Tour of SEC Football Sept 22, 2012 (Lester McClain honored)

Tennessee's A.J. Johnson (45) takes down Arkron's Jawon Chisholm (7) during during first half action against Akron  Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Michael Patrick, copyright © 2012

Tennessee’s A.J. Johnson (45) takes down Arkron’s Jawon Chisholm (7) during during first half action against Akron Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Former player Lester McClain, is honored as the Legend of the Game before the start of the Tennessee Akron game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. McClain became the first African-American player to wear an orange jersey and first in the SEC to see significant playing time. </p><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p> (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, Knoxville News Sentinel

Former player Lester McClain, is honored as the Legend of the Game before the start of the Tennessee Akron game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. McClain became the first African-American player to wear an orange jersey and first in the SEC to see significant playing time.

Vols Highlight Video, assorted time periods

(This video clip above shows Lester Mcclain against Memphis St in 1969.)

I have written about Lester Mcclain before. He  finds himself in a very important place in history.

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I was really disappointed my Hogs did not pull out a victory over Rutgers. It was a hard fought game but ultimately our defense just did not show up. There were some other close calls in the SEC on Saturday. Tennessee was in a tight game in the fourth quarter with Akron, but they pulled it out.

LSU was probably in shock too when it took forever for them to secure the win against Auburn.

No other team in the SEC had any trouble at all with their opponent. It was landslide wins for the rest of the teams in the SEC. Of course, some of those big wins were in SEC games. Georgia destroyed Vandy and South Carolina destroyed Missouri.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SUNDAY NOTES PACKAGE

Results from Saturday, Sept. 22
Florida 38, Kentucky 0 (87,102 at Gainesville)
Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3 (92,746 at Athens)
LSU 12, Auburn 10 (86,721 at Auburn)
South Carolina 31, Missouri 10 (80,836 at Columbia, S.C.)
Alabama 40, Florida Atlantic 7 (101,821 at Tuscaloosa)
Rutgers 35, Arkansas 26 (72,543 at Fayetteville)
Ole Miss 39, Tulane 0 (28,913 at New Orleans)
Mississippi State 30, South Alabama 10 (55,186 at Starkville)
Tennessee 47, Akron 26 (81,719 at Knoxville)
Texas A&M 70, South Carolina State 14 (86,775 at College Station)

Top Performances from Saturday, Sept. 22
Rushing
151 yards (22 carries) – Rajion Neal, Tennessee vs. Akron
130 yards (16 carries, 2 TDs) – Todd Gurley, Georgia vs. Vanderbilt
106 yards (15 carries) – Eddie Lacy, Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic
90 yards (16 carries) – Spencer Ware, LSU vs. Auburn
88 yards (11 carries, 2 TDs) – Ben Malena, Texas A&M vs. S.C. State
85 yards (21 carries, 2 TDs) – Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina vs. Missouri
83 yards (12 carries) – Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt vs. Georgia
82 yards (10 carries, 2 TDs) – Keith Marshall, Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

Passing
419 yards (20-of-39, 3 TDs, 2 INT) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. Rutgers
401 yards (27-of-43, 4 TDs, 1 INT) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Akron
250 yards (18-of-24, 2 TDs, 0 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Vanderbilt
249 yards (20-of-21, 2 TDs, 0 INT) – Connor Shaw, SouthCarolina vs. Arkansas
218 yards (13-of-23, 0 TD, 0 INT) – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt vs. Georgia
212 yards (15-of-25, 3 TDs, 0 INT) – AJ McCarron, Alabamavs. Florida Atlantic
203 yards (18-of-27, 1 TD, 1 INT) – Jeff Driskel, Florida vs. Kentucky

Receptions
10 catches (303 yards, 3 TDs) – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas vs. Rutgers
8 catches (119 yards) – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Georgia
8 catches (115 yards, 1 TD) – Justin Hunter, Tennessee vs. Akron
8 catches (69 yards, 1 TD) – Marcus Lucas, Missouri vs. South Carolina
7 catches (60 yards) – Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina vs. Missouri

Defense
15 tackles (2 TFL -5) – Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas vs. Rutgers
14 tackles (1 TFL -1) – Will Ebner, Missouri vs. South Carolina
12 tackles (1 TFL -2) – Terrell Williams, Arkansas vs. Rutgers
11 tackles – Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt vs. Georgia
11 tackles (1.5 TFL – 3) – Demetruce McNeal, Auburn vs. LSU
11 tackles (1 QBH) – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee vs. Akron
10 tackles (2 INT, 1 PBU) – Byron Moore, Tennessee vs. Akron
10 tackles – Quin Smith, South Carolina vs. Missouri
10 tackles (2 QBH) – Jake Holland, Auburn vs. LSU

Schedule of Saturday, Sept. 29 Games
Missouri (2-2, 0-2 SEC) at Central Florida (2-1) 11 a.m. CT • FSN
Orlando, Fla. • Bright House Networks Stadium (45,301)

Arkansas (1-3, 0-1 SEC) at Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1 SEC) 11:21 a.m. CT • SEC Network
College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (82,589)

Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 SEC) at Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC) 2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Towson (2-1) at LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) 6 p.m. CT • ESPNU
Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,542)

South Carolina (4-0, 2-0 SEC) at Kentucky (1-3, 0-1 SEC) 6 p.m. CT • ESPN2
Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium / C.M. Newton Field (67,942)

Ole Miss (3-1) at Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) 8:15 p.m. CT • ESPN
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)

OPEN:  Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC); Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC); Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC); Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2 SEC)

SEC PLAYERS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
All-Purpose Rushing – Todd Gurley, Georgia (11th – 164.25 ypg)
Field Goals – Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (T6th – 2.00 FGpg ); Caleb Sturgis, Florida (T6th – 2.00 FGpg)
Interceptions – Darius Slay, Mississippi State (2nd – 1.00 ipg); Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State T6th – 0.75 ipg); Byron Moore, Tennessee (T6th – 0.75 ipg)
Kickoff Returns – Onterio McCalebb, Auburn (6th – 36.83 ypr); Todd Gurley, Georgia (8th – 34.71 ypr)
Passing Efficiency – AJ McCarron, Alabama (4th – 188.64 rating); Aaron Murray, Georgia (8th – 182.43 rating)
Punting – Ryan Epperson, Texas A&M (3rd – 47.64 ypp)
Punt Returns – Dustin Harris, Texas A&M (8th – 20.44 ypr); Marcus Murphy, Missouri (9th – 19.18 ypr)
Receptions per Game – Justin Hunter, Tennessee (13th – 7.50 rpg)
Receiving Yards per Game – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (10th – 107.25 ypg)
Rushing – Todd Gurley, Georgia (27th – 101.50 ypg)
Scoring – Todd Gurley, Georgia (13th – 10.50 ppg)
Total Offense – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (12th – 329.00 ypg); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (14th – 320.75 ypg)
Tackles – Daren Bates, Auburn (7th – 11.75 tpg)
Tackles for Loss – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (1st – 2.67 tpg); Jarvis Jones, Georgia (3rd – 2.50 tpg)
Sacks – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (1st – 2.00 spg); Jarvis Jones, Georgia (4th – 1.50 spg)

SEC TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADER
Pass Efficiency Defense – Florida (4th – 88.32 rating); Alabama (5th – 88.34 rating); LSU (8th – 92.27 rating)
Kickoff Returns – Auburn (6th – 31.50 ypr); South Carolina (8th – 29.00 ypr); LSU (10th – 28.71 ypr)
Net Punting – Texas A&M (2nd – 47.21 ypp); Florida (5th – 43.44 ypp); LSU (9th – 41.79 ypp)
Passing Offense – Tennessee (8th – 341.25 ypg)
Pass Defense – Alabama (2nd – 122.75 ypg); Vanderbilt (6th – 141.75 ypg); LSU (8th – 142.75 ypg)
Passing Efficiency – Alabama (2nd – 187.68 rating); Georgia (9th – 178.49 rating)
Punt Returns – Missouri (4th – 23.18 ypr); Texas A&M (10th – 21.69 ypr)
Rushing Offense – Ole Miss (11th – 259.75 ypg)
Rush Defense – LSU (3rd – 56.75 ypg); Alabama (6th – 62.25 ypg); South Carolina (8th – 67.00 ypg)
Scoring Defense – Alabama (2nd – 5.25 ppg); South Carolina (5th – 9.75 ppg); LSU (8th – 10.25 ppg)
Scoring Offense – Georgia (9th – 47.50 ppg)
Total Defense – Alabama (3rd – 185.00 ypg); LSU (4th – 199.50 ypg)
Total Offense – Georgia (13th – 530.00 ypg)
Turnover Margin – Miss. State (1st – 3.25 margin); Alabama (3rd – 2.50 margin)

GAME NOTES
* – Six SEC teams are ranked in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls.  Four teams are ranked at the same spots in the top 10 in both polls – Alabama first, LSU 3rd, Georgia 5th and South Carolina 6th.  Florida is 11th in AP and 12th in USA Today while Mississippi State is 19th in USA Today and 21st in AP.
* – Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton set an single-game record with 303 receiving yards (on 10 catches and 3 TDs) against Rutgers.  The total is the 14th highest in NCAA FBS history.  The 303 yards is the most receiving yards and all-purpose yards in FBS this season.
* – Georgia QB Aaron Murray had 2 passing and 1 rushing TD against Vanderbilt and now has 78 career TD responsibility, which is tied with Kentucky’s Tim Couch (1996-98) for 11th in SEC history.
* – South Carolina QB Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes against Missouri, going 20-of-21 for 249 yards and 2 TDs.  The consecutive completion streak is tied for 2nd in SEC history.  His 95.24 completion percentage is 2nd in SEC history (both behind Tee Martin, UT, 1998).  His single-game pass efficiency rating of 226.27 is 16th highest in FBS this season and highest for any QB in a conference vs. conference game.
* – SEC defenses have 5 shutouts this season.  SEC defenses recorded 6 all of last season.
* – Texas A&M’s Dustin Harris 96 yard punt return for a TD against South Carolina State is the longest in the FBS this season.
* – SEC is 28-7 (.800) against non-conference foes this season.  The league is second among all FBS conferences this season in non-conference win percentage (Big 12 – 24-3, .889).
* – The SEC has a winning record against all FBS conference since 1997 except one.  The SEC is 18-25 (.419) against teams in the Big East when the game was played.
* – Alabama and Texas A&M are the only SEC teams to score first in all of its games this season.

Akron head coach Terry Bowden during second half of their 47-26 loss to Tennessee Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Photo by Michael Patrick, copyright © 2012

Akron head coach Terry Bowden during second half of their 47-26 loss to Tennessee Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL) The caption above this says “See Larger” and I don’t think I want to.

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