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Senior Aaron Murray lit up the scoreboard once again. The Georgia Bulldog had four touchdown passes to four different players and the team snapped a three-game losing streak to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Murray has now 99 career touchdown passes in his historic career, but his worst game might have been against those same Gamecocks a season before. Check out this comparison.
- 2012: 35.5 completion percentage, 109 passing yards, 0 touchdown passes, 1 interception
- 2013: 73.9 completion percentage, 309 passing yards, 4 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions
The Aggies have put up some big numbers in their first two games this season. Texas A&M has put up at least 50 in each of its first two games. It helps when you have a Heisman Trophy winner. This upcoming week won’t be that easy when the Aggies are home against Alabama. This is only the fourth time in school history that Texas A&M has posted at least 50 in the first two games. The first time was just over 100 years ago. Here is a breakdown of those seasons.
- 1912: 50-0 win over Daniel Baker, 59-0 win over Trinity (next game scored 27 vs. Arkansas)
- 1917: 66-0 win over Austin College, 98-0 win over Dallas University (next game scored 20 vs. Southwestern)
- 1997: 59-6 win over Sam Houston State, 66-0 win over SW Louisiana (next game scored 36 vs. North Texas)
- 2013: 52-31 win over Rice, 65-28 win over Sam Houston State
Mark Stoops and Big Blue are now in the win column. The University of Kentucky looked impressive this past Saturday as they rolled past Miami of Ohio 41-7. In the game the Wildcats had 262 rushing yards and 413 passing yards for a total of 675 total yards. It was the third highest total in team history. The top two happened in 1998. Here are the top five:
- 1998 vs. Louisville: 801 total yards
- 1998 vs. Vanderbilt: 679 total yards
- 2013 vs. Miami (Ohio): 675 total yards
- 1951 vs. Tennessee Tech: 646 total yards
- 1997 vs. Tennessee: 634 total yards
Who here wants to talk about defense? Are there any Volunteers? Well Tennessee certainly played some defense against Western Kentucky. The Vols forced seven turnovers including five in a six-play stretch. Tennessee had five interceptions in a game for the first time since 1999 and two of those were returned for touchdowns. Here are the two players that had interception returns for a touchdown and the last time two Tennessee players did the same.
- 2013 vs. Western Kentucky: Justin Coleman 23 yards and Cameron Sutton 36 yards
- 2010 vs. Ole Miss: Eric Gordon 46 yards and Prentiss Waggner 10 yards
The interception returns for touchdowns by Coleman and Sutton were their career first picks.
We all know the Gamecocks lost last Saturday. But one player that is continuing to play quite well is sophomore running back Mike Davis. South Carolina fans knew about him last season, but the rest of the SEC is getting to know him now. And if you don’t, you should. In the first game, he rushed for 115 yards against North Carolina and then had 149 yards against Georgia. In both games he had 75-yard runs. It is impossible to forget about the talents of Marcus Lattimore, but if you look at what Lattimore did in his first two games of the season, Mike Davis fits right in.
- Lattimore, 2010: 51 rushes, 236 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns
- Lattimore, 2011: 50 rushes, 288 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns
- Lattimore, 2012: 36 rushes, 150 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
- Davis, 2013: 28 rushes, 264 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
Another running back that is shining bright this young season that not many people knew about is Alex Collins. Once again Razorback fans knew him, and now most of us do too. One thing about this freshman is you have to get him early because as the game moves on he gets dangerous. In the fourth quarter of his first two games he is averaging 7.6 yards per run. Posting up big numbers early is nothing new to Arkansas. Here is a list of the most rushing yards in a game as a freshman since 2000.
- Fred Talley (2000 vs. Ole Miss): 214 rushing yards
- Darren McFadden (2005 vs. Georgia): 190 rushing yards
- Alex Collins (2013 vs. Samford): 172 rushing yards
- Darren McFadden (2005 vs. Mississippi State): 165 rushing yards
- Fred Talley (2000 vs. Auburn): 161 rushing yards