A look at all the action from the 10th Saturday of the season in the SEC.
Alabama 24, LSU 10
The host Tide (9-0 overall, 6-0 in the SEC) struggled to move the ball but nevertheless did enough to down the Tigers (6-3, 3-2) for the seventh consecutive time. Alabama finished with just 299 total yards and punted a season-high eight times; four of the punts, though, were downed inside LSU’s 15, giving the Tigers long fields. QB Jalen Hurts passed for 183 yards and ran for 44, giving him 227 of the 299 yards. The Tide had only 116 rushing yards, its lowest total since a 66-yard effort against Arkansas in 2014. LSU had 306 total yards. The Tigers ran 73 plays to Alabama’s 60. LSU’s Danny Etling was 15-of-31 for 155 yards and an interception. He had two passes dropped but also missed on several attempts in which his receivers were open as LSU showed not-as-much-as-expected respect for Alabama’s secondary. LSU was 9-of-19 on third down, while the Tide was just 5-of-14. Alabama led 14-3 at halftime despite being outgained 176-166 in the half. It was Alabama’s 18th consecutive home victory, the longest active streak in the nation.
Auburn 42, Texas A&M 27
Kerryon Johnson ran for 145 yards and a TD and also caught a scoring pass as the Tigers (7-2, 5-1) pulled away from the host Aggies (5-4, 3-3), increasing the heat on Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies are 3-11 at home against SEC West opponents since joining the league for the 2012 season. Auburn took control at the end of the first half, blocking a punt for a TD and a 21-13 lead with 29 seconds left; then, on its second drive of the second half, a short TD pass from Jarrett Stidham to Ryan Davis gave the Tigers a 28-13 lead with 10:45 left in the third quarter. Auburn had 496 yards of offense. Texas A&M, which has lost two in a row, had 343 yards. The Aggies switched quarterbacks in the second quarter, benching Kellen Mond in favor of Nick Starkel; Starkel threw for 184 yards and two TDs. Stidham threw for 268 yards and three TDs for Auburn, which plays host to Georgia next week.
Georgia 24, South Carolina 10
The host Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0) used their usual formula – strong rushing attack, dominant defense – to down the Gamecocks (6-3, 4-3) and clinch the SEC East championship. Georgia is 9-0 for the first time since 1982, when they lost in the Sugar Bowl to Penn State for the national title. Georgia rushed for 242 yards and held the Gamecocks to 270 total yards, including only 43 on the ground. Georgia QB Jake Fromm was 16-of-22 for 196 yards and two TDs; the yardage total was his third-highest of the season. The Bulldogs led 14-7 at halftime, then basically removed any intrigue about the outcome by scoring a TD on the opening drive of the second half. Georgia was 8-of-13 on third down, South Carolina just 4-of-12. Georgia’s Nick Chubb rushed for 102 yards, and Sony Michel added 81 and a TD. Chubb is 13 yards away from passing Bo Jackson and becoming the No. 4 career rushed in school history. Georgia plays at Auburn next week.
Ole Miss 37, Kentucky 34
The Rebels (4-5, 2-4) got a 7-yard TD pass from Jordan Ta’amu to D.K Metcalf with five seconds left to shock the host Wildcats (6-3, 3-3), whose hopes for a rare winning final SEC record took a huge hit. UK still has league games left with Vanderbilt and Georgia; the Wildcats haven’t finished better than .500 in SEC play since 1977. Ta’amu, making his second career start in relief of injured Shea Patterson, torched UK to the tune of 382 yards and four TDs; he had a scoring toss in each quarter. It was the fourth 300-yard passing game against UK this season; it also allowed 299 in another outing. Kentucky rushed for 219 yards – including a 176-yard, three-TD performance from Benny Snell Jr. – and finished with 455 total, but never could put the Rebels away, even after taking a 10-point lead early in the third quarter. Snell has rushed for 356 yards and six TDs in the past two weeks.
Missouri 45, Florida 16
A rough week for the Gators (3-5, 3-4) ended with a thud as the host Tigers (4-5, 1-4) dominated and won their third in a row; it was the fourth loss in a row for the Gators, who were playing their first game under interim coach Randy Shannon after coach Jim McElwain was fired last Sunday. It was the largest SEC home win in history for Mizzou. The Tigers rolled up 455 yards of offense, rushing for 227 and throwing for 228. Mizzou RBs Larry Rountree and Ish Witter each rushed for 83 yards, with Rountree running for three TDs. Florida rushed for just 93 yards. The Gators allowed 42 points last week in a loss to Georgia; this is the first time they allowed 40 points in back-to-back SEC games since 1971.
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