Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly tossed multiple interceptions for the first time since the opener in the Rebels’ 38-21 loss at LSU on Saturday night. He threw for 218 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 picks on 20 of 33 passes. Along with Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Kelly topped all SEC signal-callers with the pair of interceptions. It was just the third time in the senior’s career he chalked up more picks than passing touchdowns in a game.
Kelly gifted his first interception on the follow-up play of an Ole Miss takeaway early in the second quarter. On first-and-10 at the LSU 35-yard line, the senior chunked up a severely underthrown ball to the goal line — a defensive lineman may have tipped the pass. Cornerback Donte Jackson snagged the jump ball and was down by contact at the 3-yard line.
The Tigers marched 97 yards on the ensuing drive for a touchdown. It gave LSU its first lead of the game (14-10), the home team never trailed afterwards.
LSU senior linebacker Duke Riley captured his first career interception on Kelly’s second giveaway. Down 31-21 late in the third quarter, the Preseason SEC Offensive Player of the Year threw a horrid pass under pressure straight into double coverage from his own 18-yard line.
— Christian Boutwell (@CBoutwell_) October 23, 2016
The turnover didn’t prove too costly in the end, as Danny Etling tossed his only pick in the game three plays later. Still, the Rebels didn’t muster a single point in the second half.
Costliest INT of the Week
Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald threw the only interception that was returned for a touchdown in the SEC, and it proved expensive as Kentucky dropped the Bulldogs 40-38 on a 51-yard field goal as time expired.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, down 27-24, Fitzgerald’s third-and-6 passing attempt at midfield was jumped by safety Marcus McWilson, who returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
— KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) October 23, 2016
Forgivable INT of the Week
Arkansas’ Austin Allen had a day to forget in the Razorbacks’ 56-3 rout by Auburn. The junior sustained a right knee sprain in the second quarter, which knocked him out of the game for a series. He returned, but swelling and tightness forced him out for good during the fourth.
Arkansas was never in the contest, down 28-3 at halftime. Playing hurt and chasing a seemingly insurmountable lead (38-3), Allen gave away his only interception to Javaris Davis on a fourth-and-10 desperation drive late in the third quarter.
More Film Room: Carl Lawson rushes from the inside on 4th down to force an off-balance pass. Javaris Davis grabs a stunning interception. pic.twitter.com/C1DZCV4NJe
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) October 24, 2016
The pick is completely forgivable considering the circumstances. Allen finished with a 102.4 passer rating, his lowest of the season.
Unluckiest INT of the Week
Crimson Tide cornerback Marlon Humphrey stole one from Trevor Knight in Alabama’s 31-14 win over Texas A&M. The interception was a superb defensive effort where Humphrey recognized the play in action and adjusted his coverage to swipe a well-thrown pass.
— WeAreDBnation (@WeAreDBNation1) October 22, 2016
Ugliest INT of the Week
Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts hasn’t done much wrong this season, but his first interception thrown against Texas A&M was awkward all things considered. Midway through the second quarter, the Aggies’ Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall were bearing down on Hurts in the pocket when he panicked and sheepishly threw the ball straight into the chest of Claude George just past the line of scrimmage.
— JUCO Football Frenzy (@JUCOFFrenzy) October 22, 2016
In hindsight, most true freshman would have reacted similarly with three NFL-bound defensive front players in on the action. Still, the pick was bad.
Below is a list of the SEC quarterbacks throwing interceptions last weekend, including their total number of picks on the season:
|NAME||TEAM||WEEK 8 INTs||TOTAL INTs|
|Chad Kelly||Ole Miss||2||7|
|Nick Fitzgerald||Mississippi St.||1||5|
|Trevor Knight||Texas A&M||1||6|