SEC & Big Ten Week 6 Roundup: Florida adds to resume with win over Auburn
Kyle Trask passed for 234 yards and two first half touchdowns while the Gators defense forced three interceptions as Florida defeated Auburn 24-13 in front of 90,584 fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Gators offense started fast as Trask hit Freddie Swain for a 64-yard touchdown that put Florida up 7-0 less than two-minutes into the game.
Auburn responded with two solid first quarter drives, but were held to a field goal on both occasions by a UF defense that only allowed 269 yards on the day — the ninth-fewest in coach Gus Malzahn’s seven seasons at Auburn — and only allowed the Tigers to convert two of their14 third-down tries.
The Gators offense was able to capitalize on the defense’s strong play and outscored the Tigers 10-7 in the second quarter to take a 17-13 lead into halftime.
Auburn appeared to build some momentum in the third quarter, as Bo Nix found Seth Williams for a 46-yard catch, but the Florida defense came up once again and forced Nix to throw an interception in the end zone three plays later.
Lamical Perine then put the game out of reach, breaking loose for an 88-yard touchdown run to put the Gators up by the eventual final score. Perine’s touchdown was the programs longest touchdown run in more than 30 years.
Now let’s check out a few more highlights from an exciting Week 6 in the SEC and Big Ten:
No. 3 Georgia 43, Tennessee 14: After a slow start, Georgia’s defense delivered a dominant second-half performance, and the ‘Dawgs offense wore Tennessee down by controlling possession for 36 minutes against the Vols on Saturday night.
Ole Miss 31, Vanderbilt 6: Rebels tailbacks Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Conner each had touchdown runs in the third quarter as Ole Miss pulled away from Vanderbilt for a 31-6 win.
No. 19 Michigan 10, No. 14 Iowa 3: Zach Charbonnet ran for a 2-yard touchdown to extend Michigan’s early lead to double-digits, while the Wolverines defense forced four turnovers and tallied eight sacks in a low scoring affair.
No. 12 Penn State 35, Purdue 7: Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford threw for 264 yards with three touchdowns and ran for another score. Meanwhile, the Penn State defense came up one sack shy of the program record with 10 sacks on the day.
No. 8 Wisconsin 48, Kent State 0: Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor tied Wisconsin’s single-game school record with five touchdowns (including four on the ground) and topped the 100-yard rushing mark (186 yards) for the 27th time in 32 career games. According to STATS, Inc., Taylor’s 16 total TDs are the most for an FBS player through five games since Ricky Williams’ 20 in 1998.
Nebraska 13, Northwestern 10: Huskers kicker Lane McCallum hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired to seal a 13-10 win in another close game against Northwestern. Nebraska’s game-winning drive was set up by a Lamar Jackson interception with 1:00 to play.
No. 4 Ohio State 34, No. 25 Michigan State 7: Justin Fields was dominant again as he threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, while tailback J.K. Dobbins rushed for 172 yards including a 67-yard breakaway for a touchdown late in the first half.