Sunday, November 11, 2012
SEC helmet stickers: Week 11
By Edward Aschoff
Now that Week 11 in the SEC is over with, it's time to take a look back the top performers from the weekend:
James Franklin, QB, Missouri: After a very subpar start to his SEC career, Franklin kept the Tigers' bowl hopes alive with his best performance of the year. He finished Mizzou's 51-48 four-overtime victory over Tennessee with 226 passing yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns came in overtime -- all of the Tigers' TDs in the extra sessions. He also tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into OT.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: When the Commodores needed big plays in their 27-26 comeback win over Ole Miss, Matthews was there. He was quarterback Jordan Rodgers' favorite target Saturday night, as he caught a game-high nine passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. His 52-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter gave the Commodores some nice offensive momentum and helped fuel the 21-3 run that stole victory away from the bowl-hungry Rebels. The Commodores are now bowl-eligible for the second consecutive year.
Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU: We all wondered what Mettenberger would look like after such a good outing against Alabama. He didn't seem to miss a beat in the Tigers' 37-17 win over Mississippi State. He completed 19 of his 30 pass attempts for 273 yards and a two touchdowns. He came up with some big passes Saturday night, getting 12 of LSU's 22 first downs through the air and avearging 9.1 yards per pass. And for the second straight game, he didn't turn the ball over
D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina: He was all over the place for the Gamecocks on Saturday. Swearinger finished South Carolina's 38-20 win over Arkansas with a game-high 13 tackles (10 solo), including one for loss. He also got on the scoreboard by returning an interception 69 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter to give the Gamecocks a 31-10 lead.
Texas A&M's defense: All season, the Aggies' offense has received most of the attention. But it was Texas A&M's defense that really stepped up Saturday. Johnny Manziel and his high-flying offensive friends did their job inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, but without some clutch plays from the defense, the Aggies probably don't leave Tuscaloosa, Ala., with the 29-24 upset of the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Texas A&M's defense forced three turnovers, including two interceptions after quarterback AJ McCarron entered the weekend with none on the season. The defense contained the running game in the second half, put a healthy amount of pressure on McCarron and came up with the play of the night when cornerback Deshazor Everett picked off McCarron at the goal line with 1 minute, 36 remaining in the fourth.