Now it is time to give out helmet stickers for some of the top non-AQ performances.
Utah freshman safety Brian Blechen: He saved the day for the Utes with his interception of Tino Sunseri on the first play of overtime. That allowed Joe Phillips to kick a 21-yard field goal to give Utah the 27-24 win over No. 15 Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Utah had blown an 11-point lead until Blechen came up big in his first career game.
Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel: Yes, Borel threw an interception with five minutes remaining in a 31-24 loss to Oklahoma, but Utah State would not have been in the game if it was not for him. He threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 20.1 yards per completion. Utah State players said earlier in the week they would have something to show Oklahoma, and they backed up that talk. For a team that many believe could be in the mix for a bowl berth, Utah State drew plenty of eyes for its performance Saturday.
Houston quarterback Case Keenum: Shocking that Keenum makes the list. He threw five touchdown passes in a 68-21 win over Texas State. Keenum ended up throwing for 274 yards and just five incompletions in one half of work. He also had two interceptions. Keenum broke Kevin Kolb's career school records for completions with 1,098 and yards passing with 13,179.
TCU rushing offense: The Horned Frogs ran for 278 total yards in their 30-21 win over Oregon State behind Ed Wesley (134), Matthew Tucker (74) and Andy Dalton (64). Wesley had his second career 100-yard game. TCU coach Gary Patterson talked all summer about the depth at the position, which lost its top rusher from last season in Joseph Turner. The option play worked again and again, allowing the Horned Frogs to control the ball for nearly twice as long as the Beavers. TCU is now 46-2 under Patterson when gaining at least 200 yards rushing.
Troy kicker Michael Taylor: He kicked the game-winning 34-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give the Trojans a 30-27 win over Bowling Green. The Falcons had a 17-7 lead early in the game, but Troy quarterback Corey Robinson led the comeback. It was Tony Davis who intercepted a pass with 1:07 left to give Troy the ball at its 34 and set up the winning drive.