It was a pick-six parade in the SEC last weekend with quarterbacks throwing three interceptions for defensive touchdowns. Missouri’s Drew Lock was the grand marshal, gifting two to Florida’s secondary in the Tigers’ 40-14 defeat. Lock entered as the conference’s leading passer with 1,675 yards, but was benched for Marvin Zanders after throwing for just 39 yards on 4-of-18 passing with the two miscues.
The first interception went to cornerback Teez Tabor. It was his second in as many seasons against Lock.
“I always remember plays I get beat on in practice,” Tabor told FloridaGators.com reporter Scott Carter of the pick.” I saw the same formation. The back was a little bit wider. I said, ‘OK, just remember on that play in practice, if I sink back a little bit, he’s going to think he’s got the running back wide open. I’m just going to sit there and he’s going to throw it right to me.”
Lock did. The return made the score 13-0 in favor of the Gators.
Touchdown Teez Tabor to pit Florida up 13-0.
— Mark Wheeler (@InsideTheGators) October 15, 2016
The Missouri quarterback’s second interception thrown for a score went to Florida’s other dynamic cornerback, Quincy Wilson, on the next possession. Eight plays into a 48-yard drive, Wilson spoiled an up-and-out route by picking off the attempt and sprinting 78 yards for the touchdown.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) October 16, 2016
Wilson leads all SEC cornerbacks with a 0.4 QB rating against on passes thrown his direction, according to Pro Football Focus.
Florida’s Luke Del Rio, coming off a two-week absence because of a sprained MCL, also tossed three interceptions in the win.
Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs threw the other pick-six of the weekend as the Vols were routed 49-10 by Alabama. Trailing by a touchdown with 0:14 to go in the first quarter, Dobbs dumped one straight into the hands of Ronnie Harrison on a muffed screen play. The Crimson Tide safety strolled 58 yards for the easy score. It marked the 10th defensive or special teams touchdown for Alabama this season.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) October 15, 2016
Nothing hurts a team’s chances at victory more than yielding a defensive touchdown, especially two. For that, Lock gets the nod for Costliest INT of the Week.
Ugliest INT of the Week
Inconsistency plagues Mississippi State’s sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald’s game right now. Head coach Dan Mullen spoke of the learning curve to reporters following the double-overtime loss at BYU.
“We just got to keep working,” Mullen said. “We got to make sure we’re keeping it … we’re doing things he’s going to do well, try not to make it too complicated on him, within the decision making so that he can become more confident in his decisions, make them faster, make them better, and play more efficiently.”
Fitzgerald made a bad decision early in the fourth quarter of the Bulldogs’ 28-21 loss, throwing an interception right to Cougars safety Kai Nacua.
— BYU Cougars Video (@BYU_Video) October 15, 2016
Fitzgerald finished with 214 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions on 17 of 36 passing, and made some big plays on the ground. He rushed for 2 scores and 41 yards on 16 carries.
Unluckiest INT of the Week
Alabama’s Jalen Hurts’ lone interception came on a pass attempt that he probably should have eaten. Nonetheless, it was a bit unlucky. On a second-and-goal from the Tennessee 2-yard line, Hurts rolled out to his weak side with defensive lineman Shy Tuttle in pursuit. The Crimson Tide freshman tried to rocket a pass through the pressure, but Tuttle tipped the pass straight up and into the hands of Derek Barnett. It was the right place, right time for the future NFL defensive end.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) October 15, 2016
Forgivable INT of the Week
Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly had a decent throw turn sour on a one-handed pick by Arkansas cornerback Henre’ Toliver in the Razorbacks’ 34-30 upset win over the Rebels. Check out this athletic play:
Who needs two hands?
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 16, 2016
Below is a list of the SEC quarterbacks throwing interceptions last weekend, including their total number of picks on the season:
|NAME||TEAM||WEEK 7 INTs||TOTAL INTs|
|Luke Del Rio||Florida||3||5|
|Nick Fitzgerald||Mississippi St.||2||4|
|Chad Kelly||Ole Miss||1||5|