SEC Week 13 rewind: Offense finally costs Florida


The regular season is over with in the SEC. Here's a look back at the final weekend of the season:

Offensive player of the week: Well, when you break a school record against your biggest rival, you're going to get some big-time love. Alabama running back Derrick Henry just keeps punishing defenses on his way to a trip to New York. He finished off Auburn with a late 25-yard touchdown run. He rushed a school-record 46 times for 271 yards and that dagger touchdown. Of Henry's 271 yards, 114 of them came in the fourth quarter.

Defensive player of the week: Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett capped a pretty successful November by being a major pain for Vanderbilt's offense. The sophomore produced five tackles, two sacks and two quarterback hurries. He also notched a safety midway through the third quarter of Tennessee's 53-28 win over the Commodores.

Special teams player of the week: Kickers are either heroes or scapegoats. It's hard to have it any other way, but Alabama's Adam Griffith exorcised his Kick Six demons on the Plains Saturday night. With the Crimson Tide's offense struggling to get into the end zone, Griffith made all four of his field-goal attempts in the first half, including a 50-yarder to close out the second quarter. Griffith finished the night connecting on all five of his field-goal attempts and had 17 points.

Stat of the week: Florida's playoff run drained out of the Swamp after a miserable outing against archrival Florida State. And if not for a sack-fumble by defensive end CeCe Jefferson that led to a safety in the fourth quarter, the Gators would have been shut out for the first time since 1988. But with that score, Florida continued its nation-leading streak of 346 games without being shut out.

Team of the week: After a week of utter drama in Baton Rouge, LSU put all of that in the rearview mirror to grind one out against Texas A&M in a game that might or might not have saved Les Miles' job. The Aggies aren't a great team, and LSU isn't going to the College Football Playoff -- or even a New Year's Six bowl -- but with so many distractions, the Tigers stopped their first three-game losing streak since 1999 with a 19-7 win over Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium. LSU forced three turnovers, Leonard Fournette rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown, and the defense held the Aggies to just 250 yards of offense. Oh, and players carried Miles off the field like the king that he is.

Team on the rise: Don't look now, but the Ole Miss Rebels are an Alabama win over Florida in the SEC championship game away from heading to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. After downing bitter rival Mississippi State 38-27 on the road, the Rebels have gone back-to-back weeks with an overpowering win against an archrival. Two weeks ago, it was LSU that got run out of Oxford by these Rebels. The same team that had three losses coming into the weekend, has combined for 911 yards and 76 points in the last two weeks.

Team falling: You just knew the Gators couldn't keep up this streak of winning games without much life on offense. Florida's already improbable run to the playoff was stunted by an ugly 27-2 loss to Florida State at home. Florida's defense was outstanding for three quarters but just wore down because its sputtering offense did absolutely nothing to help it out. Florida was a miserable 0-for-3 in the red zone against the Seminoles, quarterback Treon Harris continued to regress behind center -- completing just 50 percent of his passes for 134 yards -- and wildly inconsistent kicker Austin Hardin missed one field goal and had his other attempt blocked. Up next for the Gators? Only arguably the best team in the country in Alabama.

Best play: Well, this one was easy. When rumors swirl about a super successful coach possibly being fired after winning 78 percent of his games, yeah, him getting carried off the field in front of the folks who embarrassed themselves during this process is the overwhelming play of the week.