For a few brief seconds, the Rebels (3-2) did something no other team has done this season -- lead Alabama (5-0). Ole Miss held a 7-6 lead just long enough to kickoff and have the ball run back for a touchdown. The game was never close after that. To their credit, Ole Miss looks like a much-improved team, but not improved enough to stop the Alabama juggernaut. Among the day’s highlights for the Tide, quarterback A.J. McCarron broke Brodie Croyle’s record of 190 consecutive passes without an interception, ending the day with a new school mark of 206. Final score: Ole Miss 14, No. 1 Alabama 33. Alabama has next weekend off before heading to Missouri on Oct. 13. Ole Miss hosts Texas A&M.
Other SEC scores from week five of the 2012 college football season include:
- No. 5 Georgia 51, Tennessee 44 - Once again, the Tennessee Volunteers (3-2) managed to make things a bit uncomfortable for the Dawgs (5-0). However, No. 5 Georgia managed to pull off the 51-44 win with offensive play The Bleacher Report described as “stunning.” Quarterback Aaron Murray completed 18 of 24 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns and, according to The Bleacher Report, “the Bulldogs defense was able to come up with just enough stops ... This was an incredible game to watch. Tennessee refused to go away, but they were stuck behind the eight ball far too often. In the end, they couldn't make enough crucial plays, on either side of the ball, to get the job done." Next week, the battle for the SEC East will come to a head as Georgia travels to Columbia to face the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-0).
- Arkansas 10, Texas A&M 58 – Just when you think things couldn’t get much worse for the Razorbacks (1-4), the Aggies (3-1) happen along. Arkansas suffered an absolute shellacking in College Station Saturday as A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel posted another incredible performance throwing for 453 yards and running for 104. “Manziel's 557 total yards also broke the old SEC record of 540 by Archie Manning of Ole Miss vs. Alabama in 1969 and Rohan Davey of LSU vs. Alabama in 2001,” KBTX reported. “Through the first four games (all starts) of his career, Manziel has attempted 124 passes without an interception. The last QB to do this was Bucky Richardson, who made five starts as a true freshman without an interception for the season.” Next week, Arkansas travels to Auburn and the Aggies head to Ole Miss.
- Towson 22, No. 3 LSU 38 – The Tigers (5-0) performance against Towson was probably not what head coach Les Miles was hoping for as his team prepares a tough four-game stretch that includes Florida next week before facing South Carolina, Texas A&M and Alabama. LSU managed to do well enough to avoid an upset, but left fans unhappy. “LSU had portrayed its 12-10 victory at Auburn a week earlier as a wakeup call, but it continued to stumble intermittently against its first FCS opponent of the season - enough so that frustrated fans routinely groaned and even booed,” Yahoo Sports reported.
- No. 6 South Carolina 38, Kentucky 17 – The Wildcats (1-4) gave South Carolina (5-0) everything they could handle and then some in the first half of play, but the Gamecocks scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to preserve their shot at a SEC East title. "Coming out in the second half, we knew that we didn't have a good first half," Gamecocks defensive end Devin Taylor told the Associated Press. "Our whole plan was to come with the intensity that we didn't show." Up next: South Carolina hosts Georgia and Kentucky hosts Mississippi State.
- Missouri 21, Central Florida 16 – The Miami Herald reports that Missouri’s win Saturday was “filled with the kind of team-building moments that will certainly be beneficial when they return to Southeastern Conference play.” Missouri (3-2) will have a chance to show what they learned next week against Vanderbilt.
Teams not playing this weekend:
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- College Football Scores: SEC Week 1
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