Alabama and LSU put on a defensive clinic in Baton Rouge on Saturday night in what was the marquee Week 1o contest.
There was drama elsewhere in the conference, too.
Here’s the one big thing each SEC coach had to say about their Week 10 games:
Texas A&M and Mississippi State
Texas A&M was fourth in the first College Football Playoff rankings, but will be dropping after a 35-28 loss at Mississippi State.
Sumlin: Everybody is disappointed. The message is, "What now?" We have to own it and move on.
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) November 5, 2016
It’s been a tough year for the Bulldogs, and coach Dan Mullen was happy to see his team come out on the right side of a close game.
Mullen: I’m so proud of our kids. We’ve faced a lot of adversity this year. We have a young team and they didn’t flinch.
— Ben Wait (@bcwait) November 5, 2016
Quarterback Chad Kelly left early with a knee injury, but the Rebels still came away with a win over Georgia Southern.
“We’ve learned to celebrate the wins this year,” Hugh Freeze said. “Everything is a fight and a challenge. I am proud of our young men as shorthanded as we were.”
Vanderbilt and Auburn
Vanderbilt nearly pulled the upset against Auburn, and a fumble recovery by his team in the third quarter that was overturned was still on Derek Mason’s mind in the postgame press conference.
“We really have to talk about this,” he said. “As I looked at it, here’s what I saw, when it’s all said and done I leave it to the referees. I plan on having a conversation with Mr. Shaw and Mr. Sankey this week about that particular play because for me I want to know exactly what conclusive and inconclusive evidence means. I don’t know.”
For Auburn, coach Gus Malzahn was just happy to escape with the victory.
Auburn's Gus Malzahn: 'There wasn't a whole lot that went our way… that's what makes this win so good. Our kids overcame it.'
— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) November 5, 2016
Florida and Arkansas
Florida suffered a 31-10 loss at Arkansas on Saturday, and there wasn’t much for coach Jim McElwain to say about it.
“First and foremost for you guys who made the trip down here, I apologize that you had to sit through that,” he said. “My hat’s off to (Arkansas coach) Bret (Bielema) and those guys. They took that week off and came out and proved something.”
Arkansas made some changes on the defensive side of the ball, and Bielema had a simple explanation.
“When (things) needs to change, I’ve got to come in and make it happen,” he said.
Missouri and South Carolina
South Carolina stayed hot with a 31-21 win at home against Missouri, but South Carolina coach Will Muschamp took some time in the postgame handshake with his counterpart, Barry Odom, to pass along some advice.
— Andrew Kauffman (@A_Kauff) November 6, 2016
The Volunteers hammered Tennessee Tech 55-0 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak. Some have suggested that there’s turmoil within the program, but coach Butch Jones disputed that point of view.
CBJ: There was no drama inside our building. On the outside it may have seemed that way, but this team has been so driven.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) November 6, 2016
Georgia and Kentucky
Rodrigo Blankenship hit a 25-yard field goal at the gun to push Georgia past Kentucky 27-24 in Lexington. That sort of thing will earn praise from the head coach.
— 11Alive Sports (@11AliveSports) November 6, 2016
As for the Wildcats, bowl eligibility will have to wait another week.
“It was a very difficult loss,” coach Mark Stoops said. “There’s a lot of disappointed people in that locker room, and I feel for them because I think, again, I think our hearts and our minds are in the right place.”
Alabama and LSU
LSU and Alabama slugged it out Saturday night, with Alabama coming away with a 10-0 win. The Crimson Tide’s touchdown drive covered about 9 minutes, and it ultimately decided the game.
“They’re a good offense,” LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said. “Last time I looked, they were scoring 44 a game. We let their quarterback run on third down. He ran, we missed a couple of plays, could’ve been a holding call. Quarterback draw hurt us a little bit.”
As a defensive coach at heart, Alabama’s Nick Saban had to be thrilled about his team pitching a shutout.
"We didn't score for three quarters; they didn't score for four."
~ Nick Saban
— BamaHammer (@Bama_Hammer) November 6, 2016