Mississippi State rallies past Arkansas; Georgia runs over UK; A&M defense leads way

Nick Fitzgerald SEC review
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A look at all the action from the 12th Saturday of the season in the SEC.

Mississippi State 28, Arkansas 21

Nick Fitzgerald threw a 6-yard TD pass to Deddrick Thomas with 17 seconds left to lift the visiting Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3) to the win over the Razorbacks (4-7, 1-6). Arkansas led 14-0 into the second quarter, but Mississippi State got back into it with two TDs in the final 5:30 of the first half. MSU also scored two fourth-quarter TDs – both in the final four minutes – to rally to the win. MSU outgained Arkansas 348-222. The Bulldogs were 8-of-17 on third down; Arkansas was just 3-of-11. Fitzgerald threw for 153 yards and two TDs and also rushed for 101 yards and a score. It was the 14th 100-yard rushing game of his career, which increases his SEC-record total. He has 2,470 rushing yards, which is fourth-most in league history for a quarterback. His predecessor, Dak Prescott, is third with 2,521 yards.

Georgia 42, Kentucky 13

The host Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) started slow but eventually gained their stride and blew out the Wildcats (7-4, 4-4), who finished .500 or worse in the SEC for the 40th consecutive season. Georgia looked like it had a hangover from last week’s blowout loss at Auburn until late in the first half. The Bulldogs then scored two TDs in the final five minutes of the half and dominated in the final two quarters. The Bulldogs, who kept alive their hopes for a playoff berth, rushed for 381 yards, their second-highest total of the season; UK had been fourth in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing just 121.9 rushing yards per game. Nick Chubb rushed for 151 yards and two TDs on 15 carries and Sony Michel rushed for 87 yards and three TDs on 12 carries. Both are seniors and were playing their final home game of their careers.

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Texas A&M 31, Ole Miss 24

The Aggies (7-4, 4-3) rode a strong second-half defensive performance to the victory over the host Rebels (5-6, 2-5). Ole Miss led 24-21 at halftime. A&M took the lead for good on a 19-yard interception return by true freshman safety Derrick Tucker with 8:04 left in the third period. A&M added an 18-yard field goal by Daniel LaCamera with 2:01 remaining in the game. Ole Miss outrushed A&M 217-119, but the Aggies surprisingly outgained the Rebels 272-189 through the air. The teams combined for 17 punts, including nine by Ole Miss. The win snapped A&M’s three-game losing streak in the series. The Aggies’ Christian Kirk had five receptions, making him the fourth receiver in school history with three 50-catch seasons in a career.

LSU 30, Tennessee 10

The Tigers (8-3, 5-2) clamped down defensively in the second half to beat the host Volunteers (4-7, 0-7) in rainy and windy weather. LSU led 17-10 at halftime, then got two rushing TDs in the third quarter to remove any doubt about the outcome. LSU rushed for 200 yards, which is 57 yards less than UT had been allowing. Derrius Guice rushed for 97 yards and a TD, and Darrell Williams rushed for 68 yards and two TDs. The Vols managed just 38 rushing yards, though they did pass for 249. UT hurt itself with two muffed punts recovered by LSU.

Missouri 45, Vanderbilt 17

The Tigers (6-5, 3-4) won their fifth in a row and clinched bowl eligibility by hammering the host Commodores (4-7, 0-7) in rainy, windy weather. Mizzou put this one away by halftime, scoring four TDs in the second quarter for a 35-0 halftime lead. The Tigers had a pick-six and a punt return for a TD in the period. Mizzou QB Drew Lock completed just 10 passes, but three went for TDs and the completions covered 235 yards. Lock has 38 TD passes this season; the single-season SEC record is 40, by Kentucky’s Andre Woodson in 2007. Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur threw for 348 yards and a TD, but also tossed three interceptions. Missouri outrushed Vandy 181-51. Vandy has lost seven of its past eight.

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