Friday, September 28, 2012
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By Edward Aschoff
Here's your weekly dose of news and notes from ESPN Stats & Information and the SEC:
Missouri at Central Florida
- Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton set an single-game record with 303 receiving yards (on 10 catches and three touchdowns) against Rutgers. The total is the 14th highest in FBS history. The 303 yards is the most receiving yards and all-purpose yards in FBS this season.
- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had two passing and one rushing touchdown against Vanderbilt, and now has a career touchdown responsibility of 78, which is tied with Kentucky’s Tim Couch (1996-98) for 11th in SEC history.
- South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes against Missouri, going 20-of-21 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. The consecutive completion streak is tied for second in SEC history. His 95.24 completion percentage is second in SEC history (both behind Tee Martin, UT, 1998). His single-game pass efficiency rating of 226.27 is 16th highest in FBS this season, and highest for any quarterback in a conference vs. conference game.
- SEC defenses have five shutouts this season. SEC defenses recorded six all of last season.
- Texas A&M’s Dustin Harris' 96-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Carolina State is the longest in the FBS this season.
- SEC is 28-7 (.800) against nonconference foes this season. The league is second among all FBS conferences this season in nonconference win percentage (Big 12 -- 24-3, .889).
- The SEC has a winning record against all FBS conferences since 1997 except one. The SEC is 18-25 (.419) against teams in the Big East when the game was played.
- SEC teams are 29-5 (.853) when scoring first this season. Alabama and Texas A&M are the only SEC teams to score first in all of their games this season.
- More than 2.7 million fans have attended SEC home games so far this season. In 37 home dates, a total of 2,767,605 fans have attended SEC games, an average of 74,800 fans per game and 96.37 percent capacity. There have been 17 games where attendance has been at 100 percent-or-more capacity.
- Tennessee leads the SEC with 12 passing touchdowns this season, while Georgia leads SEC with 14 rushing touchdowns … South Carolina has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season while Texas A&M has allowed just one passing touchdown … Every SEC team with the exception of Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee has scored at least one non-offensive touchdown this season … Opponents have not converted turnovers into points against Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Texas A&M this season.
- Alabama leads the SEC scoring (touchdown and field goal) on 56.3 percent of its offensive drives (27-of-48), while Texas A&M leads the league in touchdown scoring (42.5 percent, 17-of-40) … Alabama leads the SEC in allowing scores on just 6.4 percent of opponents' offensive drives (3-of-47) while South Carolina leads the SEC in least touchdowns allowed per opponents offensive drive (5.5 percent, 3-of-54) … Texas A&M and LSU average a league high 5.63 plays per offensive drive.
- The change in kickoff yard lines has made a big difference in the SEC. With the move from the 30 to the 35-yard line, touchbacks have more than doubled in percentage. So far this season, there have been 167 touchbacks on 346 kickoffs (48.3 percent) among the 14 SEC teams. Last season, the 12 SEC teams were at a 22.6 percentage clip for the season, with 190 touchbacks on 841 kickoffs. SEC kickoff units have allowed an average of just 9.73 yards per kickoff return (3,367 yards on 346 kickoffs). Last year, SEC kickoff units allowed an average of 15.8 yards per kickoff return (13,284 yards on 841 kickoffs).
- South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore is tied for 20th in SEC history with 33 career rushing touchdowns. He is also tied for 21st with 36 career touchdowns scored (rush and receiving). Only one of the top 10 in the SEC career touchdowns scored list has averaged more touchdowns per game than Lattimore (36 touchdowns in 24 games/1.5 per game). Georgia’s Herschel Walker averaged 1.57 TDs per game (52 in 33 games) during his career (1980-82).
This is the first meeting between the schools … This will mark Missouri's first game in the state of Florida since 1988 at Miami … Missouri is second in the nation in fumbles recovered (eight), behind only Louisiana Tech (nine) … Junior linebacker Andrew Wilson is tied for first nationally, averaging 1.00 forced fumbles per game … In USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin’s latest computer ratings, Missouri has the nation’s toughest schedule.
Arkansas at Texas A&M
These teams have played in 68 previous times, with Arkansas holding a 41-24-3 series advantage … The teams have played three years straight prior to this year, with the Razorbacks winning all three meetings … Arkansas and Navy are the only schools in the NCAA to have a 1.000 winning percentage in Texas since the start of the 2009 season with a minimum of four games played in the state … Aggies junior defensive end Damontre Moore leads the nation in sacks per game (2.0) and is tied for the national lead in tackles for loss per game (2.67).
Tennessee at Georgia
- With a loss, Arkansas would join the 1984 Pittsburgh Panthers as the only preseason top-10 teams to have four losses by the end of September. The 1984 Panthers began 0-4 after being ranked third in the preseason poll and finished the season 3-7-1.
Tennessee holds a 21-18-2 series lead against Georgia … In games in Athens, Tennessee holds a 10-9-1 advantage … Georgia has won the past two meetings … Six of the past seven meetings in the series have been decided by at least 12 points, with the exception being Georgia’s 20-12 win in 2011 … This season, the Bulldogs have 40-plus points in four consecutive games for the first time in school history … The Vols have accumulated 2,055 offensive yards after four games, the highest total through the first four games in Tennessee history … The Vols lead the SEC and are seventh nationally in least sacks allowed per total pass attempts (2/156) … Georgia has won 14 consecutive regular-season games dating to last season (sans the SEC championship game/bowl), the second longest such streak in the nation (LSU -- 17).
Towson at LSU
- Tennessee is trying to avoid a 0-2 start in the SEC, which would be the fifth straight year it started 0-2 in the SEC. From 1977 until 2008, Tennessee never started 0-2 in SEC more than twice in a row.
- Tennessee’s last win against an AP top-5 team came in 2005, when it won at No. 4 LSU. Since then, the Vols are 0-10 against AP top-5 teams.
This is the first meeting between the teams … LSU is 4-0 for the sixth straight year, longest streak in school history … LSU is 30-0 under Les Miles in nonconference regular-season games … LSU has won 36 straight nonconference games in Tiger Stadium, a streak that dates to 2001 … Sixteen players on LSU’s defense have recorded either a sack or a tackle for loss, with another three being responsible for a turnover.
South Carolina at Kentucky
South Carolina leads the series with Kentucky, 15-7-1, leading 8-4 in games in Lexington … The Gamecocks have won eight straight dating to last season, the second longest winning streak in school history, topped only by their nine-game winning streak that started the 1984 season … The No. 6 national ranking is the best for South Carolina since 2007 … Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips was wide receivers coach at South Carolina in 2002 ... South Carolina won 54-3 last season in Columbia, while Kentucky won 31-28 in Lexington in 2010 … Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith is third in the SEC and 17th nationally in total offense at 316.3 yards per game.
Ole Miss at Alabama
- Lattimore has gained 152 of his 320 yards after contact (47.5 percent). Lattimore gained 39.7 percent of his yards after contact in his first two seasons.
- Kentucky has lost seven straight and 18 of its past 19 against AP-ranked opponents. The Wildcats’ only win in that span came two years ago at home against 10th-ranked South Carolina.
Alabama leads the series with Ole Miss, 45-9-2 … The Tide has won eight straight against the Rebels with the last Ole Miss win coming in 2003 … Ole Miss opens SEC play on the road for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons, and kicks off SEC play against Alabama for first time since 2004 … The Rebels are 3-1 for the first time since 2009 … The Crimson Tide has not trailed after the first quarter in its past 18 games, starting with the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State … Alabama has been ranked in the past 70 AP polls, the longest streak in the nation … Ole Miss junior running back Jeff Scott is fifth in the SEC in rushing yards per game (89.3), and sophomore receiver Donte Moncrief is fifth in the league in receiving yards per game (85.8) … Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron leads the SEC in passing efficiency (188.6), and kicker Cade Foster is third in the SEC in touchback percentage (14-of-18 / 77.78 percent) and leads league in most 40-plus-yard field goals (four).
- Alabama has not trailed in regulation since last season’s game against Tennessee, when Tennessee led 3-0 in the first quarter. That was 10 games ago.
- No team has made a field goal against Alabama this season, just three touchdowns -- two by Michigan and one by Florida Atlantic. The Tide defense has allowed a total of three touchdowns in its past nine games against SEC competition. Ole Miss was one of the teams that managed a single touchdown against the Tide defense last season; Florida and Mississippi State were the others.