Week number 8 of the NCAA football season was a virtual potpourri of upsets and
The SEC East was hit particularly hard with losses by Georgia (to Vanderbilt) and South Carolina (to Tennessee). In the meantime, Missouri has proven once and for all they are for real with a sound beating of the Florida Gators.
Things were no better in the SEC West where Texas A&M dropped a shootout with Auburn (this week’s GAME OF THE WEEK) and LSU was also upset. The nation’s number one team, Alabama easily rolled to a triumph over Arkansas.
This begs the question, are we ready for a Tigers versus Tide SEC Championship game? If so, are we prepared for a 30 point “Bama” victory?
The most hyped game of the week was a dismal disappointment, so let’s start our recaps there.
Florida State 51, Clemson 14
This was billed as the ACC game of the year and perhaps one of the conferences biggest ever.So exactly what went wrong for (3) Clemson in front of over 80,000 Tiger fans Saturday night in their 51-14 loss to (5) Florida State?
You can start with a red shirt freshman QB wearing jersey number 5, Jameis Winston, who threw for 444 yards and 3
touchdowns. WR Rashad Greene (#80) was on the receiving end of 2 of the TD’S as part of his 146 yards including a 72 yard sprint to the end zone in the 2nd quarter.
You knew it was going to be a long day for Clemson QB Tajh Boyd (jersey #10) when his first quarter fumble resulted in a 37
yard touchdown by the Seminoles Mario Edwards after he picked up the ball. Boyd’s stat line besides the fumble read 17/37, 156 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT.
Tennessee 23, South Carolina 21
Volunteer fans were treated to one of the most exciting games of the day when Tennessee came back to win a thriller 23-21 over (11) South Carolina in Knoxville Saturday afternoon.
Michael Palardy lived up to his number 1 jersey number by splitting the uprights on a 19 yard field goal as the game clock expired.
Palardy’s heroics were set up by an unbelievable one handed catch by the Vols WR Marquez North (#8) good for 39
yards to keep the game’s final drive alive.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Auburn 45, Texas A&M 41
The shootout at the OK Corral had nothing on the one that occurred in College Station, Texas Saturday afternoon. Nick
Marshall, wearing jersey number 14 was the main gunslinger for (24) Auburn as they beat (and battered) Johnny Manziel (#2) and (7) Texas A&M 45-41.
To put the victory in perspective, the Tigers did not win a single game in the SEC last season and lost to the Aggies
63-21 a year ago.
QB Marshall had a pair of touchdowns through the air and personally ran in another 2 in this back and forth battle
that ended with RB Tre Mason (#21) running the ball in from 5 yards out with 1:19 remaining in the game.
Manziel was his normal dynamic self, passing for 4 TD’s of his own and compiling 454 yards via the air. He also had a
rushing touchdown, but appeared to hurt his right shoulder in the 4th quarter and continually seemed to be favoring it the remainder of the contest.
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