What happened and what mattered in the Week 6 of the SEC college football season?
5. The “other” games
If there’s anything for Nick Saban to try getting grouchy about in a 65-31 win, it might be a defense that allowed 14 fourth quarter points, wasn’t a four quarter rock against the run, and … that’s about it. Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes – technically, one came on a catch and a returned fumble – on his first two passes, and finished with 334 yards and four scores on a 10-of-13 day. Damien Harris ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and Jalen Hurts – who was on the field with Tagovailoa hit 4-of-5 throws for 59 yards.
Arkansas got the offense pushing hard against the killer Alabama D. It was down 41-14 at halftime, but Ty Story threw for 230 yards and a touchdown, and Rakeem Boyd ran for 102 yards. But it was a -3 in turnover margin, and the secondary wasn’t close early on. It was a home blowout loss, but there are signs of improvement.
That’s the Ole Miss offense at its peak. It ripped up ULM 70-21 with Jordan Ta’amu and Matt Corral combining for 517 passing yards and five scores, the ground attack rolled for 309 yards and five touchdowns, and three different Rebel receivers blew past the 100-yard mark. The fun kept going into the third quarter, with a long Corral scoring dash making it 63-7 with 20 minutes still to go. There were no turnovers, 826 yards, and if the team kept trying, it could’ve put 100 on the board.