Here’s a look at the top three individual performances by SEC players from the weekend.
3. Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs
The skinny: Dobbs played perhaps his best all-around game of the season, and it was needed as the Vols’ defense was shredded by Kentucky. Dobbs accounted for 370 yards of total offense and five TDs in Tennessee’s 49-36 win, which kept the Vols in the hunt for the SEC East title. Dobbs ran for a season-high 147 yards and two TDs, and passed for 223 yards and three more TDs. He guided an offense that rang up 599 yards on just 59 plays (10.2 yards per play). The rushing total was the second-highest of his career, behind only the 166 yards against South Carolina in 2014. It was the seventh time in his career he has thrown three TD passes in a game; five have come this season.
2. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts
The skinny: Hurts became the first quarterback in school history to throw for 300 yards and run for 100 yards in the same game in the Tide’s manhandling of Mississippi State. Hurts had the first 300-yard game of his career, going 28-of-37 for 347 yards, four TDs and an interception. He set career-highs in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. Hurts also rushed for 100 yards and a TD on 11 carries; it was his fourth 100-yard game of the season and his second in a row. It was his first five-TD game and the fourth time he had accounted for at least four TDs.
1. Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson
The skinny: Nothing like getting your redshirt taken off in Game 10 – then actually exceeding expectations. Patterson predictably struggled in the first half of the Rebels’ win at Texas A&M, but he played lights-out football in the second half in rallying Ole Miss to the 29-28 victory. He was 25-of-42 for 338 yards and two TDs, and he also rushed for 64 yards in replacing star QB Chad Kelly. The passing total was an Ole Miss single-game record for a freshman, as were his 402 total yards. He threw for just 92 yards in the first half, and Ole Miss’ offense appeared dead in the water as Texas A&M led 21-6. But Patterson rallied the Rebels in the fourth quarter. Patterson looked good in the third quarter, but neither team scored. He threw his first career TD pass on the first play of the fourth period to cut A&M’s lead to 21-13. On Ole Miss’ next possession, he lead a three-play, 61-yard TD drive that included a 40-yard pass to Damore’ea Stringfellow, but the two-point conversion failed. Ole Miss’ next drive, which came after an Aggies TD, covered 75 yards in six plays, with a 32-yard TD pass to Van Jefferson that made it 28-26. Finally, Patterson guided an eight-play, 36-yard drive that ended in a game-winning field goal by Gary Wunderlich with 37 seconds left.
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