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    SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SUNDAYNOTES PACKAGE (Nov. 25, 2012)

    Results from Nov. 23-24 Games
    Nov. 23

    LSU 20, Arkansas 13 (71,117 at Fayetteville)

    Nov. 24
    Alabama 49, Auburn 0 (101,821 at Tuscaloosa)
    Tennessee 37, Kentucky 17 (81,841 at Knoxville)
    Ole Miss 41, Mississippi State 24 (61,005 at Oxford)
    Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29 (87,222 at College Station)
    Florida 37, Florida State 26 (83,429 at Tallahassee)
    Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10 (92,746 at Athens)
    South Carolina 27, Clemson 17 (82,000 at Clemson)
    Vanderbilt 55, Wake Forest 21 (26,134 at Winston-Salem)

    Top Performances from Nov. 23-24 Games
    Rushing

    180 yards (21 carries, 2 TDs) – Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
    140 yards (24 carries, 2 TDs) – Mike Gillislee, Florida vs. Florida State
    131 yards (18 carries, 2 TDs) – Eddie Lacy, Alabama vs. Auburn
    111 yards (28 carries) – Jeff Scott, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
    97 yards (12 carries, 2 TDs) – Todd Gurley, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
    87 yards (16 carries, 1 TD) – Kendial Lawrence, Missouri vs. Texas A&M

    Passing
    372 yards (32-of-44, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
    359 yards (31-of-52, 1 TD, 1 INT) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. LSU
    310 yards (23-of-41, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Dylan Thompson, South Carolina vs. Clemson
    294 yards (15-of-22, 5 TDs, 2 INTs) – Bo Wallace, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
    293 yards (20-of-34, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Kentucky
    276 yards (20-of-38, 2 TDs, 1 INT) – Corbin Berkstresser, Missouri vs. Texas A&M
    268 yards (18-of-33, 1 TD, 2 INTs) – Tyler Russell, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss

    Receptions
    10 catches (144 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
    10 catches (98 yards) – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas vs. LSU
    8 catches (99 yards, 1 TD) – Mike Evans, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
    8 catches (75 yards, 1 TD) – Jarvis Landry, LSU vs. Arkansas
    7 catches (173 yards, 3 TDs) – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
    7 catches (110 yards) – Malcome Kennedy, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
    7 catches (51 yards, 1 TD) – Ryan Swope, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
    7 catches (72 yards, 2 TDs) – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina vs. Clemson
    6 catches (146 yards, 2 TDs) – Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss
    6 catches (119 yards, 1 TD) – Ace Sanders, South Carolina vs. Clemson

    Defense
    15 tackles (1 TFL -3) – Alec Ogletree, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
    14 tackles (1 Sack – 10; 1 other TFL – 1; 1 QBH) – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee vs. Kentucky
    13 tackles (0.5 Sack -6; 0.5 other TFL -1; 1 PBU) – Ross Rasner, Arkansas vs. LSU
    13 tackles (1 TFL -1; 1 PBU) – Howard Matthews, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
    13 tackles (2 TFL -8) – Christian Robinson, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
    13 tackles (3 TFL -6; 2 INT) – Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss
    12 tackles (1.5 TFL -2) – A.J. Turner, Arkansas vs. LSU
    12 tackles (1 FF, 1 PBU) – Lamin Barrow, LSU vs. Arkansas
    11 tackles (1 TFL -2) – Jaron Toney, Tennessee vs. Kentucky
    11 tackles – John Jenkins, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech

    Kick Scoring
    13 points (3-3 FGs; 4-4 PATs) – Caleb Sturgis, Florida vs. Florida State
    11 points (2-2 FGs; 5-5 PATs) – Bryson Rose, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
    11 points (1-1 FG, 8-8 PATs) – Taylor Bertolet, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
    10 points (2-2 FGs; 4-4 PATs) – Carey Spear, Vanderbilt vs. Texas A&M
    9 points (2-2 FGs, 3-3 PATs) – Adam Yates, South Carolina vs. Clemson
    8 points (2-2 FGs; 2-2 PATs) – Drew Alleman, LSU vs. Arkansas

    Kick Return Yards
    183 yards (5 KOR – 183) – Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss
    135 yards (2 PR – 28; 6 KOR – 107) – Marcus Murphy, Missouri vs. Texas A&M
    110 yards (3 PR – 110) – Jonathan Krause, Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
    101 yards (5 KOR – 101) – Daryl Collins, Kentucky vs. Tennessee
    90 yards (3 KOR – 90) – Michael Ford, LSU vs. Arkansas
    84 yards (4 KOR – 84) – Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State

    2012 SEC FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

    ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE vs. GEORGIA BULLDOGS
    Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 • 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT)
    Atlanta, Ga. • Georgia Dome (72,000) • CBS Sports


    THE TEAMS:  Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC) is the Western Division Champion and the visiting team.  Georgia (11-1, 7-1 SEC) is the Eastern Division Champion and the home team.    

    NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Alabama and Georgia come into the game as the second and third ranked teams, respectively, in the Associated Press, Harris Interactive and USA Today polls.

    SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:  The game, which started in 1992, is in its 21st year.  It was a result of conference expansion, which saw Arkansas and South Carolina become the first members added in SEC history.   Almost 1.5 million fans have witnessed the pageantry of the game first-hand, with 17 sellouts in its history.  The first two games were played at Legion Field in Birmingham and the game has been played at the Georgia Dome since (1994).

    SEC CHAMPIONS:  Georgia will be vying for its 13th SEC Championship and first since 2005.  Alabama is attempting to win its 23rd SEC title and first since 2009.  Georgia’s Mark Richt has won two SEC championships (2002; 2005) while Nick Saban has won three SEC titles, two at LSU (2001-03) and one at Alabama (2009).

    TELEVISION:  CBS Sports will televise the game nationally for the ninth straight year (VERNE LUNDQUIST, Play-by-Play; GARY DANIELSON, Analyst; TRACY WOLFSON, Sidelines).  CBS has aired the game nationally since 2001.  ABC Sports televised the game from 1992-2000.

    TV RATINGS:  Last season’s SEC Championship game between Georgia and LSU drew a 7.3 rating.  The 2009 game between Florida and Alabama, became the highest rated SEC title game earning a national household rating/share of 11.1/23.  The 1994 SEC Championship Game was the previous high with a 10.5/26.  

    RADIO:  Managed by IMG College, the SEC Radio Network will broadcast the game to the 11-state SEC region and around the nation on the Dial Global Sports Radio Network (SEC Radio Network:  DAVE NEAL, Play-by-Play; DAVE ARCHER, Analyst; DAVE BAKER, Sidelines / Dial Global Sports Radio:  JOHN TAUTGES, Play-by-Play; TERRY DONAHUE, Analyst).  The game is available on SiriuxXM College SportsNation Channel 91.  The Alabama Radio Network is on SiriusXM 86 and the Georgia Radio Network is on SiriusXM 85.

    FULL HOUSE:  The previous 20 SEC Football Championship Games have a total accumulated attendance of 1,491,391.  The 18 games in the Georgia Dome have attracted 1,336,955 fans.  The 74,275 average is 103.2 percent of capacity in the 72,000-seat stadium.  17 of the 20 games have been sold out, including the last 12 contests.

    SERIES:  Alabama leads series with Georgia, 36-25-4.  The teams last met in 2008 in Athens, with Alabama winning, 41-30.  The Bulldogs won the last meeting in Tuscaloosa in 2007, 26-23, in overtime.  The last time a meeting of the two was not on campus was in 1984, when Georgia took a 24-14 decision in Birmingham.  22 of the 65 meetings have been decided by 7 points or less.

    IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:  This marks Alabama’s eighth appearance and Georgia’s fifth in the contest.  It is the first time the two teams have played in the SEC Championship Game.  The Bulldogs are 2-2 while the Tide are 3-4 in the game.  Georgia was last in the game last season (lost to LSU, 42-10) while Alabama’s last appearance in the game was in 2009 (def. Florida, 32-13).

    BOWLING:  The winner of the SEC Championship Game receives the conference’s automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series.  Alabama is 2-2 in BCS bowl games, including 2-0 in BCS National Championships contests.  The Tide was in the BCS National Championship Game last year, defeating LSU, 21-0.  Alabama is 34-22-3 all-time in bowl games.
         Georgia is 2-1 in BCS bowl games with its last BCS game being the 2008 Sugar Bowl (2007 season), defeating Hawaii, 41-10.  Georgia is 26-18-3 all-time in bowl games.

    SEC PLAYERS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (TOP 40)

    All-Purpose Rushing – Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (18th - 154.83 ypg); LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (34th - 129.55 ypg); Todd Gurley, Georgia (38th - 124.25 ypg).

    Field Goals – Caleb Sturgis, Florida (4th - 1.92 fgpg); Drew Alleman, LSU (11th - 1.67 fgpg); Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (15th - 1.58 fgpg); Bryson Rose, Ole Miss (27th - 1.42 fgpg).

    Interceptions – Darius Slay, Mississippi State (11th - 0.42 ipg); Byron Moore, Tennessee (11th - 0.42 ipg); Tharold Simon, LSU (31st - 0.33 ipg); Matt Elam, Florida (31st - 0.33 ipg); Robert Lester, Alabama (31st - 0.33 ipg); Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (31st - 0.33 ipg).

    Kickoff Returns – Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State (17th - 28.06 ypg); Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (19th - 27.96 ypg); Michael Ford, LSU (34th - 25.44 ypg).

    Passing Efficiency – Aaron Murray, Georgia (1st - 177.15 rating); A.J. McCarron, Alabama (2nd - 176.26 rating); Connor Shaw, South Carolina (14th - 156.92 rating); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (17th - 155.85 rating); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (31st - 146.25 rating); Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (37th - 144.20 rating); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (38th - 143.84 rating).

    Punting – Kyle Christy, Florida (5th - 46.10 ypp); Dylan Breeding, Arkansas (6th - 45.58 ypp); Richard Kent, Vanderbilt (9th - 44.83 ypp); Brad Wing, LSU (10th - 44.80 ypp); Trey Barrow, Missouri (23rd - 43.01 ypp); Landon Foster, Kentucky (25th - 42.90 ypp).

    Punt Returns – Ace Sanders, South Carolina (5th - 14.52 ypr); Marcus Murphy, Missouri (9th - 13.85 ypr); Dustin Harris, Texas A&M (11th - 13.15 ypr); Jonathan Krause, Vanderbilt (24th - 11.24 ypr); Christion Jones, Alabama (27th - 10.74 ypr); Devrin Young, Tennessee (31st - 9.69 ypr); Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU (32nd - 9.68 ypr); Quan Bray, Auburn (40th - 8.50 ypr).

    Receptions per Game – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (12th - 7.50 rpg); Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (16th - 7.25 rpg); Mike Evans, Texas A&M (32nd - 6.25 rpg); Justin Hunter, Tennessee (37th - 6.08 rpg).

    Receiving Yards per Game – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (5th - 111.25 ypg); Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (6th - 105.17 ypg); Justin Hunter, Tennessee (24th - 90.25 ypg); Mike Evans, Texas A&M (34th - 85.17 ypg).

    Passing Yards per Game -- Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (9th - 307.91 ypg); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (13th - 301.00 ypg); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (19th - 284.92 ypg); Aaron Murray, Georgia (27th - 266.75 ypg); Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (40th - 236.92 ypg).

    Rushing – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (32nd - 98.42 ypg); Todd Gurley, Georgia (36th - 94.83 ypg); Mike Gillislee, Florida (40th - 92.00 ypg).

    Scoring – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (17th - 9.50 ppg); Taylor Bertolet, Texas A&M (40th - 8.42 ppg); Caleb Sturgis, Florida (40th - 8.42 ppg); Drew Alleman, LSU (40th - 8.42 ppg).

    Total Offense – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2nd - 383.33 ypg); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (15th - 308.55 ypg); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (19th - 298.17 ypg).

    Tackles – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (4th - 11.50 tpg); Avery Williamson, Kentucky (6th - 11.25 tpg); Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State (38th - 9.25 tpg); Kevin Minter, LSU (38th - 9.25 tpg).

    Tackles for Loss – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (1st - 1.95 tpg); Jarvis Jones, Georgia (1st - 1.95 tpg); Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (6th - 1.67 tpg).

    Sacks – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (2nd - 1.18 spg); Jarvis Jones, Georgia (4th - 1.05 spg); Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (6th - 1.04 spg); Chris Smith, Arkansas (24th - 0.79 spg); Sam Montgomery, LSU (39th - 0.64 spg).

    SEC TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (TOP 40)

    Pass Efficiency Defense – Florida (1st - 91.49 rating); Alabama (5th - 98.66 rating); Vanderbilt (7th - 99.77 rating); LSU (10th - 103.43 rating); Georgia (32nd - 118.71 rating); South Carolina (34th - 120.24 rating); Texas A&M (37th - 120.90 rating).

    Kickoff Returns – Alabama (15th - 25.53 ypr); Missouri (18th - 24.69 ypr); Mississippi State (31st - 23.7 ypr); LSU (40th - 23.14 ypr).

    Net Punting – Arkansas (3rd - 40.81 ypp); Florida (7th - 40.66 ypp); LSU (9th - 40.39 ypp); Texas A&M (10th - 40.30 ypp); Mississippi State (17th - 39.54 ypp); Alabama (18th - 39.51 ypp); Kentucky (19th - 39.46 ypp); Vanderbilt (23rd - 39.27 ypp); Auburn (31st - 38.56 ypp).

    Passing Offense – Texas A&M (14th - 317.25 ypg); Tennessee (15th - 315.58 ypg); Arkansas (22nd - 301.50 ypg); Georgia (35th - 273.58 ypg).

    Pass Defense – Alabama (3rd - 156.67 ypg); Georgia (9th - 174.42 ypg); Vanderbilt (10th - 175.83 ypg); Florida (16th - 186.00 ypg); South Carolina (18th - 193.25 ypg); LSU (20th - 194.33 ypg).

    Passing Efficiency – Alabama (1st - 175.08 rating); Georgia (2nd - 174.46 rating); Texas A&M (20th - 151.81 rating); South Carolina (23rd - 150.72 rating); Tennesee (36th - 144.73 rating).

    Punt Returns – Missouri (6th - 15.04 ypr); Florida (12th - 13.83 ypr); Texas A&M (13th - 13.76 ypr); South Carolina (15th - 13.37 ypr); Tennessee (21st - 11.86 ypr); Vanderbilt (35th - 10.46 ypr); Alabama (38th - 10.25 ypr).

    Rushing Offense – Texas A&M (13th - 235.08 ypg); Alabama (22nd - 214.17 ypg); Florida (35th - 194.08 ypg); Georgia (39th - 190.08 ypg).

    Rushing Defense – Alabama (2nd - 77.00 ypg); Florida (6th - 96.58 ypg); LSU (10th - 101.83 ypg); South Carolina (16th - 119.00 ypg); Arkansas (21st - 124.08 ypg); Ole Miss (28th - 133.33 ypg); Texas A&M (39th - 140.92 ypg).

    Scoring Defense – Alabama (1st - 9.25 ppg); Florida (3rd - 12.92 ppg); LSU (11th - 16.92 ppg); South Carolina (14th - 17.42 ppg); Georgia (16th - 17.67 ppg); Vanderbilt (18th - 18.25 ppg); Mississippi State (29th - 22.42 ppg); Texas A&M (30th - 22.50 ppg).

    Scoring Offense – Texas A&M (4th - 44.75 ppg); Alabama (15th - 39.00 ppg); Georgia (17th - 38.00 ppg); Tennessee (23rd - 36.17 ppg).

    Total Defense – Alabama (1st - 233.67 ypg); Florida (5th - 282.58 ypg); LSU (9th - 296.17 ypg); South Carolina (13th - 312.25 ypg); Vanderbilt (18th - 326.42 ypg); Georgia (22nd - 337.83 ypg).

    Total Offense – Texas A&M (3rd - 552.33 ypg); Tennessee (20th - 475.92 ypg); Georgia (24th - 463.67 ypg).

    Turnover Margin – Mississippi State (5th - 1.42 margin); Florida (5th - 1.42 margin); LSU (8th - 1.25 margin); Alabama (9th - 1.17 margin); Georgia (19th - 0.75 margin).

    SEC TWITTER TALK

    #SEC has six of the top 25 teams in the nation in scoring defense and total defense.

    #UofSC Jadeveon Clowney & #UGA Jarvis Jones are tied for the national lead in tackles for loss per game (1.95). #SEC

    #SECATL will feature QBs 1-2 in the nation in pass efficiency rating: #UGA Murray (1st - 177.15); #Bama McCarron (2nd - 176.26). #SEC

    #TAMU (50.6% - 81 of 160) and #Bama (51.8% - 72 of 139) have scored on more than half of its offensive possessions this year. #SEC

    Rivalry week? This weekend, 22 of 53 FBS intra-conference games were decided by a touchdown-or-less (41.5%).

    Average #SEC attendance this year is 75,310, 6th highest in SEC history. Thanks #SEC fans!

    #Bama first team in #SEC to record 4 defensive shutouts in season since it had 5 shutouts in 1979.

    #SEC had at least 4 teams ranked in a major Top 10 poll every week this season, 5 teams in 3 weeks & 1st time 6 teams in Top 10 this week.

    #SEC has six teams ranked in top 10 of USA Today poll and six of top 11 in AP. 3 of top 5 in both.

    #Bama AJ McCarron will finish regular season with #SEC lead for single-season pass attempts per INT (min. 200 att.) at 1:132.5 (2 in 265).

    More #UTVol Tyler Bray: Finishes season tied for 7th with 34 TD passes & 11th in passing yards with 3612 in #SEC single-season records.

    With #UGA Aaron Murray's two TD passes today, has 89 in his career, tying him for second in #SEC history with #UTVol Peyton Manning.

    More #UGA Aaron Murray: Now goes into #SEC career top 10 in total offensive yards (10th-9,618) & passing yards (9th-9,399).