SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 from Week 13 – AL.com
0 First downs were produced by the Florida offense on 12 third-down snaps during the Gators’ 31-13 loss to Florida State on Saturday as Florida failed to score an offensive TD for the second straight year against the Seminoles. The Gators’ TD on Saturday came on a 12-yard fumble return by DB Marcell Harris. Last season, Florida had only a safety to show for its 27-2 loss to Florida State. Despite its struggles to find the end zone against the Seminoles, Florida has now played 359 consecutive games without being shut out – the third-longest streak in major-college history behind Michigan’s 365-game run, which lasted from 1984 through 2014, and BYU’s 361 from 1975 into 2003. The Gators haven’t been blanked since losing to Auburn 16-0 on Oct. 29, 1988.
2 SEC players broke school single-game rushing records last week. RB Derrius Guice ran for 285 yards on 37 carries in LSU’s 54-39 victory over Texas A&M, and QB Nick Fitzgerald ran for 258 yards on 14 carries in Mississippi State’s 55-20 victory over Ole Miss. Guice broke the LSU record of 284 rushing yards set by Leonard Fournette on Oct. 22 against Ole Miss, and with Guice running for 252 yards against Arkansas on Nov. 5, the Tigers had three 250-yard rushing performances in a five-game span. Guice’s 285 yards also were the most an opposing player had run for against Texas A&M, breaking the mark of 283 established by Texas’ Cedric Benson in 2003. Fitzgerald broke the Mississippi State record of 252 yards set by Anthony Dixon against Kentucky in 2009. Fitzgerald’s output helped MSU set a record for rushing yards in a conference game with 457, surpassing the 426 yards gained against Kentucky in 1991.
2 Winning streaks in SEC history have been longer than Alabama’s current 24-game run – and both belong to the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s current winning streak started after a 43-37 loss to Ole Miss on Sept. 19, 2015. By beating Auburn 30-12 on Saturday, the Tide broke its tie with Tennessee for the third-longest winning streak in SEC history. The Volunteers won 23 games in a row from 1937 through 1939. The longest winning streaks in SEC history are a pair of 28-gamers. Alabama won 28 in a row during the 1978, 1979 and 1980 seasons and another 28 in a row during the 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons.
4 Consecutive victories for the SEC East against the SEC West to close the regular season after the Eastern Division had only one win in the first 10 interdivision games of 2016. The East’s only victory of the season had been Kentucky’s 40-38 win over Mississippi State on Oct. 22 until Georgia defeated Auburn 13-7 on Nov. 12. On Nov. 19, Florida defeated LSU 16-10 and Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss 38-17. On Saturday, Missouri defeated Arkansas 28-24 in the final interdivision game of the regular season by overcoming the largest halftime deficit – 17 points – in a Tigers’ victory in school history. Last season, the SEC East had a 2-12 record against the SEC West in regular-season games and lost in the SEC championship game.
18 Points were scored against Alabama in November as the Crimson Tide defeated LSU 10-0, Mississippi State 51-3, Chattanooga 31-3 and Auburn 30-12. That’s the fewest points yielded by Alabama in the 11th month since giving up 10 in 1990. In 1990, though, Alabama played only three November games, beating Mississippi State 22-0, LSU 24-3 and Cincinnati 45-7. The last time that the Tide played four games in November and gave up fewer than 18 points came in 1934, when it defeated Kentucky 34-13, Clemson 40-0, Georgia Tech 40-0 and Vanderbilt 34-0 to complete an undefeated regular season. By holding Auburn to four field goals on Saturday, Alabama stretched its streak without giving up a TD to 267:54 of game time. Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk scored on a 25-yard pass with 12:54 remaining in the third quarter of the Tide’s 33-14 victory on Oct. 22. Since then, the only points scored against Alabama have come on six field goals.
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