Here at Swoozie’s, we all had a wonderful weekend of tailgating and football! Here is our Week Three report from our SEC and ACC correspondents.
1. Looking to redeem themselves from last week’s heartbreaking loss to Louisiana Monroe, Arkansas hosted Alabama in both teams’ first SEC game of the season in Fayetteville, AK. Once again, it did not end well for the Hogs, as the Tide dominated much of the game, forcing five turnovers and amassing 438 total yards of total offense. The Tide defense shut out the Hogs, winning 52-0. Arkansas was without star quarterback Tyler Wilson due to a head injury, who called out his teammates publicly for quitting in the game.
2. After last week’s upset over Arkansas, the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks were looking to upset another SEC team, playing the Auburn Tigers at Auburn. Once again, the Tigers kept the game close for much of the game, as the Warhawks went up by a touchdown early in the first quarter, with Auburn responding and eventually leading 21-14 at halftime. Late in the fourth quarter, Louisiana Monroe tied the game, as Warhawks quarterback Kolton Browning threw a 6-yard touchdown to tie the game 28-28 with 1:18 left. The game went to overtime, and it looked like the Warhawks were going to win again, but after failing to score on their possession, Auburn kicker Cody Parkey hit a 35-yard field goal, winning 31-28, Auburn’s first win of the season.
3. The Florida Gators traveled to a sold-out Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN looking to continue their winning streak to eight in a row against SEC East rival, the Tennessee Volunteers. It was the first time since 2007 that both teams were ranked going into the game, Florida at #18 and Tennessee at #23. The game was close for much of the first half, with Tennessee edging out the Gators 14-10 at halftime. The Vols were up 20-13 midway through the third quarter and had a chance lead by two touchdowns after an unsuccessful fake punt attempt by Florida, but Tennessee failed to capitalize and ended up punting. Florida then scored on an 80 yard run by Trey Burton to tie the game 20-20. Late in the third quarter and into the fourth, Florida scored 21 unanswered points on the Vols, winning 37-20.
4. The #14 ranked Texas Longhorns came to Oxford, MS to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. The Longhorns dominated the Rebel defense for much of the night, beating Ole Miss 66-31. Ole Miss kept it close early in the second quarter with Ole Miss running back Randall Mackey’s 3-yard touchdown run to keep the Rebels within 3 of the Longhorns. However, Longhorn Quarterback David Ash completed 19 of 23 passes for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns in a dominating performance, leading the Longhorn’s to an easy win.
5. Sun-Belt team Western Kentucky University (“WKU”) came to Lexington and upset the Kentucky Wildcats in a stunning overtime loss. The WKU Hilltoppers took the lead early, winning 17-0 mid-way through the second quarter and leading for much of the game. The Wildcats were able to come back, eventually tying the score 24-24 in with 24 seconds remaining in the fourth on a 22 yard pass by Wildcat quarterback DeMarcus Sweat, setting up overtime. Kentucky scored first in overtime; however WKU scored on a 2-yard run on a trick play and went for the two-point conversion, winning 32-31 in a shocking loss for the Wildcats.
1. Virginia Tech had the nation’s longest road winning streak at 13 games going into this game, but it was a sloppy game for the Hokies with four turnovers and allowing 537 yards of total offense for Pitt. Virginia Tech had four turnovers on its first six possessions, including a career-high three interceptions from Logan Thomas, who had one of the worst games of his career in the 35-17 loss.
2. The ACC was doing fairly well against non-conference opponents this year until it ran into the Big East this weekend and lost all three games, including Va Tech. Louisville thorougly outplayed UNC in the first half Saturday and led 36-7 at halftime, the Tarheels couldn’t climb out of the hole they dug against the Cardinals and lost 39-34. The Maryland Terrapins also fell 24-21 to their Big East opponent, the UConn Huskies at Byrd Stadium against coach Randy Edsall’s former team. One thing did happen in the conference’s favor– Notre Dame announced this week that all sports but football and hockey are leaving the Big East for the ACC, a move that will require the Irish to play five football games against ACC opponents each season.
3. Florida State’s offensive line was dominant in the running game on Saturday, as the Seminoles racked up nearly 400 yards on the ground, dismantling a Wake Forest defensive front that had no answers 52-0. ESPN Gameday is heading to Tallahassee this week as Florida State hosts Clemson in a highly anticipated division match up.
4. NC State had its first convincing win of the season against South Alabama in their first season as a member of the FBS, so the Wolfpack will count the win towards bowl eligibility. NC State played well with quarterback Mike Glennon completing 24 of 34 pass attempts for 257 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Pack should pick up another win against The Citadel next week before back-to-back games against Miami and Florida State.
5. Duke won handily against NC Central as they were expected to do, and the Blue Devils are right where many expected them to be at this point with a 2-1 nonconference record. The big story in Durham had nothing to do with the game, it was the mere presence of receiver Blair Holliday, who has had to learn how to walk and talk all over again after his jet ski accident in July. Holliday has had a miraculous recovery and led the Blue Devils in their pregame walk to the stadium.