It was an eventful weekend in the SEC. Records were broken (Vanderbilt’s Darrius Sims). Major statements were made (Mississippi State). And offenses floundered (Florida). Here are some stats from the week that was in the SEC.
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 4 in the SEC
Kickoffs returned for touchdowns by Vanderbilt’s Darrius Sims in the Commodores’ loss to South Carolina. Sims is the first SEC player and the 18th player in FBS history to return two kickoffs for scores in the same game.
Yards per passing attempt averaged by Alabama quarterback Blake Sims in Alabama’s 42–21 win over Florida, a number that has been surpassed only once by a Nick Saban quarterback at Alabama against an SEC opponent. AJ McCarron averaged 13.9 yards per attempt in a 2012 win over Tennessee, against a defense that ranked last in the league by the end of the season.
Points scored by Auburn in Thursday’s win at Kansas State, the fewest by the Tigers in a victory since they beat Florida 17–6 in October 2011.
Times LSU has allowed at least 250 yards rushing in 2014 — 268 to Wisconsin and 302 to Mississippi State. The Tigers had not allowed a team to rush for 250-plus yards in a game since Auburn gashed them for 440 in October 2010.
Teams from Power 5 conferences that have at least 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing — Alabama and Mississippi State. Alabama has 1,007 yards rushing and 1,343 yards passing; MSU has 1,083 yards rushing and 1,067 yards passing.
Yards per play allowed by the South Carolina defense in Saturday’s 48–34 win at Vanderbilt. It was the most Vanderbilt has had against an SEC team since a 38–26 loss to Kentucky in 2006.
Rushing touchdowns by Arkansas’ Jonathan Williams, the most in the SEC and tied for third-most in the nation. As a team, the Razorbacks rank second in the country with 17 rushing touchdowns.
Drives by Florida that lasted three plays or fewer in the Gators’ loss at Alabama. Florida had two drives that went for seven plays — one covered 25 yards and ended with an interception and the other covered 31 yards and ended on downs. The Gators had 200 yards of offense and completed only 9-of-28 passes.
Average points scored by Texas A&M in its two road games. The Aggies won at South Carolina 52–28 in the opener and beat SMU in Dallas 58–6 on Saturday.
Losses by Missouri at home to a non-conference opponent since the end of the 2001 season — until Saturday’s setback against Indiana. The Tigers’ only other loss to a non-conference opponent in the last 12-plus years was to New Mexico in 2005.