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Vanderbilt now one win away from bowl eligiblity
Alabama proved it’s the No. 1 team in the SEC — and the nation — with an impressive 38-17 win over LSU on Saturday night. Earlier in the day, Vanderbilt beat Florida with surprising ease in Gainesville; Auburn ran past Tennessee in Knoxville; Missouri rolled past undermanned Kentucky in Lexington; and Ole Miss handled Arkansas in Oxford.
SEC Week 11 Recap and Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Marshall, Auburn
On the Tigers’ first possession against Tennessee, Gus Malzahn called four straight pass plays. The result was a punt. Wisely, Malzahn decided to let Marshall’s legs do the work. The electric quarterback rushed for 214 yards on only 14 carries (15.3 ypc) as the Tigers racked up 444 rushing yards in a 55-23 win in Knoxville. Marshall now has three games with a least 100 yards rushing and three games with at least 200 yards passing — including one when he accomplished both, at Texas A&M
Defensive Player of the Week: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Mosley was a force for an Alabama defense that limited LSU to a season-low 284 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 38-17 win in Tuscaloosa. Mosley, a senior linebacker, recorded a game-high 12 tackles (including 1.5 for a loss) and had two pass break-ups to spearhead the Bama defense. He leads the Tide in tackles with 71 — 23 more than anyone else on the team.
Team of the Week: Vanderbilt
Despite gaining only 183 total offense, Vanderbilt dominated Florida wire-to-wire en route to its first win over the Gators since 1988 and first win in Gainesville since 1945. The Commodores’ 31-17 victory was keyed by a defense that forced four turnovers and sacked Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy five times. Vanderbilt’s first three touchdown drives — all set up by Murphy interceptions — went for 10, 22 and 4 yards. Then, after Florida cut the deficit to 24-10 midway through the third quarter, the Dores marched 87 yards on 17 plays on a drive that was capped off by Jerron Seymour’s third touchdown of the game. The Commodores are now 5-4 overall and need one win to become bowl-eligible for the third straight season.
Coordinator of the Week: Kirby Smart, Alabama
For the first time since mid-September, Alabama gave up more than 10 points in a game. That’s the bad news (and that’s a stretch). The good news? LSU averaged a season-low 5.3 yards per play, netted just 43 yards rushing and only scored three points in the second half. After giving up a field goal on LSU’s first drive of the third quarter, the Alabama defense took over, allowing only 35 yards on LSU final three possessions. In nine games, Alabama has allowed a total of 11 touchdowns and is giving up 10.6 points per game.
Freshman of the Week: Maty Mauk, Missouri
Mauk made the most of what could be his final start of the 2013 season. The Ohio native completed 17-of-18 passes for 203 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in Missouri’s 48-17 win at Kentucky. Four of Mauk’s five TD tosses went to sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham, who caught seven passes for 100 yards to go along with his four scores. Mauk, who is 3-1 as the starter, is expected to give way to senior James Franklin when the Tigers return to action in two weeks.
|Rank||Team||LW||Record||Last Week||Next Week|
|1||1||9-0, 6-0||W, LSU 38-17||at Miss. State|
|2||3||9-1, 5-1||W, Tennessee 55-23||Georgia|
|3||4||8-2, 4-2||W, Miss. State 51-41||Bye|
|5||6||9-1, 5-1||W, Kentucky 48-17||Bye|
|6||7||6-3, 4-2||W, App. State 45-6||at Auburn|
|7||8||6-3, 3-3||W, Arkanas 34-24||Troy|
|8||2||7-3, 3-3||L, Alabama 38-17||Bye|
|9||10||5-4, 2-4||W, Florida 34-17||Kentucky|
|10||9||4-5, 3-4||L, Vanderbilt 34-17||at South Carolina|
|11||11||4-6, 1-5||L, Auburn 55-23||Bye|
|12||12||4-5, 1-4||L, Texas A&M 51-41||Alabama|
|13||13||2-7, 0-5||L, Missouri 48-17||at Vanderbilt|
|14||14||3-7, 0-6||L, Ole Miss 34-24||Bye|