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September, 7, 2012
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com
Time for some fun facts from the SEC to get your weekend started:
- In eight home conference games, SEC total attendance in Week 1 was 546,463, an average of 68,308 fans per game. SEC stadiums were filled to 95.49 percent capacity for the first week of games.
- SEC teams scored first in eight of 11 nonconference games in Week 1. Five SEC teams scored on their first offensive drive of the 2012 season.
- SEC teams scored 60 touchdowns in Week 1, giving up 30. SEC teams scored nine non-offensive touchdowns (five defensive, one kickoff return, three punt returns) and did not give up any in Week 1.
- SEC offenses had 30 scoring drives of less than two minutes and nine of more than five minutes in Week 1. SEC offenses scored on 41.4 percent of its offensive drives in Week 1 (field goals and touchdowns). They scored TDs on 31 percent of their drives. SEC teams scored 92 points off of opponents turnovers in Week 1.
- Since the preseason AP poll began in 1950, only two teams have ascended to No. 1 in the poll after Week 1 and then stayed there the rest of the season. In 1971, Notre Dame was preseason No. 1, but Nebraska took over in the next poll and stayed the entire season. In 1972, Nebraska was preseason No. 1, and USC took over in the next poll and stayed the entire season. Alabama will try to become the third this season.
- Arkansas has won 20 straight nonconference games in Little Rock, Ark., which the longest streak in school history (previous high: 15 from 1974-83). Arkansas has won 10 straight games in Little Rock, tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in Little Rock in Arkansas history.
- The Razorbacks are 166-65-4 (.715) all time in Little Rock and boast a 148-52-2 record inside War Memorial Stadium. The Razorbacks are 14-1 in Fayetteville and Little Rock since 2010. The Hogs have won 12 home games in a row, the fifth-longest active streak in the country.
- Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen are now seventh in Auburn history in career touchdown catches with 14 and Blake is 13th in receiving yards with 1,342. Running back Onterio McCalebb is 13th in school history in rushing yards with 2,098 and his 47 catches is the fourth highest among Tiger running backs in school history. His 494 receiving yards are fifth all-time among Tiger running backs. Lutzenkirchen is fourth in career receiving yards by an AU tight end at 560.
- Florida senior running back Mike Gillislee rushed for 148 yards last week against Bowling Green, for his first career 100-yard rushing performance. Gillislee and junior Trey Burton are the only two active Gators to have 100-yard rushing games in their Gator careers. The last Gator to rush for more than 100 yards was Chris Rainey on Nov. 12, 2011, against South Carolina (17-132). Gillislee’s 148 yards marked the most yards for a Gator since Jeff Demps’ 158 against Vanderbilt (Nov. 5, 2011).
- Kentucky senior receiver La’Rod King has 1,295 career receiving yards and needs 29 more to tie Rafael Little and James Whalen for 13th place on the UK career list. King also has 14 career touchdowns and needs one more to move into a tie for sixth place on UK’s career TD list with Quentin McCord (15, 1996-2000).
- LSU is one victory shy of the FBS all-time record for consecutive victories over nonconference opponents in the regular season. Kansas State owns the record of 39 wins from 1993-2003. LSU has won 38 consecutive regular-season nonconference contests. The Tigers' streak began on Sept. 7, 2002, in a 35-10 win against The Citadel. The last 28 games of the streak has been while Les Miles has been the coach at LSU.
- After Ole Miss’ 49-27 season-opening win against Central Arkansas, Hugh Freeze became the fourth straight Ole Miss head coach to be victorious in his first game on the Rebel sideline. Of those who have coached since joining the SEC in 1933, the Rebels are now 10-4 in their debut.
- Over the last three-plus seasons, Mississippi State has won 17 of 18 games when victorious in the turnover column. Conversely, the Bulldogs have won just four times out of 12 when losing the turnover battle. Last week, against Jackson State, the Bulldogs forced three turnovers while not turning the ball over.
- Missouri is 24-15-1 in its history against current SEC members, including 8-6-1 in Columbia, Mo. As head coach at Missouri, Gary Pinkel is 9-2 against current SEC schools, including 5-1 against Texas A&M as members of the Big 12 and 4-1 against other SEC foes. The UGA game marks the first game for Missouri against an SEC Eastern Division foe since defeating South Carolina 38-31 in the 2005 Independence Bowl.
- The Gamecocks have won five straight games, dating back to last season. It ties for the seventh longest streak in school history. It is the longest win streak since putting together a six-game winning streak at the end of the 2006 season and the start of the 2007 season. The school record for consecutive wins is nine, set during the 1984 season.
- Tennessee posted 333 passing yards against NC State last week, snapping an eight-game streak in which the Vols' passing total was less than 300 yards. Tennessee had a TD pass of 72 yards and a TD run of 67 yards, marking the first time it has had two 60-plus-yard plays in one game since Oct. 30, 2010 at South Carolina.
- Tennessee is 7-2 under Derek Dooley when passing for 300 yards, including four consecutive wins. Tennessee is 9-1 under Dooley when scoring 25 or more points and 12-3 when scoring 20 or more points.
- Texas A&M and Florida have played twice, with the Gators winning 42-6 in Gainesville in 1962 and the Aggies taking a 37-14 Sun Bowl win on Jan. 2, 1977. The Aggies have opened their season five previous times against SEC foes (all LSU), winning all five. The most recent game was in 1995, with A&M winning, 33-17.
- Kevin Sumlin will also be making his A&M coaching debut against the Gators. A&M head coaches have compiled a 17-9-1 record in their debut games with the Aggies.
- Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy moved into seventh place on the Vanderbilt career rushing list. Stacy has 2,050 career yards, which is 46 yards shy of sixth place Lonnie Sadler (2,096 yards, 1972-75) and 101 yards shy of 5th place Jared McGrath (2,151 yards, 1997-2000). Stacy is tied for fourth in career rushing touchdowns at Vandy with 20. The school record is 26, set by Dean Davidson (1947-50).
- Junior receiver Jordan Matthews had 147 receiving yards on eight catches against South Carolina and has now had more than 100 receiving yards in four games -- all against SEC teams.