Southeastern Conference football notes

In the last five seasons, the Southeastern Conference has had more teams ranked in the final Associated Press poll than any other conference in the country. In fact, 10 of the SEC's 12 teams have finished the season ranked in the AP Top 25 during the last five seasons. Only the Big Ten has had as many different teams (10) ranked during the last five seasons.

• OCTOBER 6 SCHEDULE •

GEORGIA (2-1) at TENNESSEE (3-0) 12:00 p.m. (E) Knoxville, Tenn. • CBS Sports • Neyland Stadium (104,079)
Series: UT leads, 17-11-2 • Last: UGA, 21-10 (10/7/2000 at Athens)

KENTUCKY (1-3) at SOUTH CAROLINA (4-0) 1:00 p.m. (E) Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Series: UK leads, 6-5-1 • Last: USC, 20-17 (10/7/2000 at Lexington)

TEXAS-EL PASO (2-2) at ALABAMA (2-2) 2:00 p.m. (C) Birmingham, Ala. • Legion Field (83,091)
Series: First Meeting

FLORIDA (4-0) at LSU (2-1) 2:30 p.m. (C) Baton Rouge, La. • CBS Sports • Tiger Stadium (91,600)
Series: UF leads, 25-19-3 • Last: UF, 41-9 (10/7/2000 at Gainesville)

WEBER STATE (1-3) at ARKANSAS (1-3) 6:00 p.m. (C) Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)
Series: First Meeting

OLE MISS (2-1) at ARKANSAS STATE (0-3) 6:00 p.m. (C) Jonesboro, Ark. • Indian Stadium (33,410)
Series: UM leads, 16-1-2 • Last: UM, 35-10 (10/7/2000 at Oxford)

MISSISSIPPI STATE (1-2) at AUBURN (3-1) 6:00 p.m. (C) Auburn, Ala. • ESPN2 • Jordan-Hare Stadium (86,063)
Series: AU leads, 50-22-2 • Last: MSU, 17-10 (10/7/2000 at Starkville)

OPEN: Vanderbilt (1-3)

SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSE • KELLEY WASHINGTON (Tennessee) (6-4, 225, Fr., WR, Stephens City, Virginia)

  • Washington set a Tennessee single-game receiving yardage record with 256 yards on 11 catches and one touchdown in the Vols' 26-18 victory over LSU.
  • Washington's yardage total is third highest in SEC history and the most ever by a freshman in the SEC.
  • He became just the fifth Vol to amass more than 200 yards receiving and the first since Carl Pickens had 201 against Kentucky in 1990. His 11 catches were just two shy of the school record.
  • Washington combined with Casey Clausen on a 70-yard touchdown reception that put Tennessee ahead, 19-7, in the third quarter against LSU.
  • All of Washington's 11 receptions went for first downs and four catches were for more than 30 yards.

DEFENSE • DONTARRIOUS THOMAS (Auburn) (6-4, 220, So., LB, Perry, Georgia)

  • Thomas recorded his third consecutive double-figure tackle game with 15 stops in Auburn's 24-21 win at Vanderbilt.
  • His tackle for a two-yard loss on Vandy's Justin Perkey on a 4th-and-1 fake field goal at the AU 26-yard line with under a minute to play stopped a potential Commodore game-winning drive.
  • In seven of the Commodores' 14 offensive drives, Auburn held Vandy to less than 10 yards. Vanderbilt entered the Auburn game ranked fourth in the SEC in total offense and fourth in passing offense.
  • Thomas leads the Tigers with 54 total tackles, including four for losses. He has 46 tackles in his last three games.

SCORES FROM SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

  • Auburn 24, Vanderbilt 21 [39,366 at Nashville, Tenn.]
  • Ole Miss 42, Kentucky 31 [60,814 at Lexington, Ky.]
  • Georgia 34, Arkansas 23 [86,520 at Athens, Ga.]
  • Tennessee 26, LSU 18 [108,472 at Knoxville, Tenn.]
  • Florida 52, Mississippi State 0 [85,579 at Gainesville, Fla.]
  • South Carolina 37, Alabama 36 [84,100 at Columbia, S.C.]

NATIONAL TV AUDIENCE GETS SEC DOUBLE-HEADER

For the first time in recent history, the Southeastern Conference will have two games televised live by a national network when CBS Sports airs the Georgia-Tennessee and Florida-LSU games on Oct. 6. The Bulldogs-Vols matchup will kickoff at noon ET from Knoxville followed by the Gators-Tigers tilt at 3:30 p.m. ET from Baton Rouge. Also, ESPN2 will be televising the Mississippi State-Auburn game later that evening (6 p.m. CT) from Auburn to a live national cable television audience.

QB RUSHING YARDAGE LEADERS

A quick check of the SEC Record Book shows that Tyler Watts' rushing total of 162 yards against South Carolina last week is the eighth most by an SEC quarterback. Below is a look at the top 10 (Name, School, Year, Opponent, Yards)
  • Mike Fanuzzi, Kentucky 1974 Miami (Ohio) 208
  • Steadman Shealy, Alabama 1979 Miss. State 190
  • Norris Weese, Ole Miss 1972 Miss. State 178
  • Van Heflin, Vanderbilt 1979 Air Force 167
  • *Frank Sinkwich, Georgia 1941 South Carolina 166
  • Andy Johnson, Auburn 1971 Auburn 163
  • John Bond, Miss. State 1980 Ole Miss 163
  • Tyler Watts, Alabama 2001 South Carolina 162
  • *Hank Lauricella, Tennessee 1951 North Carolina 150
  • Quincy Carter, Georgia 1998 Kentucky 148
*-Listed as HB, took center snap.

VOLS LEAD NATION IN RUSHING DEFENSE

After three games, Tennessee leads the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 41.0 yards per game. Opponents have attempted 88 rushes against the Vols for 123 yards, an average of 1.4 yards per attempt. No rushing touchdowns have been scored against Tennessee this year. The SEC record for fewest yards rushing allowed per game is 33.9 by Alabama in 1938. No team since 1969 (LSU, 38.9 ypg) has allowed less than 41.0 yards per game in the SEC.

GATORS LEAD NATION IN TOTAL AND PASSING OFFENSE

After four games, Florida leads the nation in passing offense and total offense. The Gators have completed 112-of-176 passes for 1,766 yards with 19 TDs and only two interceptions. Florida is averaging 441.5 yards per game through the air. Hawaii is second in the nation in passing offense, averaging 376.0 yards passing per game.

In total offense, Florida has accumulated 2,346 yards or an aveage of 586.5 yards per contest. The Gators have churned out 1,766 passing yards and 580 rushing yards. Florida is averaging 7.9 yards for every offensive snap. BYU is second in the nation in total offense, averaging 567.0 yards per game.

Both marks for the Gators, passing and total offense, are ahead of the SEC record pace. The conference record for total offense is 534.4 yards per game by Florida in 1995 and passing offense is 412.2 by Kentucky in 1998.

AUBURN LEADS NATION IN NET PUNTING

Auburn is leading the nation in net punting, averaging 42.9 yards per attempt, after four games. The Tigers allowed only 18 yards on five opponents' punt returns while AU punter Damon Duval is averaging 44.6 yards per attempt. Only four teams in the nation have allowed less than 20 yards on punt returns this season. Five SEC teams are ranked in the top 25 in net punting.

GATORS' GROSSMAN PACES NATION IN PASSING EFFICIENCY

Florida sophomore QB Rex Grossman leads the nation in passing efficiency with a rating of 191.0. Grossman has completed 87 of 131 passes (66.4 percent) for 1,401 yards with 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions. At his current pace, Grossman would become the SEC's single-season record holder in passing TDs (41.25 at current pace). He is the nation's leader in passing TDs. Georgia Tech's George Godsey is second in the nation in passing efficiency (180.4 rating).

SEC LEADS ALL CONFERENCES IN POST-SEASON BOWL PARTICIPATION

During the last five seasons, the Southeastern Conference has sent 36 teams to post-season bowl games, the most of any conference in the nation. During that time, the SEC is 22-14 in bowl games. Eleven of the SEC's 12 teams have been to post-season bowls in the last five seasons. The Big Ten is second with 32 trips to post-season bowls, going 18-14. The Big 12 has 30 trips, going 14-16 while the Pac-10 has been to 25 bowls, going 11-14. The ACC has been to 23 bowls in the last five seasons, with a 9-14 mark. The Big East has been to 21 bowls and is 10-11 in those games.

SEC ATTENDANCE UPDATE

According to the NCAA, the SEC has led the nation in total attendance for the last 20 seasons.

So far this season, the 29 SEC home games played this season has drawn a total of 2,114,693 fans. That is 100.8 percent of full capacity. Below is a list comparing actual season attendance average with listed stadium capacities (School, Average, Capacity, Pct.):

  • Alabama 83,818 83,818 100.0
  • Arkansas 61,341 62,838 97.6
  • Auburn 84,219 86,063 97.9
  • Florida 85,345 83,000 102.8
  • Georgia 86,520 86,520 100.0
  • Kentucky 64,825 67,530 96.0
  • LSU 89,769 91,600 98.0
  • Ole Miss 46,310 45,577 101.6
  • Miss. State 44,621 45,286 98.5
  • S. Carolina 83,560 80,250 104.1
  • Tennessee 108,099 104,079 103.9
  • Vanderbilt 34,919 41,600 83.9
* - Schools play in two stadiums. Average of seven home game capacities.

SEC GOOD WORKS TEAM --- Player of the Week

With no game being televised on Jefferson-Pilot this weekend, there will not be an SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week. Jefferson-Pilot will next honor a SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week on its next telecast, Oct. 13.

The SEC sponsors Good Works Teams for football, men's and women's basketball and men's and women's Olympic Sports. JP Sports highlights one member of the football SEC Good Works Team during each of its weekly football telecasts.

Previous SEC Football Good Works Team Honorees

  • Week 1 - Anthony Kelly, Kentucky
  • Week 2 - Tyler Watts, Alabama & James Callier, Auburn
  • Week 4 - Tommy Moody, Florida
  • Week 5 - Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina

TEXAS-EL PASO MINERS at ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

2 p.m. (C) • Legion Field (83,091) • Birmingham

TEXAS-EL PASO (2-2, 1-1 WAC)

  • Head Coach: Gary Nord (Louisville, ‘79) Overall/Yrs: 10-6 (.625)/ 2nd • UTEP/Yrs: 10-6 (.625)/ 2nd
  • 2001 Schedule: 9/1-at New Mexico (L, 6-26); 9/8-TEXAS SOUTHERN (W, 52-6); 9/22-at Boise State (L, 17-42); 9/29-TULSA (W, 26-10); 10/6-at Alabama; 10/13-at Hawaii; 10/20-SAN JOSE STATE; 10/27-at SMU; 11/10-LOUISIANA TECH; 11/17-at Rice; 11/24- NEVADA.
  • Conference: Western Athletic
  • National Rankings: N/A
  • Formations: Offense - Multiple • Defense - 4-3
  • Football SID Contact: Jeff Darby, SID
  • Internet Web Address: www.athletics.utep.edu
Individual Statistical Leaders
  • Rushing: Jr. TB Sherman Austin [51 for 230 yards; 4.5 avg.; 4 TDs]
  • Passing Efficiency: Sr. QB Wesley Phillips [62-108-5; 57.4 pct.; 725 yards; 4 TDs;116.8 rating]
  • Receptions: Sr. WR Lee Mays [20 for 273 yards; 13.7 avg.; 1 TD]
  • Scoring: Jr. RB Sherman Austin [5 TDs; 30 points]
  • Tackles*: Fr. LB Robert Rodriguez [31 (15-16)]

ALABAMA (2-2, 2-1 SEC)

  • Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, ‘73) Overall/Yrs: 140-67-2 (.675)/19th • UA/Yrs: 2-2 (.500)/ 1st
  • National Rankings: N/A
  • Formations: Offense - Multiple • Defense - Pressing
  • Football SID Contact: Larry White, Associate AD
  • Internet Web Address: www.rolltide.com
Individual Statistical Leaders
  • Rushing: Jr. TB Ahmaad Galloway [87 for 358 yards; 4.1 avg.; 2 TDs] (4) [39]
  • Passing Efficiency: Jr. QB Tyler Watts [51-80-2; 63.7 pct.; 696 yards; 3 TDs; 144.2 rating] (4) [21]
  • Receptions: Sr. FL Freddie Milons [15 for 249 yards; 16.6 avg.; 2 TDs]
  • Scoring: Sr. PK Neal Thomas [0 TD; 9-9 PATs; 9-11 FGs; 36 points] (T5) [28]
  • Tackles*: Jr. MLB Saleem Rasheed [33 (23-10); 1 TFL (-1); 1 Sack (-7); 2 PBU]
Series History
  • Record: First Meeting
  • Notes: Alabama is 7-6 in its history against schools currently in the Western Athletic Conference (2-3 vs. Louisiana Tech, 0-3 vs. Rice; 3-0 vs. Tulsa; 2-0 vs. SMU)
  • UTEP leads the WAC and is second in the nation in pass efficiency defense
  • UTEP Sr. WR Lee Mays is sixth in WAC history in career receiving TDs (28).

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