Unheralded Benny Cunningham came up big for Middle Tennessee State

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WHO’S HOT

Middle Tennessee State running back Benny Cunningham (right) was a two-star recruit coming out of high school, but didn't play like it in the victory over Georgia Tech.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Middle Tennessee State running back Benny Cunningham (right) was a two-star recruit coming out of high school, but didn't play like it in the victory over Georgia Tech.

Benny Cunningham. The Middle Tennessee State running back proved why recruiting is flawed. Despite a stellar high school career, Cunningham was deemed a two-star recruit. This two-star back thoroughly dominated Georgia Tech en route to 217 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

WHO’S NOT

Falling fans. Twice in the past two weeks, a fan has fallen at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium – each of them checked out OK. Another Tennessee fan died after falling at the Georgia Dome at the beginning of the season. Be careful out there, people.

TRIVIA QUESTION

When’s the last time Georgia had two running backs rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season? See answer below.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference). Aaron Murray (71 touchdowns) needs two more TDs through the air to pass David Greene on the Bulldogs’ career list. The SEC record for passing touchdowns: 88.

2. South Carolina (5-0, 3-0 SEC). Connor Shaw, injured shoulder and all, has completed a league-leading 78 percent of his passes.

3. Clemson (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). The defense is still shaky, but Andre Ellington remains solid with an ACC-best 515 rushing yards.

4. Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2 ACC). Good news: Cumberland is not on the schedule this season.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

• S.C. State vs. North Carolina Central, 2:30 p.m. (No TV)

• Georgia Southern at Western Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (No TV)

• Georgia Tech at Clemson, 3:30 pm. (ESPN)

• Georgia at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: Though the Tigers are a clear favorite, the Yellow Jackets have won five of the past six meetings.

Georgia: The Bulldogs seek second win in Columbia this year.

Georgia Tech: If the Yellow Jackets can’t bounce back from last week, then put a stamp on this season.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks seek their first three-game winning streak against Georgia.

TRIVIA ANSWER

Never. Currently, Todd Gurley has 536 yards, while Keith Marshall has 428.


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