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SEC helmet stickers: Week 5

October, 3, 2010
It was a late night in the SEC thanks to the Alabama-Florida game.

But before we close up shop for the night, let’s hand out the helmet stickers for Week 5:

Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis: Dan Mullen felt like the Bulldogs weren’t getting the ball to Bumphis enough, so they gave him a shot in the Wildcat formation in the 49-16 win over Alcorn State. Bumphis carried four times for 38 yards and also caught a career-high nine passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli: Even though he didn’t have big yardage numbers, Masoli passed for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead Ole Miss to a 42-35 win over Kentucky. The Rebels are having to outscore people, and Masoli is making a habit of coming up with big plays. He has five touchdown passes in his past two games.

Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton: We might as well reserve a helmet sticker every Saturday night for Newton, who had three more touchdown passes in Auburn’s 52-3 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Newton was 14-of-19 for 245 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown pass to Emory Blake. Newton now leads the SEC with 12 touchdown passes.

LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard: The defense saved LSU (again) in a 16-14 win over Tennessee. Sheppard had a team-high 10 tackles, including a sack, and also broke up a pass, as the Tigers held the Vols to 217 total yards and sacked quarterback Matt Simms five times.

Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw: Playing his best game of the season, Upshaw spearheaded the Alabama defensive effort in the 31-6 win over Florida with four tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Upshaw was also playing on a sore ankle, but gutted it out against the Gators.

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 5

October, 3, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

LaMichael James: The Oregon running back is officially a Heisman Trophy candidate. He rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in Oregon's 52-31 win over No. 9 Stanford. He never lost a yard.

Darron Thomas: Thomas completed 20 of 29 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 117 yards and score in the Ducks win over Stanford.

Jake Locker: Washington's QB certainly came back strong after struggling against Nebraska in the worst performance of his career. He passed for 310 yards and rushed for 111 in Washington's comeback 32-31 win at USC. He led a clutch final drive, which included a conversion on fourth-and-11, that set up the game-winning field goal.

UCLA's running game: When a team rushes for 437 yards, as the Bruins did in a 42-28 win over Washington State, you can't just hand it to a running back. The Bruins O-line continues to impress, and running backs Johnathan Franklin (216 yards) and Derrick Coleman (185 yards, 3 TDs) took advantage.

Jacquizz Rodgers: With his brother James out with a concussion, Rodgers gained 145 yards on 24 carries with two TDs -- including one for 74 yards -- in Oregon State's 31-28 win over Arizona State.

Ryan Katz: In his best performance of the season, Katz completed 19-of-29 for 260 yards with two TDs and no interceptions in the win over Arizona State. He has seven TD passes and no picks this year.

Allen Bradford: Bradford had 223 yards on 21 carries with two TDs in a losing effort against Washington.

Non-AQ helmet stickers: Week 5

October, 3, 2010
Yes, Hawaii is still playing, but we are going to give out our non-AQ
helmet stickers anyway:

Temple running back Matt Brown: Brown started in place of Bernard Pierce, who missed the game with a sprained ankle, and had a career day. Brown ran for a career-high 226 yards on 28 carries and added a career-high four touchdowns to help Temple come from behind to beat Army 42-35. His four rushing TDs tied the Michie Stadium record first set by Tony Dorsett in 1975. The last time a Temple player had four rushing touchdowns in a game was Walter Washington against West Virginia in 2003.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons broke a seven-game losing streak to Navy with a 14-6 win to put them ahead in the race for the Commander-in-Chief Trophy. It was Calhoun's first win over Navy, and broke the Midshipmen's 15-game service academy winning streak. Air Force held Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs for the first time in his 17 starts.

SMU linebacker Ja'Gared Davis. Davis had a blocked field goal returned 77-yard for a touchdown in a 42-31 win over former Southwest Conference rival SMU. It was his first career touchdown. Davis also had a sack and has six this season. He has had at least one sack in each game this season.

Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle. Enderle completed a career-high 30 passes on 49 attempts and threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-13 win over Western Michigan. Enderle hit 10 different receivers, and his TDs went for 30, 24 and 4 yards. The Idaho defense stepped up, too, with three sacks, four tackles for loss, six pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and two turnovers.

Louisiana defensive lineman Jermaine Rogers. Rogers blocked an extra point with 31 seconds remaining to help the Ragin' Cajuns hold on to defeat North Texas 28-27. Louisiana nearly blew a 28-14 fourth-quarter lead but have Rogers to thank. Quarterback Chris Masson had 310 yards passing and two TDs in the win.

Nevada running back Vai Taua. Taua ran for a season-high 188 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-26 win over UNLV. It was his fourth straight 100-yard game, and his highest rushing total since gaining 263 yards against Fresno State on Nov. 7, 2008. Taua also added a 22-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 5

October, 3, 2010
Here are the five (and a few more) guys who got it done this week:

Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor: Griffin threw for a career-high 380 yards and three touchdowns. The best was his third quarter score to Terrance Williams. The ball was snapped over his head, but Griffin scooped it up, rolled to his left and threw across his body to Williams for an 11-yard touchdown that put Baylor up by 34 in the third quarter of its 55-7 win over Kansas. He also ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado: The 5-foot-6, 175-pound running back they call "Speedy" averaged almost eight yards on his 19 carries, running for 149 yards and a touchdown in Colorado's 29-27 win over Georgia that put the Buffaloes at 3-1 heading into its conference opener against Missouri.

Dan Bailey, K, Oklahoma State: He should probably share his sticker with receiver Justin Blackmon (10 rec., 127 yards, TD) and Shaun Lewis, who set him up with an interception in the final minute, but Bailey banged home a 40-yard field goal as time expired to beat Texas A&M 38-35 on Thursday night.

Iowa State offensive line: The big boys, headlined by center Ben Lamaak and left tackle Kelechi Osemele, paved the way for a pair of 100-yard rushers -- running backs Shontrelle Johnson and Alexander Robinson -- and gave quarterback Austen Arnaud time to throw four touchdown passes in the Cyclones' 52-38 win over Texas Tech. Arnaud was sacked just twice, on the same possession with the Cyclones up 24-7 in the second quarter.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma: Murray ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns against rival Texas to help pace Oklahoma to a 28-20 win. Here's what I wrote about his day.

ACC Helmet Stickers: Week 5

October, 3, 2010
Here's a look at the ACC's top-five performers for Week 5:

FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops: He knew when he took the job what a project it would be transforming one of the worst defenses in the country into a respectable group. He has made significant progress in five games and Saturday's 34-14 win was further proof. FSU held Virginia to just 42 yards in the first half, and sacked quarterback Marc Verica three times before the break. FSU entered the game leading the nation with 19 sacks and got six more. They also had two interceptions.

Virginia Tech: It's too hard to single out one player, as Jayron Hosley accounted for all three interceptions, Tyrod Taylor tied for a career-high three touchdowns and ran for 100 yards, and Darren Evans ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Hokies dug out of a 17-0 hole to beat No. 23 NC State on the road.

Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt: His nine-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining was the game-winner in a 24-20 comeback win over Wake Forest. He threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 72 more yards.

UNC tailback Shaun Draughn: He scored three second-half touchdowns and finished with 137 yards on 27 carries in the Tar Heels' 42-17 win over East Carolina. He scored on a 13-yard run in the final minute, capping a drive in which he carried the ball on every play. He came up a yard short of his career high.

Miami: After losing on the road to No. 2 Ohio State, the Canes have now won back-to-back road games, including their first ACC game. Quarterback Jacory Harris threw four touchdown passes, receiver Leonard Hankerson had seven catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and cornerback Brandon Harris made the play of the game with a fourth-and-one stop from him own 20-yard line. The defense forced six turnovers.

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 5

October, 2, 2010
Time to recognize the best and the brightest from the first Saturday of Big Ten play.

Michigan QB Denard Robinson: People can knock the competition all they want, but there hasn't been a more exciting player in college football than Robinson. He's simply electric. Robinson put up insane numbers again in a 42-35 win against Indiana: 10-for-16 passing, 277 yards, 3 TDs; 19 rushes, 217 yards, 2 TDs.

Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell: Treadwell keeps saying Michigan State's program pretty much runs on autopilot, but he distinguished himself as an excellent play-caller and possibly a future head coach Saturday following a 34-24 victory. He made a few gutsy decisions and several brilliant play calls on Michigan State's decisive 15-play, 84-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Mark Dantonio's return is uncertain, but the program is in excellent hands with Treadwell.

Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn: Clayborn has been an impact player all season, but now he has some stats to back it up. The senior superstar recorded a game-high 10 tackles, including three for loss and a sack in a 24-3 win against Penn State. Clayborn shares the sticker with his fellow defenders, including cornerback Shaun Prater, who had an interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert: The Wildcats junior continues to play an at All-Big Ten level. He made the play of the season for unbeaten Northwestern, beating Minnesota's Ryan Collado for a jump ball in the end zone to bring the Wildcats to within two points in the fourth quarter. Ebert finished with seven receptions for 105 yards and a score in a 29-28 victory against the Gophers.

Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins: Many people questioned his ability to make plays in the clutch, including yours truly. But Cousins came through in a big way in the second half against Wisconsin, completing 8 of 10 passes for 118 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He executed the playaction to perfection and made clutch throws on Michigan State's 84-yard touchdown drive. Cousins finished the game 20-for-29 for 269 pass yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 5

October, 2, 2010
Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh: Taking over for Dion Lewis, Graham ran 29 times for 277 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-17 win over Florida International.

Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut: The Huskies star added to his Big East-leading rushing total with 190 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries in a 40-21 win over Vanderbilt.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut: Wreh-Wilson returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight week -- this time 44 yards -- and also had a fumble recovery against Vanderbilt.

Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville: The senior ran 21 times for 157 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 65 yards and a score in a 34-24 win over Arkansas State.

Mohamed Sanu, WR/QB, Rutgers: Sanu ran nine times for 121 yards -- including a school-record 91-yard touchdown sprint -- and caught five passes for 70 yards and a score in a 17-14 loss to Tulane.