SEC Football Recap: Week Two

In case you missed any of the games, Todd Talley recounts all the action —a double overtime and the biggest attendance in college football history — along with updated polls.

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After struggling in Week 1, the SEC got back on track with a 10-0 record in non-conference games on Saturday. The weekend was highlighted by Tennessee’s 45-24 victory over Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in front of the largest crowd in college football history (156,990 spectators). Tennessee trailed 14-0 early in the game but rallied behind a 5 touchdown performance from Joshua Dobbs (3 passing and 2 rushing).

Game of the Week: Arkansas 41, TCU 38 (Double Overtime)

In a wild back and forth affair, Arkansas snapped TCU’s 14 game home winning streak in double overtime. Arkansas led 20-7 when Cole Hedlund missed a 22 yard field goal with 11:30 remaining in the game. Behind spectacular play from tiny wide receiver KaVontae Turpin, TCU rallied with three unanswered scores to take a 28-20 lead. However, Arkansas tied the game with under a minute to go, and 6’10” Arkansas lineman Dan Skipper kept the Razorbacks’ hopes alive when he blocked a Horned Frog field goal attempt with 10 seconds remaining to force overtime. After both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime and TCU made a field goal to start the second overtime, Arkansas ended the contest with a 5 yard touchdown run from quarterback Austin Allen.

Player of the Week: Luke Del Rio, Florida

In his first SEC start, Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns to extend the Gators’ winning streak over Kentucky to 30 games. Del Rio (who attended a different school each of the last six football seasons) appears to have finally found his home in Gainesville. Head Coach Jim McElwain said, “I’m not ready to put [Del Rio] in the Gator Hall of Fame or the National Football League Hall of Fame, but I think he’s really learning how to play the position and knows what to expect and is starting to feel really comfortable with his pieces around him.”

SEC Power Poll

  1. Alabama (2-0) – defeated Western Kentucky 38-10
  2. Texas A&M (2-0) – defeated Prairie View 67-0
  3. Ole Miss (1-1) – defeated Wofford 38-13
  4. Tennessee (2-0) – defeated Virginia Tech 45-24
  5. Arkansas (2-0) – defeated TCU 41-38 (2 OT)
  6. Florida (2-0) – defeated Kentucky 45-7
  7. LSU (1-1) – defeated Jacksonville State 34-13
  8. Georgia (2-0) – defeated Nicholls 26-24
  9. Auburn (1-1) – defeated Arkansas State 51-14
  10. Mississippi State (1-1) – defeated South Carolina 27-14
  11. South Carolina (1-1) – lost to Mississippi State 27-14
  12. Vanderbilt (1-1) – defeated Middle Tennessee 47-24
  13. Missouri (1-1) – defeated Eastern Michigan 61-21
  14. Kentucky (0-2) – lost to Florida 45-7