|Mississippi State WR Chad Bumphis had two TD catches in a win over Arkansas. (US Presswire)|
No. 4 Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0: This one was over at halftime with the Crimson Tide (10-1, 6-1 SEC) leading 42-0. Alabama only completed eight passes, but four players ran for at least 50 yards and three -- RB T.J. Yeldon, RB Eddie Lacy and QB Blake Sims -- scored. Western Carolina (1-10) was held to 162 total yards of offense.
Mississippi State 45, Arkansas 14: Arkansas needed this one to keep its slim bowl hopes alive. The Razorbacks will be staying home this postseason. Arkansas (4-7, 2-5 SEC) led 14-7 early, but it was all Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3 SEC) after that. QB Tyler Russell threw for 263 yards and four TDs -- two of which went to senior WR Chad Bumphis. Mississippi State RB Nick Griffin added a 60-yard TD run, and starting RB LaDarius Perkins had two TD receptions to go with his 93 rushing yards.
No. 12 South Carolina 24, Wofford 7: This one could've been a disaster for the Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2 SEC). They were tied with Wofford (8-3) through the third quarter and had the Terriers not lost three fumbles, this could've been a different outcome. Wofford's option offense netted 330 yards, while South Carolina's offense, in its second game without star RB Marcus Lattimore (knee), had just 293 total yards. It wasn't until QB Connor Shaw found WR Ace Sanders for a short TD pass with 8:10 remaining that the Gamecocks took a two-score lead and could breathe easier.
No. 7 Florida 23, Jacksonville State 0: Florida starting QB Jeff Driskel (ankle) sat this one out, so it was QB Jacoby Brissett who ran the show for the Gators. He was 14 of 22 for 154 yards, but it was the run game that carried Florida over Jacksonville State (6-5). Led by RB Mike Gillislee (19 carries, 122 yards, TD) the Gators ran for 202 yards. Although Florida (10-1, 7-1 SEC) got the win, the offense only converted two of its 11 third-down attempts.
Auburn 51, Alabama A&M 7: It only took RB Tre Mason 12 carries to reach 181 yards and two TDs. Auburn (3-8, 0-7 SEC) again turned to true freshman QB Jonathan Wallace, who was 10 of 18 for 171 yards and a TD. Senior RB Onterio McCalebb added 104 yards and two TDs, and WR DeAngelo Benton had two catches for 70 yards. Alabama A&M (7-4) was held to 208 yards of total offense.
No. 5 Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 14: RB Todd Gurley became just the second true freshman in school history to run for 1,000 yards. The other guy? Herschel Walker. Gurley scored on a 1-yard plunge to put the Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 SEC) up early over the Eagles (8-3), but it was QB Aaron Murray who had the biggest day. He was 18 of 28 for 330 yards, four TDs and no INTs. He spread the ball around to eight targets, but it was WR Chris Conley (4 catches, 76 yards, TD) and TE Arthur Lynch (3 catches, 68 yards) who did the most damage.
No. 9 Texas A&M 47, Sam Houston State 28: After knocking off Alabama last week, a game against Sam Houston State was no problem for Texas A&M (9-2, 5-2 SEC) and Heisman candidate QB Johnny Manziel. The redshirt freshman had 263 passing yards, 102 yards rushing and five total TDs. WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, who had four receptions for 159 yards and a TD, was his top target. Sam Houston State (8-3) put up 382 total yards, but much of that came in the fourth quarter once the game was in hand.
No. 8 LSU 41, Ole Miss 35: The Rebels brought an aggressive game plan to Baton Rouge and pushed LSU down to the wire. It wasn't quite enough. LSU (9-2, 5-2 SEC) RB Jeremy Hill scored his third rushing TD of the day with 15 seconds remaining for the victory. Even in the loss, Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5 SEC) QB Bo Wallace played one of his best games with 309 passing yards, 54 yards rushing and four total TDs. But his three INTs helped keep LSU in the game. LSU WR Odell Beckham also had a crucial 88-yard punt return for a TD to tie the game at 35 in the fourth quarter. (For more on this game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Syracuse 31, Missouri 27: Missouri didn't trail until Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib found WR Alec Lemon for a TD with 15 seconds left in the game to rally the Orange (6-5). The last-minute score spoiled a strong game from Missouri (5-6, 2-5 SEC) QB James Franklin, who was 17 of 23 for 279 yards and two TDs before being forced to leave in the fourth quarter with an unspecified injury. RB Kendial Lawrence added 119 yards and a TD on 27 carries for Missouri. The Tigers need a win at Texas A&M next week to become bowl eligible.
Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee 18: The Commodores led 13-10 at halftime but ran away with this one in the second half. They scored the first 28 points of the second half to lead 41-10, and the Vols (4-7, 0-7 SEC) had no chance to rally. Vanderbilt (7-4, 5-3 SEC) WR Jordan Matthews accounted for 162 all-purpose yards and two TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Tennessee QB Tyler Bray was benched in the second half in favor of backup Justin Worley, but Worley threw an INT on his first possession. Bray returned in the third, but could never get the Vols' normally potent offense started. Tennessee will not be eligible for a bowl for the second straight season.
Kentucky 34, Samford 3: The Wildcats were able to send coach Joker Phillips off with a win in his final home game as coach at Kentucky (2-9, 0-7 SEC). Freshman QB Jalen Whitlow threw for a TD and rushed for another, and RB Raymond Sanders had 123 yards and a TD on 15 carries. Kentucky held the Bulldogs (7-4) to 102 total yards, including minus-2 yards rushing.
Play of the day: Here's a look at Beckham's 89-yard punt return for a TD that tied the Ole Miss-LSU game at 35 in the fourth quarter:
He said what? LSU coach Les Miles discussing his seniors: "It's a spectacular group of young men. You go find them and throw your arms around them and give them a big kiss on the mouth -- if you're a girl."
RapidReports defensive star of the day: South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger. Although South Carolina struggled against Wofford's option, Swearinger had 11 tackles, a TFL, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
RapidReports offensive star of the day: Mississippi State's Russell. He was masterful in the Bulldogs' win over Arkansas, going 19 of 32 for 263 yards, four TDs and no INTs. He did a great job getting the ball in the hands of the Bulldogs' best offensive threats -- throwing the to Bumphis for two TDs and to Perkins for two scores.
Runner up: Texas A&M QB Manziel. It was a rather "routine" day with 365 yards of total offense and five TDs. He did throw an INT. Good to know he occasionally makes a mistake.
2nd runner up: Vanderbilt WR Matthews. He had no problem running around and through the Tennessee secondary. His two second-half TDs and 162 all-purpose yards helped the Commodores pull away from the Vols.
His seat is getting uncomfortable: John L. Smith. A tough year for Smith and the Razorbacks got even worse Saturday with the 45-14 loss at Mississippi State. Arkansas was up early and looked like it would make it a game, but Mississippi State scored 38 unanswered points to end the Razorbacks' chance at making a bowl game. We have to include Tennessee coach Derek Dooley here as well. The Vols have lost all seven of their SEC games and were embarrassed by Vanderbilt on Saturday. It seems to be a matter of when, not if, the Vols will make a change.
A possible spot on the bench for: Florida's Brissett. He managed the game against Jacksonville State relatively well, but the Gators missed Driskel's knack for making big plays with his feet. They will hope he's recovered by the time the Gators face Florida State next week.
Why you should care about these stat lines:
1. Wofford ran for 259 yards against South Carolina: The Gamecocks allowed Wofford to keep the game close into the fourth quarter because they had a hard time keeping the Terriers' option attack off of the field. Wofford completed one pass all day.
2. Arkansas had five turnovers against Mississippi State: That's what turned a promising start into a disaster for the Razorbacks. QB Russell, who threw two INTs, has thrown seven in the past four weeks.
3. Mississippi State WR Bumphis had two TD receptions: He came into the day tied with Tennessee WR Justin Hunter, but he now sits alone at the top of the SEC with 10 total.
4. Ole Miss converted two key fourth-down conversion attempts at LSU: The Rebels ultimately lost the game, but you have to admire coach Hugh Freeze's aggressiveness. He brought the Rebels to LSU looking for a win not just a close game.
5. Vanderbilt had its biggest win over Tennessee since 1954: It wasn't far-fetched that Vanderbilt could beat Tennessee, but few expected a 23-point win for the Commodores. The balance of power has shifted in that state.
Key number: 2. Despite 11 SEC games Saturday, it was two games outside of the conference that had a huge impact on the SEC's national title hopes. Baylor's 52-24 upset of No. 1 Kansas State and Stanford's 17-14 overtime win over No. 2 Oregon virtually assures that the SEC will have a team back in one of the top two spots in the BCS standings.
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