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September 18, 2007

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SEC Week 3 Recap
Alabama
John Parker Wilson hit Matt Caddell with an 8-yard scoring toss with four seconds left to give the Tide a wild 41-38 victory over Arkansas. Alabama led 31-10 late in the third quarter before the Hogs came roaring back. Wilson was 7-for-8 for 56 yards on the Tide's winning drive, which started at the Alabama 27 with 2:13 left. The win was Nick Saban's first league victory at home.
Next: Saturday, vs. Georgia.
Arkansas
The Hogs rallied from 21 points down late in the third quarter before falling 41-38 at Alabama. The Tide's winning score came on a 4-yard pass with eight seconds left. TB Darren McFadden keyed the comeback, rushing for 195 yards on 33 carries. The Heisman Trophy candidate scored twice in the fourth quarter. The Hogs finished with 301 rushing yards.
Next: Saturday, vs. Kentucky.
Auburn
The Tigers lost at home for the second game in a row, falling 19-14 to Mississippi State. Senior QB Brandon Cox tossed two first-quarter interceptions, with the first being returned for a TD. True freshman Kodi Burns played most of the way at quarterback, and he provided a spark with his running ability. The Tigers allowed just 213 yards in the loss.
Next: Saturday, vs. New Mexico State.
Florida
The Gators' offense did whatever it wanted in a 59-20 demolition of Tennessee. The Vols cut the lead to 28-20 midway through the third quarter, but it was all Florida after that. The Gators rolled up 554 yards in their first real test of the season. It was the first SEC start for sophomore QB Tim Tebow, who threw two TD passes and ran for two more scores.
Next: Saturday, at Ole Miss.
Georgia
The Bulldogs pulled away from a 3-3 tie with three second-quarter touchdowns to beat I-AA Western Carolina 45-16. Three tailbacks scored for the Bulldogs, and QB Matthew Stafford tossed two touchdown passes.
Next: Saturday, at Alabama.
Kentucky
QB Andre' Woodson threw for 275 yards and four TDs, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 28 seconds left, as the Wildcats upset Louisville 40-34. Woodson's 57-yard TD toss to Steve Johnson capped a wild game. Woodson has thrown 257 passes without an interception; that's an SEC record and just 14 short of the I-A record held by Trent Dilfer.
Next: Saturday, at Arkansas.
LSU
Starting QB Matt Flynn was out with a sprained right ankle, but backup Ryan Perrilloux more than took up the slack in a 44-0 rout of Middle Tennessee State. Perrilloux, a sophomore, threw for 298 yards and three TDs in his first career start. It was the second shutout of the season for the Tigers.
Next: Saturday, vs. South Carolina.
Mississippi State
The Bulldogs almost blew an early 13-0 lead, but held on to beat Auburn 19-14. Christian Ducre scored what proved to be the winning touchdown with 5:15 left. The Bulldogs turned to the ground game after starting QB Michael Henig broke his hand and had to leave the game for good in the first quarter. The Bulldogs can improve to 3-1 with a victory Saturday over I-AA Gardner-Webb.
Next: Saturday, vs. Gardner-Webb.
Ole Miss
The Rebels lost their league opener for the fourth consecutive season, falling 31-17 at Vanderbilt. The Rebels got TD passes from Seth Adams and backup QB Brent Schaeffer, but it wasn't enough. The Rebels allowed 183 rushing yards and gave up six sacks.
Next: Saturday, vs. Florida.
South Carolina
The Gamecocks improved to 3-0 for the first time in six seasons with a 38-3 victory over I-AA South Carolina State in the first meeting between the schools. Blake Mitchell threw three TD passes, and TBs Cory Boyd (132) and Mike Davis (102) each rushed for more than 100 yards. It was the second consecutive week the defense didn't allow a touchdown.
Next: Saturday, at LSU.
Tennessee
The Vols' defense was shredded for the second time in three games, allowing 554 yards in a 59-20 loss to Florida. The Vols' rushing attack managed just 37 yards on 21 carries. While Erik Ainge threw for 249 yards, the one-dimensional nature of the offense made it easy for Florida to limit big plays.
Next: Saturday, vs. Arkansas State.
Vanderbilt
The Commodores got big games from QB Chris Nickson and TB Cassen Jackson-Garrison to defeat Ole Miss 31-17. Nickson threw for 200 yards (with 11 of his completions going to Earl Bennett, for 100 yards) and ran for one touchdown. Jackson-Garrison rushed for 127 yards and three scores. Vandy allowed just 54 rushing yards.
Next: Saturday, vs. Eastern Michigan.

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Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.



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