Texas A&M 74, LSU 72 7OT
On a day in the SEC with Alabama and Auburn doing what they do in the Iron Bowl, and with all of the other rivalry games going on, this one came up with something historic. Kellen Mond threw six touchdown passes, with Quartney Davis, Kendrick Rogers and TE Jace Sternberger each coming up with two, but it was a Rogers two-point conversion that ended the madness.
LSU’s Joe Burrow threw three touchdown passes and ran for three more, but that will get lost in the Gatorade – the game will be legendary partly because head coach Ed Oregon got the bucket dump, only to have what the Tigers thought was a game-ending play get reversed.
It was a fantastic win in a great first season under Jimbo Fisher, and the loss probably knocked LSU out of a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Clemson 56, South Carolina 35
Yeah, South Carolina got rocked defensively – giving up 744 yards of total offense – but it took its shots. Jake Bentley bombed away for 510 yards and five touchdowns, and Deebo Samuel caught ten passes for 210 yards and three scores. No, the fans won’t be happy with the los to the rival, but even in the blowout loss, it was a decent performance. Now, blowout Akron and make everyone a little happier.
Alabama 52, Auburn 21
Tua Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes and ran for another as Alabama win its 12th game of the season by more than 20 points. Auburn hung around for a half with a trick play for a touchdown pass to Malik Miller keeping it close, and then Bama turned it on with 35 points in the second half. Now, no matter what happens in the SEC Championship vs. Georgia, Alabama is a mortal lock to get into the College Football Playoff. This was pure second half dominance against the bitter rival. It was exactly what the Bama fans were waiting for after last year’s loss.
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Vanderbilt 38, Tennessee 15
Kyle Shurmur was brilliant, completing 31-of-35 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns in a bowl-or-go-home game. Vanderbilt got the sixth win starting with a 17-0 halftime lead, and the D did the rest, holding Tennessee to 242 yards of total offense. Even with the massive disappointment, it was a decent first season for Jeremy Pruitt with the Vols, but it’s an even better moment for Derek Mason, who did the nearly impossible.
Georgia 45, Georgia Tech 21
Jake Fromm threw darts – completing 13-of-16 passes for 175 yards and four scores – and the Georgia defense held the Georgia Tech option offense to just 128 yards. There wasn’t any looking ahead to the showdown against Alabama, and now the Bulldogs have put themselves in a position to be in the College Football Playoff discussion even if they lose a tight battle against the Tide – for three quarters, they looked and played that well.
Kentucky 56, Louisville 10
And that’s what you do to the wounded rival. Kentucky wasn’t nice, barreling away for 340 yards and five scores on the ground, with Benny Snell taking off for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and Asim Rose running for 112 yards. Even Terry Wilson was fantastic, completing 17-of-23 passes for 261 yards and three scores with a pick, and running for 79 yards and a score. UK beat Florida, destroyed Louisville, and is a win away from a ten-win season. That’s fantastic.
Florida 41, Florida State 14
Feleipe Franks completed 16-of-26 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for 46 yards and a score in the easy win to snap a five-game losing streak to the Noles. The Gators ended the regular season with nine wins, a big victory over one of their rivals, and they’re off to a strong bowl game. The O was balanced, the defensive front was great, and it was exactly the first season to build off of under Dan Mullen.
Missouri 38, Arkansas 0
In rainy and miserable conditions, Drew Lock threw for 221 yards and two scores, and Larry Rountree ran for 119 yards as Missouri continued to roll through the second half of the season as the best team no one seems to notice. The Hogs couldn’t do much of anything right, closing out a miserable 2-10 first season under Chad Morris with just 187 yards of total offense.
Mississippi State 35, Ole Miss 3
Coming full circle after suffering a horrific broken leg in last year’s Egg Bowl, Nick Fitzgerald threw for 111 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 117 yards and two scores as Mississippi State won easily. The Bulldogs ran for 309 yards and four scores, and the defensive front lived in the Ole Miss backfield, allowing just 37 rushing yards and giving up a lonely Luke Logan field goal. The Rebels couldn’t go bowling anyway, but they wanted to get to six wins. They didn’t.