Despite just 10 SEC teams in action during Week 6 because of the LSU-Florida postponement and No. 12 Ole Miss and Missouri on byes, there was no shortage of interceptions thrown with 13 overall.
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen led all passers with three, more than doubling his total for the season after not tossing any since the team’s 21-20 victory over Louisiana Tech in the opener.
The SEC’s passing touchdowns leader (15) experienced a nightmare second half in the Razorbacks’ 49-30 loss to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. Allen was tormented by cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, who tied an Alabama record by snagging three interceptions.
Allen’s final giveaway erased any hope of an Arkansas comeback. Trailing 42-24 with 10:18 to go, Allen gifted Fitzpatrick with a highlight-reel, 100-yard interception return for a touchdown — the longest in program history.
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick had himself a hat trick ? last night w/ three interceptions in the victory over #17 Arkansas!
— CollegeFB Headlines™ (@College_FBNews) October 9, 2016
Fitzpatrick’s career game earned him SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Costliest INT of the week
Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs tossed the most expensive interception of the week in the team’s 45-38 double-overtime loss to No. 6 Texas A&M. In a game that featured Dobbs on the rare receiving end of a touchdown, his failure to muster one to extend the game saw the No. 9 Volunteers drop their first game of the season.
The senior signal caller put in another remarkable second-half performance to help erase a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game into overtime 35-all. It was the fifth time this season he’s helped the Volunteers overcome double-digit deficits in a game.
But the magic ran out on the first play following a Trevor Knight 1-yard touchdown run that put the Aggies up 45-38 in the second extra period. Dobbs attempted to find freshman tight end Eli Wolf across the middle. Wolf was well-guarded, and the pass errant. Safety Armani Watts secured the ball and the win for the Aggies.
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Unluckiest INT of the week
A litany of dropped passes and poor receiver play has plagued Dobbs all season. His first interception thrown against the Aggies was yet another unfortunate error. The third-quarter pass to tight end Jason Croom was bobbled straight into the hands of safety Justin Evans. Take a look:
Auburn’s Sean White also had one slip through a receiver’s hands in the Tigers’ 38-14 dismantling of Mississippi State. White’s second pass of the game was dropped, falling into Kivon Coman’s lap for a 16-yard interception return to the Tigers 19-yard line. Bulldogs kicker Westin Graves shanked a 28-yard field goal attempt on the ensuing possession, which sapped any momentum gained from the turnover. Auburn went on to score 35 unanswered points and cruise to the victory.
Ugliest INT of the week
There are plenty of contenders this week for ugliest interception, including Dobbs’ effort in overtime. Georgia’s Jacob Eason’s lone pick, however, gets the nod — not so much for the turnover itself, but for poor performance in general. The true freshman finished with 29 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception on 5-of-17 passing in Georgia’s 28-14 victory over South Carolina on Sunday. The Bulldogs rushed for 326 yards in the win.
The interception came off a tipped pass, but the decision to throw was poor. Attempting to find Javon Wims in the end zone, Eason rushed the attempt and didn’t allow the play to develop. Wims had a defender blanketing him. Nickelback Antoine Wilder nabbed the deflection for his first career interception.
Forgivable INT of the week
We forgive you Nick Fitzgerald for trying to do too much in too little time. Auburn beat Mississippi State in all facets of the game Saturday. The contest was all but over at the half with the Tigers sporting a 35-0 lead. After guiding the Bulldogs to their first score of the day on a eight-play, 69-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, Fitzgerald gift wrapped an interception to Stephen Roberts on a fourth-and-7 from the Auburn 13-yard line. Fitzgerald and Mississippi State were in full-on desperation mode.
Here’s a list of all the picks tossed last weekend, including each quarterback’s total for the season:
|NAME||TEAM||WEEK 6 INTs||TOTAL INTs|
|Trevor Knight||Texas A&M||2||5|
|Nick Fitzgerald||Mississippi St.||1||2|
|Perry Orth||South Carolina||1||2|