Redshirt freshman TB Terry Grant ran 24 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns as the Tide ran past Vanderbilt 24-10. It was Alabama's 20th consecutive victory over the Commodores, and made Nick Saban a winner in his first SEC game as the Tide's coach. Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals and missed two others (48 and 49 yards). Next: Saturday, vs. Arkansas.
The Razorbacks were off last week. Next: Saturday, at Alabama.
The Tigers turned it over five times but still managed to take the game to overtime, falling 26-23 to USF. The running game had its moments, but the Tigers' passing attack sputtered as Brandon Cox was 16-for-35 for 165 yards and two interceptions. Auburn fell behind 14-3 in the first quarter. Next: Saturday, vs. Mississippi State.
It was a tale of two halves in a 59-31 victory over Troy. The Gators looked tremendous in the first half, rolling to a 49-7 lead and scoring on all seven possessions. But a young defense struggled in the second half, allowing the Trojans to score three touchdowns and a field goal. QB Tim Tebow threw for 236 yards and ran for another 93.
Next: Saturday, vs. Tennessee.
The Bulldogs' offense looked good in the opener against Oklahoma State but was stymied by South Carolina in a 16-12 loss in Game 2. QB Matthew Stafford completed less than 50 percent of his passes and was sacked three times. The Bulldogs' defense played well, with the only TD of the game coming in the first quarter. It was the first time the Bulldogs had been held without a touchdown since a loss to the Gamecocks in 2001. Next: Saturday, vs. Western Carolina.
The Wildcats ran for 266 yards and six touchdowns in downing Kent State 56-20. That's the good news. The bad news: Kentucky allowed the Golden Flashes to run for 324 yards, including 215 in the first half. Andre' Woodson threw two TD passes and ran for another score, but he also was sacked four times. Next: Saturday, vs. Louisville.
The Tigers turned what was supposed to be a close game into a laugher, hammering Virginia Tech 48-7. LSU led 24-0 early in the second quarter and coasted from there. The Tigers have outscored their first two foes 93-7. As a show of solidarity with Virginia Tech, the LSU band played the Virginia Tech alma mater before the game; it's the first time in 114 years of football that the LSU band had played a visiting team's alma mater.
Next: Saturday, vs. Middle Tennessee State.
Mike Henig threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Bulldogs downed Tulane 38-17. TB Anthony Dixon rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Dixon ran for 101 yards and both his touchdowns in the second half as the Bulldogs pulled away from a 17-17 tie. Next: Saturday, at Auburn.
TB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 226 yards and QB Seth Adams passed for another 305, but it wasn't enough as Missouri beat the Rebels 38-25. Mizzou built a 28-7 halftime lead as QB Chase Daniel threw four TD passes. Adams threw three TD passes in his second career start. Next: Saturday, at Vanderbilt.
The Gamecocks relied on their defense to come away with a 16-12 upset of Georgia. TB Cory Boyd scored the only touchdown of the game, and Ryan Succop added three field goals. The Gamecocks' defense harassed Bulldogs QB Matthew Stafford and sacked him three times. South Carolina's linebackers were especially active and caused some problems for Georgia's young offensive line. Next: Saturday, vs. South Carolina State.
The Vols overcame a slow start to beat Southern Miss 39-19. Tennessee led 17-16 at halftime, then dominated the second half. The Vols displayed a well-balanced offensive attack; WRs Lucas Taylor (118 yards) and Austin Rogers (112 yards) had big games, as did TB Arian Foster (125 yards). The Vols' defense limited Southern Miss to 3-of-16 on third-down conversions. Next: Saturday, at Florida.
A pro-Alabama crowd saw the Tide beat the Commdores 24-10 in Nashville. Vandy QB Chris Nickson, bothered by a hamstring injury, was just 5-for-18 for 67 yards. Vandy had just 101 total yards through three quarters and had four three-and-outs in the first half. Next: Saturday, vs. Ole Miss.