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2014 SEC Roundup: Week 2

Sept. 6 at South Carolina 33, East Carolina 23 
And You Care Because … South Carolina held a 13-7 first half lead on two Warren Harvey field goals and a Chris Hairston ten-yard touchdown run, but Mike Davis ran well for the Gamecocks with two touchdowns, and Elliott Fry hit all four of his field goal attempts to keep the Pirates just out of reach. Dylan Thompson’s 16-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Brent helped USC pull away in the third, but ECU kept coming with Shane Carden pulling the Pirates to within seven in the fourth on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Cam Worthy. Fry’s 20-yard field goal finally put the game away. 
What Else? This was Steve Spurrier’s 200th win as an SEC head coach. 
– South Carolina controlled the game, holding on to the ball for over 36 minutes, but ECU outgained the Gamecocks 453 yards to 441. 
– ECU QB Shane Carden completed 32-of-46 passes for 321 yards and a score with two picks, and Justin Hardy caught 11 passes for 133 yards. 
– USC RB Mike Davis ran 18 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. 
Game Rating: B 

Sept. 6 at Mississippi State 47, UAB 34 
And You Care Because … It wasn’t pretty, but there was lots and lots of offense with UAB coming up with 548 yards and Mississippi State 516, but a Bulldog 21-point run help take the game over in the third quarter. UAB wouldn’t go away, with Josh Magee catching an 81-yard touchdown pass and Quincy Perdue coming up with a 75-yard scoring play. 
What Else? MSU’s Dak Prescott completed 12-of-25 passes for 211 yards and four scores, and ran 18 times for 111 yards and a score. Josh Robinson added 20 carries for 124 yards and a score. 
– UAB quarterbacks completed just 16-of-34 passes, but they went for 435 yards and three scores with a pick. 
– UAB’s Jamarcus Nelson caught five passes for 144 yards and a score, and Josh Magee caught two passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. 
– Mississippi State had major problems in the secondary and with poor tackling, and the kicking game was an issue with two missed extra points. 
Game Rating: B 

Sept. 6 at Tennessee 34, Arkansas State 19 
And You Care Because … Justin Worley threw two touchdown passes and ran for a five-yard score to help Tennessee get up 31-12 in the third and break open a tight game, but Arkansas State stayed alive with a 24-yard DeKeathan Williams touchdown run early in the fourth. The Vol defense tightened up and Aaron Medley put the game away with a 38-yard field goal. 
What Else? Justin Worley only completed 22-of-38 passes, and he gave up a pick, but he threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score. He continued to build off the good performance against Utah State to settle the Vol quarterback situation. 
– Arkansas State killed itself with mistakes with a key turnover and nine penalties that always seemed to come at the wrong times. Tennessee was only flagged twice. 
– Fredi Knighten showed why he’s so dangerous and why he’s such a baller. The ASU quarterback completed 21-of-34 passes for 166 yards and a score, and he ran 14 times for a team-leading 65 yards and a score. 
– The Vols were great at getting behind the line making nine tackles for loss with Owen Williams coming up with two sacks. A.J. Johnson made nine stops with a tackle for loss and a broken up pass. 
Game Rating: B- 

Sept. 6 at Kentucky 20, Ohio 3 
And You Care Because … The Wildcats scored the first 17 points of the game with Dorian Baker catching an eight-yard touchdown pass and Stanley Williams running for a 53-yard score, and then it was all special teams with Austin MacGinning hitting field goals from 53 and 33 yards out. Ohio’s lone score came on a 44-yard Josiah Yazdani field goal. 
What Else? The Kentucky offense started to stall after the first half. Without Braylon Heard, Week One’s star running back who was out with an ankle injury, UK still ran for 232 yards, spreading out the work. 
– UK QB Patrick Towles, completed 17-of-31 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown, and ran 22 times for 59 yards. 
– Ohio QB Derrius Vick took a massive step back, failing to complete any of his six passes and running for just 21 yards on two carries. J.D. Sprague completed 13-of-25 passes for 143 yards. 
– Kentucky had the ball for 38:26 and allowed just 223 yards of total of Ohio total offense. 
Game Rating: D+ 

Sept. 6 at Florida 65, Eastern Michigan 0 
And You Care Because … Florida got the game in to finally open up its season with a light scrimmage. The offense rolled up 655 yards with Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor taking off for long scores in the first quarter, short ones in the third, and Francisco Veles hitting three first half field goals. The backups kept the big plays going with Treon Harris finding Demarcus Robinson for a 70-yard touchdown and Mark Herndon for a 78-yard score in the fourth. 
What Else? If it’s possible to still be a wee bit concerned after a dominant performance, Florida QB Jeff Driskel didn’t make too many things happen down the field. He dinked and dunked his way to 248 yards and a score completing 31-of-45 passes, but that’s nitpicking. 
– Also, as always with Florida, the penalties were coming with ten on the game. Stalling and having to kick three field goals wasn’t a plus – again, nitpicking. 
– The Gator D was humming, allowing just 45 yards of EMU passing and giving up nothing of significance. Florida came up with three sacks and nine tackles for loss – it was swarming. 
– EMU’s Great Ibe and Ray Tillman each came up with 11 tackles, but there weren’t any truly big, stops. 
Game Rating: D 

Sept. 6 Ole Miss 41, at Vanderbilt 3 
And You Care Because … The Rebels had no problems whatsoever with the punchless Commodores, getting two-yard touchdown runs from I’Tavius Mathers and DeVante Kincade, and a 39-yard Cliff Coleman interception return for a score on the way to a 41-0 lead. Vanderbilt managed just nine first downs and didn’t get on the board until the fourth quarter on a 26-yard Tommy Openshaw field goal. 
What Else? Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace didn’t make any mistakes. He completed 22-of-30 passes for 320 yards and a score. The Rebels outgained Vandy 547 yards to 167. 
– Vanderbilt’s quarterback situation didn’t improve. Stephen Rivers completed just 6-of-25 passes for 60 yards with a pick. 
– Ole Miss didn’t have to extend itself too much defensively. Robert Nkemdiche came up with the team’s only sack – the Rebels didn’t have to generate any pressure to produce. 
– Ole Miss didn’t punt and held on to the ball for 37:26, 
Game Rating: D 

Sept. 6 at Alabama 41, Florida Atlantic 0 
And You Care Because … Alabama did whatever it wanted, getting up 21-0 in the first quarter on two Blake Sims touchdown passes and a seven-yard scoring run. Jake Coker came in and connected with Jalston Fowler for a three-yard touchdown late in the first half, and Adam Griffith nailed two field goals. The game was called halfway through the fourth due to lightning. 
What Else? The quarterback battle for Alabama might have been settled with Blake Sims completed 11-of-13 passes for 214 yards and two scores, and running three times for 14 yards and a score. Jacob Coker wasn’t bad, but completing 15-of-24 passes for 292 yards and a score, but Sims was better. 
– Amari Cooper was unstoppable, catching 13 passes for 189 yards and a score. Healthy, compared to early last year, he’s looking unstoppable. 
– FAU wasn’t able to do anything to keep the chains moving, converting on just two of ten third down chances and getting stuffed for 145 yards of total offense. 
– Owl LB Andrae Kirk had a nice day making seven tackles and a sack, but for the most part, FAU wasn’t able to provide any pressure. 
Game Rating: D 

Sept. 6 at LSU 56, Sam Houston State 0 
And You Care Because … Anthony Jennings found Travin Dural for touchdown passes from 94, 27 and 18 yards in the first half, and Leonard Fournette struck the Heisman pose after a first quarter four-yard touchdown run on the way to the blowout win. The Tigers rolled at will with 584 yards of total offense and 334 on the ground. Fournette ran for 92 yards and a score, while Dural caught three passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Jennings completed 7-of-13 passes for 188 yards and three scores with 43 yards on eight carries, and Brandon Harris completed 4-of-5 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown and ran five times for 53 yards and a score. 
Game Rating: D 

Sept. 6 at Arkansas 73, Nicholls State 7 
And You Care Because … The Hogs rumbled for 684 yards of total offense including 495 on the ground averaging 12.4 yards per carry. They got up 35-0 in the first quarter and 56-0 at halftime highlighted by a 90-yard scoring run from Jonathan Williams, an 82-yard touchdown run from Keon Hatcher, and three touchdowns and 131 yards from Alex Collins. Brandon Allen completed 4-of-5 passes for 117 yards and four touchdowns. 
Game Rating: D- 

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