South Carolina’s Jamarcus King picked off Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs twice in the Gamecocks’ 24-21 upset win over the Volunteers last Saturday. It is the third game in a row Dobbs tossed more interceptions than touchdowns, finishing with 161 yards and a score on 12-of-26 passing. King picked up SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his career-best effort.
Each of Dobbs’ interceptions was costly. The first came early in the second quarter with the score tied. On a third-and-17, King snagged an underthrown pass intended for wide receiver Thomas Orradre. Three plays later, South Carolina scored the go-ahead touchdown to make it 14-7. The Gamecocks never relinquished the lead.
With 3:42 remaining, King, again, took advantage of a underthrown pass by Dobbs. Trailing 24-21, the Volunteers signal-caller looked to hit a receiver on a 10-yard comeback route along the sidelines. King sniffed out the play, dropped back into space, and jumped up to make an athletic takeaway. Dobbs and company had one more drive, but Aaron Medley missed a 58-yard field goal attempt to extend the contest as time expired.
Here’s a look at Dobbs’ interceptions thrown:
Dobbs leads the SEC with 11 picks. His poor play of late even garnered a comment Monday from head coach Butch Jones.
Costliest INT of the Week
Like Dobbs, Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly gave up an interception at an inopportune time, as the Rebels were in striking distance of Auburn late in their 40-29 home loss to the Tigers.
Trailing 33-29 with 8:06 remaining, Joshua Holsey returned an errant pass attempt 47 yards to the Ole Miss 25-yard line. The Tigers put the game away three plays later with a touchdown.
Senior DB Josh Holsey with a HUGE interception. pic.twitter.com/GHeDztK3lA
— Lauren Shute (@LShute13) October 30, 2016
The pass was thrown behind target A.J. Brown, but was one of few blemishes on the night for the senior quarterback. Kelly bested Ole Miss legend Archie Manning’s 437-yard single-game team passing record with 465.
Ugliest INT of the Week
Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio did not come out of the gates too well in the Gators’ 24-10 dismantling of Georgia. On the first series of the game, the redshirt sophomore made a bad decision when he attempted a ball across the middle while throwing across his body. There were no less than four Georgia defenders within 5 yards of the attempted pass. Safety Dominick Sanders came down with the floater, returning it 31 yards to help set up a Bulldogs field goal.
Del Rio owns a 2-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio since returning from a knee injury.
Forgivable INT of the Week
Kentucky’s Stephen Johnson gets the nod for most excusable pick of the week. Up 21-3 in the second quarter, the junior quarterback was picked off by Missouri cornerback Logan Cheadle just short of the Tigers’ goal line.
Mizzou’s Logan “War Machine” Cheadle with the interception to kill the drive. pic.twitter.com/4jnTqGpWXL
— CYBERTIGER (@OscarGambler) October 29, 2016
Johnson short-armed the pass, but made up for it with 2 touchdowns and 208 yards on 14-of-23 passing. He posted a career-best 81.6 adjusted QBR in the win.
Here’s a list of all the interceptions thrown in Week 9, including each quarterback’s total for the season:
|NAME||TEAM||WEEK 9 INTs||TOTAL INTs|
|Nick Fitzgerald||Mississippi St.||2||7|
|Luke Del Rio||Florida||1||6|
|Chad Kelly||Ole Miss||1||8|