Headlines from an SEC Saturday of football surprises

Links from Saturday’s SEC football games:

Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24

Perfection slips from Bama’s grasp again – Kevin Scarbinsky writes that the ultimate perfectionist has a hard time getting a grasp on perfect seasons.

Alabama didn’t play like Alabama – Cecil Hurt writes that Texas A&M was emotional and prepared from the beginning.

Johnny Football stars in the win over Alabama — Ivan Maisel writes that Johnny Manziel is the most exciting player in college football since RG3 took his playbook to the NFL.

Georgia 38, Auburn 0

Bulldogs back in SEC title game – Seth Emerson reports that unlike last year, Georgia didn’t back into the league championship game, ripping Auburn at Auburn.

Georgia wins East and looks like a threat to Alabama – Jeff Schultz writes that body-slamming Auburn may no longer look like a monumental achievement, but Georgia was impressive.

What does the future hold for Auburn? – Josh Moon writes on where a 2-8 Auburn goes from here.

LSU 37, Mississippi State 17

State’s Death Valley drought continues – Brandon Marcello reports that Mississippi State has lost three straight for the first time since 2009 and the Bulldogs still haven’t won in Baton Rouge since 1991.

LSU’s touchdown late in first half took the momentum – Sheldon Mickles writes that LSU’s 71-yard drive at the end of the second quarter gave the host Tigers control.

South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20

Swearinger rescues suspect pass defense — Gene Sapakoff writes that D.J. Swearinger’s timely catch and 69-yard touchdown run turned the game for the Gamecocks.

Arkansas’ dominance against South Carolina ends — Robbie Neiswanger reports that Arkansas has the difficult task of beating Mississippi State and LSU to gain bowl eligibility.

Vanderbilt 27, Ole Miss 26

Vandy becomes bowl eligible once again – Jeff Lockridge reports that the Commodores rallied from a 17-point deficit to clinch a bowl bid for the second straight season.

Ole Miss’ bowl hopes now slimmer – Hugh Kellenberger reports that the Rebels gave the game away in the final minutes, just as they did against Texas A&M.

Missouri 51, Tennessee 48 (4-OT)

Mizzery in OT — Mike Strange reports that Tennessee fails yet again as the Vols fall to Missouri in four overtimes.

Tennessee must fire Dooley soon – David Climer argues that after the loss to the visiting Tigers, UT should not wait to pink-slip its football coach.

Dooley’s guts should have shown sooner — Mark Wiedmer writes that if Derek Dooley had shown the riverboat gambler’s confidence in the final 43 seconds of regulation, he might not have lost the game in overtime.

Florida 27, La-Lafayette 20

Punt-block saves Gators — Matt Watts reports that Florida nearly lost to a 28-point underdog it paid $1 million to come to Gainesville in the first place.

Swamp Survival – Robbie Andreu says Florida has come up with some creative ways to win football games, but this one takes the cake.


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