Individual SEC team notes

Team-by-team notes for all 12 Southeastern Conference members. <br><br>Georgia has already clinched participation in the SEC Championship Game, by claiming the Eastern Division crown. Alabama's record is the Best in the West, but Saturday's game between LSU and Arkansas will decide which squad represents the Western Division in Atlanta.

The Alabama defensive line had two lineup changes against Auburn. Junior defensive end Nautyn McKay-Loescher started in place of Antwan Odom, while defensive tackle Ahmad Childress replaced Kenny King in the starting lineup ... The Auburn game marked the first career start for Childress, while McKay-Loescher made his ninth career start and sixth of the season ... The Auburn game, marked the first time this season that Alabama did not score in the first half. The last time Alabama failed to score in the first half was Nov. 18, 2000 in a 9-0 loss to Auburn here in Tuscaloosa.

With a win Friday against LSU, the Razorbacks will head to Atlanta to represent the Western Division for the second time in the history of the SEC Championship Game ... Freshman tailback De'Arruis Howard ran for a career-high 121 yards on 25 carries against Miss. State ... It marked the fourth 100-yard rushing performance by a Razorback this season ... Arkansas scored on its first three possessions against State, averaging 11.3 plays per drive ... The Razorbacks continue to lead the nation in turnovers margin at +21 (+1.91 per game) ... Arkansas has lost just 14 turnovers this season while gaining 35.

Auburn has had three different running backs rush for over 100 yards in a game for the first time in the last 13 years ... Carnell Williams rushed for over 100 in three games, Ronnie Brown rushed for 100 or more in three games and Tre Smith had his first 100-yard performance with 126 yards against Alabama ... Auburn has rushed for over 100 yards in 13 consecutive games ... The Auburn defense has 20 interceptions this season, which is the most in a season since 1968 when AU had a school record 25 ... The last time Auburn defeated a top 10 Alabama team was 1989 when Alabama was ranked at No. 2 and the Tigers were ranked No. 11. Auburn defeated the Crimson Tide 30-20.

Florida's four passing TDs against South Carolina were a season-best ... The Gators have now gone unbeaten against the Eastern Division for the seventh time since expansion (1992) ... O.J. Small set career-highs for receptions (5) and receiving yards (55) vs. Carolina ... Rex Grossman is now tied with Shane Matthews (Florida) and Tim Couch (Kentucky) for the third most career TD passes in the SEC with 74 ... After throwing 14 interceptions in his first seven games, Grossman has only thrown an interception in one of the last four games (two vs. Georgia) ... In his last four games, he has 8 TD passes.

The Bulldogs are 5-1 this season in games decided by seven points or less ... RS-Soph. FS Sean Jones notched his first two career interceptions against Auburn and also recovered a fumble that Burt Jones forced during a punt return ... Junior SE Michael Johnson had a career-high 13 catches for 141 yards and 1 TD. The TD covered 19 yards and came on a 4th-and 15. The 13 catches ranks 2nd in Georgia history for a single game. The record is 15 by Shannon Mitchell vs. Florida in 1993 (15-140) ... Georgia ran its record to 8-0 on opponent's home field during the Mark Richt era. The win snaps a three-game losing streak to Auburn.

Kentucky reached the seven-win plateau for the firs time since 1998 and just the fifth time since 1955 ... The win against Vanderbilt was Kentucky's 100th in Commonwealth Stadium, which opened in 1973 ... RS/WR Derek Abney returned a first-quarter Vandy kickoff 95 yards for a TD to set an NCAA record with six kick (punt and kickoff) returns for TDs in the same season ... RB Artose Pinner had 224 yards rushing on 31 carries and 4 TDs against Vandy, the first time a UK back had over 200 rushing yards in a game since Moe WIlliams did it against Cincinnati in 1995.

LSU TIGERS (8-3, 5-2 SEC)
LSU forced a turnover for the 24th consecutive game, every one dating back to the 2000 Peach Bowl ... For the fifth straight game, LSU's opponent scored first ... LSU faked a kick for the second straight week and third time this year. The Tigers were previously successful in faking a field goal (Florida) and a punt (Alabama) ... LSU finished a home season 6-1 for the second time in three year and moved to 17-5 at home under Nick Saban ... The Tigers clinched a share of the SEC West title, their fourth in seven years and second straight ... LSU beat Ole Miss in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1995.

Ole Miss is now 5-1 this season and 24-7 under David Cutcliffe when leading at halftime ... Ole Miss has lost five games in a row ... Ole Miss' five game losing streak is the longest since dropping five-straight in 1991 (Georgia, Vanderbilt, LSU, Tennessee and Mississippi State) ... Junior Von Hutchins' interception was his fourth of the season, tying senior DB Matt Grier for the team lead, and the fifth of his career ... Redshirt freshman WR Mike Espy recorded his first career rush on an end-around in the first quarter, gaining six yards ... RB Toward Sanford's 18-yard reception in the first quarter was his longest of the season.

Miss. State will try to avoid its first winless SEC season since 1988 when it plays Ole Miss on Thanksgiving night ... For the second straight game, Kyle York replaced a banged-up Kevin Fant at quarterback ... Fant, who has been nursing a sore ankle, hyperextended his knee and did not play in the fourth quarter against Arkansas ... Fant finished 14-for-26 for 115 yards and an interception and York was 11-for-22 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception ... SAF Josh Morgan missed the second half vs. Arkansas after breaking a bone in his left forearm on State's first defensive series.

USC's 180 passing yards against Clemson was the most for the Gamecocks since passing for 212 vs. Kentucky on Oct. 12 ... Dondrial Pinkins started his second straight game at QB for the Gamecocks against Clemson and completed 8 of 14 passes for 179 yards with a TD and an INT ... Pinkins' 70-yard TD completion to Troy Williamson was the longest play of the season for the Gamecocks ... PK Daniel Weaver made his last five field goal attempts of the season including two against Clemson (25, 33 yards) ... Williamson has a 60 and 70 yard TD reception in the last four games.

QB Casey Clausen returned to the starting lineup against Vanderbilt after missing last week's game (Miss. State) with a foot/ankle injury ... Clausen now has an 10-0 record as a starter on the road, including a 8-0 mark in SEC games ... RB Cedric Houston became the first UT running back to rush for 100 yards in four consecutive games since Travis Henry surpassed the mark in the final four games of the 2000 season (vs. Arkansas, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Kansas State-Cotton Bowl) ... Houston rushed for 140 yards on 25 carries vs. Vandy, his second-best career total (had 149 vs. Miss. State last week).

Dan Stricker caught two passes for 12 yards against Tennessee ... He ends his career with 2,880 receiving yards, fifth all-time in the SEC ... His 184 career receptions ranks sixth all-time in the league ... He also concluded his career with at least one reception in his final 34 games ... LB Hunter Hillenmeyer had 15 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and a pass break up vs. Tennessee ... It was the 11th game this season he recorded 10 or more tackles ... Clark Lea and Lorenzo Parker's appearance in the backfield vs. UT marked the ninth and 10th running backs to see action this season for Vandy.

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