on third down that should be the focus of blame for the loss. Up next for the Rebels is a home clash with Auburn this Saturday.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Stephen Garcia threw a pair of touchdown passes and Brian Maddox added a score on the ground to help the Gamecocks best the Vanderbilt Commodores by a 21-7 final. Garcia completed 31-of-39 passes for 355 yards and an interception for the Gamecocks, who snapped a seven-game losing streak in SEC road games. Maddox carried the ball 24 times for 146 yards. Alshon Jeffery hauled in nine passes for 158 yards and a score while Tori Gurley caught 13 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown for USC, which is 5-2 for the third straight year. South Carolina owns a 16-4 series advantage over Vanderbilt, which includes a 14-10 victory over the Commodores last season. The Gamecocks had 484 yards of total offense, compared to 250 for the Commodores. South Carolina is slated to do battle with Tennessee in Columbia this Saturday.

TENNESSEE: The Vols were completely embarrassed at home this past weekend by Alabama, falling to the Crimson Tide in a 41-10 final. While Tennessee was only able to post 315 total yards in the contest, it surrendered 536 total yards to the Tide. Tauren Poole ran for 117 yards and a score on 14 carries for the Vols, who are now 0-4 in SEC play and have yet to beat an FBS program in regulation. Matt Simms completed 11-of-22 passes for 117 yards and was picked off once in the loss. Tennessee has scored 17 points or fewer in each of the last seven meetings between the two teams. This Saturday, the Vols will play a tough road game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

VANDERBILT: The Commodores fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in SEC action with a 21-7 home loss to South Carolina this past weekend. Larry Smith connected on 13-of-31 passes for 142 yards for the Commodores, and he also carried the ball 15 times for 48 yards and a score. Vanderbilt broke a scoreless tie with just over 10 minutes to play in the second quarter, but there was little to cheer about after that point. The Commodores managed a mere 250 total yards while surrendering 484 yards to South Carolina. Vandy can take pride in the fact that it didn't commit a single turnover in the clash, and the Commodores also committed less than half as many turnovers as the Gamecocks. Still, the overall performance simply wasn't up to SEC standards. The Commodores hit the road this coming weekend to do battle with Arkansas.

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