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October, 26, 2012
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com
It's time to take a look at some notes from the SEC and ESPN Stats & Info:
- SEC national individual stat leaders: Passing Efficiency -- AJ McCarron, Alabama; Punting – Kyle Christy, Florida; Tackles for Loss -- Damontre Moore, Texas A&M; Sacks -- Damontre Moore, Texas A&M.
- SEC national team stat leaders: Pass Efficiency Defense -- Alabama; Net Punting -- Florida; Passing Efficiency -- Alabama; Rushing Defense -- Alabama; Scoring Defense -- Alabama; Total Defense -- Alabama; Turnover Margin -- Mississippi State.
- The average capacity for SEC home games has increased to 96.73 percent. Last year, the average was 95.75 percent. The 2010 season was at 98.51 percent. So far this season, more than 4.4 million fans have attended 60 home SEC games, an average of 74,056 fans per game. There have been 32 sellout crowds thus far in 2012.
- SEC teams are 32-7 (.821) against nonconference foes this year, the second highest among all FBS conferences (Big 12 -- 25-3 / .893). The SEC has had an 80 percent or higher winning percentage in nonconference games in six of the past seven seasons, with the exception being 2008 (37-11 / .771). Since 1992, the SEC is 76.7 percent against nonconference foes (including bowl games).
- The Florida-Georgia rivalry is the fourth most competitive (by average scoring margin) in the SEC since 2000. In 12 games between the teams since 2000, the average winning margin is 11.25 points per game. Seven of the 12 games have been decided by single-digits.
- Alabama leads the SEC in overall offensive drive efficiency, scoring on 46 of its 85 offensive drives (54.1 percent). The Tide has scored touchdowns on 40.0 percent (34 of 85) of its offensive drives, which is also an SEC-best.
- Florida has a league-high nine scoring drives that have lasted longer than five minutes. There have been 52 scoring drives this season in the SEC of more than five minutes.
- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has broken into the SEC career top 10 in touchdown responsibility (84 -- seventh) and touchdown passes (75 -- tied for ninth).
- Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy became the Commodores all-time career leader in rushing yards with 2,670 yards. Stacy had 169 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries against Auburn. Stacy has 25 career rushing TDs at Vandy, which is one behind the school record of 26 (Dean Davidson, 1947-50).
- Alabama is averaging 6.1 yards per carry on designed running plays this season with 4.5 yards coming before contact with a defender. The Tide have made it at least 5 yards past the line of scrimmage without being touched on 36.9 percent of their designed runs, including 41 percent of T.J. Yeldon’s carries.
- Alabama is 44-0 since the start of the 2008 season when they run for at least 150 yards.
- Alabama leads the SEC in rush yards per game (236.3) and yards per rush (5.5) in conference games. The Tide are at their best in the fourth quarter, during which they average an SEC-best 6.5 yards per rush with 5.1 yards before contact. The two other SEC teams in the last nine seasons to average at least six yards per rush in the fourth quarter of conference games were Alabama in 2011 and Florida in 2008 – both won the BCS National Championship.
- Mississippi State is giving up 3.6 yards per rush in its four conference games this season, the fifth-lowest average in the SEC. Conference opponents have not had much room to run, as they have more yards after contact (224) against the Bulldogs than they do before contact (165). To put that in perspective, SEC teams gain 56.7 percent of their yards before contact this season.
- AJ McCarron threw a career-high four touchdown passes off play-action last week against Tennessee. McCarron now has two more touchdown passes off play-action this season than he did all of last season.
- McCarron is completing 70 percent of his passes thrown 25 yards or longer this season, an increase of more than 40 percentage points from last season. Play-action has been the key. McCarron is completing 85.7 percent of his 25-yard passes off play-action this season. For his career, two-thirds of his completions on such throws have come off play-action, including two of his career-high three completions last week against Tennessee.
- Alabama has conceded 42 plays that gained 10 yards or more, 14 fewer than any other FBS team. Opponents average 1.7 drives per game that reach the red zone against Alabama, lowest in FBS. When opponents do reach the red zone, they average 3.4 points per drive, which is tied for the seventh-lowest average in FBS.
- Alabama leads FBS with 111 points scored off turnovers this season. Mississippi State has scored 53 fewer points off turnovers than Alabama, despite having forced one more turnover. The Bulldogs’ 21 forced turnovers are tied for fourth most in FBS.
- Murray has completed half of his passes thrown 20 yards or longer this season with no interceptions in 34 attempts. Last season, Murray completed less than a third of the same throws and threw an interception every 15 attempts.
- On first down this season, Murray has completed 12 of 18 passes thrown 20 yards or longer, including five touchdowns. Murray had 12 such completions all of last season. Murray’s success on first down has a lot to do with Georgia’s running game as he used play-action to open up deep passing lanes on eight of his 12 completions.
- The Bulldogs run the ball on 58.9 percent of their first-down plays, but have been most efficient passing the football. Georgia has more completions that have gained at least 20 yards (22) than any other SEC team has total 20-yard plays. The Bulldogs face a Florida defense that has allowed nine 20-yard plays on first down this season, fourth fewest in the SEC.
- Georgia already has more plays that have gained 30 yards or more (24) this season than they had all of last season (23). The only game that the Bulldogs did not have at least one 30-yard play was in their lone loss of the season at South Carolina. Prior to the South Carolina game, the last time Georgia failed to convert a 30-yard play was in its win against Florida last season.
- Florida has given up 21 plays that have gained 20 yards or more this season, including three rushes. The three 20-yard rushes are the tied for the fifth fewest in FBS and the 21 plays are tied for 12th.
- Jeff Driskel is averaging 11.4 yards per rush on designed running plays this season, including 13 yards per rush on zone reads. He has gained at least 10 yards on 43.3 percent of such runs. Driskel is averaging 5.6 fewer yards per game on designed running plays than Tim Tebow did during his senior year at Florida, despite averaging 6.6 fewer carries per game than Tebow.
- In the three games that Florida trailed at halftime against Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU, the Gators allowed a combined six points, 304 yards and six 10-yards plays in the second half.
- Florida averages 6 minutes, 30 seconds more time of possession in the second half than its opponents, the largest differential in the nation. One reason for this differential is the Gators run on 77.5 percent of their second-half plays, the fifth-highest percentage in the FBS.
- Todd Gurley leads the SEC with 358 yards after contact this season. Gurley had a season-low 18 yards after contact in Georgia’s only loss of the season.
- South Carolina has completed 37.5 percent of its play-action passes the last two weeks, both losses. In their first six games, the Gamecocks completed 65.7 percent of such throws.
- Justin Hunter has six dropped passes, which is fifth most among receivers in AQ conferences.
- Tyler Bray has completed 27 percent of his passes thrown 15 yards or longer with no touchdowns and four interceptions in conference play. Against nonconference opponents, Bray completed 66.7 percent of these passes with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
- South Carolina has sacked its opponent 29 times this season, third most in FBS. Tennessee has allowed just three sacks all season, tied for the second fewest in FBS.
- Johnny Manziel rushed for a career-low 27 rushing yards on 17 attempts against LSU, including 25 yards on scrambles. Manziel entered the game leading the SEC in rushing yards (475), touchdowns (seven) and first downs (20) when scrambling.
- Manziel attempted a career-high 49 passes from inside the pocket against LSU, completing 55.1 percent with two interceptions. Entering the game, Manziel completed 69.3 percent of his passes inside the pocket with just two interceptions in 150 attempts.
- Manziel has six rushing first downs on third down and 10-plus yards to go, three more than any other FBS player.
- Texas A&M has 36 plays that have gained 25 yards or more this season, most in FBS.