SEC Football: Week 12 Recap
In case you missed any of the games, Todd Talley recounts all of the action – including Florida's goal line stand – along with his updated SEC Power Poll.
Game of the Week: Florida 16, LSU 10
The Gators clinched their second consecutive SEC East championship with a goal line stand on the game's final play to defeat heavily favored LSU. Tigers running back Derrius Guice appeared to go the wrong way and was stopped short of the end zone by Marcell Harris and Jordan Sherit. Florida scored its points on three Eddy Pineiro field goals and a 98 yard touchdown pass from Austin Appleby to Tyrie Cleveland. LSU wasted three opportunities in the red zone, including a Guice fumble, a botched field goal snap, and the game ending goal line stand. The victory was especially sweet for the Gators, given the contentious negotiations between the schools regarding the details for rescheduling the game after Hurricane Matthew. Specifically, LSU refused to give up a home game, forcing Florida to travel to Baton Rouge. "The way I look at it, they got what they deserved -- and it should have been worse," Florida head coach Jim McElwain said.
Player of the Week: Rawleigh Williams, III, Arkansas
In Arkansas's 58-42 victory over Mississippi State, Razorbacks sophomore running back Rawleigh Williams ran for 205 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another touchdown. Williams did most of his damage in the first half as he had 191 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns before the break. He is in good shape to win the SEC regular season rushing title as he leads the race by over 100 yards going into the final weekend. "The holes were huge," Williams said. "It just felt like I was running straight. I didn't have to do too much."
SEC Power Poll
1. Alabama (11-0) – defeated Chattanooga 31-3
2. Florida (8-2) – defeated LSU 16-10
3. Auburn (8-3) – defeated Alabama A&M 55-0
4. LSU (6-4) – lost to Florida 16-10
5. Texas A&M (8-3) – defeated Texas San Antonio 23-10
6. Arkansas (7-4) – defeated Mississippi State 58-42
7. Tennessee (8-3) – defeated Missouri 63-37
8. Georgia (7-4) – defeated Louisiana Lafayette 35-21
9. Kentucky (6-5) – defeated Austin Peay 49-13
10. Ole Miss (5-6) – lost to Vanderbilt 38-17
11. South Carolina (6-5) – defeated Western Carolina 44-31
12. Vanderbilt (5-6) – defeated Ole Miss 38-17
13. Mississippi State (4-7) – lost to Arkansas 58-42
14. Missouri (3-8) – lost to Tennessee 63-37