- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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There were plenty of memorable plays in Saturday’s games involving SEC teams, but here are five of our favorites:
Vols’ fake field goal
When Tennessee lined up for a 48-yard field goal against Missouri on Saturday, the Tigers clearly didn’t expect a fake. But that’s exactly what the Volunteers threw at them, with holder Patrick Ashford raising up to hit wide-open Alex Ellis down the middle of the field. The 31-yard touchdown pass gave the Vols a 10-7 lead with 11:14 left in the second quarter.
Holmes’ strip, fumble recovery TD
Mississippi State scored in all kinds of ways against Vanderbilt, but perhaps the Bulldogs’ most exciting touchdown came from its defense. Linebacker Christian Holmes tracked down spinning Vandy receiver Latevius Rayford in a crowd at midfield and stripped the ball from the Commodores receiver’s hands. Holmes then picked up the fumble and raced down the sideline, diving into the end zone for a touchdown that put the Bulldogs up 20-0 in the second quarter.
Conley’s diving touchdown catch
Georgia’s 55-9 win over Charleston Southern didn’t include much drama, but it had plenty of moments that belonged on a highlight reel. The prettiest play came in the second quarter when quarterback Hutson Mason launched a pass down the middle to senior receiver Chris Conley, who layed out to make a diving 23-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone. Conley’s acrobatic catch gave the Bulldogs a 38-0 lead with 4:18 left before halftime.
South Carolina trickery
South Carolina got off to a slow start against South Alabama, but the Gamecocks essentially iced their win over the Jaguars by resorting to some trickery. Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper took a direct snap, with quarterback Dylan Thompson lined up outside to his right. When Cooper rolled right, Thompson’s defender ran Cooper’s way and left Thompson alone in the end zone to make a 7-yard touchdown reception that put South Carolina ahead 30-9 early in the fourth quarter.
Gaines goes the distance
Ole Miss was still trying to hang around against Arkansas when the Rebels drove close to the Razorbacks’ goal line late in the third quarter. But Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines jumped in front of a floating Bo Wallace pass at the goal line for an interception, then zig-zagged his way down the sideline for a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown that put the Hogs up 27-0 and all but secured their second straight SEC win.
There were plenty of memorable plays in Saturday's games involving SEC teams, but here are five of our favorites.