I called Week 3….“SEC West Saturday Showdown” because we had the game that most of college football fans especially SEC had been waiting for. Let’s recap my top 3 games out of the SEC:
Mississippi State- 20 vs. LSU- 23
LSU came out in their throwback uniforms from the 1970’s and built a 23-3 halftime lead. The Tigers were moving the ball with Leonard Fournette running and QB Danny Etling taking snaps. Fournette ran for 147 yards and two TDs, and Etling, who made his first LSU start and threw for 215 yards and a TD. It appeared that LSU would completely dominate the game against Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs was having trouble getting any offense going. LSU outgained Mississippi State 392-270, and the Bulldogs who ran for just 56 yards and was 1-of-14 on third down. Wait a minute…that is exactly what happen…Bulldogs made a change at quarterback with less than a minute left with Damien Williams. Williams managed to throw and score 2 TD in 40 seconds to cut the Tigers lead to 3. LSU had to hold on for the win.
Texas A&M-29 vs. Auburn-16
Texas A&M moved the ball and got defensive stops to pick up a 29-16 win against Auburn on Saturday night at Jordan Hare Stadium. QB Trevor Knight has got the Aggies’ offense. Texas A&M ran for 231 yards including an 89-yard touchdown run by Trayveon Williams.
Auburn’s defense forced Texas A&M to kick five goals in the game. On the side of the ball, the offense only rushed for 236 yards and 2 TDs early in the game and late in the game. The QB position is still up in the air at Auburn. Sean White started the game, but John Franklin III came in late in the game to provide a spark, but it was not enough to overcome Texas A&M.
Alabama-48 vs. Ole Miss-43
This game did not disappoint. Ole Miss start fast and quick to a 24-3 lead and it looked as if the Rebels would pull off the inconceivable…a win over Alabama for a third time. Then Alabama scored three TD to tie the game. The Crimson Tide rushed for 334 yards and finished with 492 total yards over the Rebels. Alabama had 2 defensive TDs and punt-return TD by Eddie Jackson.
In the second half, the defensive front of the Crimson Tide took advantage of the turnovers by Rebels. QB Chad Kelly threw for 421 yards and 3 TDs, but was pressure quite a bit in the second half. The Crimson Tide’s pressure caused an interception return for a TD and fumble that was returned for another score. The Rebels score late to pull the game within 5, but the Crimson Tide gets the win and avoid a third consecutive loss to Ole Miss.