Sunday, September 26, 2010
SEC helmet stickers: Week 4
By Chris Low
What a weekend of football in the SEC.
The two headliners both lived up to their billing, and there was no shortage of terrific performances across the board.
With that, we pass out the helmet stickers for Week 4:
Alabama running back Mark Ingram: You could watch football for a long time and not see a better run than Ingram’s 54-yard romp on Alabama’s first touchdown. How he kept his balance and stayed inbounds those final few yards was nothing short of amazing. He finished with 157 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s come-from-behind 24-20 win over Arkansas. Yes, this is the same guy who had arthroscopic knee surgery less than a month ago.
Florida quarterback Trey Burton: The Gators’ true freshman came close to matching his new jersey number. Having switched to No. 8 earlier in the week, Burton scored a school-record six touchdowns -- five rushing and one receiving -- in Florida’s 48-14 spanking of Kentucky. Burton was in the Wildcat formation for most of his damage and is the kind of weapon the Gators were missing around the goal line.
Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton: There might not be a more valuable player to his team in all of college football. Where would the Tigers be right now without Newton? He accounted for five touchdowns in Auburn’s 35-27 win over South Carolina and amassed 334 yards of total offense. Included were 176 rushing yards, the second time this season Newton has rushed for more than 170 yards.
Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden: The Rebels were looking for any trace of good news after losing two of their first three games against Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt. They got it in a 55-38 win over Fresno State that included Bolden’s career-high 228 yards on 19 carries. His 71-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the third quarter broke the game open after the Rebels went into halftime with a 27-10 lead.
Arkansas fans: The result was not what they were looking for, but it was no fault of theirs. Razorback Stadium was pure bedlam all game long, and the buildup all across town was the kind of thing that makes SEC football so special. The Alabama players admitted afterward that they were affected by the crowd noise. It had been 31 years since a Top-10 matchup had come to Fayetteville, and these fans were ready in a big way.