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Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 4

September, 25, 2011
Who gets a helmet sticker for a job well done on week four?

LaMichael James, Oregon: The Ducks running back rushed for a school record 288 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns in the Ducks 56-31 win at Arizona.

Cameron Marshall, Arizona State: The Sun Devils running back, despite missing practices this week with a sprained ankle, rushed for 141 yards on 25 carries with three TDs in the Sun Devils 43-22 win over USC.

Keith Price, Washington: The Huskies quarterback, playing on two sprained knees, completed 19-of-25 for 292 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the 31-23 win over California.

Keenan Allen, California: The Bears receiver caught 10 passes for 197 yards with a 90-yard touchdown in the 31-23 loss to Washington.

Nick Foles, Arizona: The Wildcats quarterback passed for 398 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Wildcats' 56-31 loss to Oregon.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 4

September, 25, 2011
It's time to honor those in the SEC who really impressed us Saturday night:

Ellis Johnson, defensive coordinator, South Carolina: Johnson's group had been criticized after every game up until Saturday night. The Gamecocks were constantly out of position. They couldn't tackle. They were overrated. Well, none of that was the case against Vanderbilt as the Gamecocks forced three turnovers, had a defensive touchdown, had six sacks and allowed 77 total yards of offense, including 4 net yards of rushing in a 21-3 win. Johnson's group was more aggressive and terrorized Vanderbilt's backfield all night long.

Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback, LSU: There are some that have hinted that Mathieu could be even better than former LSU star Patrick Peterson. It's still pretty early for that sort of talk, but, man, is this guy good. He truly does have a nose for the ball and he continues to step up in the biggest situations. In a 47-21 win against West Virginia, Mathieu was second on the team with six tackles (five solo), forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, had an interception and broke up a pass. He also returned three punts for 34 yards.

Jeff Demps, running back, Florida: Chris Rainey has gotten most of the attention in Florida's backfield, but Demps showed that he's still alive and kicking back there. In Florida's 48-10 rout of Kentucky, Demps carried the ball 10 times for a career-high 157 yards and had two touchdowns, including an 84-yard run. Demps is the fastest man in college football and Kentucky really struggled catching him Saturday night.

Alabama's secondary: This was a unit that watched highlights of Arkansas receivers making play after play on the TV monitors around the football facility. It was pretty easy to see why the Tide defenders were so eager to silence that Arkansas passing game. They certainly did as Arkansas had just 209 yards passing in the 38-14 Crimson Tide win, 185 of them came from starter Tyler Wilson. The Tide matched the two touchdowns it surrendered through the air with two picks of its own, including a DeQuan Menzie's 25-yard return for a touchdown off of a deflection. Alabama also had six pass breakups, three by Dre Kirkpatrick.

Isaiah Crowell, running back, Georgia: We all expected Crowell to be the guy sooner or later for the Bulldogs and this freshman can really fly. In a 27-13 win against Ole Miss, he was a total work horse, carrying the ball a career-high 30 times for a career-high 147 yards. He didn't get into the end zone, but he kept Georgia's offense going Saturday. Coach Mark Richt showed no hesitation in giving Crowell the ball over and over.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 4

September, 25, 2011
How about some helmet stickers for a job well done.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers. Sanu has been on a tear this season. After catching a career-high 13 passes against North Carolina, he did better against Ohio. Sanu caught a school and Big East record 16 passes against the Bobcats, getting 176 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-26 victory. Sanu already has 36 receptions this season.

JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati. Schaffer keyed yet another terrific effort from the Bearcats' defense in a dominating 44-14 win over NC State on Thursday night. Schaffer led the team with nine tackles, and also had an interception as Cincinnati forced three turnovers to add to their NCAA lead. He has three interceptions this season.

Nick Williams, WR, Connecticut. Williams has been a return specialist but finally got his chance on offense and came through in a big way. Williams had a career-high 113 yards on just two catches in a 17-3 win over Buffalo. One catch went for 64 yards and set up the first touchdown of the game. The second was a 49-yard touchdown reception.

B.J. Daniels, QB, USF. Maybe I should spread the helmet sticker love around at USF, but it is hard to do when Daniels is playing so well. Daniels finished with 332 total yards --130 rushing and 202 passing -- in a 52-24 win over UTEP. He had a career-long 71-yard touchdown run and two touchdown passes and now has 10 total touchdowns this season.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 4

September, 25, 2011
Time to hand out our awards a little bit earlier this week. Sorry for those of you expecting them at 4 a.m.

Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State: Weeden bounced back from a rough first half to set school records for completions (47) and passing yards (438) and two touchdowns, which should have been three if not for a fumble from Justin Blackmon. Weeden had an outstanding second half and helped the Cowboys knock off No. 8 Texas A&M in College Station, 30-29.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: Griffin is on an absolute tear, completing 29 of 33 passes for 338 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-31 blowout win over Rice. He now has 13 touchdown passes to 12 incompletions in three games.

John Hubert, RB, Kansas State: The Wildcats made some headlines with a huge 28-24 win on the road against Miami to move to 3-0. Hubert helped them do it with the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and 166 yards on 18 carries. That's 9.2 yards per carry against a 'Canes defense that held Ohio State to six points last week. Noooooot bad, Mr. Hubert.

Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: Broyles put in one of his best games ever with 13 catches for 154 yards and three scores in Oklahoma's 38-28 win over Missouri.

Eric Stephens, RB, Texas Tech: The Red Raiders played without their top receiver, but in a tight game against Nevada, Stephens emerged as the reliable ballcarrier Texas Tech knows he can be. He carried the ball 26 times for 134 yards and two scores in a 35-34 win over the Wolf Pack.
Time to honor the top performers from around the Big Ten in Week 4:

  • Iowa QB James Vandenberg: Last week's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week had another big game against Louisiana Monroe. He completed 21-of-32 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in a 45-17 victory.
  • Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead: Burkhead has been the steadying force for Nebraska's offense this season. After a solid performance last week against Washington, Burkhead went off against Wyoming for 170 rush yards and two touchdowns on only 15 carries in a 38-14 victory over Wyoming. Along with QB Taylor Martinez, Burkhead sparks Nebraska's potent rushing attack.
  • Michigan DE Craig Roh: Bigger and seemingly better, Roh helped Michigan produce its best defensive performance of the season in a 28-7 win over San Diego State. He recorded two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble as the Wolverines' front seven held San Diego State in check and limited the Aztecs to one touchdown. Fellow defensive end Ryan Van Bergen and linebacker Jake Ryan also merit mentions.
  • Wisconsin WR Nick Toon: Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson has grown roots in this space, but this week we're going to honor Wilson's favorite target during a 59-10 win over South Dakota. The senior continued his bounce-back season with seven catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Just another weapon for the Wisconsin offense.
  • Illinois RBs Troy Pollard and Donovonn Young: With the Illini in a thriller against Western Michigan, their two backup running backs provided a big spark. Pollard, a senior, ran for 133 yards on 14 carries, while the freshman Young chipped in 100 yards on just 12 attempts in the 23-20 win.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 4

September, 24, 2011
I'm not going to lie. It would be easier to take these away this week. Florida State takes the Tomahawks away for poor performance on the field. Maryland, NC State, Virginia and Miami -- I want one back. Onto your top five performers for Week 4:

Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill: He had a huge game in the Jackets' 35-28 win over North Carolina and helped Georgia Tech take an early lead in the Coastal Division standings. He finished with six catches for 151 yards and one touchdown, and his one-handed catch in the first half was one of the best plays of the season. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season.

North Carolina tailback Giovani Bernard: It was an impressive performance depsite the 35-28 loss, as his 55-yard touchdown run tied the game with 7:22 left. He finished with 155 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and he caught five passes for 47 yards. On third-and-15, Bernard took a short pass and turned it into a 19-yard play.

Boston College: Group effort, group sticker, as the Eagles' 45-17 win over UMass was their first win of the season. Quarterback Chase Rettig threw three touchdown passes, and BC's linebackers returned two fumbles for touchdowns. BC controlled this game from start to finish and left no doubt it was the better team.

Clemson's offense: Clemson has now had four straight 400-yard games for the first time since 2009. The Tigers' new offense is clicking under Chad Morris, and they racked up 455 yards and 26 first downs against a top-notch defense. Clemson ran 86 plays to FSU's 53. Quarterback Tajh Boyd accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), and completed 23 of 37 passes for 344 yards in the 35-30 win over Florida State. It was the most passing yards ever against the Seminoles. And the Noles couldn't stop freshman phenom Sammy Watkins, who had eight catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Florida State backup quarterback Clint Trickett: Amazing job. In his first start, on the road, in front of 82,000 fans, Trickett played well enough to win in his first career start. He threw for 336 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the 35-30 loss. Nothing to be ashamed of on his part. He played so well there should be a quarterback controversy in Tally if there isn't.

Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 4

September, 24, 2011
PITTSBURGH — This wasn't a shellacking of the reigning Big Ten champs, but it was enough to move the Irish to .500. Here, we reward those who played big roles in the win.

Tyler Eifert: Game-highs of eight catches and 75 yards will get you credit, as will four catches on the go-ahead drive, including the touchdown and two-point conversion receptions. On a day Notre Dame's biggest threat couldn't get anything going, Eifert stepped up in a big way.

Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray: This wasn't the way the Irish drew it up, but it was successful nonetheless. Wood, the starter, was a force throughout, carrying it 23 times for 94 yards. Gray, who was supposed to wear defenses down, carried just three times for 84 yards, with his 79-yard touchdown proving huge in a close, low-scoring game.

Manti Te'o: Te'o once again paced the defense, recording a game-high 10 tackles, notching one of the Irish's five sacks and accounting for one of their four quarterback hurries. Tino Sunseri had to earn every yard he got in what turned into an old-fashioned brawl at Heinz Field.

Darius Fleming: Fleming had two of Notre Dame's five sacks and recorded three tackles for loss, pressuring Sunseri all afternoon. He had one quarterback hurry, too, and is elevating his status after Brian Kelly's "good not great" comment about his performance two short weeks ago.