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Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 15, 2013
Recognizing the best and brightest from around the Big 12 in Week 3:

QB Blake Bell, Oklahoma

Turns out Bell is a better passer than anyone realized. He threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns against Tulsa, showing impressive confidence and rapport with his receivers. Bell only ran for 24 yards, too. Considering how badly the OU passing attack fared a week ago, the 400-yard showing was a real eye-opener against a Tulsa team that went 11-3 a year ago. The question marks surrounding Bell and his ability to replace Trevor Knight were answered on Saturday, at least for one week.

WR Quenton Bundrage, Iowa State

Bundrage exploded against Iowa for seven catches, 146 yards and three touchdowns in the close 27-21 loss. His touchdowns came from 67, 26 and 17 yards out, and those final two came late in the fourth quarter as Iowa State mounted a rally.

CB Kip Daily, Kansas State

The senior cornerback nabbed an interception in the first quarter against UMass and returned it 38 yards for the first touchdown of the game. He picked off a second pass on a fourth down late in the third quarter, ensuring KSU would have no trouble in a 37-7 win over the Minutemen. Those were the first two interceptions in his career. Daily is up to 16 tackles and two pass breakups on the year after recording only one tackle in six games last season.

QB Ford Childress, West Virginia

Not bad at all, kid. In his first career start, Childress threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-7 win over Georgia State. The redshirt freshman and former ESPN 150 recruit hit on 25 of his 41 attempts and recorded a solid QBR of 74.2. He might be just what the Mountaineers are looking for in their hopes to end their quarterback battle.

RB Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma State

Smith found the end zone three times in an easy 59-3 win over FCS Lamar. He had a modest 40 rushing yards on the day, but OSU really didn’t need much from Smith to get the victory. Smith now leads the Big 12 in rushing touchdowns with six.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 15, 2013
Here are your top five performers for Week 3 in the ACC:

Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee: Not only did he throw the ball, he beat Duke with his arm. Lee threw four touchdown passes -- the most in a game in the Paul Johnson era, and the most by a Jackets quarterback since Reggie Ball threw four against NC State in 2006. He also ran for another touchdown in the 38-14 win over Duke, was 8-of-16 for 125 yards and added 76 yards rushing. Georgia Tech rolled up 344 yards rushing and 469 total yards.

Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson: The true freshman has grown quickly into a star, as he picked off a pair of passes and made two tackles in the Hokies’ 15-10 win at East Carolina. The Hokies’ D was again the highlight, as Virginia Tech held ECU to just 158 yards passing and 204 yards of total offense. Facyson already has three interceptions this year, matching the most interceptions in a season by a Tech freshman since DeAngelo Hall had three interceptions in 12 games as a freshman in 2001. Coach Frank Beamer told reporters after the game that Facyson is “a baller.”

Pitt freshmen: The future is now at Pitt, where three freshmen made headlines in the Panthers’ 49-27 win over New Mexico on Saturday. Freshman James Conner had 119 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Freshman Tyler Boyd continued to impress with six catches for 134 yards, including with a 51-yarder early in the game and a 34-yard touchdown reception as time ran out in the first half. He also had two carries for 39 yards with a 33-yard touchdown run. Freshman tight end Scott Orndoff joined the party with a 4-yard touchdown.

Florida State’s running backs: Sure, it was another outstanding day for quarterback Jameis Winston in the 62-7 romp over Nevada, but let’s spread the love a little. Devonta Freeman ran nine times for 109 yards and a touchdown. James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score. And the highlight? Former safety Karlos Williams, who moved to offense after the season opener against Pitt, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard run early in the third quarter gave the Noles a comfortable 31-7 lead. FSU finished with 377 rushing yards -- just their third 300-plus yard rushing day since 2007.

Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle: McDougle finished with a personal-best two interceptions, including one he returned 49 yards for a touchdown to essentially seal the Terps' 32-21 win over UConn in Randy Edsall's homecoming. It was Maryland's first pick-six since November 2011. McDougle also led the team with seven solo tackles. Maryland now has six total interceptions on the season, two more than all of 2012. But there was some bad news, as McDougle left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent shoulder injury.

Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 15, 2013
So who deserves a helmet sticker for a job well done?

Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford: He carried the ball 20 times for 132 yards and a score and caught a 23-yard TD pass in the Cardinal's 34-20 win over Army.

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: He led the Bruins with a team-high 11 tackles with 1.5 coming for a loss in the 41-21 win at Nebraska. He also forced three -- three! -- fumbles. The Bruins shut out the Cornhuskers in the second half.

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: Hundley overcame a slow start to complete 16 of 24 passes for 294 yards with three TDs in the win at Nebraska. He also rushed 19 times for 61 yards.

USC: We could have gone with new starting QB Cody Kessler (15-of-17, 237 yards, 2 TDs, no INTs). Or RB Justin Davis, who rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries. Or the defense, which was again dominant. Or even Lane Kiffin, who got his team to play well after a horrid week. But let's just give the Trojans credit for getting off the canvas.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: He completed 23 of 33 passes for a career-high 456 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions in the blowout win over Tennessee. He also rushed for 27 yards and a TD.

Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington: He rushed 35 times for 208 yards in the Huskies' 34-24 win at Illinois.

Dom Williams, WR, Washington State: Williams caught just three passes, but those included TDs of 43 and 55 yards in the Cougars' 48-10 win over Southern Utah. He finished with three catches for 101 yards.

Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State: In the Beavers' nutty 51-48 victory, Mannion completed 27 of 44 passes for 443 yards with five touchdowns and, most important in this nail-biter, no interceptions.

Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State: Grice rushed for only 84 yards in Arizona State's nutty 32-30 win over Wisconsin, but he scored four TDs. And he caught five passes for 50 yards. He was the Sun Devils' most consistent weapon in a huge win.

Recognizing the best and brightest from the Big Ten in Week 3:
  • Indiana RBs Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston: The Hoosiers have a dynamic duo in their offensive backfield. Coleman carried 19 times for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 43-yarder, while Houston added 155 yards on only 13 carries, including a 60-yard burst. Indiana overpowered Bowling Green for 266 yards and four scores in a 42-10 victory. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld and a resilient defense also merit mentions here.
  • Ohio State QB Kenny Guiton and RB Jordan Hall: We'd say the Buckeyes are dealing with the absences of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde just fine, thank you. Guiton continues to be the super sub and had a career day in the 52-34 win at Cal, throwing for 276 yards and four touchdowns and running for another 92. Dare we say ... Kenny Football? Hall, meanwhile, might make Hyde work to get carries when his suspension ends after next weekend. The senior ran for 168 yards on 30 carries and scored a career-high three touchdowns.
  • Michigan State QB Connor Cook: We normally lean against awarding stickers to players who faced FCS opponents. But we're just so happy to see somebody, anybody make some plays at quarterback for Michigan State and perhaps finally end the carousel there. Cook went 15-for-22 for 205 yards and four touchdowns -- twice as many as the Spartans' entire offense had in the first two games -- in a 55-17 win over Youngstown State. At least we know who Michigan State's starter is for next week vs. Notre Dame.
  • Iowa RB Mark Weisman: The Hawkeyes' bruising back didn't break the plane of the end zone, but he might have broken the back of Iowa State with his pounding style. Weisman did some heavy duty work on Yom Kippur, carrying the ball 35 times for 145 times and helping Iowa control the line of scrimmage most of the day in a much-needed 27-21 win. Both sides of the trenches came through for Kirk Ferentz's team, which also held the Cyclones to just 59 rushing yards.
  • Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: Even though the Badgers lost -- a defeat their fans will likely dispute for years to come -- Gordon was amazing at Arizona State. He ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries, including an 80-yard score to open the second half. He is averaging 12.9 yards per carry on the season. Yeah, he might need more touches.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 15, 2013
With another Saturday in the books, it's time to check out the best of the best from the day that was in the SEC:

AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama: So much for being a game manager. When Texas A&M forced Alabama to throw the ball early, McCarron had no problem slinging the ball around, throwing for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. McCarron had no issue throwing downfield in the second half, either, as he finished the game with 334 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-29 passing in Alabama's 49-42 win over the Aggies. He orchestrated some superb drives late, and his beautiful play-action touchdown pass to Jalston Fowler proved to be the game winner.

Alex Collins/Jonathan Williams, RBs, Arkansas: For the third straight game, each rushed for more than 100 yards. Williams ran for a game-high 116 yards and Collins followed with 115 in the 24-3 win over Southern Miss. It marked the first time in school history the Razorbacks had multiple 100-yard rushers in the first three games of the season. Each also scored a touchdown. Collins became the first freshman in SEC history to rush for 100 yards in each of his first three career games and the first true freshman in the NCAA since Adrian Peterson in 2004.

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: Sure, the Aggies lost a thriller at home, but Evans made Alabama's secondary look silly all day. He outmuscled guys for passes and showed some good speed on his 95-yard touchdown catch-and-run, which was the longest offensive play against Alabama in 10 years. Evans finished the game with seven catches for a school-record 279 yards and a touchdown.

Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn: He grew up right in front of our eyes Saturday night, throwing for a career-high 339 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. The newcomer had some shaky moments, but he looked like a veteran leading the Tigers on their last-minute, game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Down 20-17 to Mississippi State, coach Gus Malzahn put the game in Marshall's hands and asked him to drive 88 yards with less than two minutes remaining. Marshall completed six of his eight passes for 66 yards, including the 11-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to C.J. Uzomah with 10 seconds left. He also scrambled 11 yards for the first down on a third-and-10 at the Bulldogs' 25-yard line. It was the first SEC win for Auburn in its past 11 tries.

Jeff Scott, RB, Ole Miss: Scott rushed for a career-high 164 yards and had a touchdown against Texas. He also sealed the Rebels' 44-23 win with a 73-yard punt return that went for a touchdown late in the third quarter to give Ole Miss a 37-23 lead. This was the ninth career 100-yard rushing game and the second of the season for Scott.