Alabama (1) 24 v. Arkansas (10) 20
The biggest game in the SEC, one with national ranking implications, began with Arkansas scoring first 14:10 in the first quarter on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mallet to Ronnie Wingo followed by a Zach Hocker point after to put the Razorbacks up 7-0. Alabama, however, tied the score on 54-yard run by Mark Ingram followed by a Jeremy Shelley point after with 6:21 left to play in the first quarter. The first quarter ended 10-7 in Arkansas’s favor following a 31-yard field goal by Zach Hocker with 1:42 left in the quarter. The first half ended, 17-7, as the Razorbacks scored six on a 1-yard carry into the end zone by Mallet followed by a successful point after by Hocker with 15 seconds left.
The first score in the third quarter came with 5:04 left, as Hocker kicked a 48-yard field goal, to increase Arkansas’s lead by three to 20-7. An upset was certainly in the making until Trent Richardson caught a 20-yard pass in the end zone from Greg McElroy followed by a Shelley point after with 44 seconds left, as Alabama narrowed the deficit to 6 points, 20-14, by the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Crimson Tide as Shelley scored three points on a 36-yard field goal with 6:01 left in the game, to make the score 20-17, and then Ingram, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, scored six on a 1-yard run into the end zone, to put Alabama ahead 23-20 with 3:18 left to play. A successful point after by Shelley increased the Tide’s lead to 24-20. Arkansas’s final possession ended in an interception by Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick at the ‘Bama 35-yard line with 1:30 left to play.
Kentucky 14 v. Florida (9) 48
Kentucky arrived in Gainesville with a undefeated 3-0 record hoping to end a 23 game losing streak against Florida, but the Gators has another thing in mind as they scored first on an 11-yard run by Trey Burton at the 11:09 mark in the first quarter followed by a successful point after by Caleb Sturgis. Florida held the Wildcats scoreless in the first half, but added to their own lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from John Brantley to Burton with 2:04 left, followed by a Sturgis kick, to end the quarter 14-0.
Florida continued its scoring assault against Kentucky in the second quarter with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jeremy Brown followed by a Sturgis point after to make the score 21-0 with 6:14 left in the half. Finally, with 3:20 left in the half, the Wildcats scored six on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Randall Cobb to Chris Matthews followed by a point after by Craig Mcintosh, to end the half at 21-7.
The Gators scored first in the third quarter on 10 yard run by Burton for six, putting Florida ahead by 20 points (27-7) as Kentucky blocked the point after attempt. The Wildcats countered with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Mike Hartline to Matthews followed by a point after by Mcintosh to make the score 14-27. With 1:20 left in the quarter, Burton scored six on a 9-yard run, complemented by a Sturgis point after to maintain a 20 point Gator lead, 34-14.
Florida iced its 24th consecutive victory over Kentucky with a 3 yard touchdown jaunt by Burton with 13:11 left in the game, and a 7-yard run for six by Burton with 6:38 left to play. Sturgis followed up both touchdowns with successful points after to make the final score 48-14.
South Carolina (12) 27 v. Auburn (17) 35
South Carolina travelled to Auburn hoping to maintain an undefeated record and move up in the national polls, but Auburn had the same thing in mind. Although the Tigers scored first, going ahead 7-0 at the 8:50 mark in the first quarter on a 54-yard run by Cameron Newton followed by a Wes Byrum point after, the Gamecocks answered with two touchdowns of their own by Alshon Jeffery on a 30-yard pass from Stephen Garcia at 5:33 in the quarter and a 1-yard run by Marcus Lattimore with 1:04 left. Spencer Lanning complemented each touchdown with a point after to put South Carolina ahead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Gamecocks scored first with 6:16 left to play in the half on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Garcia to Jeffery to make the score 20-7. Lanning’s point after failed. With 46 seconds left in the half, Auburn’s Newton scored six on a 3-yard touchdown run, followed by a good point after by Byrum to end the half 20-14.
Auburn took the lead in the third quarter, 21-20, on a 4-yard touchdown run by Newton followed by a successful point after by Byrum at the 6:14 mark. South Carolina countered with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Garcia to Tori Gurley, followed by a Lanning point after, to go back in front, 27-21, with 4:45 left in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter belonged to Auburn as the Tigers held the Gamecocks scoreless while scoring 14 of their own. Within the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, Auburn scored six on a 7-yard pass from Newton to tight-end Philip Lutzenkirchen. With 6:23 left to play in the game, Emory Blake caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Newton. Byrum added two successful points after to give Auburn a 35-27 win.
West Virginia (22) 14 v. LSU (15) 20
Stevan Ridley put LSU on the scoreboard first with a 1-yard run with 27 seconds left in the first quarter. After a successful point after by Josh Jasper, the first quarter ended 7-0 in the Tigers favor. With three minutes gone in the second quarter, LSU extended its lead to 10-0 with a 49 yard field goal by Jasper. Next Patrick Peterson returned a West Virginia punt 60 yards for another Tiger touchdown, followed by a Jasper point after to make the score 17-0 with 9:30 left in the first half. With 48 seconds left to play in the first half, Stedman Bailey caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith, followed by a point after by Tyler Bitancurt, to put the Mountainmen on the scoreboard, and end the first half at 17-7.
West Virginia drew to within three points of LSU, 17-14, after a 13-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Jock Sanders, followed by a point after by Bitancourt, with 12:29 remaining in the third quarter. Although the Tigers did not score in the third quarter, they put three on the board within the first minute of the fourth quarter to go ahead, 20-14, which remained the final score of the game.
Georgia 12 v. Mississippi State 24
Since 1974, Mississippi State had lost to Georgia nine consecutive times, this time Mississippi State was determined that their meeting in Starkville would have a different outcome. State scored first, the only points on the board in the first quarter, when Vick Ballard ran in for six from 13-yards out followed by a point after by Derek Depasquale. Georgia’s Blair Walsh kicked two field goals in the second half, one from 25 yards and another from 35 yards, to bring the Bulldogs to within one point 7-6, by the end of the first half.
Although neither team scored in the third quarter, Mississippi State opened the fourth quarter with a 44 field goal by Sean Brauchle to make the score 10-6. State scored two touchdowns when Arceto Clark caught a 33-yard pass from Chris Relf with 4:20 left in the game, and when Ballard carried the ball into the end zone from 1-yard out with 3:15 to go. Successful points after by Brauchle made the score 24-6 before Georgia scored six on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King with 1: 27 left in the game. After a failed two point conversion by Georgia, the game ended 24-12, and so did Mississippi State’s nine game losing streak.
Fresno State 38 v. Mississippi 55
Mississippi played host to Fresno State, who scored first on a 16-yard pass from Ryan Colburn to Jalen Saunders followed by a point after by Kevin Goessling. Mississippi tied the score at 7-7 on an 8-yard run by Enrique Davis followed by a Bryson Rose point after. The quarter ended with the Rebels taking the lead 14-7 off a 30 yard pass from Jeremiah Masoli to Melvin Harris followed by a point after by Rose.
With less than five minutes played in the second quarter, Jeff Scott made the score 21-7 in Mississippi’s favor off a 55-yard run followed by a Rose point after. A 50-yard field goal by Fresno State’s Goessling narrowed the score to 21-10. Mississippi answered with two three-pointers of their own, as Rose connected from 40 and 20 yards, to make the score 27-10 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Rebels scored two touchdowns, making the score 41 to 10, before State scored two of their own to make the score 41-24 before the end of the third quarter. Mississippi scored on a 71-yard run Brandon Bolden and a 51 yard run by Jesse Grandy, both of which were followed by points after by Rose. Fresno State scored on a 9 yard pass from Colburn to Jamel Hamler, and a 3-yard pass from Colburn to Austin Raphael. Goessling added points after to each touchdown.
With 9:42 left in the fourth quarter Masoli completed a 4-yard pass to Bolden, followed by a Rose point after, to make the score 48-24. Fresno State came to within 10 points with 3:20 left in the game, as Colburn completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Tapa Taumoepeau, and Michael Harris scored six from 2 yards out, both followed by successful points after by Goessling. However, the Rebels put the game away with a 14-yard touchdown run by Bolden, followed by a Rose point after, to make the final score, 55-28.
Alabama-Birmingham 29 v. Tennessee 32 (2OT)
The UAB Blazers rived in Knoxville hoping to score an upset against a Tennessee Volunteer team hoping to score another one in the win column after two losses to national powerhouses Oregon and Florida. The Volunteers scored first on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Matt Simms to Denarius Moore followed by a point after by Daniel Lincoln. With 2:51 left in the quarter Mike Jones caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Ellis, complemented by point after by Josh Zahn, to tie the score at 7-7. Tennessee, however, responded with a 72-yard touchdown pass to Zach Rogers from Simms and a point after by Lincoln to resume the lead at 14-7.
Whereas the Blazers failed to score in the second quarter, the Volunteers added 9 more points, to increase their lead 23-7 by half-time. Tennessee scoring came from Lincoln, who booted three from 47 yards with 13:40 left in half, and Prentiss Waggner returned a 9-yard interception for six, but Lincoln failed to convert on the point after.
If the first half belonged to Tennessee, then the second half belonged to UAB, which interchangeably utilized the talents of Bryan Ellis and David Isabelle. In the third quarter, the Blazers narrowed the score to 23-15 after a 27 yard touchdown pass to Frantrell Forrest from Isabelle, after which Jeffrey Anderson caught a pass from Ellis for a two-point conversion. With UAB’s score coming with 8:21 left to play in the third quarter, Tennessee failed to respond, and the third quarter ended with the Volunteers holding on to a eight point lead.
The fourth quarter was a repeat of the third, as the Blazers scored eight points, this time to tie the game at 23-23, while the Volunteers remained scoreless. With 9:12 left in the game, Isabelle scored six points on a 6-yard run and Ellis threw to Anderson for another successful two-point conversion.
Ending in a tie, 23-23, the game would now be decided in overtime. The first overtime ended in a 26-26 tie, as Lincoln kicked a field goal from 40 yards for Tennessee, and Zahn, who had missed five field goals during regulation play, connected from 35 yards. In the second overtime, Zahn put the Blazers in front 29-26 off a 21-yard field goal, but the Volunteers ultimately prevailed, as Moore caught a 25-yard pass from Simms for six points, ending the game in Tennessee’s favor 32-29.
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