Notes From the SEC

Notes on all twelve Southeastern Conference teams from the SEC office.


Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, '73)
Record at Alabama: 10-6 (.625) / 2nd season
Overall Record: 148-71-2 (.674) / 20th season

Alabama's defense held its third straight opponent to under 100 yards rushing (Southern Miss, 35; North Texas, 50; Oklahoma, -23) ... Alabama has scored on its opening possession in all four games this season ... Jr. RB Shaud Williams rushed for 135 yards on 21 carries against USM, his highest total at Alabama ... Sr. QB Tyler Watts suffered a sprained foot on Alabama's opening possession against USM and did not return to the game.


Head Coach: Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, '81)
Record at Arkansas: 32-18 (.640) / 5th season
Overall Record: 67-41 (.620) / 10th season

The Razorbacks are 6-2 in regular season games after open dates under Houston Nutt ... PK Brennan O'Donohoe is a perfect 13-for-13 on kicks this season (11-11 in PATs; 2-2 FGs) ... O'Donohoe is 60-for-61 in his career in PATs ... Arkansas leads the nation in rushing defense (37.5 yards per game) and scoring defense (8.5 points per game) ... Under Nutt, the Razorbacks are 9-1 in the first two games of a season, outscoring opponents 328-111.


Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville (So. Arkansas, '76)
Record at Auburn: 24-16 (.600) / 4th season
Overall Record: 49-36 (.576) / 8th season

Auburn has forced 16 turnovers this season and has a +11 turnover margin this season, second in the nation ... Auburn has intercepted a pass in six straight games, dating back to last season ... True freshmen RT Marcus McNeill (Miss. State) and LG Troy Reddick (W. Carolina) have started games this season ... RB Carnell Williams rushed for 106 yards and 2 TDs against Miss. State ... It is Williams' fourth career 100+ yard game and his third 2+ TD game this season.


Head Coach: Ron Zook (Miami, Ohio, '76)
Record at Florida: 3-1 (.750) / 1st season
Overall Record: 3-1 (.750) / 1st season

Ron Zook became the first first-year Gator coach to beat a Top-5 team on the road when Florida defeated Tennessee, 30-13 ... Sr. WR Taylor Jacobs leads the SEC with 24 receptions for 466 yards this season ... His 4 TD catches is also tied for the league lead ... PK Matt Leach had a career-long 41-yard FG against Tennessee ... Through four games, the Gator defense has not allowed a first-quarter touchdown.


Head Coach: Mark Richt (Miami, Fla., '82)
Record at Georgia: 11-4 (.733) / 2nd season
Overall Record: 11-4 (.733) / 2nd season

Sr. QB Cory Phillips has moved up to second on the depth chart following an injury to D.J. Shockley ... Shockley suffered a broken left foot against South Carolina and will be out for 3-5 weeks ... Georgia is 3-0 for the first time since 1999 and the third time in the last six seasons ... QB David Greene's four passing TDs vs. Northwestern State is a career-high and his 346 passing yards is second in his career, behind his 364 yards against Kentucky.


Head Coach: Guy Morriss (Texas Christian, '73)
Record at Kentucky: 6-9 (.400) / 2nd season
Overall Record: 6-9 (.400) / 2nd season

The Wildcats are 4-0 for the first time since 1984 and only the third time since 1950 ... Kentucky has scored at least 10 points in the first quarter in every game this season ... UK has not lost a fumble in three of four games this season and have only had three turnovers this season ... RB Artose Pinner rushed for 163 yards on 24 carries and has three straight 100+ rushing yardage games ... Pinner has scored a TD in every game this season.

LSU TIGERS (2-1, 0-0 SEC)

Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, '73)
Record at LSU: 20-8 (.714) / 3rd season
Overall Record: 63-34-1 (.648) / 9th season

The Tigers are fourth in the nation in total defense (230.3 yards per game) and third in passing defense (121.3 yards per game) ... LSU will be looking to win its conference opener for the first time since 1998 (def. Auburn, 31-19) ... LSU is 2-2 in games after open dates under Nick Saban ... LSU had a string of 12 straight games with at least one rushing TD end against Miami (Ohio) ... RB Domanick Davis has had eight straight games of 100+ all-purpose rushing yards.


Head Coach: David Cutcliffe (Alabama, '76)
Record at Ole Miss: 26-14 (.650) / 4th season
Overall Record: 26-14 (.650) / 4th season

Eli Manning became the first QB in Ole Miss history to throw for more than 300 yards in consecutive games ... He threw for 386 yards against Vanderbilt after throwing for 374 vs. Texas Tech ... The Rebels' win over Vanderbilt was their first SEC opening victory since 1992 (def. Auburn, 45-21) ... Ole Miss is off to a 3-1 start for the seventh straight season ... TE Doug Zeigler suffered a broken leg against Vanderbilt and could be lost for the season.


Head Coach: Jackie Sherrill (Alabama, '66)
Record at Miss. State: 71-58-2 (.550) / 12th season
Overall Record: 176-103-4 (.629) / 25th season

Miss. State suffered six turnovers against Auburn, the most by the Bulldogs since 1999 (vs. Ole Miss) ... TB Dontae Walker is now 11th in career rushing at MSU with 1,814 yards ... He is also tied for fifth place at State with 21 career rushing TDs ... SE Ray Ray Bivines had a career-high four catches against Auburn ... The attendance of 52,583 at the State-Auburn game is a school record at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.


Head Coach: Lou Holtz (Kent State, '59)
Record at South Carolina: 19-20 (.487) / 4th season
Overall Record: 235-115-7 (.668) / 31st season

The USC defense had two interceptions against Temple, equaling the Gamecocks total in the first three games of the season ... Touchdowns scored by Daccus Turman and Troy Williamson against Temple marked the first time Carolina has had touchdowns by two true freshmen in a game since 1991 (Brandon Bennett, Terry Wilburn vs. Virginia Tech) ... Sr. QB Corey Jenkins had two rushing TDs and 2 passing TDs against Temple.


Head Coach: Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee, '72)
Record at Tennessee: 97-21 (.822) / 11th season
Overall Record: 97-21 (.822) / 11th season

WR Kelley Washington made his first appearance of the season and caught seven passes for 102 yards against Florida ... It was Washington's fourth-career 100+ receiving yardage game ... The Vols had eight fumbles against Florida, losing three ... The eight fumbles tied a school record ... PK Alex Walls consecutive PAT streak of 91 ended against Florida ... QB Casey Clausen completed 30-of-44 passes for 285 yards and a TD vs. the Gators.


Head Coach: Bobby Johnson (Clemson, '73)
Record at Vanderilt: 1-3 (.250) / 1st season
Overall Record: 61-39 (.610) / 9th season

Vanderbilt's 38 points against Ole Miss was the most by the Commodores in an SEC game since 1994 vs. Georgia (W, 43-30) ... VU RBs Kwane Doster and Norval McKenzie had 101 rushing yards each - the first time it has happened at Vanderbilt in an SEC game since 1994 (vs. Georgia) ... For the third game in a row, freshman QB Jay Cutler had a career-high 11 pass completions ... Doster's 344 all-purpose yards against Ole Miss is third-highest in SEC history.

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