Sunday, September 19, 2010
Non-AQ helmet stickers: Week 3
By Andrea Adelson
Time to dole out a few non-AQ helmet stickers:
Andy Dalton, QB, TCU. The Horned Frogs looked absolutely unstoppable against Baylor, and they can thank their stud quarterback for that. Dalton went 21-of-23 for 267 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in the 45-10 win. He set a TCU single-game record for completion percentage (91.3), and opened the contest with 11 straight completions. Dalton, who leads all active quarterbacks with 32 career wins, has now completed 74.6 percent (53-of-71) of his passes on the season.
FIU defense. For the second straight game, the Panthers fell just short of a major upset over an AQ opponent. But you have to give credit to new defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and the work he has done in making this a much more aggressive, opportunistic unit. Yes, the Panthers blew a 20-6 third-quarter lead in a 27-20 loss to Texas A&M. But FIU had six sacks and forced five turnovers in the loss. Anthony Gaitor returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown, one of four interceptions in the game. The narrow loss followed a narrow loss to Rutgers to open the season last week.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State. The true freshman has been one of the key reasons why the Aztecs have been able to run the ball this year. Hillman had 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 loss to Missouri, including long runs of 75 and 93 yards. The 93-yard run is the second longest in school history, but the longest in the Division I era. The last time a San Diego State player ran for over 200 yards in a game was Lynell Hamilton, who had 218 against Wyoming in 2003. Hillman has a rushing touchdown in three straight games and a total of seven on the season.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada. Do we sound like a broken record player when we keep giving Kaepernick helmet stickers? He was deserving once again this week after Nevada's 52-31 win over California on Friday night -- the school's first win in seven games against opponents from automatic qualifying conferences. Kaepernick had 329 yards of total offense and five touchdowns -- 148 yards rushing and 181 yards passing. He moved into a tie for seventh with Brad Smith of Missouri with 45 career rushing touchdowns on the NCAA list.
Adrian Robinson, DE, Temple. Robinson forced Connecticut running back Jordan Todman to fumble and went 24 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:28 left in the game in the Owls' 30-16 win. Robinson forced two fumbles on the afternoon as Temple went to 3-0 for the first time since 1979. The win was the first over an AQ conference team in the Al Golden Era, and the first since a win over Syracuse in 2004, when it was still a member of the Big East.
Jackie Williams, WR, UAB. Williams made a leaping 44-yard touchdown catch at the goal line on the final play of the game, giving the Blazers a come-from-behind 34-33 win over Troy. The touchdown ended a 99-yard drive led by backup quarterback Bryan Ellis, who had 1:09 and no timeouts when the series began. Williams ended up with six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.