SEC & Big Ten Week 7 Roundup: Gamecocks pull off shocker in Athens
South Carolina kicker Parker White drilled a 23-yard field goal in the second overtime and Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was unable to convert from 42 yards as the Gamecocks held on to upset the No. 3 Bulldogs in Athens on Saturday.
The Gamecocks defense forced four turnovers on the day including three interceptions by Israel Mukuamu, one of which was returned 53 yards for a touchdown to give the Gamecocks a 17-10 lead at halftime.
South Carolina maintained that lead until the final two minutes of the fourth, when Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm led the ‘Dawgs on a game tying 96-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 6-yard scoring pass to Demetris Robertson to knot the score at 17-17 with 1:48 to play.
White, who made a 49-yard field goal in the first half, missed a 57-yarder with 40 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a chance to win in regulation, but an illegal shift penalty pushed Georgia out of field goal range. After a Georgia turnover in the first overtime, White a potential game-winner from 33 yards out, but redeemed himself in the second OT.
Now let’s check out a few more highlights from an exciting Week 6 in the SEC and Big Ten:
Purdue 40, Maryland 14: The Boilermakers snapped a three-game losing streak with their most lopsided win since a 49-20 upset of Ohio State last October.
No. 16 Michigan 42, Illinois 25: Hassan Haskins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown and Zach Charbonnet added 116 yards rushing as the Wolverines racked up 489 yards total offense to Illinois’ 256.
Wisconsin 38, Michigan State 0: Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor and the Wisconsin defense continued to dominate as Taylor rushed for two touchdowns, while the Badger defense posted its fourth shutout of the season.
No. 10 Penn State 17, No. 17 Iowa 12: Noah Cain ran for a five-yard touchdown with 5:17 left in the game as the Nittany Lions held off Iowa to claim their first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Tennessee 20, Mississippi State 10: The Volunteers intercepted three passes and held SEC rushing leader Kylin Hill — who came in averaging 119.2 yards a game — to 13 yards on 11 carries in the win.
No. 1 Alabama 47, No. 24 Texas A&M 28: Tua Tagovailoa became Alabama’s career passing touchdowns leader in Saturday’s win over the Aggies in College Station. The junior now has 81 for his career and leads the nation with 27 on the season.
No. 5 LSU 42, No. 7 Florida 28: The Tigers totaled 511 yards without giving up a sack or committing a turnover against a Gators defense that came in leading the nation in interceptions and leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks.
Missouri 38, Ole Miss 27: Mizzou quarterback Kelly Bryant led the way as he completed 23 of 35 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers’ fifth straight win.