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Pac-12 helmet stickers

September, 9, 2012
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This was a pretty special weekend for the Pac-12. And special weekends deserve a special number of helmet stickers.

Chris Coyle, Arizona State, TE: Coyle matched a school record for a tight end with 10 catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in ASU's win over Illinois. Here's a little perspective: Last year he caught six balls for 73 yards -- for the entire season.

Matt Scott, Arizona, QB: Scott completed 28 of 41 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's 59-38 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State. He also carried 19 times for 55 yards, including an 8-yard score.

Mark Banker, Oregon State, defensive coordinator: Oregon State's defense dominated the Badgers, at least until they made things interesting with a late touchdown (and nearly recovered an onside kick). Wisconsin gained just 207 yards -- versus 352 for Oregon State -- and rushed for a meager 35.

Ed Reynolds, Stanford, safety: Reynolds notched his second and third interceptions of the season -- including a 71-yard pick-six against Duke. Last year, Stanford's leader in interceptions was Michael Thomas with three. Reynolds has matched that in the first two games.

Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, RB: After posting 214 yards last week, he followed it up with a career high 217 rushing yards against Nebraska. He also caught three balls for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Kenjon Barner, Oregon, RB: Barner turned in a sensational performance, rushing for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries to propel Oregon to a 42-25 win over Fresno State.

Andrew Furney, Washington State, K: Kick a 60-yard field goal and you're in. That simple. He did miss a 40-yarder, which made him questionable for a sticker. But come on, 60 yards! Second-longest kick in school history.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 2

September, 9, 2012
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Time to hand out a little hardware for a job well done. Your stickers are in the mail, boys. I expect to see them next week.

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: Klein was a monster -- probably most analogous to the Predator, what with the laser attached to his shoulder -- in a 52-13 victory over Miami on Saturday. Klein looked the part of a matured passer, completing 9 of 11 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, but he also scored three touchdowns on the ground and ran for 71 yards on 22 carries. As long as he doesn't attempt any more behind the back pitches, he should be in good shape.

Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech: The Red Raiders went on the road for the first time this season, and Doege looked masterful, throwing for five touchdowns in less than three quarters of work in a 58-10 win over Texas State. Doege finished 25-of-32 for 319 yards and didn't have a turnover.

Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State: Knott didn't have a huge day statistically, but he made the play of the day in the Big 12, tipping a pass by Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg to himself for an interception in the final minute to seal the 9-6 win for the Cyclones. The Hawkeyes were driving with a chance to tie or win, but Knott grabbed the pick and celebrated with the CyHawk Trophy after the game.

Casey Pachall, QB, TCU: Sure, it was against an overmatched FCS opponent, but you've got to be impressed with any QB start that doesn't involve an incompletion. Pachall completed all nine of his passes in a 56-0 rout of Grambling State for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Not a bad start for the Big 12 newbies. In fact, Pachall's backup, Trevone Boykin, helped TCU set an FBS record with 17 completions in 17 attempts.

Damien Williams, RB, Oklahoma: FCS competition again, but Williams isn't very far removed from junior college. In just his second game as a Sooner, Williams turned 10 carries into four touchdowns. He broke an 89-yard touchdown run as the game's biggest highlight, but finished with 156 yards on the night in OU's 69-13 win over Florida A&M. Crazy.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 2

September, 9, 2012
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How about a few helmet stickers for a job well done?

Spencer Benton, Clemson. Benton made a 61-yard field goal in a 52-27 win over Ball State to set a school and ACC record for longest field goal. The previous ACC record was 60 yards by Gary Cismesia of Florida State in 2007. The previous Clemson record was 57 yards, which happened twice in school history. It also was Clemson’s first made field goal of 50 or more yards since 2009, when Richard Jackson made a 51-yard field goal at Maryland on Oct. 3.

Tanner Price and Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest. The quarterback-receiver tandem was the best in the ACC on the weekend, with apologies to Tajh Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins over at Clemson (who also were excellent). Price and Campanaro got their team to 1-0 in the ACC with a come-from-behind 28-27 win over North Carolina. Campanaro caught 13 passes for 164 yards, both career highs, while Price threw for a career-high 327 yards and led Wake Forest on a game-winning, 11-play, 93-yard drive late in the fourth quarter. Price went 5-of-7 for 67 yards and ran for the go-ahead, 1-yard score with 2:09 remaining.

Spiffy Evans, Boston College. Evans recorded his first career touchdown reception, and had career highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (53) in a 34-3 win over Maine. Bigger than that, Evans returned an 82-yard punt for a touchdown, the first Eagles punt return for a score since Rich Gunnell did it Sept. 5, 2009, against Northeastern. Evans ended up with a career-high 155 all-purpose yards.

Steve Greer, Virginia. To put it simply, Greer was all over the field in a 17-16 win over Penn State. He set a career high with 15 tackles, his first game with double-digit tackles since NC State last year. Greer also had two sacks to tie a career high. Greer now has 273 career tackles.

Zach Laskey, Georgia Tech. Laskey made his first career start against Presbyterian at B-back and made the most of the opportunity, becoming Tech's first 100-yard rusher this season in the 59-3 victory. Laskey ended his night with 116 yards on 12 carries. His 56-yard TD run on the Jackets' opening possession was his first career score and his longest career rush.

Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 2

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Here's who stood out in the Irish's 20-17 victory Saturday over Purdue:

Everett Golson. Be it by design or opportunity, the training wheels came off for Golson. And, for the most part, the newcomer delivered. Absorbing five sacks and countless other big hits from the Boilermakers' line, Golson completed 21 of 31 passes for 289 yards, recording both a passing and a rushing touchdown while not throwing any interceptions. Of course, his fumble could not have come at a worst time, but he had a very impressive day.

Tommy Rees. Yes, he was just 3-for-8 for 35 yards (with two of those incompletions coming off spikes.) But to step in suddenly and deliver during the game's biggest moment after essentially one week of reps since the spring? It says a lot about Rees, who validated all of the preseason words of praise coaches and teammates showered him with. It's hard to imagine many college quarterbacks responding the way Rees did Saturday.

Tyler Eifert. Eifert had four catches for 98 yards before leaving in the second half with what coach Brian Kelly said he thinks is a concussion. The tight end was impossible to cover Saturday, and the senior certainly looked like a future pro against a very good Purdue defense.

Manti Te'o. Ten tackles and a hurry for the senior, who lost his cool a bit during an unnecessary roughness penalty on a punt but was instrumental in the defense holding Purdue to just 90 yards rushing.

Stephon Tuitt. Two more sacks for the monster end, one of which was made with one arm. That's four on the season, which is only two weeks old. He added two hurries, too. Mel Kiper might be onto something.

Louis Nix. The big fella in the middle recorded 1.5 sacks and tipped two passes at the line of scrimmage. With a bigger onus on both Nix and Tuitt with Kapron Lewis-Moore (calf strain) and Sheldon Day (dehydration) leaving early, the second-year players delivered.

Kyle Brindza. It's easy to forget that Brindza had never started as a field-goal kicker before, since he handled kickoffs last season. But a late-week groin injury to Nick Tausch forced Brindza in, and he delivered, going 2-for-3 and giving the Irish the win with his 27-yard strike with seven seconds remaining.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 2

September, 9, 2012
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How about a few helmet stickers for a job well done?

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville. I know Cardinals fans are not tired of seeing Bridgewater getting accolades. He continued his hot start to the season in a 35-7 victory over Missouri State, going 30-for-39 for 344 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. It was the first career 300-yard passing day for Bridgewater, who has been as close to perfect as you can get to start the year.

B.J. Daniels, USF. I am going to double up the helmet stickers for a few teams because of some impressive performances. Daniels was a bit shaky to start out against Nevada, but he closed the game with some of the best football he has ever played. It was Daniels who keyed an incredible comeback, leading USF from an 11-point deficit with under three minutes remaining to the 32-31 win. Daniels threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Dunkley to start the comeback and a 56-yarder to Andre Davis for the game winner. Daniels had 363 yards passing, and just as nice -- zero turnovers.

Andre Davis, USF. What a monster game for Davis, who had one of the best days of any receiver in college football in Week 2. Davis showed some flashes last season when he played as a true freshmen, and he had an outstanding spring. I thought he had a chance for a breakout season this year, as I put him on my ESPN.com preseason All-Big East team. Sure enough, Davis had his coming-out party against Nevada. He caught 12 passes for a USF single-game record 191 yards and had the game-winning 56-yard touchdown catch with 38 seconds left and a defender draped all over him. It was his second touchdown catch of the game, and it came at the perfect time.

Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati. The Bearcats get two helmet stickers this week too. Legaux accounted for a career-high 322 yards of total offense against Pitt -- running six times for a career-high 117 yards and completing 14 of 28 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. Legaux is the first Cincinnati quarterback in the modern era to pass for 200 yards and run for 100 yards.

Walter Stewart, Cincinnati. Stewart was a force from Cincinnati's defensive line in an impressive 34-10 win over Pitt. Coach Butch Jones has told us about his high expectations for Stewart, and we saw exactly why Thursday night. Stewart had nine total tackles and a career-high four tackles for loss to go with two sacks and a forced fumble, as he harassed the Pitt offensive line all night.

Others of note:

Jamal Merrell, Rutgers. Had career-highs in tackles (14) and tackles for loss (3.5) in a 26-0 win over Howard.

UConn defense. Had six sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss and held NC State to 12 first downs, 54 yards rushing and 258 yards of total offense in a 10-7 loss.
Recognizing the best and brightest from a dark day for most of the Big Ten:
  • Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: Miller pretty much is the Ohio State offense right now, and the sophomore had his second straight big game to start the year. He accounted for 296 total yards and all four Buckeyes touchdowns in a 31-16 win over UCF. Miller rushed for 141 yards and three scores on 27 carries and completed 18 of 24 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown, with one interception.
  • MarQueis Gray, QB, Minnesota: The senior had his first career four-touchdown day in a 44-7 win over New Hampshire. Gray ran 17 times for 109 yards and two scores, including a 75-yard touchdown. He only attempted eight passes but completed six of them, including two touchdowns, as the Gophers enjoyed a rare rout at home.
  • Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan: The Wolverines had 422 yards against Air Force. Robinson put up 426 (a couple of kneel downs account for the discrepancy). It was the Shoelace show once again in Ann Arbor as Robinson ran for 218 yards on 20 carries, including touchdown runs of 79 and 58 yards. He also completed 14-of-25 passes for 208 yards and two scores, with an interception. Michigan needed every bit of it in a 31-25 win.
  • Northwestern's defense: It's not often around here we get to say that the Wildcats' defense won a game, but that's what happened in the 23-13 victory over Vanderbilt. After the Commodores scored a touchdown on their opening drive, Northwestern allowed only two field goals the rest of the way and finally held on to a lead. Venric Mark (24 rushes, 123 yards and a score) had another strong game, too. But for yielding just 318 yards, causing two turnovers and finally being a strength instead of a weakness, the 'Cats D gets a collective sticker.
  • Andrew Maxwell, QB, Michigan State: Bouncing back from a shaky starting debut against Boise State, the Spartans junior connected on 20-of-31 passes for 275 yards and two scores, with no interceptions, in a 41-7 blowout of Central Michigan. The development of Maxwell and the passing game remains the biggest key for Michigan State's season, so it was good for them to see Maxwell and receiver Bennie Fowler (eight catches, 99 yards, touchdown) have big days.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 2

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Now that the games are over and the performances have been processed, it's time to take a look at the weekend's best from the SEC:

Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: Sure, the Vols were playing Georgia State, but that doesn't mean you can overlook the day Hunter had inside of Neyland Stadium during a 51-13 victory. A year removed from his devastating ACL injury, Hunter caught eight passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns. This was Hunter's fifth 100-yard game of his Tennessee career and his first three-touchdown performance. It appears that his knee is just fine.

Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia: He showed once again why he's one of the nation's best players. In Georgia's 41-20 win over Missouri, Jones registered eight tackles, one sack, forced a fumble and grabbed an interception. Jones' interception in the third quarter basically put the game away when he snatched James Franklin's pass and returned the ball 21 yards to the 1-yard line, setting up a Todd Gurley rushing touchdown that made it 34-20 Georgia. His sack of Franklin in the fourth jarred the ball out of Franklin's hand. Jordan Jenkins recovered the fumble at Mizzou's 5, setting up Georgia's final score.

Tyler Russell, QB, Mississippi State: Russell probably hasn't looked as poised in the pocket, as he completed 20 of 29 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 28-10 win over Auburn. When the Tigers brought the heat, Russell calmly adjusted and delivered pinpoint passes as the game progressed. He also found ways to make plays with his feet, helping him buy more time in the pocket.

Maxwell Smith, QB, Kentucky: The Wildcats absolutely had to have a win over Kent State Saturday, and they got it, 47-14, thanks to Smith and his arm. The sophomore connected on 30 of 39 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns. All were career highs, as Smith became the first Kentucky quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in a game since Matt Hartline did it against Georgia on Oct. 23, 2010. That was also the last time a Kentucky QB threw four touchdown passes.

Dylan Thompson, QB, South Carolina: He did a tremendous job filling in for the injured Connor Shaw in a 48-10 win over East Carolina. Thompson hasn't had much work on the field during his career, but he looked like a seasoned vet, throwing for 330 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-37 passing. He also had a 17-yard run. Thompson produced from the start,throwing all three of this touchdowns in the first half. It must have brought quite the smile to Steve Spurrier's face when he saw such a vertical passing game from one of his guys.

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