2012 SEC Week 1
Missouri | South Carolina
| LSU |
| Miss State
Player of the Week
Tennessee QB Tyler Bray completed 27-of-41 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns in the win over NC State.
Three Best Games of the Week
1. Clemson 26, Auburn 19
2. South Carolina 17, Vanderbilt 13
3. Tennessee 35, NC State 21
at Florida 27, Bowling Green 14 ... And the result of the two quarterback experiment? Jacoby Brissett completed 3-of-5 passes for 31 yards, while Jeff Driskel hit on 10-of-16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Neither one stood out, but it seems like the coaching staff is going to lean towards Driskel. Brissett did nothing to falter compared to what Driskel did. … However, there weren’t any big plays from the passing game other than the 50-yard backbreaker to Frankie Hammond. It took way too long to get the home run. … Florida fans, you might not be used to it and you might not recognize it, but that was a real, live running game coming from the backs. Mike Gillislee was terrific running for 148 yards and two scores. He was quick, tough and decisive. … The defense did its job in the second half, but it wasn’t a brick wall against the short-to-midrange passes. Bowling Green has a nice quarterback in Matt Schilz and a good passing game, but this Gator D should’ve been able to shut it down cold and didn’t. The lack of a steady pass rush will be a problem against Texas A&M.
at Georgia 45, Buffalo 23 ... The defense didn’t dominate like it was supposed to. The Bulls were able to run a bit – Branden Oliver is as good as any back the Dawgs will face all year – and there wasn’t enough of a pass rush. Even so, Jarvis Jones was Jarvis Jones with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. John Jenkins had a decent game on the inside. … The O line struggled to keep Aaron Murray from getting hit. He was good with 258 yards, but he was sacked three times. … Welcome to Todd Gurley. The 100 yards on eight carries, combined with the 46 yards from Keith Marshall, were promising for the ground game. However, it was Buffalo without its best defensive player, linebacker Khalil Mack.
at Louisville 32, Kentucky 14 ... Louisville might be that good. The Cardinals have a terrific defense and an emerging offense, but this was still a major disappointment for a Kentucky team looking to put last season in the past and start out well. … Maxwell Smith kept fighting. He threw two touchdown passes and threw for 280 yards on 50 attempts. … The defense generated some decent pressure at times, but it missed LB Danny Trevathan and safety Winston Guy. The D needs to find more steady playmakers in a hurry, especially against the run. The Cats got pushed around way too easily. … The running game worked, but UK got behind so quickly it had to abandon the ground game.
at Missouri 62, SE Louisiana 10 ... At least for one week, all appeared to be right with the world. James Franklin wasn’t perfect, completing 13-of-21 passes for 131 yards and a score, but he ran well and didn’t show any signs of his offseason injury issues. T.J. Moe’s hamstring appeared to be fine catching three passes for 26 yards and a score. … With no Henry Josey this year, the running game is Kendial Lawrence’s to carry. He came up with 121 yards and a score on just ten carries with a 76-yard scoring dash. … It wasn’t the sharpest of all-around games, the coaching staff will want better play on third downs and fewer penalties, but it was a good warm-up game with Georgia up next.
South Carolina 17, Vanderbilt 13 ... SOUTH CAROLINA … Marcus Lattimore fumbled on his first carry, but he was able to rumble for a tough 110 yards and two scores on 23 carries and led the team in receiving with three catches. … Connor Shaw is already hurt. The starting quarterback suffered a shoulder injury, and while he bravely fought through it and managed to run well and come up with the win, he was struggling at times. How much is he worth? The backup quarterbacks combined to complete zero of four passes. … The receiving corps needs to find someone who can scare a defense. Ace Sanders only made two catches for 13 yards, while Damiere Byrd made just one grab for 13 yards. South Carolina can’t win the East, and it certainly can’t win the SEC title, with just a ground game.
Tennessee 35, NC State 21 ... Da’Rick who? There was talk around Tennessee that the loss of Da’Rick Rogers wasn’t going to hurt as much as expected because Cordarrelle Patterson appeared to be a breakout star in the making. Six catches, 93 yards and a score, and two carries for 72 yards and a touchdown later, and Tyler Bray has a phenomenal new weapon to work with. Justin Hunter looked healthy and terrific making nine grabs for 73 yards. … But it still would’ve been nice to have Rogers around. … While the storyline will be the passing game, after last year, one of the biggest keys was a running attack. The Vols actually moved the ball on the ground with Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane each producing. … Watch out, SEC. This passing game could be a gamechanger.
South Carolina 17, Vanderbilt 13 … VANDERBILT … The Commodores had their chances, but weren’t able to connect late to take advantage of the openings South Carolina gave them. A missed pass interference call wasn’t fair, but there were several times when Vandy had a shot at taking control of the game, but couldn’t do it. … The offense wasn’t going to rock against the USC D, so it had to take advantage of the two big early takeaways and couldn’t make the big mistake. Jordan Rodgers threw a disastrous pass when the Commodores were in scoring range, the offense didn’t score in the first quarter, and that was it. Vandy should’ve come out of the first half with at least 17 points. … Free safety Kenny Ladler had a terrific game with nine tackles, a sack and a pick.
Alabama 41, Michigan 14 ... Almost everyone thought Alabama would come out and dominate, and it did just that. It was very business-like, very cool, and very calm. Even with all the new starters, the team played like it expected to blow up one of the Big Ten’s best teams. … Welcome to true freshman T.J. Yeldon. The Tide spread out the carries, and while Dee Hart and Eddie Lacy couldn’t seem to break free, Yeldon was a flash with 111 yards and a score. … Dee Milliner was terrific. The star corner made five tackles with a pick and four broken up passes. His game was overshadowed by the C.J. Mosley pick-six that was on all the highlight reels. … The offensive line wasn’t perfect, but it did what it was supposed to do shoving around the Michigan defensive front on key running plays. A.J. McCarron was under a little bit of pressure, but he was ultra-efficient and effective throwing for 199 yards and two scores.
at Arkansas 49, Jacksonville State 24 ... Don’t get hung up by the problems early on. Overall, turnovers and penalties were a big of an issue, and being down 14-7 in the second quarter won’t look good on paper, but the Hogs were more than fine. This was the work-the-kinks-out game. … Tyler Wilson made sure of that completing 19-of-27 passes for 367 yards and three scores. … However, Knile Davis couldn’t seem to shake free. He wasn’t exactly tentative, but he couldn’t find much room finishing with 70 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. … The pass rush was fine and Ross Rasner came up with eight tackles and a tackle for loss, but the defense could stand to come up with a stonewall day against ULM before the Alabama showdown.
Clemson 26, Auburn 19 ... Kiehl Frazier has to run well for the Auburn offense to move. Onterio McCalebb and Tre Mason each cranked out yards in chunks, but Frazier didn’t get anything going in the open field and completed just 11-of-27 passes for 194 yards and a score with a pick. … The Auburn defense might have had way too many problems against the run, but Daren Bates made plenty of plays coming up with 14 tackles and a sack. … Welcome to the season, Corey Lemonier. The star pass rush came up with eight tackles and two sacks. … Considering Clemson dominated at times, Auburn was still in the hunt late in the game. The offense had to settle for four field goals after the Emory Blake 54-yard scoring play in the first.
at LSU 41, North Texas 14 ... There was never any threat of losing, but there has to be a big worry that Zach Mettenberger got knocked out in his first game. He finished 19-of-26 for 192 yards and a touchdown and a pick, and he came back after having to leave the field, but he didn’t appear to be 100%. When everything was fine he showed off his tremendous arm and upside, but he can’t take too many more shots in the head like he did, if any. … The running game was the running game. Alfred Blue ran for 123 yards and Kenny Hilliard rumbled for 141 yards and two scores. The O line took control. … Considering it was an easy game, there were way too many penalties getting flagged ten times. Call it a Week One problem.
at Ole Miss 49, Central Arkansas 27 ... It might have taken a half to get going, but the offense came through out of the locker room with the passing combination of Bo Wallace and Barry Brunetti combining to complete 25-of-31 passes for 330 yards and three scores. Wallace added 82 yards and a score. … Brunetti was good, but Wallace appears to be the better fit for what Hugh Freeze wants to do. He was in command of the offense. … Donte Moncreif was terrific catching eight passes for 104 yards and a score. … The unsung hero was punter Jim Broadway, who put all three of his kicks inside the 20. … The defense gave up way too many short-to-midrange passes, but there weren’t many small gains turned into large ones. The D will have to be careful or it’s going to be dinked and dunked on to death.
at Mississippi State 56, Jackson State 9 … The Bulldogs came out red hot with the offense looking in midseason form. Tyler Russell threw for 185 yards and two scores while nine different players carried the ball for 202 yards and four scores. … The defense did its part by getting off the field quickly. Jackson State’s running game never had any room to move. The Bulldogs didn’t have to do anything creative or special; the front seven held up without a problem. … One of the big keys early on – no turnovers. The Bulldogs finished +3 in turnover margin highlighted by a 52-yard pick six from Darius Slay late in the first half.
Texas A&M ... Didn’t Play This Week