NCF Nation: Alex Green

Hawaii spring wrap

May, 10, 2011
2010 overall record: 10-4

2010 conference record: 7-1 WAC (co-champs)

Returning starters

Offense 3, defense 6, punter/kicker 1

Top returners

QB Bryant Moniz, LB Corey Paredes, WR Royce Pollard

Key losses

WR Greg Salas, WR Kealoha Pilares, FS Mana Silva, RB Alex Green

2010 statistical leaders (* denotes returners)

Rushing: Green (1,199 yards, 18 TDs)

Passing: Moniz* (361-of-555 for 5,040 yards, 39 TDs, 15 INTs)

Receiving: Salas (1,889 yards, 14 TDs)

Tackles: Paredes* (151)

Sacks: Aaron Brown*, Paipai Falemalu* (five each)

Interceptions: Silva (eight)

Spring Answers

1. Talent at receiver. There are plenty of candidates to help fill the big shoes of Pilares and Salas. Jeremiah Ostrowski and Billy Ray Stutzmann appear to be the front-runners to replace them with Corey Paclebar, Justin Clapp and Donnie King Jr. in the mix as well. Allen Sampson could be a playmaker at wideout, too.

2. Hadden at kicker. Redshirt freshman Tyler Hadden emerged as the front-runner to replace Scott Enos at kicker. He is going to have to step up immediately -- Enos set the single-season school record for points by a kicker with 122 and made all 105 of his extra-point attempts.

3. New hybrid end/linebacker. Many teams have gone with this hybrid position. Hawaii is calling it “elephant” and has someone in mind to play it on specific downs. Linebacker Art Laurel had a great spring, and appears to be the perfect fit at the hybrid spot. He had three sacks in the spring game.

Fall Questions

1. Revamped offensive line. The Warriors lost four starters on the offensive line, including three who started every game last season and one who had 21 career starts. It’s going to be important for that line to come together quickly to give Moniz time to throw.

2. Another 1,000 yard rusher? Hawaii is known for its passing offense, but Green surpassed 1,000 yards rushing in 2011 and notched the highest total in school history. Redshirt freshmen Joey Iosefa and John Lister are the only returning running backs on scholarship, so this could be an area where a true freshman could contribute.

3. Another 5,000-yard season for Moniz? Hawaii has some talented receivers who can step up for Pilares and Salas, but will that translate into another 5,000-yard season for Moniz? Fans have to hope the Moniz of the regular season, and not the one in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, is who they get for 2011.

Andy Dalton and the Jets?

April, 15, 2011
There has been lots of speculation headed into the NFL draft about where TCU quarterback Andy Dalton and Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick could land.

Well, there is a bit of news concerning Dalton. Rich Cimini of reports the Jets worked out Dalton on Friday. The move may seem curious, considering the Jets have Mark Sanchez. But as Cimini writes:
Dalton is a fast-rising prospect who could slip into the bottom of the first round, according to scouts. The Jets own the 30th overall pick. While it makes no sense for them to invest another first-round pick in a quarterback, the Jets' interest in Dalton could be a way to entice quarterback-needy teams below them to trade up, increasing the value of the Jets' position.

Dalton's stock has been rising thanks to good performances during Senior Bowl week and the combine. The Vikings, Patriots, Colts and Titans, Browns and Bears have all reportedly worked Dalton out, too.

In his latest mock draft, Mel Kiper has Dalton going early in the second round, at No. 35 to the Bengals.

As for Kaepernick, his stock also has been rising. He has had workouts with at least eight teams: Oakland, Tennessee, Miami, Denver, Kansas City, Cleveland, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Scouts seem to love his arm strength (he used to be a baseball player), and he did very well on the Wonderlic with a 37, one of the highest scores of all prospects.

Kiper has him going in the third round, at No. 76 overall to San Francisco.

Among the other non-AQ players featured in Kiper's mock draft from earlier this month:

First round

Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, No. 16 to the Chargers.

Second round

Nevada linebacker Dontay Moch, No. 45 to San Francisco.

UCF offensive tackle Jah Reid, No. 51to Tampa Bay.

Boise State receiver Titus Young, No. 58 to Baltimore.

Troy receiver Jerrel Jernigan, No. 59 to Atlanta.

Third round

Fresno State linebacker Chris Carter, No. 72, New Orleans

Hawaii running back Alex Green, No. 78, St. Louis

TCU offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, No. 82, San Diego

Hawaii receiver Greg Salas, No. 86, Kansas City

Boise State receiver Austin Pettis, No. 95, Pittsburgh

Lunchtime Links

December, 30, 2010
Ready for some football? Go watch Army and SMU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, starting now! And don't forget to join me for a live chat later today at 4 p.m. Send in your questions now.

On to some links:

Southern Miss receiver DeAndre Brown has decided to enter the NFL Draft,'s Joe Schad reports.

It was a nightmare finish for East Carolina.

June Jones' name will keep coming up during coaching searches.

Jeremy Kerley can do it all for TCU.

For TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, it's the biggest game of all.

Nevada has its own theme song.

It's easy to laugh now, but Air Force's lost falcon caused some pretty tense moments.

It's size vs. speed in the bowl between Middle Tennessee and Miami (Ohio).

The Miami (Ohio) defense has blossomed.

UCF's senior class hopes to cap its successful run with a bowl win.

Hawaii RB Alex Green has accepted an invitation to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game.

New Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren is performing double duty.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl keys

December, 23, 2010
You saw my preview and prediction. Now here are three keys each for Hawaii and Tulsa in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl:

Tulsa (9-3)

1. Balance. G.J. Kinne is the key here, as he leads the team in passing with 3,307 yards and rushing with 557 yards and seven touchdowns. The Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year has grown tremendously, and is athletic enough to make plays with his arm and his feet. Boise State threw for more than 500 yards on this Hawaii secondary, so that is a blueprint to follow. But Tulsa knows it cannot win with passing alone. Alex Singleton, at 249 pounds, could present a serious matchup problem for Hawaii because of his size and power. Damaris Johnson can also make plays in the run game.

2. Get after Bryant Moniz. Hawaii has given up 34 sacks this season. In its worst game of the year, a 42-7 loss to Boise State, Moniz was sacked seven times. The Tulsa defensive front is not nearly as strong as Boise State's, but it needs to get Moniz out of his rhythm and force him into making uncomfortable throws. If you come with a lot of corner blitzes, you leave yourself exposed against a talented Hawaii receiving corps. So Tulsa is going to have to mix up its fronts and disguise its coverages so it does not leave itself vulnerable.

3. Protect the football. Hawaii gives up its fair share of big plays – 53 that have gone for 25 yards or more this season. But the Warriors also lead the nation in turnovers forced (36) and interceptions (23). The defense has at least two picks in each of the past 10 games after not recording an interception in its first three games. Kinne and his teammates are going to have to be extra aware of a defense that is opportunistic and always looking for a way to knock the ball loose.

Hawaii (10-3)

1. Change it up. Tulsa is going to be so focused on stopping the pass, don’t be surprised if Hawaii starts out giving the ball to Alex Green, who is perfectly capable of breaking off some big runs. Green has 13 runs of 25 yards or more this season, and became the first 1,000 yard runner at Hawaii since 1992. In his 327-yard rushing performance against New Mexico State, Green was able to take advantage of gaping holes in the middle of the defense because the Aggies used extra defenders to cover the receivers. Tulsa has to watch for this.

2. Slow down Kinne. Hawaii did an exceptional job slowing down another mobile quarterback it faced this season in Colin Kaepernick. Though these two offenses are different, Kinne is a big threat to run and pass. Hawaii is going to have to bottle him up in the run game to make Tulsa more one-dimensional. If he throws more than he wants, then the Warriors have the ability to keep on intercepting passes.

3. Take advantage of Greg Salas. Hawaii always does, as he ranks No. 2 nationally in receiving yards per game (128.8) and third in receptions per game (8.15). Salas has 12 touchdowns this season. He needs three receptions to break Davone Bess’ single-season record of 108 set in 2007, and 39 yards to eclipse Ashley Lelie’s single-season mark of 1,713 set in 2001. At 6-2, he has a size advantage over both starting cornerbacks and strong safety Marco Nelson, so he could be in store for yet another big day.

Hawaii RB Green is a rushing machine

December, 16, 2010
I know what you are thinking. Rushing machine and Hawaii football go together about as well as rival coaches sharing a beach house.

Not so much.

But something special happened on the islands this season. Alex Green ran for more than 1,000 yards -- the first 1,000-yard rusher in the version of the run-and-shoot offense Hawaii has been playing since 1999.

Green said the run-and-shoot is the reason why he was so successful this season.

"We have a really good receiving corps, really good offensive line, and opponents focus on our receivers a lot," he said in a phone interview. "I get the ball as much as I can, and usually it’s open."

Here is a look a the milestones he has reached this season:

Green has run for 100 yards in four of his past six games.

That includes a career day against New Mexico State on Nov. 27, when he ran for a school-record 327 yards and won the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week. Green broke a 60-year old mark previously held by Pete Wilson (270) in 1950.

His 1,168 yards rushing this season is the second-highest single-season total in school history. He also became just the seventh player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards and the first since Travis Sims in 1992.

His team-leading 17 touchdowns is two shy of the single-season school mark for a running back.

All that success even caught quarterback Bryant Moniz off guard. Moniz threw for more than 4,000 yards this season.

"I’m surprised myself, and I think a lot of fans are surprised," Moniz said. "To have that many rushing yards says something about Alex, especially because he has to block so much."

Indeed, Green's first responsibility is blocking in the complicated offense. But when his opportunities are there, he takes advantage. Going into the season, Green knew how rare it was for a running back at Hawaii to get 1,000 yards, but he set his goals there because "I reach for the highest goals."

He has one game left in his Hawaii career, against Tulsa in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. Many expect the game to be a shootout because the two offenses are prolific at passing.

But if we have learned anything this season, it is to not underestimate Green.

Lunchtime Links

December, 14, 2010
Here are some links to get you through lunch.

Utah QB Jordan Wynn had successful shoulder surgery on Monday.

Southern Miss' seniors keep their postseason tradition alive.

Nevada returned to practice after a week off, but still has a long wait until playing Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Jan. 9.

Former Fresno State players recall a 73-18 loss to Northern Illinois in 1990 as the two teams prepare to meet in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl.

San Diego State coach Brady Hoke denied having contact with Pittsburgh.

Credit Northern Illinois AD Jeff Compher for the way he handled the hiring of Dave Doeren.

New Louisiana coach Mark Hudspeth has to hit the ground running.

Terrance Owens will start at quarterback for Toledo against FIU in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, but injured starter Austin Dantin (shoulder/collarbone) could play.

Alabama receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti has emerged as a leading candidate to be named head coach at Kent State, reports.

California recruit Will Gregory hopes to fill the shoes of Alex Green at Hawaii next season.

UTEP is healthier going into the New Mexico Bowl against BYU everywhere except QB, where Trevor Vittatoe is still hampered by an ankle injury.Vittatoe will get "an extensive operation" on Monday, coach Mike Price said.

Hawaii Warriors season recap

December, 7, 2010
Hawaii finished just short of a bowl bid last season, but hopes were high going into 2010 with the return of quarterback Bryant Moniz. The junior emerged as the starter after walking onto the team and finding himself sixth on the depth chart. But he worked his way up and got into the lineup after several injuries gave the Warriors no other choice. Still, nobody could have anticipated the giant leap Moniz took this season. He threw for a nation-leading 4,629 yards and 36 touchdowns, making Hawaii one of the most prolific offenses in the country. He had help of course from Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares, who combined for nearly 3,000 yards and 27 of those touchdown passes. Salas has caught a pass in 40 straight games en route to All-WAC first-team honors. Let’s not forget the Warriors also had a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time since 1992 in Alex Green. Hawaii scored 40 or more points in eight games this season and topped the nation in passing.

Defensively, linebacker Corey Paredes had a monster season with 144 tackles, and safety Mana Silva was tied for the nation lead with eight interceptions. Kicker Scott Enos also ended the regular season converting a school-record 100 straight extra-point attempts. Hawaii may have gotten blown out by Boise State, but the Warriors beat Nevada and that was good enough to win a share of the WAC championship. The Warriors also won 10 games for just the sixth time in school history.

Offensive MVP: QB Bryant Moniz. What more can you say about a guy who had to take a side job delivering pizzas when he first walked on at Hawaii? Moniz exceeded all expectations with his incredible season. His total passing yards were the second-highest total in school history, and he set the school single-game passing record with 560 yards against San Jose State.

Defensive MVP: LB Corey Paredes. He led the team in tackles, and ranked 11th in the nation. Not only that, Paredes was a key member of a defense that led all FBS teams in turnovers forced with 36, including a nation-leading 23 interceptions.

Turning point: A 27-21 win over Nevada on Oct. 16 set the stage for the Warriors to become co-WAC champs. They did an excellent job shutting down Colin Kaepernick and forcing him into four turnovers.

What’s next: Hawaii plays Tulsa in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24, and could be the favorite in the WAC next season with Boise State leaving for the Mountain West and Nevada losing Kaepernick, Vai Taua and Dontay Moch.

Non-AQ Players of the Week

November, 29, 2010
Here are your non-AQ players of the week, as selected by each conference.

Conference USA

Offense: Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne. Completed 62 percent of his passes and was 23-of-37 for a career-best 406 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-50 win over Southern Miss. He also ran for two scores.

Defense: Marshall LB Mario Harvey. Recorded a career-high 21 tackles, had two sacks, forced a fumble, and recorded five pass breakups in a 38-23 win over Tulane.

Special teams: Southern Miss KR Francisco Llanos. Returned seven kickoffs for 197 yards, including an 87-yard return for a touchdown the first time -- his first-ever kickoff return for Southern Miss.


East Division

Offense: Miami RB Thomas Merriweather. Ran for a career-high 182 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown in a 23-3 victory over Temple. His 96-yard touchdown tied for the second-longest run in Miami history.

Defense: Kent State LB Cobrani Mixon. Had eight tackles, one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups and a hurry in a 28-6 win over Ohio.

Special Teams: Ohio P Paul Hershey. Averaged 46.7 yards per punt on three kicks at Kent State.

West Division

Offense: Toledo QB Terrance Owens. Went 24-of-32 passing for a career-high 304 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-31 win over Central Michigan in his third career start.

Defense: Northern Illinois DE Jake Coffman. Had five solo tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 71-3 win at Eastern Michigan.

Special Teams: Toledo KR Eric Page. Became the first Rocket in history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns, a 99-yarder in the first quarter and a 95-yarder in the third quarter, in a 42-31 win over Central Michigan.

Mountain West

Offense: San Diego State QB Ryan Lindley. Completed 22 of 30 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-14 win over UNLV. It was his sixth 300-yard passing game of the season.

Defense: Utah DB Brian Blechen. Had seven tackles, one sack, an interception and a pass breakup in a 17-16 victory over in-state rival BYU.

Co-Special Teams: Utah DB Brandon Burton, UNLV K Marcus Sullivan. Burton blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game, helping preserve the victory over the Cougars. Sullivan set a new UNLV single-game record for kick return yards with 224 yards and an average of 37.3 yards per return.

Sun Belt

Offense: North Texas RB Lance Dunbar. Set a career-high and had the sixth-best rushing performance in the nation this season with 270 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to Kansas State.

Defense: Middle Tennessee LB Darin Davis. Set a Sun Belt record with 101 yards on his two second-half interception returns in a win over FAU.

Co-Special Teams: Louisiana SS Cooper Gerami, North Texas WR Brelan Chancellor. Blocked an extra point attempt to preserve a victory for the Cajuns over their in-state rivals. Gerami also added five tackles on the night. Chancellor returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second game in a row, taking one back 93 yards against Kansas State. He is one of seven players in the nation this season to have two or more kickoff returns for a touchdown.


Offense: Hawaii RB Alex Green. Ran for a school-record 327 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 carries in a 59-24 win at New Mexico State.

Defense: Fresno State LB Travis Brown. Made five tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown in a 23-20 win over Idaho.

Special teams: Louisiana Tech KR/PR Phillip Livas. Returned a punt a career-long 88 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of Louisiana Tech's 45-38 win at San Jose State. It was his eighth career return (kick or punt) for a touchdown, tying an NCAA record set by five others. He had a total of three punt returns for 103 yards and added a kickoff return for 27 yards against the Aggies.

Vote: Capital One Impact Performance

November, 29, 2010
Time once again to vote for the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week. Here are your nominees:

Maryland receiver Torrey Smith with 14 receptions for 224 yards and four touchdowns in a win against NC State.

Hawaii running back Alex Green with 19 carries for 327 yards and three touchdowns in a win against New Mexico State.

Arkansas receiver Cobi Hamilton with three receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns in a win against LSU.

Oklahoma receiver Cameron Kenney with six receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a win against Oklahoma State.

Non-AQ Helmet Stickers: Week 13

November, 28, 2010
Time for a few non-AQ helmet stickers for Week 13:

Lennon Creer, Phillip Livas, Louisiana Tech. Creer ran for a career-high 252 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-38 win over San Jose State. Livas tied a NCAA record with an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown -- his eighth career combined kickoff/punt return for a score. Five other players also have reached the mark, most recently C.J. Spiller of Clemson last season.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada. Matthews was instrumental in helping the No. 19 Wolf Pack upset No. 4 Boise State 34-31 on Friday night. He had a combined 216 yards of total offense with two touchdowns -- including a 7-yarder with 13 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Matthews finished with 10 catches for a career-high 172 yards -- just his second 100-yard game of the season.

Alex Green, RB, Hawaii. Set a school record with 327 yards rushing, in less than three quarters no less, in a 59-24 win over New Mexico State. He broke the old record of 270 yards, set by Pete Wilson in 1950. Green went had more than 1,000 yards on the season, the first Hawaii player to go over that mark since 1992.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State. Ran for 152 yards on 19 carries to break the conference record for rushing yards by a freshman with 1,304 this season in a 48-14 win over UNLV.

Brandon Burton, CB, Utah. Blocked what would have been a game-winning 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game in a 17-16 win over BYU in the Holy War.

Eric Page, WR, Toledo. Accounted for five touchdowns in a 42-31 win over Central Michigan on Friday. Page scored on kickoff returns of 99 yards and 95 yards, becoming the first player in school history to score twice in one game on kickoff returns. His 99-yard return in the first quarter was the second-longest in school history. Page also caught touchdown passes for 9 and 25 yards and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to QB Terrance Owens.

G.J. Kinne, QB, Tulsa. Threw for 406 yards and scored six touchdowns in a 56-50 win over Southern Miss on Friday night. Kinne threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more as the Golden Hurricane closed their season on a six-game winning streak.

Darin Davis, LB, Middle Tennessee. Had two interceptions and returned them for a combined Sun Belt-record 101 yards in a 38-14 win over FAU to keep the Blue Raiders' bowl chances alive.

Non-AQ Players of the Week

October, 25, 2010
Here are your non-AQ players of the week, as selected by each league.

Conference USA

Offense: Tulane WR Casey Robottom. Had a career-high 10 receptions for a career-best 151 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 34-24 win over UTEP. His 43-yard touchdown catch gave the Green Wave the lead for good with 5:30 remaining in the game.

Defense: Houston LB Sammy Brown and UCF DE Darius Nall. Brown led the Cougars with eight tackles, two sacks and a forced a fumble in a 45-20 win over SMU. In the past two games, Brown has recorded nine tackles for loss and four sacks. Nall had 2.5 sacks, forced a fumble, had a pass pressure and tied for the team lead with six total tackles as UCF defeated Rice 41-14.

Special Teams: Houston KR Tyron Carrier. Scored on a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a win over SMU. It was the sixth of his career. Clemson's C.J. Spiller holds the NCAA career record with seven kickoff returns for touchdowns.


East Division

Offense: Kent State WR Tyshon Goode. Had a career-high 12 catches for a season-high 158 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-6 win at Bowling Green. He also extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 15.

Defense: Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson. Led the Owls with six tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks in a 42-0 win at Buffalo. Temple had its first shutout since 1992 and first shutout of a BCS opponent since 1984.

Special teams: Kent State K Freddy Cortez. Scored 12 points in a 30-6 victory at Bowling Green. Cortez tied his career-high with three field goals (29, 32, 30), while making all three extra points. He missed a 51-yarder.

West Division

Offense: Western Michigan WR Juan Nunez. Had six receptions for a career-high 192 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-10 win over Akron.

Defense: Northern Illinois LB Tyrone Clark. Had two interceptions in a 33-7 win over Central Michigan. Both came in the second quarter to stop Chippewa drives and ensure that the Huskies would have a halftime lead.

Special Teams: Toledo KR Isaiah Ballard. Returned three kickoffs for 103 yards, including a 56-yard return, in a 31-24 win over Ball State.

Mountain West

Offense: TCU RB Ed Wesley and Utah QB Jordan Wynn. Wesley had a career-high 209 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 28 carries to help the Horned Frogs beat Air Force 38-7. Wynn completed 23 of 29 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of action in a 59-6 win over Colorado State.

Defense: BYU LB Brandon Ogletree. Had career highs of five solo tackles and three tackles for loss in a 25-20 win over Wyoming. Four of the tackles came on Wyoming’s final drive of the game, and two were for a loss.

Special Teams: BYU KR Cody Hoffman. Had 104 kick return yards in the victory over Wyoming. In all, Hoffman averaged 26.0 yards on four kick returns.

Sun Belt

Offense: Western Kentucky QB Kawaun Jakes. Went 18-of-22 for a season-high 262 yards and one touchdown in a 54-21 win over Louisiana, snapping a 26-game losing streak. He also picked up 28 rushing yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. He led the Hilltoppers to scores on nine straight offense possessions.

Defense: Arkansas State DB Adrian Hills. Recorded a career-high two interceptions, including one returned 37 yards for a touchdown, over the final 10 minutes of a 37-16 fourth-quarter comeback victory against Florida Atlantic.

Special Teams: Western Kentucky K Casey Tinius. Score 12 points in the Hilltoppers’ victory over Louisiana. His 47-yard kick as time expired in the first half tied a career long.


Offense: Hawaii running back Alex Green. Ran for a career-high 172 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries in a 45-7 win at Utah State. He had a career-long rush of 60 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Defense: Hawaii linebacker Corey Paredes. Had a game-high 10 tackles and two interceptions at Utah State. Paredes helped anchor a defense that held its opponent to 181 yards of total offense, the fewest in a game for the Warriors since 2005.

Special Teams: Fresno State K Kevin Goessling. Made all four of his field goal attempts in a 33-18 win at San Jose State. Goessling was also 3-for-3 on extra point attempts to run his consecutive streak to 116 -- 12 shy of the all-time WAC record.

Non-AQ Helmet Stickers: Week 8

October, 24, 2010
Time to give out a few helmet stickers for the non-AQs after another wild Week 8:

Alex Green, RB, Hawaii. Green ran for a career-high 172 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries in a 45-7 win over Utah State. The last time a Hawaii player scored four rushing touchdowns in a game was Glenn Freitas at UNLV in 1995. His 172 yards was the most since Calvin Melvin gained the same yardage against BYU on Sept. 11, 1993.

Ohio defense. The Bobcats had four interceptions, recovered two fumbles and had five sacks in a 34-13 win over Miami (Ohio). Miami had just 11 yards rushing.

Juan Nunez, WR, Western Michigan. Nunes had six catches for a career-high 192 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-10 win over Akron. The 192 yards are the fifth-highest single-game total in school history. Teammate Jordan White added 168 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Casey Robottom, WR, Tulane. Robottom had a career-high 151 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a 34-24 win over UTEP. That makes back-to-back 100-yard games in a row -- the only two of his career.

Willie Taggart, coach, Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers snapped their 26-game losing streak with a 54-21 win at Louisiana. They came oh-so-close to breaking the skid last week but gave up 28 fourth-quarter points and lost. Now the wait is finally over, giving Taggart his first win as a head coach. They racked up a season-high 409 yards of total offense, and Kawaun Jakes went 18-of-22 for 262 yards and a touchdown, while also running for 28 yards and two more scores. Don't look now, but Western Kentucky could put together a winning streak. North Texas comes to town next week.

TCU defense. The Horned Frogs have been stifling in Mountain West play, and they passed their big test against Air Force in a 38-7 win. TCU held Air Force to a season-low 184 yards rushing and 231 yards of total offense after coming into the game as the No. 1 rush offense in the country. The Falcons also scored a season-low seven points. Though it was the first touchdown TCU has allowed since Sept. 24, the Horned Frogs have only given up 10 points in four conference games. TCU is 68-2 under Gary Patterson when allowing 17 points or less. Meanwhile, TCU running back Ed Wesley had a career-high 209 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Alexander Teich, FB, Navy. Teich became the first Navy fullback to rush for more than 200 yards, racking up 210 on 26 carries in a 35-17 win over Notre Dame. Teich added a 31-yard touchdown reception to his day. Teich has returned to the starting lineup with an injury to Vince Murray (knee) and has not disappointed. Navy beat Notre Dame for the third time in four seasons.

Jordan Wynn, QB, Utah. Wynn threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of work in a 59-6 win over Colorado State. Utah racked up 648 yards of total offense, and Wynn had the third 300-yard game of his career.