SEC BUZZ

Cleaning up his act

Remember the Maty Mauk who threw four interceptions against Georgia?

Or the one who completed only six passes for 20 yards — and another interception — in a win over Florida?

Missouri’s young quarterback slowly is shaking whatever took hold of him earlier last month.

He threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 75 more in the Tigers’ 20-10 win over Kentucky.

Mauk has thrown four touchdown passes and no interceptions in wins over Vanderbilt and the Wildcats the past two weeks, as the Tigers moved into first in the SEC East with Georgia’s loss to Florida.

Manly Myles

Louisiana-Monroe had no answers for Myles Garrett.

Not that many teams have this season.

Texas A&M’s defensive end broke the SEC’s single-season sacks record for freshmen after he had 3 1/2 in the Aggies’ 21-16 win over the Warhawks.

Garrett has 11 sacks this season, breaking former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s mark of eight in 2011.

“He’s been playing since Week 1,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. “He’s no longer a young guy.”

Garrett also is tied for fourth on the team with 42 tackles and leads the Aggies with 12 1/2 tackles for loss.

Numbers game

12 Sacks this season by Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, who set the school’s single-season record formerly held by Aldon Smith and Michael Sam, who each had 11.5 in a season.

19 Consecutive SEC road games lost by Kentucky, which hasn’t won a conference game outside of Lexington since defeating Georgia 34-27 on Nov. 21, 2009.

They said it

“Kyle is young, but he controls that huddle. He knows that he is the guy and he worked all week, and whenever his name was called, he was ready. Just like all of us; we would all be ready when our name is called. He controlled the huddle well, and he played well today.” — Texas A&M offensive lineman Ben Compton on freshman quarterback Kyle Allen, who made his first career start

“Yeah, very discouraged. Just upset with our effort. One of the most disappointing since I have been here, even through some of those horrible losses. I thought we practiced well. I was worried and wanted to create our own energy and be aggressive, and we weren’t.” — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops

Standings

East; SEC; All

Missouri;4-1;7-2

Georgia;4-2;6-2

Florida;3-3;4-3

Kentucky;2-4;5-4

S. Carolina;2-4;4-4

Tennessee;0-4;3-5

Vanderbilt;0-5;2-6

West; SEC;; All

Miss. State;4-0;7-0

Ole Miss;4-1;7-1

Alabama;4-1;7-1

Auburn;3-1;6-1

LSU;3-2;7-2

Texas A&M;2-3;6-3

Arkansas;0-4;4-4

(Through afternoon games)

Saturday’s schedule

Georgia at Kentucky, noon, ESPN

Presbyterian at Ole Miss, noon, SEC Network

Texas A&M at Auburn, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Tenn.-Martin at Mississippi State, 4 p.m., SEC Network

Florida at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network

Alabama at LSU, 8 p.m., CBS

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