The Tigers controlled the Florida offense Saturday and, coupled with losses by both Georgia and South Carolina, the Tigers have a two-game lead on everyone else in the SEC East.
We all saw that coming, right?
Let's start with the division leaders, who smashed the Gators 36-17. Florida managed just one offensive touchdown all day while Maty Mauk, starting in place of the injured James Franklin stepped in and threw for a touchdown and ran for another. There was a poor throw that led to an interception and a couple of plays that were also indicative of Mauk's lack of experience, but we'll say this; it's not a stretch to think that the six-foot Mauk could be Chase Daniel 2.0. Daniel led Tigers to 30 wins in his three seasons as Mizzou's QB.
Against Tennessee, South Carolina faced fourth and two on its own 26 with 2:55 to play, and coach Steve Spurrier couldn't decide to go for it or not with a one-point lead. Spurrier used both of his timeouts remaining before he decided to punt the football.
As soon as Tennessee got the ball -- and aided by this incredible catch by Marquez North -- the Volunteers drove to the three yard line and were able to run the clock down to three seconds left for Michael Palardy's short field goal for the 23-21 Volunteer win and South Carolina's second loss of the season.
Oh, and on their penultimate drive, the Gamecocks lost quarterback Connor Shaw to a left knee injury. Also lost? Georgia. The Bulldogs were utterly hapless in the fourth quarter at Vanderbilt in its 31-27 loss.
The Bulldogs gave up 17 points in the final period, to a Vanderbilt team that was playing without quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels. Carta-Samuels was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a left leg injury, but the go-ahead score was set up when Georgia fumbled going for it on fourth and three from their own 32.
Georgia's Aaron Murray, who became the SEC's all-time leader in total offense in the first quarter, passing Tim Tebow, did have a chance for another fourth quarter comeback after Vanderbilt's final score. But running back Brendan Douglas fumbled after catching an eight-yard pass from Murray and the Commodores recovered.
Plus, because this is Georgia's 2013 and every skill position player outside of Murray has seemingly gotten hurt, wide receiver Chris Conley went down clutching his knee after a Hail Mary play at the end of the game.
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