SEC Week 4 Recap

I”m jumping right in to recap yesterday”s LSU and SEC action – because I was so darned right. LSU absolutely destroyed South Carolina on the ground yesterday, rolling up 290 yards on 50 carries spread out to eight different players (including kicker Colt David – shalom!). Jacob Hester pounded the line, Trindon Holliday dared the Cocks to catch him and Ryan Perrilloux played the Tebow role to perfection – 8 carries for 59 yards. I hadn”t counted on Holliday and Perrilloux contributing so much on the ground, but I”m still getting used to this Crowton offense.

On a rainy field with a gimpy Matt Flynn and no Early Doucet, the Tigers” passing game was ineffective, totaling only 70 yards on eight completions. The play-by-play includes an awful lot of “Matt Flynn pass incomplete … right before “Patrick Fisher punt …”. The only question in my mind is why would LSU even throw the ball 20 times in those conditions when so many spread-offense rushing options were available. The bright spot in the air was tight end Richard Dickson, who – I believe – may be the only tight end LSU has ever thrown more than one ball to in a single game.

On defense, LSU was untouchable on the ground, only giving up an unreal 17 rushing yards. And that was with just three sacks contributing negative yardage. South Carolina”s running backs managed just 43 yards on 24 carries. I would have liked to see LSU finish stronger – 136 of Carolina”s 261 yards of total offense and 9 of their 16 points came in the last 10 minutes of the game – and the Cocks” other touchdown was set up by stupid LSU penalties, so as Leslie would say, those are things to work on.

But all in all, LSU”s performance yesterday was impressive. No letdown in a game that was ripe for one. And just enough mistakes to remind the Tigers that they need to be sharper when the Gators come to down in two weeks.

Elsewhere in the SEC:

Georgia brought Fonzie”s Army back down to Earth with a quick-strike overtime closer. Alabama may have more talent, but despite what Tide fans began to believe, Nick Saban is not God and turnarounds don”t happen instantly, even in Tuscaloosa.

Arkansas should have handled Kentucky, but once again they seemed unwilling to control the ball late in the game. The Hogs” yards gained by quarter – 1st: 131, 2nd: 238, 3rd: 49, 4th: 63.

By contrast, Kentucky toughened up after giving Arkansas nine quick points on a safety and ensuing kick return for a touchdown. The Cats could have folded at that point – down eight early in the fourth quarter after a disastrous turn of events. Instead, Kentucky powered through on the back of their fourth-string running back and launched three straight scoring drives, piling up 172 yards and 21 points in the last 11 minutes of the game.

Kentucky deserves tremendous credit for taking control of the game and pulling out a tough SEC win. Arkansas needs a quarterback and an offensive coordinator.

Down in Oxford, Ole Miss made Florida work for the win, but that”s how it goes in the SEC sometimes. The Gators will lose style points to Oklahoma in the polls, but the outcome of their next four games – Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Georgia – is all that matters.

Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi State all took care of business and rolled up expected wins.

For the week: 6 – 1

For the season: 29 – 6

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