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Week 8 SEC helmet stickers

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
The stretch run of the SEC race ought to be high drama, with two huge dates looming -- Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. Florida and Georgia play on Nov. 1 in Jacksonville, while Alabama visits LSU on Nov. 8 in Baton Rouge. Before we look too far ahead, though, let's pass out some helmet stickers from this past weekend:

Randall Cobb, receiver, Kentucky: It was desperation time for Kentucky's offense, and Cobb stepped up the way Kentucky coach Rich Brooks predicted he would back in August. Brooks said back during preseason camp that there was something special about Cobb and that it was up to the Wildcats to get the true freshman the ball. Down two touchdowns, they did just that Saturday in rallying to beat Arkansas 21-20 in the final minutes. Cobb caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Mike Hartline in the final 4:15, and Kentucky escaped what would have likely been a crippling loss.

Knowshon Moreno, tailback, Georgia: Welcome back, Mr. Moreno. The Bulldogs' star tailback looked like a star Saturday in rushing for a season-high 172 yards on 23 carries against Vanderbilt. It was the best Moreno has looked this season against an SEC defense, although he did have 101 yards last week against Tennessee. Coming into Saturday's 24-14 win, Moreno had been averaging 71.3 yards through three games against SEC defenses and only 3.8 yards per carry.

Tyson Jackson, defensive end, LSU: All the talk about LSU's defense not being the same this season obviously didn't sit well with Jackson and his defensive line cohorts. Jackson finished with two sacks, spearheading a relentless defensive effort by the Tigers in a 24-17 road win over South Carolina. LSU finished with six sacks, and that's after collecting a total of nine in its previous five games. The Tigers held the Gamecocks to 42 total yards in the second half and dominated the game up front.

Tennessee's defense: Needing anything to hang onto in a season gone south, Tennessee found it Saturday in a rock-solid defense that scored a pair of touchdowns and held Mississippi State to 189 total yards in the Vols' 34-3 victory. Eric Berry returned the first interception 72 yards for a touchdown, and Demetrice Morley followed that up with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown, as Tennessee erupted for 21 fourth-quarter points to win for the first time this season in an SEC game.