Clausen SEC offensive player of week

Updated: October 27, 2003, 11:55 AM ET

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen was named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week Monday.

Clausen passed for four touchdowns -- three in overtime and one in the final two minutes of regulation -- and rushed 1 yard for the game-winning score in the Volunteers' 51-43, five-overtime win over Alabama.

LSU defensive tackle Chad Lavalais claimed defensive honors after racking up eight tackles, three for a loss, in a 31-7 win over Auburn.

Lavalais stopped Carnell Williams for a 5-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 on Auburn's first possession, setting up an LSU touchdown. He also had a sack for minus 13 yards on Auburn's next possession.

Kentucky's Derek Abney was named special teams player of the week. He returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown against Mississippi State Saturday, the eighth time in his career he has scored on a kick or punt return in his career, tying an NCAA record.

Abney accounted for 212 all-purpose yards, including four receptions for 80 yards and a TD and a 21-yard run. He leads the SEC and ranks second nationally with 165.9 all-purpose yards per game.

Abney has broken or tied five NCAA, nine SEC and 12 school records.

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