SEC quarterbacks had more multi-interceptions in Rivalry Week than any other this season. Did they try to do too much to defeat their longtime adversaries? Was it a case of cracking under pressure? Whatever the cause, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Arkansas’ Austin Allen, Georgia’s Jacob Eason and Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson each tossed a pair of picks to close the regular season.
Here’s a table showing all the interceptions last week, including overall totals this season.
|NAME||TEAM||WEEK 13 INTs||TOTAL INTs|
|Shea Patterson||Ole Miss||2||3|
|Jake Bentley||South Carolina||1||2|
Costliest INT of the Week
Allen’s interceptions proved the costliest of all SEC passers. Missouri notched a 28-24 comeback win against Arkansas in the Battle Line Rivalry. Both of his interceptions were at the Tigers’ goal line.
Missouri’s Cale Garrett nabbed the first pick late in the third quarter. Leading 24-14, Arkansas had a chance to make it a 3-possession game, but Allen threw into a bevy of Tigers defenders on a third-and-goal from the 3-yard line. Here’s a look at the result.
Cale Garrett with the goal line INT! pic.twitter.com/Zhffs4pT6O
— Oscar Gambler (@OscarGambler) November 25, 2016
Missouri marched 96 yards on 6 plays to score a touchdown on the ensuing drive. The Razorbacks failed to score another point.
Senior defensive back Aarion Penton picked up his 10th career interception, against Allen on Arkansas’ next-to-last possession. After an 81-yard touchdown drive by Missouri that put the Tigers up 28-24, Allen again marched the Razorbacks down to goal-to-go territory. He tossed another errant pass on a fourth-down play.
Ugliest INT of the Week
Typically, quarterbacks are to blame for the ugliest interceptions, but not this time. In the Ole Miss game, running back Akeem Judd looked to be trying out for the circus when he juggled a Patterson swing pass three times before Mississippi State’s Cedric Jiles stepped in and returned the attempt 74 yards for a touchdown.
Just your routine juggled interception for a 74-yard pick-six by Cedric Jiles of Mississippi State. pic.twitter.com/ZXmxkzL9Kq
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) November 27, 2016
In the Iron Bowl, Auburn H-back Chandler Cox attempted a pass from the wildcat formation against Alabama. Like many trick plays, it backfired. Rolling out to his weak side, he chunked up a floater to Kerryon Johnson. Crimson Tide linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton came down with it.
To be fair, Johnson left his feet too early and likely could have prevented the interception. Nonetheless, Cox should have avoided the pass.
Forgivable INT of the Week
Auburn safety Daniel Thomas made the most of his opportunity in the Iron Bowl, picking off Hurts twice in Alabama’s 30-12 victory. The true freshman stepped in for senior Rudy Ford, who left the game early because of an ankle injury. Thomas’ second pick was a freebie because intended receiver O.J. Howard fell to the turf as Hurts attempted the pass.
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) November 26, 2016
Unluckiest INT of the Week
Stephen Johnson’s lone pick in the first half of Kentucky’s 41-38 upset win against Louisville went in and out of the hands of his intended receiver. It was the only blemish on a near-perfect afternoon for the junior signal caller, who accounted for 421 total yards of offense. Johnson tossed for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns on 16 of 27 passes, a career best in passing yards and scores. He also rushed for a personal-best 83 yards.
Eason also had 1 of his 2 picks deflect off Terry Godwin’s hands in Georgia’s 28-27 home loss to Georgia Tech.