Week 9 Features Surprising Upsets
In the ninth week of college football, the Southeastern Conference provided a few close games, along with blowouts and upsets.
Arkansas took a heartbreaking loss to Ole Miss on a last-second field goal with a final score of 30-27. Arkansas took an early 10-point lead in the first quarter but then allowed Ole Miss to score 21 points in the second quarter.
Both teams’ quarterbacks threw for over 200 yards. Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions on the day.
Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace threw for 278 yards and one touchdown along with one interception. Dennis Johnson played outstandingly for the Hogs with 27 carries and 161 yards with one touchdown.
The Razorbacks fell to 3-5 on the season while Ole Miss moved to 5-3. Both teams will face tough schedules the rest of the season.
No. 10 Georgia came up with a huge upset of unbeaten No. 2 Florida, 17-9. Todd Gurley led the Bulldogs with 27 carries for 118 yards and one touchdown.
This game moved both teams to a record of 7-1 and dropped Florida to No. 7 in the BCS rankings, while Georgia moved ahead of them into the No. 6 spot. Winning this game put Georgia’s fate in their own hands, when it comes to winning the SEC East.
No. 1 Alabama proved again, as they do week after week, that they deserve to be the No. 1 team in the nation. Alabama held Mississippi State scoreless until the fourth quarter and defeated the No. 11 Bulldogs 38-7, handing them their first loss of the season and dropping them to No. 15 in the BCS.
AJ McCarron led the Crimson Tide with 208 yards for two touchdowns and, once again, no interceptions. McCarron has not thrown an interception this season.
No. 13 South Carolina picked up a close victory over Tennessee, 38-35. South Carolina had a 28-14 lead at half but Tennessee cut into that lead in the fourth quarter to make it a three-point game.
Both quarterbacks threw for over 300 yards. South Carolina’s quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Tennessee’s Tyler Bray threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.
The Gamecocks’ tailback Marcus Lattimore was carted off the field with a severe leg injury after rushing for 70 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.
No. 20 Texas A&M put it to Auburn, 63-21. In the first half, Texas A&M put up 42 points and held Auburn to only seven.
Once again, quarterback Johnny Manziel, or “Johnny Football,” led Texas A&M with 260 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Trey Williams led the Aggies in rushing with 19 carries for 109 yards and one touchdown.
The Aggies moved to 6-2 on the season while Auburn, who won the National Title a short two years ago, is having what could be the worst season possible, falling to 1-7 on the season, without an SEC win.
Missouri picked up their first SEC win with a 33-10 win over Kentucky. Kentucky hung on for the entire first half before allowing 16 unanswered points in the second half.
Kendial Lawrence ran for 108 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns to help Mizzou overcome their sloppiness.
Missouri is now 4-4 on the season and Kentucky fell to 1-8 on the season.
Vanderbilt picked up a big win against nonconference opponent Massachusetts, 49-7. Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers led the team with 217 passing yards for two touchdowns and zero interceptions.