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Auburn stuns Alabama in epic Iron Bowl
The Iron Bowl highlighted one of the wildest weeks in recent college football history. Auburn’s unlikely win is the obviously headliner, but there were other intriguing games in the SEC. Missouri punched its ticket to the SEC title game with a win over Texas A&M; Georgia finished on a strong note by rallying past Georgia Tech in overtime; LSU beat Arkansas in Baton Rouge despite losing quarterback Zach Mettenberger to an injury in the fourth quarter; South Carolina topped rival Clemson for the fifth straight time; Mississippi State became bowl-eligible with an overtime win over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl; Vanderbilt picked up win No. 8 by beating Wake Forest on a late field goal; Butch Jones recorded his first road win as the UT head coach as the Vols took care of Kentucky; and Florida’s miserable season ended in predictable fashion — with a loss at home to Florida State.
SEC Week 14 Recap and Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Marshall, Auburn
His stats weren’t overly gaudy, but Marshall ran Gus Malzahn’s offense to near perfection in Auburn’s thrilling 34–28 win over No. 1 Alabama. The junior quarterback completed 11-of-16 passes for 97 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and added 99 yards and one TD on the ground on 17 attempts. Auburn tied the game at 28–28 with 32 seconds remaining when Marshall found Sammie Coates for a 39-yard score on a brilliantly executed option pass. Marshall has completed just under 60 percent of his passes this season with 11 TDs and five INTs.
Defensive Player of the Week: Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
Quarles, a junior defensive tackle, was a key cog in a South Carolina defense that limited Clemson to 17 points and 352 yards of offense in the Gamecocks’ 31–17 win in Columbia. Quarles had six tackles, including two sacks — one for negative six yards midway through the second quarter and one for negative 19 yards just before halftime that forced Clemson to settle for a field goal. Quarles, who leads the team with 13.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss, is expected to declare for the NFL Draft after the season.
Team of the Week: Auburn
Who else but the Auburn Tigers? Gus Malzhan’s club completed the unlikely worst-to-first journey by stunning Alabama 34–28 in one of the most memorable college football games ever played. Auburn, which never led until the clock hit 0:00, scored two touchdowns in the final minute — one a Sammie Coates 39-yard reception with 32 seconds remaining and one on a 100-yard return by Chris Davis on a missed field goal. Auburn, which went 0–8 in the SEC last year, finished the 2013 season with a 7–1 mark despite only outgaining its eight league opponents by an average of 3.2 yards per game.
Coordinator of the Week: Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Rhett Lashlee has the title of offensive coordinator, but Malzahn is the man who runs the offensive show at Auburn. The Tigers, playing against one of the elite defenses in the nation, rolled up 393 yards of offense, including 296 on the ground — the most by an SEC team against Alabama in the Nick Saban era. Auburn closed the season by rushing for 444 yards against Tennessee, 323 against Georgia and 296 against Alabama.
Freshman of the Week: Josh Dobbs, Tennessee
In his fourth career start, Dobbs completed 14-of-23 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to lead Tennessee to a 27–14 win over Kentucky in the season-finale for both teams. Dobbs, a true freshman from Georgia, also rushed for 52 yards on seven carries, including a 40-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that put the Volunteers up 20–0. Prior to Saturday, Dobbs had zero touchdowns and five interceptions four career games.
|Rank||Team||LW||Record||Last Week||Next Week|
|1||2||11-1, 7-1||W, Alabama 34-28||vs. Missouri|
|2||1||11-1, 7-1||L, Auburn 34-28||Off until bowl|
|3||4||11-1, 7-1||W, Texas A&M 28-21||vs. Auburn|
|4||3||10-2, 6-2||W, Clemson 31-17||Off until bowl|
|5||5||9-3, 5-3||W, Arkansas 31-27||Off until bowl|
|6||6||8-4, 4-4||L, Missouri 28-21||Off until bowl|
|7||7||W, Ga. Tech 41-34 (2ot)||Off until bowl|
|8||8||7-5, 3-5||L, Miss. State 17-10 (ot)||Off until bowl|
|9||9||8-4, 4-4||W, Wake Forest 23-21||Off until bowl|
|10||10||6-6, 3-5||W, Ole Miss 17-10 (ot)||Off until bowl|
|11||11||4-8, 3-5||L, Florida St. 37-7||Season over|
|12||12||5-7, 2-6||W, Kentucky 27-14||Season over|
|13||14||L, LSU 31-27||Season over|
|14||13||L, Tennessee 27-14||Season over|