Sunday, October 28, 2007

SEC Roundup

Tennessee vs South Carolina:
The first half was all Tennessee, they moved the ball at will and stopped everything SC tried to do. One play Tennessee's defense wasn't even on the field and SC failed to get a first down (j/k). A methodical offense and swarming defense led to a 21-0 Tennessee lead at the half.

The second half, both teams switched. South Carolina changed QB's and moved the ball with abandon, Tennessee's defense couldn't slow them down and the offense sputtered. One drive that wasn't a 3 and out until late (that drive stalled after a failed fourth down conversion).

Two years ago, SC won for the only time in Neyland stadium on a 49 yard field goal. Last night they scored 3 touchdowns to tie it up and then with 1:24 left nailed a, yep you guessed it, 49 yard field goal for a 24-21 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Tennessee's LaMarcus Coker returned it to the 49 on a great cutback run. With around 1:18 left, Tennessee drove to the 18 yard line with :28 to go. With time enough to go for the win instead of the tie; Ainge backed up to pass and was sacked and fumbled. Tennessee recovered and had to spike the ball to stop the clock at :09 (no time-outs left) for a field goal try to tie. The try was (very) wide left but there was a false start on UT and the play didn't count (thank goodness). Backed up 5 yards now it was a 48 yarder (47 yards was the kickers long) and the kick was true. Overtime! In OT UT got the ball first, bogged down and kicked another field goal for a 27-24 lead. SC got the ball and couldn't do anything (unusually) and brought in their reliable kicker for a cheap 41 yarder. He missed it BADLY and UT wins!
Auburn vs Ole Miss:
Both offenses are terrible but Auburn's defense is awesome. It showed in a 17-3 win by the Tigers.
Georgia vs Florida (World's Greatest Outdoor Cocktail Party):
Florida, even with 2 SEC losses entered the day controlling their own destiny in the East. Win out and they go to the championship game. Georgia had lost 15 of the last 17 to UF and today looked like just another loss.

Something funny happened on the way to the game. Georgia came out running and never stopped. With Tebow (UF QB) hurt, Georgia's defense held him to -15 yards rushing (he did have 2 TD's) and the Florida defense played like it was wearing UT jerseys (heh). In the end, it was too much Moroney from Georgia (188 yards, 3 TD's) and a 42-30 beatdown for UF at the hands of Georgia.
Vanderbilt vs Miami (OH):
Vandy hasn't been to a bowl game since '82 I think. To get to one you have to get 6 wins in a year. They entered this game with 4 (and a difficult schedule after) so winning this one was a must. After letting Miami get back into it in the first half, Vandy pulled away in the second half for a 24-13 win and one step closer to that elusive bowl berth.
Arkansas vs Florida International:
This game shouldn't have been competitive and wasn't. Arkansas could have brought cheerleaders in and still ran the ball. A 58-10 pasting looks good on your stat sheet.
Kentucky vs Mississippi State:
Kentucky is already bowl eligible but has dreams of the SEC East (after their National title hopes were crushed in the close loss to UF last week). Mississippi State has been bad for a long time and with 4 wins, stood just 2 wins from a bowl berth (unthinkable at the beginning of the year).

This game was a terrible game if you were a KY fan (hey EMB) or even if you just pull for them. Miss. St. moved the ball at will and scored the 31-14 upset by making KY turn the ball over 6 times (including 3 interceptions from the once heisman touted QB at KY).

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EvilMidniteBombr said...

I don't know what team showed up yesterday to play against Mississippi State, but it definitely wasn't the team that beat Louisville, LSU and others. I was really disgusted with this game. This was the worst that I've seen them play all season and perhaps into last season. Their offense was pitiful. 3 interceptions. 3 fumbles lost. Woodson sacked 3 times (deja vu). Woodson can definitely kiss the Heisman goodbye.

Defense wasn't much better. Like you said, they couldn't seem to stop Miss. St. when it mattered. State scored at will.

One can only hope that with 2 weeks until their next game (at Vanderbilt) they get their s**t together and come out like the team that we saw during the first 8 games of the season. They'll need it to. Vandy (5-3) and Georgia (6-2) are never easy marks. Those two games will be battles. Tennessee (5-3) will give us a chance to impress the bowl committees. ;)

Lord Nazh said...

It was terrible, I thought maybe they had switched jerseys...

Of course Ky won't have to 'impress' bowl committees since everything is 'tied' in now.

And we did play Mississippi State too.... oh yeah, we won

EvilMidniteBombr said...

Oh yeah? Well, I'm still waiting for UK to play Miss St. :D


 Recently played a few games on Caldera (warzone) and then... Lots of luck in this one, but satisfying