A look at all the action from the fourth weekend of the season in the SEC.
Georgia 31, Mississippi State 3
Host Georgia (4-0 overall, 1-0 in the SEC) blew out Mississippi State (3-1, 1-1) in what was seen by some as a battle to be called the second-best team in the SEC. Georgia scored on its first play from scrimmage – a 59-yard flea-flicker from Jake Fromm to Terry Godwin – and rolled to the easy victory. Georgia had just 54 plays from scrimmage but had 404 yards. Mississippi State – which had 465 yards in last week’s rout of LSU – was held to 280 yards on 70 plays. Georgia led 14-3 at halftime in the battle of Bulldogs, then removed any doubt with 17 third-quarter points. Fromm threw two TD passes, and Nick Chubb ran for 81 yards and two TDs. MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald was held to just 130 yards of total offense and threw two interceptions.
Florida 28, Kentucky 27
The Gators (2-1, 2-0) improbably extended their winning streak over the host Wildcats (3-1, 1-1) to 31 by rallying from 13 down in the final period. UK took a 27-14 lead with 11:39 left in the game, but the Gators – behind backup QB Luke Del Rio – scored twice in the final eight minutes to come away with the win. The winning TD came with 43 seconds left when Del Rio connected with a wide open Freddie Swain, who was left uncovered by a UK defense that had just 10 men on the field. UF’s second TD, which came with 3:16 left in the first half, came when starting QB Feleipe Franks hit a wide open Tyrie Cleveland on a 45-yard catch-and-run; UK neglected to cover Cleveland on the play, though it did have 11 players on the field on the play. UF outgained UK 395-340 and held the Wildcats to 120 rushing yards. Kentucky was 1-of-10 on third down.
Texas A&M 50, Arkansas 43 (OT)
The Aggies (3-1, 1-0) rallied to down the Hogs (2-2, 0-1) and move to 6-0 against Arkansas since joining the SEC. The Aggies trailed 21-7 in the second quarter, 28-24 entering the final period and 43-40 in the final minute before forcing overtime in Arlington, Texas. The Aggies rolled up 501 total yards and got a big game from junior WR Christian Kirk. Kirk had two TD receptions, including the eventual game-winner in OT, and also returned a kickoff for a fourth-quarter TD. The Aggies’ Daniel LaCamera kicked a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds left to tie it at 43 and send it to OT, then Kirk caught a 10-yard TD pass from Kellen Mond for the overtime score. Mond threw for 216 yards and two TDs and also led the Aggies with 109 rushing yards. Texas A&M RBs Keith Ford and Trayveon Williams combined to rush for 174 yards and three TDs as the Aggies finished with 285 rushing yards. Arkansas rushed for 225 yards and three TDs, but the Hogs had trouble protecting QB Austin Allen, who threw two TD passes but also an OT interception in the end zone that ended it.
Alabama 59, Vanderbilt 0
There was little doubt the top-ranked Tide would win at Vandy, but there was some intrigue as to how long the Commodores could keep it close. The answer: A quarter. The Tide (4-0) led 21-0 at the end of the first period and coasted home from there against the Commodores (3-1), who reached their 46-yard line on their first possession but never got that far again. Alabama outgained Vandy 677-78, including a 496-40 advantage on the ground. The Tide had the ball for 42:55 and had 93 plays; Vandy had 38 plays. Vandy had three first downs and punted nine times. Eight Alabama players rushed for at least 20 yards and six rushed for at least 40. Vandy had allowed 13 points in its first three games.
Auburn 51, Missouri 14
Auburn (3-1, 1-0) scored on its first drive and rampaged to the easy win at Missouri (1-3, 0-2). Auburn led 31-7 at halftime. Auburn rushed for 263 yards and had 482 yards of total offense; Mizzou finished with 261 total yards. Mizzou committed four turnovers; Auburn had zero a week after committing five in a win over Mercer. Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway did not play. QB Jarrett Stidham was 13-of-17 for 218 yards and a TD, making him 45-of-54 for 582 yards in the past two games.
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