Week 2 of the college football season is in the record books. The SEC conference did well this week as a whole. There were a lot of non-conference opponents on the schedule this past Saturday and the teams pick up wins against the non-conference slate. Let’s review my 3 top SEC games of this past week.
Florida-45 vs Kentucky-7
Kentucky had a horrible game against Florida this past Saturday in Gainesville. The Wildcats 45-7 loss to the Gators makes it 30th consecutive time losing to Florida. Kentucky committed four turnovers and gave up 564 yards to the Gators. Kentucky’s defense and offense was not present on Saturday. QB Drew Barker finished the game 2 of 10 for 10 yards. Kentucky is definitely going to have to play better to turn this season around.
Florida QB Luke Del Rio completed 19 of 32 passes for 320 yards with one interception. The Gators’ offense played exceptional on Saturday. On the defensive side, Florida finished with four sacks, three interceptions, and forced a fumble of Kentucky. It was another great showing for one of the dominant defenses in the SEC.
Kentucky returns home to face New Mexico State. The Wildcats should have a chance to garner its first win of the season. Florida hosts North Texas this Saturday in “The Swamp”.
Mississippi State-24 vs South Carolina-14
The question was…How would Mississippi State respond after their loss to South Alabama? The answer was with a sense of urgency. Mississippi State responded by winning 24-14 over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday. Sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald, who got the start for Saturday game, led the Bulldogs with a school-record 195 rushing yards. The Bulldogs outgained the Gamecocks with 485 yards of offense compare to their 243 yards. The Bulldogs’ defense came up big with four sacks and consistent quarterback pressure on South Carolina QB, Perry North in the first half.
South Carolina’s defense was not able to stop the Mississippi State’s offense. Poor tacking plagued the Gamecocks. The offensive line did not help the Gamecocks’ efforts against the Bulldogs. Coach Muschamp made a quarterback change to Brandon Mcilwain for the second half. Mcilwain did move the ball better against the Bulldogs’ defense and was able to give South Carolina 14 points in the game.
Up next for Mississippi State is an SEC West battle against LSU and South Carolina faces East Carolina.
Tennessee-45 vs Virginia Tech-24
Tennessee started off sluggish, but the Vols revved up their engines and got going at Bristol Motor Speedway against Virginia Tech on Saturday night. The Vols raced to the finish line with a 45-24 victory over the Hokies before the largest crowd to ever witness a football game with an attendance of 156,990.
The Hokies had an early lead of 14-0 within the first quarter. However, a bad fumble exchange set up the Vols to score at the 5-yard line of the Hokies. That was all it took for the Vols to get going in the game. Tennessee went on a run and took advantage of 2 more forced fumbles.
Vols QB Joshua Dobbs led Tennessee with 106 yards on 14 carries, including 2 touchdowns and completed 10 of 19 passes for 91 yards and 3 touchdowns. Dobbs took advantage of pass deep to Vols’ wide receiver Josh Malone on Saturday night. Dobbs using his receivers well with the deep-ball approach help Tennessee hang 31 unanswered point on Virginia Tech.
Next for Tennessee is Ohio University on this Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
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