Here’s a look at the top three individual performances by SEC players from the weekend. (Actually, it’s four players this week.)
3. Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson/Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald
The skinny: Neither played against a good defense but were impressive nonetheless. Patterson set a single-game school record by throwing for 489 yards in a 45-23 win over FCS opponent UT Martin. Patterson also threw five TD passes. He threw for 429 yards in last week’s win over South Alabama, giving him the No. 1 and No. 4 single-game marks in school history. Fitzgerald, meanwhile, accounted for 235 total yards and five TDs in the Bulldogs’ rout of Louisiana Tech. He now has accounted for 32 TDs in his past eight games – 15 rushing, 17 passing; that’s the most in the nation in that span.
2. Auburn LB Tre’ Williams
The skinny: Auburn wasted a magnificent defensive performance in a 14-6 loss to Clemson. Clemson managed just 284 total yards – with only 99 coming on the ground – in a 14-6 win over Auburn, which had only 117 total yards. Williams was a standout on a defense that had a handful of guys play at a high level. Williams had nine tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss; he was a big reason Clemson’s rushing attack never truly got any traction.
1. Georgia OLB Lorenzo Carter
The skinny: Carter, a senior, always has teased with his potential, but never truly broken out. Maybe that happened Saturday night in a big performance in a 20-19 victory over Notre Dame. Carter had seven tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles (he recovered both) and a quarterback hurry in what might have been the best performance of his career. He was part of a big-time showing by Georgia’s defense, which allowed only 265 yards and allowed the Irish to convert just three of their 17 third downs. Carter’s sack in the third quarter led to a fumble by Brandon Wimbush after the Irish had driven to Georgia’s 35. The other forced fumble came in the second quarter, when a hit on Wimbush after a short tun caused him to lose the ball.
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