SEC weekly football notebook

Arkansas' 71-63 seven-overtime win over Kentucky was the 27th overtime game involving an SEC team in league history. It is tied for the longest in NCAA history (Arkansas 58, Ole Miss 56 / 2001).

Below are some other records set during last week's game:

  • Most Points Scored in Overtime Periods - 47, Arkansas (Old: 41 - Arkansas vs. Ole Miss / 2001)
  • Most Points Scored in Overtime Periods (Both Teams) - 86 (Old: 80 - Arkansas 41, Ole Miss 39 / 2001)
  • Most Plays, Both Teams (Overtime) - 202 (Old: 198 - Arkansas 106, Ole Miss 92 / 2001)

Below is a listing of the overtime games in the SEC since 1996, the first year the NCAA overtime rule came into existence.

1996 (1) - Georgia 56, Auburn 49 (4 OT).
1997 (1) - Kentucky 40, Alabama 34 (1 OT).
1998 (6) - Alabama 20, Ole Miss 17 (1 OT); Tennessee 20, Florida 17 (1 OT); Ole Miss 37, LSU 31 (1 OT); Ole Miss 48, SMU 41 (1 OT); TCU 19, Vanderbilt 16 (1 OT); Vanderbilt 36, Duke 33 (2 OT).
1999 (4) - Alabama 40, Florida 39 (1 OT); Ole Miss 24, Auburn 17 (1 OT); Georgia Tech 51, Georgia 48 (1 OT); Vanderbilt 37, Ole Miss 34 (1 OT).
2000 (6) - Arkansas 17, Miss. State 10 (1 OT); Auburn 29, Georgia 26 (1 OT); Louisville 40, Kentucky 34 (1 OT); LSU 38, Tennessee 31 (1 OT); LSU 45, Miss. State 38 (1 OT); Miss. State 43, Texas A&M 41 (1 OT).
2001 (2) - Arkansas 58, Ole Miss 56 (7 OT); Auburn 48, Louisiana Tech 41 (1 OT).
2002 (3) - Auburn 37, Syracuse 34 (2 OT); Tennessee 41, Arkansas 38 (6 OT); Florida 30, Auburn 23 (1 OT).
2003 (5) - Arkansas 34, Alabama 31 (3OT); Tennessee 23, South Carolina 20 (1 OT); Georgia Tech 24, Vanderbilt 21 (1 OT); Tennessee 51, Alabama 43 (5 OT); Arkansas 71, Kentucky 63 (7 OT).

Scores from Last Week's Games

Ole Miss 43, South Carolina 40
Auburn 73, Louisiana-Monroe 7
Florida 16, Georgia 13
Tennessee 23, Duke 6
Arkansas 71, Kentucky 63 [7OT]
LSU 49, Louisiana Tech 10

SEC in this Week's Associated Press Poll (Nov. 3)

1. Oklahoma (65) 9-0
2. Southern California 8-1
3. Florida State 8-1
4. LSU 8-1
5. Virginia Tech 7-1
6. Miami, Fla. 7-1
7. Ohio State 8-1
8. Michigan 8-2
9. GEORGIA 7-2
10. Iowa 7-2
11. Texas 7-2
12. Washington State 7-2
13. Texas Christian 8-0
14. Michigan State 7-2
15. Bowling Green 7-1
16. Purdue 7-2
17. FLORIDA 6-3
18. TENNESSEE 6-2
19. Nebraska 7-2
20. OLE MISS 7-2
21. Oklahoma State 7-2
22. Missouri 6-2
23. Northern Illinois 8-1
24. Minnesota 8-2
25. Pittsburgh 6-2

Others (SEC Only): Auburn (69).

SEC on Television this Week

Below is a schedule of Southeastern Conference athletic events on television for the upcoming week. All times are Eastern.

(Thu.) November 6
7:30 p.m., ESPN, South Carolina at Arkansas (Live)

(Sat.) November 8
12 p.m. JP Sports SEC Football Today (Live)
12 p.m. ABC Sports Tennessee at Miami (Fla.) Football (Live)
12:30 p.m. JP Sports Alabama at Mississippi State Football (Live)
3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Ole Miss at Auburn Football (Live)

Current Career SEC Sack Leaders

1. 19 - David Pollack, Georgia 2001-
2. 18 - Antwan Odom, Alabama 2000-
3. 13 - Bobby McCray, Florida 2000-
4. 12.5 - N. McKay-Loescher, Alabama 2000-
5. 12 - Reggie Torbor, Auburn 2000-
6. 11.5 - Charlie Anderson, Ole Miss 2000-
7. 10 - Constantin Ritzmann, Tennessee 1999- and Jesse Mitchell, Ole Miss 2000-
9. 8.5 - Karlos Dansby, Auburn 2001-
10. 7.5 - Caleb Miller, Arkansas 2000- and Jeremy Caudill, Kentucky 2000-

Individual SEC Schools Football Notes

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (3-6, 1-4 SEC)
Sr. RB Shaud Williams became the 10th player in Alabama history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season ... For the season, Williams has 1,051 yards on 208 attempts and 11 TDs ... Sr. WR Triandos Luke has caught at least one pass in 16 straight games ... Luke had two catches for 45 yards against Tennessee, including a 36-yard TD ... For his career, Luke has 85 catches for 1,005 yards and nine TDs ... Sr. LB Derrick Pope returned to the starting lineup after not starting the last three games ... He was injured against Arkansas, saw only 12 snaps against Georgia, missed the Southern Miss game and came off the bench vs. Ole Miss.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (5-3, 2-3 SEC)
Arkansas has played in the three longest games in NCAA Division I-A history, winning two seven-overtime games ... The Razorbacks defeated Ole Miss, 58-56, in 2001 and last week, defeated Kentucky, 71-63, in seven overtime affairs ... Last year, Tennessee defeated Arkansas, 41-38, in seven overtimes ... Arkansas is 5-1 in overtime games ... TB DeCori Birmingham, playing for the injured Cedric Cobbs, carried 40 times for 196 yards and 2 TDs ... WR George Wilson had nine receptions for 172 yards and a TD ... The Razorbacks have won five SEC vs. SEC road games in the last two years .

AUBURN TIGERS (6-3, 4-1 SEC)
Auburn scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since at least 1990 ... Auburn has scored at least 45 points in a game four times in a season for the first time since 1969 (Wake Forest - 57, Clemson - 51, Mississippi State - 52, Alabama - 49) ... Auburn's 73 points were the most for the Tigers since scoring 76 against UT-Chattanooga in 1995. It was the most points against a I-A team since scoring 77 against Washington & Lee in 1920 ... Auburn had three players score at least two rushing TDs for the first time since at least 1990.

FLORIDA GATORS (6-3, 4-2 SEC)
Ron Zook is the first Florida coach to lead the Gators to three consecutive road wins over top 11 teams in school history ... The win over Georgia also represents the first time Florida has defeated three ranked teams in three consecutive games ... Zook is 5-1 against teams in the top 11 away from Florida Field ... QB Chris Leak has only thrown one interception in his last 87 attempts, dating back to the fourth quarter of the Ole Miss game ... Keiwan Ratliff has at least one interception in each of his last three games ... Ratliff's interception against Georgia was the seventh of the season, tying a school record.

GEORGIA BULLDOGS (7-2, 4-2 SEC)
Georgia had a season-high 202 rushing yards against Florida ... Redshirt freshman Michael Cooper rushed for 82 yards on 18 carries and freshman Kregg Lumpkin had a career-high 79 yards on 12 carries ... For the first time this season, Georgia did not gain a turnover in a game ... Soph. Tim Jennings started at weakside cornerback for the injured senior Decory Bryant, who had started the last 25 games there ... Senior PK Billy Bennett scored seven points against Florida bringing his career total to 362, which is third in SEC history ... Georgia held Florida to three field goals in three attempts in the red zone.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS (4-5, 1-4 SEC)
QB Jared Lorenzen finished 28-49 for 326 yards (all season-highs) and 2 TDs ... With 28 completions, Lorenzen now has 809 in his career, which breaks the Kentucky career record for pass completions (795, Tim Couch) ... The 28 completions, 49 attempts and 326 yards are the most for Lorenzen since Nov. 17, 2001 (34-53, 406 yards vs. Tennessee) ... Three rushing touchdowns are a career high for Lorenzen ... RB Alexis Bwenge rushed 22 times for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns, all career highs ... WR Derek Abney has caught a pass in 41 consecutive games ... WR Gerad Parker had the first start of his career

LSU TIGERS (8-1, 4-1 SEC)
LSU's 28 points in the first quarter are the most by LSU in a quarter since scoring 35 in the third quarter vs. Rice on Sept. 24, 1977 in a 77-0 win ... LSU's 49 first-half points are the most by the Tigers in a half since scoring 56 in the second half at Tulane on Nov. 22, 1958 in a 66-0 victory ... LSU's total offense of 653 yards is the highest since Sept. 2, 2000 (680 vs. Western Carolina, 2000) ... The 653 yards is also the highest against a Division I-A opponent since LSU had 664 versus Rice on Sept. 19, 1987 in Tiger Stadium ... LSU's total passing yards of 365 are the most since 444 vs. Illinois in the 2002 Sugar Bowl.

OLE MISS REBELS (7-2, 5-0 SEC)
Ole Miss is off to its first 5-0 start in the SEC since 1963, when the Rebels won their last SEC title ... The Rebels' have won five straight to match their longest winning streak since a five-game win streak in 2001 ... The Rebels have swept their Eastern Division opponents for the first time since 1992 ... QB Eli Manning opened the game with nine straight completions and finished the first half 20-of-26 for 260 yards with three TDs and one INT ... Ole Miss scored on its opening possession for the seventh game ... Ole Miss topped the 40-point mark for the 5th time this season to set a new school record for 40-point games in a season.

MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (2-6, 1-3 SEC)
Jackie Sherrill announced his retirement from coaching on Oct. 17, effective at the end of the 2003 season ... Sherrill is fourth among active coaches in NCAA Division I-A wins with 180 and 23rd among active coaches in winning percentage (.607) ... His 180 career wins is 28th among in NCAA Division I-A history for all coaches ... He coached his 300th career game and his 100th SEC game against Kentucky ... RB Jerious Norwood rushed for 133 yards on 11 carries and a 58-yard TD agains the Wildcats ... WR Justin Jenkins with 3 catches for 30 yards now has 127 catches (3rd at State) for 1,855 yards (4th at MSU).

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (5-4, 2-4 SEC)
Jeremiah Garrison recorded his 2nd interception of the 2003 season and 3rd of his career when he picked off Eli Manning in the second quarter ... Later that period, Garrison credited with his 2nd fumble recovery of the season and the third of his career ... Daccus Turman's 29-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his team-leading 7th TD of the season. It was also Turman's career long rush ... Trailing 43-21, South Carolina had totaled 185 yards of offense on 40 plays through three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Gamecocks recorded 231 yards of offense on 20 plays in rallying for 19 points.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (6-2, 3-2 SEC)
The Vols are now 61-4 in November games since 1985, including a 40-2 mark at home (19-3 vs. non-conference foes) ... QB Casey Clausen moved past Tim Couch (8,435) for 10th on SEC's all-time passing list with 8,528 yards ... Clausen has thrown at least one touchdown pass in last eight games ... Jabari Davis rushed for season-high 113 yards on 17 carries in first start of the season at tailback (previous 2003 high: 78 yards at Florida) ... In last seven games, P Dustin Colquitt has had 16 punts over 50 yards and 5 punts over 60 with 9 punts inside opponents' 10-yardline and 4 punts inside the five-yard line.

VANDERBILT COMMODORES (1-8, 0-5 SEC)
Vandy's four scoring drives against South Carolina averaged 10 plays, 82 yards and 4:05 time of possession ... Carolina scored 14 points off of Vandy turnovers ... So. QB Jay Cutler completed 27 of 35 passes for a season-high 319 yards with 3 TDs and an INT ... Cutler is 8th in Vanderbilt history in career passing yards (3,350) and sixth in career total offensive yards (3,850) ... The Commodores are outscoring their opponents, 71-43, in the second quarter this season ... So. WR Erik Davis tied a career-high with six catches against USC for 103 yards ... Davis is averaging 17.3 yards per reception this season.


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