This is the first weekend in 2016 that no SEC quarterback threw multiple interceptions in a game. Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur and Wade Freebeck, however, combined to toss two in its 13-6 loss to Florida. The Commodores now have more interceptions thrown (3) than passing touchdowns (4), the only program in the conference with a negative differential.
Costliest INT of the week
Vanderbilt’s picks proved harmful in a game devoid of much offense, but the costliest interception of the week goes to the SEC’s top-rated passer, Missouri’s Drew Lock. Cliché or not, road underdogs in conference play must silence the home crowd early to stand a chance at victory. Lock’s lone pick in the team’s 42-7 rout by LSU had the opposite effect.
Trailing 7-0 at the start of the second quarter, Lock led the offense into LSU territory for the only time in the first half after going three-and-out for 7 yards total on its first three possessions. On first-and-10 at the LSU 48-yard line, the sophomore quarterback stymied any momentum when he sailed a cross-field bomb into the path of two LSU defenders. Cornerback Tre’Davious White tracked it the whole way for the turnover. The Bengal Tigers went on to score a pair of touchdowns on their next two drives. They carried a commanding 21-0 lead into halftime. Here’s a look at the interception.
Ugliest INT of the week
Lock’s interception was ugly, but Chad Kelly’s lone blemish in Mississippi’s 48-28 victory against Memphis was hideous. Nursing a 41-21 lead early in the fourth quarter, the redshirt senior made a freshman mistake when he attempted to find WR Damore’ea Stringfellow in the end zone from the Memphis 22-yard line. Under heavy pressure and falling backwards, Kelly floated an ill-advised jump ball which Tigers cornerback Arthur Maulet won. Kelly finished with 361 yards and a TD on 30-of-44 passing.
ICYMI: Memphis DB Arthur Maulet comes up with pick in the end zone Saturday. pic.twitter.com/ePelkR1YMc
— Bryan Fenley (@Local24Bryan) October 2, 2016
Forgiveable INT of the week:
Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs’ interception in a 34-31 victory against Georgia is forgivable after connecting with WR Jauan Jennings on a 43-yard “Hail Mary” touchdown pass in the final second. In addition, he was hit hard the play before committing the turnover, and might have been reeling physically by the looks of it.
Trailing 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter, Dobbs dropped back gingerly on a second-and-13 from his own 22-yard line and underthrew TE Jason Croom on a wheel route. It’s rare to throw and interception on that route, and the attempt missed badly.
— Matthew Hall (@Loyal_To_The_G) October 1, 2016
Unluckiest INT of the week:
Brandon McIlwain’s interception in South Carolina’s 24-13 defeat to Texas A&M was as much a result of a stellar defensive effort than bad luck. McIlwain was unfortunate to square off against Aggies safety Armani Watts on the play.
Tied 7-7 in the first quarter with the Gamecocks driving, Watts undercut a high-percentage, quick-slant pass by McIlwain at the Texas A&M 33-yard line. The junior defensive back tipped the ball 5 yards behind the play, and stretched out to complete the takeaway.
— TAMUHighlights ᴴᴰ (@TamuHighlights) October 1, 2016
To summarize the week
SEC quarterbacks threw 8 interceptions in total. Here’s a list of all the picks tossed last weekend, including each quarterback’s total for the season:
|NAME||TEAM||WEEK 5 INTs||TOTAL INTs|
|Chad Kelly||Ole Miss||1||4|
|Trevor Knight||Texas A&M||1||3|
|Brandon McIlwain||South Carolina||1||1|