SEC Notes

The SEC continues to lead the nation in non-conference winning percentage with a 33-9 record (78.6 percent). <br><br>Four SEC teams are in this week's Top 25: Georgia, Alabama, LSU and Florida.

  • Thus far in 2002, SEC stadiums have been filled to 97.2 percent of capacity ...
  • Kentucky has had 23 scoring drives of less than two minutes while Alabama and
  • South Carolina have had eight scoring drives over five minutes ...
  • Auburn has scored 104 points off turnovers ...
  • South Carolina's Corey Jenkins is this week's SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week ...
  • Florida's Rex Grossman is now 5th in career TD passes in the SEC with 70 ...
  • SEC teams have scored 39 non-offensive TDs this season, including 22 by the defense.

Last Week's Results

Alabama 30, Vanderbilt 8
Tide's Watts throws for 176 yards and rushes for 55 more

Auburn 31, Ole Miss 24
AU's Brown rushes for 224 yards and 3 TDs

Arkansas 23, Troy State 0
Razorback defense holds Trojans to 142 total yards

Kentucky 45, Mississippi State 24
UK scores 3 TDs on two Abney punt returns and Tatum INT return

Tennessee 18, South Carolina 10
Vols control pigskin 23 minutes in second half

Florida 20, Georgia 13
Gator defense shuts out Bulldogs in second half

November 9 Schedule

12:30 p.m. (E) Columbia, S.C. * JP Sports * Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Series: UA leads, 6-4 * Last: UA, 10-7 (10/13/2001 at Little Rock)

LSU (6-2) at KENTUCKY (6-3)
12:30 p.m. (E) Lexington, Ky. * JP Sports * Commonwealth Stadium (67,530)
Series: LSU leads, 36-15-1 * Last: LSU, 29-25 (10/13/2001 at Lexington)

1 p.m. (C) Tuscaloosa, Ala. * Bryant-Denny Stadium (83,818)
Series: Alabama records indicate Alabama leads series, 68-15-3; Miss. State records indicate Alabama leads, series, 67-16-3 * Last: UA, 24-17 (11/1/2001 at Tuscaloosa)

1 p.m. (C) Auburn, Ala. * Jordan-Hare Stadium (86,063)
Series: AU leads, 3-0 * Last: AU, 28-24 (11/9/96 at Auburn)

1 p.m. (C) Nashville, Tenn. * Vanderbilt Stadium (41,221)
Series: UF leads, 24-9-2 * Last: UF, 71-13 (11/3/2001 at Gainesville)

MIAMI, FLA. (8-0) at TENNESSEE (5-3)
3:30 p.m. (E) Knoxville, Tenn. * CBS Sports * Neyland Stadium (104,079)
Series: UT leads, 1-0 * Last: UT, 35-7 (1/1/86 at New Orleans-Sugar Bowl)

OLE MISS (5-4) at GEORGIA (8-1)
7 p.m. (E) Athens, Ga. * ESPN2 * Sanford Stadium (86,520)
Series: UGA leads, 27-12-1 * Last: UGA, 35-15 (11/17/2001 at Oxford)

Team-by-Team Notes

Alabama has won all three of its SEC road games this season and have a four-game road SEC win streak ... Alabama scored on its first possession for the seventh time in nine games this season ... QB Tyler Watts surpassed the 1,000-yard career rushing mark against Vanderbilt (1,008 yards) ... Jr. WR Triandos Luke had a career-best nine catches for 102 yards against Vandy ... Redshirt frosh Juke King made his Alabama debut against Vandy... He began the season at MLB but moved to fullback during Alabama's open week ... He is the 26th first-time player used by the Tide this year.

Arkansas' shutout of Troy State (23-0) was the Razorbacks first since a season-opening 38-0 win over Southwest Missouri in 2000 ... Troy State had not been shutout in 230 games ... Arkansas is now 15-0 in non-conference games in Houston Nutt's five years as head coach ... The Razorbacks are also 13-0 in games played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock under Nutt ... For the year, Arkansas has blocked four punts and Bo Mosley has been involved in all four ... Mosley returned an interception 50-yards for a TD and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another score against Troy State.

Auburn has scored a rushing TD in 20 straight regular season games ... Auburn has scored at least two rushing TDs in eight of nine games this season ... The Tigers have scored 102 of 284 points this season off turnovers ... In the last three games, RB Ronnie Brown has scored seven rushing TDs ... Brown rushed for 224 yards against Ole Miss ... He had 89 yards by the first quarter and 152 yards in the first half ... The Tiger defense has 18 interceptions this season ... P Damon Duval has had a punt downed at the one-yard line in two straight games ... WR Ben Obomanu caught his second career TD pass against Ole Miss.

Florida coach Ron Zook becomes the only first-year head coach in school history to defeat two top-five teams in his inaugural season ... UF has allowed opponents to convert on 11 of its last 68 3rd-down conversions (16.2%) ... The Gators held Georgia to no third-down conversions on 13 attempts ... QB Rex Grossman set a career-high with 36 completions against Georgia (previous high-33) ... The Gator defense has returned three interceptions for TDs this season (last time for UF-1994) ... WR Kelvin Kight caught a career-high 9 receptions for 115 yards ... Eight different Gators caught passes against Georgia.

No team has scored against Georgia in a game's opening possession this year ... There have been seven punts, a missed field goal and an interception ... DE David Pollack notched his second career interception ... For only the second time in the Mark Richt era, Georgia was held scoreless in the second half ... Senior Kevin Breedlove started his 42nd career game, ranking sixth in Bulldog history ... Senior OT Alex Jackson suffered a right ankle injury in the second quarter against Florida ... Soph. WR Fred Gibson (thumb) missed his second straight game due to injury.

Kentucky broke a school-record for most punt return yards in a season with 550 (old mark-478 set in 1949) ... Derek Abney had two punt returns for TDs against Miss State, giving him a school-record four for the season ... Abney has six kick returns for TDs in his career, breaking the UK career record (old mark 4) ... RB Artose Pinner had his sixth 100+ rushing yardage game of the season with 104 yards against State ... Pinner is now 10th all-time at Kentucky with 1,687 career rushing yards ... QB Jared Lorenzen has set a school record with 122 consecutive passes without an interception.

LSU TIGERS (6-2, 3-1 SEC)
LSU's seven-game win streak against SEC foes (dating back to last season) was broken against Auburn ... Counting the SEC Championship Game, LSU had won five straight conference games away from home before falling at Auburn ... WR Jerel Myers has moved into 7th-place in career receiving yards at LSU with 1,780 ... WR Michael Clayton has caught at least one pass in 21 straight games (every game of his career) ... Soph. QB Marcus Randall started for the Tigers for the injured Matt Mauck and rushed for 74 yards on 16 carries ... DE Melvin Oliver earned his first career start for the injured Marcus Spears.

WR Chris Collins caught eight passes for 106 yards and a school-record-tying 3 TDs against Auburn ... Collins now has 15 career TD receptions, one shy of the school record ... Jr. RB Ronald McClendon set career highs for rushing attempts (12) and rushing yards (62) against Auburn ... QB Eli Manning is now third in Ole Miss history with 5,605 passing yards ... Manning needs 706 more passing yards to become the school's all-time leader ... PK Jonathan Nichols has made seven straight field goals and is a perfect 31-for-31 in PATs this season, extending his overall streak to 40 consecutive made.

State's 230 yards rushing against Kentucky was the most by an MSU team since the Bulldogs posted 246 yards against Texas A&M in the 2002 Independence Bowl ... With his three pass receptions in the game, SE Terrell Grindle has now hauled in at least one pass in 22 consecutive games and has caught two or more passes in 16 straight contests ... Grindle's 108 receiving yards against Kentucky marked his fourth career 100+ yardage game and gives him 1,594 yards for his career, moving him into 7th place on MSU's career list ... His 91-yard TD reception from Kevin Fant also broke an MSU record.

WR/RS Ryan Brewer missed Carolina's game against Tennessee due to an ankle injury ... Brewer had a streak of playing in 43 consecutive games broken because of the injury ... Redshirt frosh Thez Robinson scored his first career TD on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter against Tennessee ... USC running backs did not have any lost-yardage plays in 20 rushing attempts against Tennessee ... RB Andrew Pinnock was Carolina's leading rusher with 57 yards on eight carries ... Carolina has had five games this year decided by 10-points-or-less ... USC is 3-2 in those games.

Despite playing with an injured shoulder and ankle, QB Casey Clausen completed 17-of-23 passes for 175 yards with 1 TD and no interceptions against South Carolina ...Clausen's 22 wins as UT's starting QB is seventh among active NCAA Division I-A QBs ... RB Cedric Houston rushed for a career-high 108 yards against USC (old high-106 vs. Wyoming) ... The Vols rushed for a season-high 241 yards on 54 carries against South Carolina ... TE Jason Witten caught six passes, tying a season-high, for 72 yards, a season-best ... PK Alex Walls hit two field goals, his first since going 4-for-4 vs. Wyoming.

RB Kwane Doster moved into 2nd place on the Vandy all-time freshman rushing list with 615 yards ... Against Alabama, he totaled 33 yards on 15 carries ... His 44-yard reception in the fourth quarter is a career-long ... Greg Johnson's 70-yard punt in the second quarter is a career-long and tied for the second-longest in the SEC this season ... WR Dan Stricker has caught at least one pass in 31 straight games ... His TD reception in the fourth quarter gives him 20 in his career and is now tied for first on the Vandy list with Chuck Scott (1981-84) ... Stricker totals 2,726 career receiving yards.

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