Originally posted on SouthernGameday  |  Last updated 11/11/13
  With another week down, it is time to take a look at just who stood out in the weekend's best SEC matches. As a new week begins to form, here is a look back at just who topped the charts and made the headlines on Saturday.   The AJ McCarron and TJ Yeldon combo: Power. Pure power. Once these two get going, there is not much that can stop them and Saturday proved that. Don't let a slow start to the first half fool you, because once these two combined forces, the Alabama offense was virtually unstoppable. Although LSU made a fairly strong stand early, the Tide offense came out of the half with a renewed vitality and put up 21 unanswered points in the second half alone. They sailed to a 38-17 victory. Showing his ability once again to stay calm despite the pressure, McCarron displayed his effectiveness and skills on placement of his passes as he threw all three of his TD passes against five or more pass rushers. Going 14-of-20 with 179-yards and no interceptions, it may not have been the most "flashy" of performances from the weekend, but that did not matter. It was effective and steady. Improving his career record to 34-2 and passing John Parker Wilson for the most career passing yards in Alabama history, his performance could easily boast him in to the top three candidates for the Heisman...and it should. McCarron has now won 3-of-4 matches against LSU, but going into the weekend had only totaled one TD pass in his first three starts against them. With his three tosses on Saturday, he also earned a pass completion of 70 percent in what has become one of the Tide's biggest rivalry games. Backing up McCarron was the dominating ground game that was controlled by Yeldon. With 25 carries for 133-yards, Yeldon was also the producer of two TDs and several drive changing plays. Quickly working his way around the LSU defense, 18 of Yeldon's 25 carries came in that all important second half. Another plus for Yeldon was that 100 of those yards came on runs inside the tackle. Why is that important? Before Saturday, LSU had not allowed any team to run for over 100-yards inside the tackle yet this year, proving just how important and valuable Yeldon's run game is to the Alabama offense.   Dorial Green-Beckham (Missouri): Although Maty Mauk had another ground-breaking performance, this time the nod has to be given to Green-Beckham. Rolling past Kentucky with a 48-17 win, Green-Beckham may not have been the focus of the headlines as of late, but this time it should certainly be different. Looking to simply find a way to keep their offense moving, Mauk definitely found his target in receiver Green-Beckham. Setting a school record, the 6-foot-6 sophomore had four TD receptions total. His seven touches on the ball also resulted in a 100-yard day and a 14.3 yard average. It was also his height advantage that helped him become an easy and sure target. Before the weekend, Green-Beckham's best showing to date was just a pair of two TD games. With his performance on Saturday, he also helped the Tigers stay ahead of South Carolina in the race for the SEC East title.   Nick Marshall (Auburn): In any other game, seven attempted passes would not amount to anything. However, Auburn proved that they have the ability to make up for those lack-luster attempts with a very effective performance on the ground. With that, bring in QB Nick Marshall who accounted for 214 of 444 of Auburn's rushing yards. With an average of 15.3-yards per carry, Marshall quickly made up for lost yardage in the air on the ground. Finding that Tennessee simply could not stop the rush, the Tigers continued to give Marshall the green light and use his footwork to their advantage. It was also that footwork that set him in third place behind Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton for the most rush yards by a SEC QB. His 214-yards were also the third most earned by a QB this season alone.   Auburn's Special Teams: Also gaining much praise this weekend was the performance by the Tiger's special teams. Although the Auburn offense put up 444 rushing yards total, it was the special teams that filled a huge gap against Tennessee on Saturday. Going into the second quarter, it looked as if the Vols came ready to put up a fight. With a tied score and several miscues from the Auburn offense early, the Tigers got the spark they needed other than Marshall...enter the special teams. Providing a much needed momentum shift, Chris Davis returned a punt for 85-yards that drove the Tigers to a 20-13 lead. Not only did it give them the lead, but also became Auburn's first punt return for a TD since 2008. It also became the third longest punt return in school history and the longest since 1970. But, one return just was not enough. Returning a 90-yard second half kick-off, Corey Grant also landed a TD and a piece of school history. With his return, it became the first time in school history that Auburn had taken both a kick-off and punt for a TD in the same game. Also, lets not fail to mention that special teams coach Scott Fountain is in his first-year with the Tigers...not too shabby.   The Alabama Defense: With so much emphasis as of late on the finesse of the offense in the SEC, anyone who watched the Tide defense against LSU, saw a throwback of sorts to those solid defensive performances of the past. Before Saturday, teams struggled in shutting down LSU's dynamic running game from Jeremy Hill...but that was before facing Alabama. Only gaining 13 carries, Hill left the game accounting for only 42-yards total. Averaging 8.3-yards per attempt going into the weekend, Hill only had 4-yards per attempt against the Tide. Another plus for the improved Tide defense was their ability to read plays from Zach Mettenberger and finally getting pressure inside the pocket. The pressure was displayed in the numbers as he was held to going 3-of-3 for 89-yards on throws of 15-plus yards in the first half. In the second, he was only 1-of-3 for 22-yards in that category. For the first time this season, LSU was held to fewer than 100-yards on designed run plays with just 72. Before this particular match, LSU led the SEC with the most TDs on those designed run plays and much to Alabama's credit they were also unable to walk away with multiple TDs on those designs for the first time in 2013.      
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