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Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 6, 2013
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It's time to recognize the best and brightest around the Big Ten in Week 6.

Here w e go ...
  • Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde: On a night where quarterback Braxton Miller nearly was benched for shaky play, Hyde stepped up in the second half as Ohio State rallied for its 18th consecutive win. Hyde had a career-high 168 rush yards and three touchdowns, all in the second half. He also had a career-high 38 receiving yards on four receptions as the Buckeyes survived in Evanston.
  • Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah: Freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. looked good against Illinois, but he had plenty of help from his veteran backfield mate. Abdullah had a career-high 225 rush yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, the highest rushing total for a Nebraska player since the 2010 season.
  • Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard: The sticker could go to the entire Spartan Dawgs defense, as Michigan State shut down Mark Weisman and Iowa's run game and blanked the Hawkeyes in the second half at Kinnick Stadium. But Dennard showed why he's one of the nation's best cornerbacks with two interceptions and a team-high eight tackles. It marked Dennard's third multi-interception game of his career.
  • Indiana WR Cody Latimer: After a slow start to the season, Latimer is emerging for the high-powered Hoosiers offense. He had career highs in both receptions (9) and receiving yards (140), and recorded his third consecutive 100-yard receiving performance, the first Indiana player to do so since James Hardy in 2005. Latimer also made a mark on special teams, recovering a fumble in the win against Penn State.
  • Michigan TE Devin Funchess: The sophomore tight end had a breakout performance against Minnesota, recording career highs in both receptions (7) and receiving yards (151). He also hauled in a touchdown catch and recorded the second 100-yard receiving performance of his career.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 6, 2013
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Let's hand out some recognition for outstanding play on Saturday with this week's SEC helmet stickers.

Nick Marshall: Auburn's quarterback led the Tigers to their first win over a ranked opponent under Gus Malzahn by rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in a 30-22 win against No. 24 Ole Miss. Marshall was clearly bothered by a leg injury that kept him from running as Ole Miss attempted a late comeback, but his earlier rushing yards -- plus an 11-for-17 passing performance for 93 yards -- allowed the Tigers to hold on for a win.

Missouri's offense: There was more than enough reason to question what unbeaten Missouri had accomplished thus far before jumping into SEC play at Vanderbilt on Saturday. But the Tigers' offensive explosion in a 51-28 win in Nashville showed what they can do. James Franklin passed for 278 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 63 more, and the Tigers totaled 245 rushing yards to move to 5-0 with a trip to Georgia on deck next weekend.

Solomon Patton: Undersized senior receiver Patton came into Florida's game against Arkansas with just 303 career receiving yards and two touchdowns, but he made some of the biggest plays in the Gators' 30-10 victory. Patton hauled in touchdown passes of 51 and 38 yards and finished with six catches for 124 yards. The Gators' stout defense did a good job limiting Arkansas' powerful rushing attack and Patton provided enough of an offensive spark to help the Gators to pull away in the second half.

Aaron Murray: With All-SEC tailback Todd Gurley already sidelined by injury, Murray lost tailback Keith Marshall and receivers Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley to apparently serious injuries during Saturday's game against Tennessee. But somehow Georgia's senior quarterback led his cobbled-together offense to just enough points to win 34-31 in overtime. Murray broke David Greene's SEC career passing record in the first half and led the Bulldogs to the game-tying touchdown with a 2-yard pass to Rantavious Wooten with 5 seconds remaining. Murray finished 19 of 35 for 196 yards and three touchdowns and also set up a key second-half touchdown with a 57-yard run.

Odell Beckham Jr.: He had a critical fumble in last week's loss to Georgia, but Beckham Jr. was nearly unstoppable in Saturday's 59-26 win against Mississippi State. He sparked LSU's 28-0 run to close the game with a 33-yard touchdown catch and run from Zach Mettenberger, who was also outstanding with 340 yards on 25 of 29 passing. Beckham finished with nine catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns, with his first a leaping 14-yard grab with 17 seconds left until halftime, giving the Tigers a 28-23 edge at the break.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 6, 2013
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Recognizing the best and brightest from around the Big 12 in Week 6:

Baylor running backs: Bryce Petty was sharp as usual, but what a night for the Baylor rushing attack. In the 73-42 beatdown of West Virginia, it rushed for 468 yards and a whopping eight touchdowns on 7.5 yards per carry. Lache Seastrunk, the Big 12's leading rusher, put up an 80-yard score and 172 yards on 15 carries, backup Glasco Martin ran for 63 yards, No. 3 back Shock Linwood had 126 and Devin Chafin chipped in 56 yards. Big kudos to the Bear offense line for the mauling on Saturday.

RB Brennan Clay, Oklahoma: Clay locked up the Sooners' 20-17 win over TCU when he went 76 yards untouched to give OU a 10-point lead with less than five minutes left after the Frogs had cut the deficit to three points by the end of the third quarter. He finished with 111 yards on nine carries and is now the Big 12's third-leading rusher this season with 450 yards.

LB Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State: Turnovers were the key to the game in Oklahoma State's 33-29 win over Kansas State, and Lewis forced perhaps the most important one. On KSU's first play on offense after OSU had taken a 30-29 lead late, Lewis picked off an underthrown pass from Daniel Sams and picked up 21 yards. That set up Ben Grogan's field goal to go ahead by four. Lewis also led OSU in tackles with eight, had one tackle for loss and forced and recovered a fumble.

WR Eric Ward, Texas Tech: Fellow receivers Jace Amaro and Jakeem Grant are both worthy recipients this week, but we'll go with Ward because he broke out of a slump with seven catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in a win over Kansas. Six of his receptions went for first downs, and his touchdown was a 25-yarder in the fourth quarter. Amaro finished with 96 yards, and Grant added 92.

QB Bryce Petty, Baylor: Petty threw the first interception of his career, which he said will haunt him for the next week, but the junior made up for that rare moment of weakness with 347 passing yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for another score. His night was over after one third-quarter drive, and Petty has still yet to play a four-quarter game thanks to Baylor's blowout wins.

Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 6, 2013
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So who deserves a helmet sticker for a job well done?

Anthony Jefferson, CB, UCLA: Jefferson grabbed two of the Bruins' six interceptions in their 34-27 win over Utah. He also tied for second on the Bruins with seven total tackles.

Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State: Despite playing in pain the entire game, Halliday fell just 10 yards short of the school record with 521 yards passing at California in the Cougs' 42-22 victory. He completed a school-record 41 passes on 67 attempts with three TDs and an interception.

Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State: Bucannon led the Cougars with 12 tackles with two coming for a loss. He also returned an interception 47 yards.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: While Mariota wasn't terribly sharp early against Colorado, he still put up huge numbers. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 355 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also rushed seven times for 43 yards with two touchdowns in the 57-16 victory. So, yeah, accounting for seven TDs is pretty good.

Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon: Addison only caught five passes, but two went for TDs of 44 and 75 yards. He finished with 158 yards receiving.

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: Strong caught eight passes for 136 yards -- 17.0 yards per catch -- with a 36-yard touchdown in the Sun Devils 37-34 loss to Notre Dame.

Keith Price, QB, Washington: Price's numbers were very good -- 33-of-48 for 350 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the Huskies 31-28 loss at Stanford. But it wasn't just numbers. If you watched the game, you saw a guy extending plays with his feet, taking hard hits and making tough plays. Just a gutty effort against one of the nation's best defenses.

Ty Montgomery, KR/WR, Stanford: Montgomery accounted for nearly 300 total yards for Stanford in the win over the Huskies. The biggest play was his first touch -- a 99-yard return of the opening kickoff for a touchdown. He finished with 204 yards in kick returns, 30 yards on two rushes and 56 yards receiving on three catches.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 6, 2013
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Here are your top five performers in the ACC for Week 6:

Florida State’s defense: Yes, Jameis Winston had another fantabulous game and further validated himself as a Heisman hopeful, but it was the defense that was the story in the 63-0 win over the Terps. FSU’s defense entered the Maryland game facing questions after a poor performance at Boston College but answered its critics in what was the most lopsided win against a Top 25 team in school history, and first shutout of a Top 25 opponent in 16 years. Six different players recorded a pass breakup for a season high, the Noles forced 11 punts and held Maryland to just 33 yards rushing.

Boston College running back Andre Williams: He was the difference in a gritty 48-27 win over Army. Williams tied the school record with five rushing touchdowns and came within a yard of the single-game mark, amassing a career-high 263 rushing yards on the afternoon. His 37-yard touchdown run in the second quarter marked the longest run for the Eagles this season. Three of his five touchdown runs were over 30 yards each.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: The Heisman hopeful did it again, winning his 26th game as a starting quarterback. He threw for 455 yards and five touchdowns in just three quarters, as Clemson beat Syracuse 49-14. Boyd matched his school record in touchdown passes and broke his own school record for passing yards in a game. He also surpassed 10,000 yards of total offense in his career. He had 450 yards of total offense. His 60- and 42-yard touchdown passes to Adam Humphries set the tone for the game in the first quarter.

Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price: The Deacs’ offense finally found its groove as Price threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to help Wake Forest beat NC State 28-13. Price threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-high 82 more. It was Wake’s sixth straight win against the Pack in Winston-Salem and it helped keep the Deacs’ bowl hopes alive.

Miami running back Duke Johnson: He finished with 325 all-purpose yards in a key 45-30 win over Georgia Tech. He has now finished with at least 100 all-purpose yards in eight of his last nine games and has reached that mark in six straight games. It was his second 300+ all-purpose yard performance in his career. Johnson now has 460 all-purpose yards in his two games against Georgia Tech. Johnson ran for 184 yards against Georgia Tech and 8.4 yards per carry.

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