Sunday, November 25, 2012
SEC helmet stickers: Week 13
By Edward Aschoff
Now that we're through the final weekend of the regular season, it's time to check out the best from the weekend that was:
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: I seem to remember someone feeling very confident about Clowney's chances of really tearing things up on Saturday. Clowney certainly didn't disappoint. Even though he was dealing with a sprained foot/bruised knee, Clowney led the Gamecocks with seven total tackles, but really made his mark in Clemson's backfield, recording 4.5 sacks in the 27-17 win over Clemson. He recorded two of those sacks on Clemson's final two possessions. Clowney set the South Carolina single-season record for sacks with 13 on the season.
Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida: If the Gators were going to beat Florida State on Saturday, they had to establish their running game. That meant that Gillislee had to the the running back who grabbed so much attention at the beginning of the season. Well, that Gillislee showed up, carrying the ball 24 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-26 win over Florida State. His 9-yard run gave the Gators a 13-0 lead in the second quarter, but his 37-yard scamper gave Florida a 23-20 lead in the fourth quarter. It was Florida's first lead since the Seminoles went on a 20-0 run in the second and third quarter. It also gave the Gators a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The legend continues to grow with Johnny Football. Even though he injured his left knee in the first quarter and had to wear a brace for the rest of the night, Manziel passed for 372 yards and three touchdowns in the Aggies' 59-29 drubbing of Missouri. He also ran for 67 yards and two more scores on 12 carries. He might have been tougher to stop with the brace on. With his 439 yards of offense on Saturday, Manziel has 4,600 total yards for the season, which is a new SEC record for total offense.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss: The Rebels put on an offensive clinic in Oxford in their 41-24 win over archrival Mississippi State to win the Egg Bowl for the first time since 2008. Moncrief was a big reason why that happened. He caught seven passes for a career-high 173 yards and had three touchdowns. His 173 receiving yards are the fourth-most in a single game in Ole Miss history, and he's now tied for the most touchdown receptions in a single season for the Rebels with 10. Moncrief scored all three of the Rebels' touchdowns in the second and third quarter, including a 77-yard catch-and-run in the second that made it 17-14 Ole Miss.
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia: Rambo left Sanford Stadium the right way Saturday. He registered eight tackles on the day, but on Georgia Tech's first drive of the game, he forced two fumbles, recovering one of them. His recovery came from the Yellow Jackets' running back Robert Godhigh at Georgia's 1-yard line. Rambo then returned the fumble 49 yards to help set up the Bulldogs' second touchdown. He also grabbed an interception on a deep pass toward the end zone by Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee that helped set up the Bulldogs' fourth touchdown of the first half. That interception tied the Georgia school record for interceptions in a career (16).
Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt: Stacy made work of Wake Forest's defense Saturday. He carried the ball 21 times for 180 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Commodores' 55-21 win. His second touchdown came on a 90-yard run with the game in the fourth quarter and he left the game with 1,034 rushing yards for the season. That makes him the first Vanderbilt player to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.