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Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 16, 2012
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No. 20 Notre Dame had quite a few noteworthy performances in Saturday's 20-3 win at No. 10 Michigan State. Here's who stepped up the most:

Manti Te'o, LB: What more can you say about the guy? Days after his grandmother and his girlfriend passed away, Te'o notched a game-high 12 tackles, one for loss, while adding a fumble recovery and two pass breakups.

Prince Shembo, LB: The Cat linebacker had the best game of his college career Saturday, recording nine tackles, two for loss, while adding a sack and two quarterback hurries.

Robby Toma, WR: Toma had arguably his biggest game in a Notre Dame uniform as well, hauling in a game-high five receptions for 58 yards and helping to keep the MSU defense honest.

Ben Turk, P: Field position played a big part in this game early, and Turk helped Notre Dame maintain an edge in that department. The punter had eight kicks go a total of 339 yards, an average of 42.4 yards per punt. He pinned the Spartans inside their own 20 four times.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 16, 2012
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After the third week of football, it's time to take a look at the weekend's best in the SEC:

Alabama's defense: It wasn't just one player on this unit that stood out. This was a collective effort by Alabama's defense to completely smother Arkansas' offense. At halftime, Arkansas had just 46 yards of total offense and minus-4 yards rushing. Things didn't get much better, either, as Arkansas had just 93 total yards and four turnovers with just under 12 minutes left in the game. Twelve of Alabama's players registered tackles for loss against the Hogs. This team prepared to face Tyler Wilson, but got a wide-eyed redshirt freshman in Brandon Allen. It was like sharks with chum in the water. Arkansas never really sniffed the end zone Saturday, losing 52-0.

Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State: Bumphis has really stepped his game up this year compared to the past couple of years, and he had his best game yet against Troy, a 30-24 Bulldogs victory. He was quarterback Tyler Russell's favorite target on the night, as he caught six passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. His scores went for 72, 58 and 25 yards. His last touchdown put the Bulldogs up for good midway through the fourth quarter.

Jeff Driskel, QB, Florida: After helping the Gators with their strong second-half comeback against Texas A&M last week, Driskel stood strong yet again to not only scamper around for some key runs in the 37-20 win over Tennessee, but he made some major throws that beat the Vols' secondary for some key plays in the second half. For the night, Driskel finished with 219 passing yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing. He also carried the ball eight times for 81 yards, including a long of 28.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: After a rough second half against Florida last week, Manziel bounced back to have quite a performance in a 48-3 win over SMU. He completed 20 of his 36 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran the ball 13 times for a game-high 124 yards and added two touchdowns. Manziel played a part in five of the Aggies' six touchdowns against SMU on Saturday.

Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt: It was a rough first two weeks for Stacy and Vanderbilt's offense, but Stacy came back in a big way in a 58-0 win over Presbyterian. Stacy carried the ball just eight times but ran for 174 yards and a touchdown that went for 86 yards to grab the first points of the game.

Pac-12 helmet stickers

September, 16, 2012
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It was a weird, wild weekend in Pac-12 football. As with any wild weekend, there are heroes who emerge. Let’s honor a few of them, shall we?

Sheldon Price, UCLA: The senior cornerback matched a school record by recording three interceptions in UCLA’s 37-6 win over Houston. For the game, the Bruins had five picks.

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford: The senior running back was equal parts bruising and shifty during the Cardinal’s 21-14 upset of USC. Taylor rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown to go with five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Utah: Big ups to the Utes for keeping it together in the face of adversity this week and pulling off a win over (1) their biggest rival and (2) a ranked team. Special acknowledgement to defensive tackle Star Lotulelei for his blocked field goal and his six solo stops (a team high). Things don’t seem as glum in SLC as they did this time last week.

Gabe Marks, Washington State: The freshman wide receiver caught six balls for 126 yards, which included a 52-yard touchdown, in the Cougars’ win over UNLV.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon: Though he tossed an interception, he still completed 21 of 28 balls for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Through the first three weeks, he’s completing 75.5 percent of his throws.

Matt Scott, Arizona: The Wildcats quarterback threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another while helping Arizona total 689 yards of offense and 43 first downs. He was a crisp 30-of-36 for 288 yards in the air to go with 61 yards on nine rushes.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 16, 2012
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Here are your top five performers for Week 3:

Florida State RB Chris Thompson: Heisman run? Thompson finished the first half (and the game) with 220 all-purpose yards -- a career-high 197 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards on nine carries and two receptions. His 197 first-half rushing yards was the most rushing yards in a first half in school history. Thompson didn't touch the ball in the second half, and he didn't need to. His touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards gave Florida State a 28-0 lead. The two touchdown runs came on back-to-back carries in the second quarter. It marked his fourth career 100-yard rushing game and his first 100-yard rushing game since the Dec. 31, 2010, Chick-fil-A Bowl, when Thompson rushed for 147 yards against South Carolina.

Florida State's third-down defense: In three games, Florida State has held opponents to just 11.3 percent (5-for-44) on third downs, including an 0-for-15 stretch dating from the second quarter of the Savannah State game through the third quarter against Wake Forest. The Deacs finished 1-for-16 on third downs.

Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington: He ran for three touchdowns and threw a 70-yard scoring pass to Zach Laskey en route to the Jackets' 56-20 victory over Virginia on Saturday. It was his best performance of the season, and it came in an important Coastal Division matchup. He was much more efficient, completing 6 of 8 pass attempts for 125 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.

Georgia Tech's rushing defense: What a difference a year can make. Georgia Tech held UVa to 98 rushing yards, and made key stops on fourth down. Coordinator Al Groh has taken a lot of heat from Georgia Tech fans, but the defense has improved and continues to get better each week. Last year, the Cavaliers ran for 274 yards and held the ball 30 minutes in a 24-21 win. Perry Jones had 149 yards rushing against Georgia Tech last year. He had five carries for 15 yards on Saturday.

Miami RB Duke Johnson: He scored four touchdowns three different ways in the 38-10 victory over Bethune-Cookman. He became the first Cane since Leonard Hankerson (Oct. 2, 2010, against Clemson) to score at least three touchdowns in a game. Johnson scored on a 95-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, a 1-yard run in the second quarter, a 28-yard rush in the fourth and a 50-yard reception in the third quarter. He is the 10th FBS player since the start of the 2006 season to have a receiving, rushing and return TD in the same game. He is also the second to complete the trifecta this season, joining Giovani Bernard (UNC). He became the first Miami player to score four touchdowns in a game since Tyrone Moss did it in 2005 against North Carolina. Entering Week 3, only four players in the NCAA had recorded four touchdowns in a game this year. Johnson is now averaging 14.5 yards per play.
Recognizing the best and the brightest from Week 3 in the Big Ten:
  • Ohio State QB Braxton Miller: Seems like it's Miller Time every Saturday in Columbus as the Ohio State sophomore quarterback continues to dazzle in Urban Meyer's offense. Miller accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) as the Buckeyes held off Cal 35-28. He passed for 249 yards and added 75 on the ground. Miller has accounted for 12 of Ohio State's 16 touchdowns this season. Miller had help in getting the sticker from wideout Devin Smith, who racked up 145 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner.
  • Iowa RB Mark Weisman: Weisman for Heisman? Let's start the campaign! Weisman looked like the last guy to help Iowa end its touchdown drought, but after injuries to top backs Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon, the Hawkeyes turned to Weisman, and he stepped up. The walk-on had 24 carries for 113 yards and, yes, three touchdowns as Iowa beat Northern Iowa 27-16.
  • Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah: No Rex Burkhead? No problem for the Huskers, who might have the Big Ten's best 1-2 punch at running back. Abdullah turned in another big day with 167 rush yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in a 42-13 win over Arkansas State. He added two receptions for 39 yards. Quarterback Taylor Martinez (13-for-14 passing) and wideout Kenny Bell (two TD receptions) also deserve mention.
  • Minnesota QB Max Shortell: The sophomore stepped in for injured starter MarQueis Gray and delivered immediately, leading two touchdown drives after Western Michigan had reclaimed the lead. Shortell passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns as the Gophers beat Western Michigan 28-23, improving to 3-0. He shares part of the sticker with wide receiver A.J. Barker, who recorded three touchdown catches and 101 receiving yards.
  • Penn State WR Allen Robinson: The Big Ten is searching for star receivers, and Robinson looks ready to fill the void. The league's top receiver through the first two weeks had his best performance Saturday against Navy, hauling in five passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-7 victory. He became the first Penn State player to record three scoring receptions since Graham Zug against Michigan in 2009.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 16, 2012
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Time to give out a few helmet stickers for a job well done.

Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers. Jamison set a school record with 41 rushing attempts in a 23-13 victory over USF on Thursday night, breaking the previous record of 40 carries, set by J.J. Jennings in 1972 against Colgate. Jamison finished with 151 yards, for his third consecutive 100-yard game of the season and his fourth straight dating back to last season. He is the first Rutgers running back since Ray Rice to record four straight 100-yard games. Included in all those yards was a 41-yard touchdown run -- featuring one of the niftiest spin moves you will see -- with 54 seconds left to seal the win.

Tino Sunseri, QB, Pitt. You know what? Sunseri played perhaps one of the best games of his career, so I am giving out two Pitt helmet stickers. There is no player in the Big East -- not even USF quarterback B.J. Daniels -- who has taken as much heat as Sunseri in his three years as a starter. But he delivered in a big way in the 35-17 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech, throwing beautiful touch passes and a few deep balls and returning to the game late on a bad ankle to close out the win. Sunseri finished 19-of-28 for 283 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Rushel Shell, RB, Pitt. Shell ran with power and determination in the victory. He finished with 157 yards, becoming the first Pitt true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since Dion Lewis had 159 against North Carolina in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl. Lewis had 10 100-yard games as a true freshman in 2009.

Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn. Smallwood has been on a tear to start the season. In a 24-21 win over Maryland on Saturday, Smallwood had a team-high 14 tackles, including four for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. That fumble came following a sack of quarterback Perry Hills. On the season, Smallwood has 35 total tackles, including nine for loss. Teammate Sio Moore was just as active with seven tackles, three sacks and two pass breakups.

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