In case you missed any of the games, Todd Talley recounts all of the action – including Alabama’s shutout in Baton Rouge – along with his updated SEC Power Poll.
Game of the Week: Alabama 10, LSU 0
Alabama scored ten fourth quarter points, including a 21 yard touchdown run by quarterback Jalen Hurts, to defeat LSU for the sixth consecutive time. The story of the game was Alabama’s defense, which limited LSU to 125 total yards. The Crimson Tide stymied LSU running back Leonard Fournette, holding him to 35 yards on 17 carries. "We've got some pretty hateful guys that play defense around here that are pretty good competitors," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "When they get challenged a little bit, they usually respond, and I think they responded really well tonight." Alabama extended its winning streak to 21 games and can clinch a trip to the SEC Championship Game with a win against Mississippi State next week combined with an Auburn loss to Georgia.
Player of the Week: Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
In Mississippi State’s shocking 35-28 upset of Texas A&M, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had 391 total yards and four touchdowns (two rushing and two passing). Fitzgerald joined Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel as the only SEC quarterbacks in the past 20 years to pass for 200 yards and rush for 175 yards in the same game. Fitzgerald, a 6’5” 230 pound sophomore, scored on a 74 yard touchdown run on Mississippi State’s first offensive play and sealed the victory with a four yard touchdown run with just over three minutes to play. Following the game, Fitzgerald said: “The offensive line played fantastic today. I couldn't have asked for anything more from them. Our running backs were running extremely hard, reading the blocks. We knew we could run the ball."
SEC Power Poll
- Alabama (9-0) – defeated LSU 10-0
- Auburn (7-2) – defeated Vanderbilt 23-16
- Texas A&M (7-2) – lost to Mississippi State 35-28
- LSU (5-3) – lost to Alabama 10-0
- Arkansas (6-3) – defeated Florida 31-10
- Florida (6-2) – lost to Arkansas 31-10
- Tennessee (6-3) – defeated Tennessee Tech 55-0
- Ole Miss (4-5) – defeated Georgia Southern 37-27
- Mississippi State (4-5) – defeated Texas A&M 35-28
- Georgia (5-4) – defeated Kentucky 27-24
- Kentucky (5-4) – lost to Georgia 27-24
- South Carolina (5-4) – defeated Missouri 31-21
- Vanderbilt (4-5) – lost to Auburn 23-16
- Missouri (2-7) – lost to South Carolina 31-21