No. 8 Arkansas 34, Louisiana-Monroe 31 – Calling Arkansas’ OT loss to Louisiana-Monroe a “shocker” is a gross understatement. ULM was a 30-point underdog heading into the game, but the loss of Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson in the first half and outstanding play by a scrappy Warhawk quarterback led to the first big upset of the season. "We got outplayed and outreached, and we couldn't get them off the field," Arkansas coach John L. Smith told the Sporting Exchange. The game was ULM’s first ever win over a ranked opponent. Arkansas has seven days to lick their wounds and get ready to face Alabama.
Other SEC scores from the second week of the 2012 college football season include:
No. 1 Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0 – The top-ranked Tide rolled to an easy win over the Hilltoppers as Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron threw his second four-touchdown game of his career. “Any time the Hilltoppers came close to putting points on the board, Alabama smacked it out of their hands,” AL.com reported. The Tide faces travels to Fayetteville next week to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.
No. 3 LSU 41, Washington 3 – According to Sports Illustrated, LSU proved it has depth and intensity with its blowout win over Washington. “LSU made Washington look like a cupcake in a 41-3 win,” SI’s Andy Staples wrote. Next up for LSU: Idaho at home in Baton Rouge.
No. 7 Georgia 41, Missouri 20 – The Dawgs had their hands full with Missouri during the first half of the game, but you have to play all 60 minutes and Mizzou only managed a good 45. Nonetheless, Missouri will make a good addition to the SEC even if some visiting Georgia fans said the new SEC members were too nice and didn’t know what they were getting into, USA Today reports.
No. 9 South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10 – The Gamecocks cruised to an easy victory over the Purple Pirates as backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns. Mill Creek High School graduate Trent Tignor averaged 46.4 yards per punt for East Carolina, punting five times for a total of 232 yards. South Carolina hosts UAB next week.
Auburn 10, Mississippi State 28 – The Tigers fell to 0-2 with Saturday’s loss in Starkville. The Bulldog’s Tyler Russell threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Yahoo Sports reports that the Bulldogs had lost 10 out of the last 11 games against Auburn and had not won a SEC opener since 1999. Next week, Auburn will try to put one in the win column as they host Louisiana-Monroe. Mississippi State will travel to Troy.
Florida 20, Texas A&M 17 – The Aggies started strong in their SEC debut but, in keeping with an unfortunate history of blowing leads, allowed the Gators to come back and take control after halftime. Texas A&M will play two non-conference games before returning to SEC action against Arkansas on Sept. 29. Florida heads to Knoxville next Saturday to face the Volunteers.
Kentucky 47, Kent State 14 – Kentucky won their seventh straight home opener and piled up 539 yards of total offense against the Golden Flashes. The Wildcats host Western Kentucky next week.
Ole Miss 28, UTEP 10 – The Mississippi Press reports junior college transfer Bo Wallace threw three touchdowns and ran for another Saturday as Ole Miss improved to 2-0 with a 28-10 win over UTEP. The Rebels host Texas next week.
Tennessee 51, Georgia State 13 – The Volunteers dominated GSU Saturday racking up 558 total yards to Georgia State’s 263. According to ESPN, “The blowout assures Tennessee takes a perfect record into next week's Southeastern Conference opener against Florida, which has beaten the Volunteers seven consecutive times.”
Vanderbilt 13, Northwestern 23 – Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean wrote, “This one creates a 0-2 hole that no Commodores team has ever climbed out of to reach a bowl game.” The Commodores host Presbyterian next week before heading to Athens on Sept. 15.
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