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SEC helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 10, 2010
Without a doubt, it was the best weekend yet in the SEC.

You name it, and we had it -- major upsets, game-winning touchdown passes, game-winning field goals and some tremendous individual performances.
Too bad we only have five helmet stickers, because we could hand out twice that many.

Here are this week’s winners:

Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas: The Hogs held Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson to 15-of-40 passing for only 215 yards, and Thomas was a big part of that defensive effort. He finished with seven tackles, two fumble recoveries and intercepted Johnson’s last-ditch heave into the end zone to seal Arkansas' 24-17 win.

Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton: Everybody other than Auburn fans might be tired of seeing Newton’s name show up here every weekend, but how do you ignore what he’s doing? He ground out 198 rushing yards and four touchdowns and passed for 210 more yards in the 37-34 win over Kentucky. He’s become the ultimate playmaker at quarterback and has now accounted for 21 touchdowns in his first six games.

South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery: The one-handed catch alone with Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick hanging onto his jersey was enough to land Jeffery on this list of honorees. But he was unstoppable in South Carolina’s 35-21 upset of No. 1-ranked Alabama with seven catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. The Tide couldn’t match up with him, and they’re not alone. Nobody really has, which is why Jeffery leads the SEC with 625 receiving yards through six games.

Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: The unwritten rule is that players on losing teams aren’t eligible for helmet stickers. But then you watch Cobb play, and was there a better player anywhere in college football Saturday? He rushed for two touchdowns, passed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass -- the second time this season that he’s had the trifecta. Cobb has accounted for a touchdown in 20 of the past 22 games in which he’s played for the Wildcats.

LSU coach Les Miles: Forget about all the weird things he says or the way he wears his hat or some of the end-of-game blunders. The guy just keeps winning. The Tigers were the luckiest 5-0 team in the country last week. Well, now they’re 6-0, and their resiliency reflects their head coach. Nothing seems to affect them or distract them or keep them from getting it done when the game’s on the line. Miles had his team ready to play Saturday at the Swamp, and LSU outplayed and outcoached Florida in a 33-29 win, making the Tigers one of only two unbeaten teams in the SEC at the midway point.

ACC helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 10, 2010
It was a good week to be an ACC running back. Here are the top five performers in the ACC for Week 6:

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He completed 13 of 23 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another 127 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. He led the Hokies with 288 yards of total offense in Virginia Tech's 45-21 win over Central Michigan. It was also the sixth, 100-yard rushing performance of his career, tying the school record for 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback previously held by Bob Schweickert in 1962-64.

NC State coach Tom O’Brien. With the 44-17 win over Boston College, O’Brien earned his first win over his former program since taking over at NC State. Not only did the Wolfpack put a halt to BC’s winning streak in the series, the Pack proved its resiliency after the loss to Virginia Tech.

UNC running back Johnny White: He rushed for two touchdowns and had 179 total yards in the depleted Tar Heels’ 21-16 win over Clemson. His 26-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was UNC’s lone score of the second half.

Georgia Tech B back Anthony Allen: He ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in Georgia Tech’s 33-21 win over Virginia on Saturday. All three of his scores came in the second half. The Yellow Jackets racked up 477 yards rushing and Allen scored his first touchdowns of the season. He now has five career touchdowns in two games against Virginia. He also eclipsed 1,000 career rushing yards in his two seasons at Georgia Tech.

FSU running backs. Chris Thompson had 14 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown, and Jermaine Thomas had 78 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Thomas also had two receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown. FSU rushed for 298 yards.

Non-AQ helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 10, 2010
Time to give out some non-AQ helmet stickers:

Air Force KR Jonathan Warzeka. Tied an NCAA mark with a 100-yard kickoff return in a 49-27 win over Colorado State. Incredibly, Warzeka also had a 100-yard kickoff return against Houston in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl. The NCAA doesn't add the yards in the end zone so 100 yards is the maximum anyone can return a kick.

Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn. Went 23-of-31 for 325 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 68-27 win over Iowa State. The Utes had their highest scoring output since beating Wyoming 69-14 in 1983. Seven different players scored for Utah, which scored 31 unanswered points in the second quarter to blow the game open again. Shaky Smithson deserves mention, too. He threw for a touchdown pass and caught another for 293 total yards.

Western Michigan kicker John Potter. Recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff, had a field goal, hit six extra points and scored his first career touchdown on a second quarter fake field goal from 8 yards out in a 45-16 win over Ball State. Potter also had another tackle Saturday to extend his own record to 21 career tackles -- the most by a kicker in school history.

SMU quarterback Kyle Padron. Went 27-of-40 for 381 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 21-18 win over Tulsa. Padron has thrown for more than 370 yards in back-to-back victories. SMU (4-2) is off to its best start since 1986, when the Mustangs started 5-1.

Hawaii WR Greg Salas. Had nine catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-27 upset win over Fresno State. The Warriors have the nation’s best pass offense behind Bryant Moniz, who threw for more than 300 yards again, and won their third straight game.

New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker. Down to his third quarterback, the Aggies were able to win their first game of the season 16-14 over rival New Mexico in the Land of Disenchantment Bowl. Matt Christian sat out with an injury. His replacement, Tanner Rust, got hurt, and Andrew Manley led the team to the win. Manley completed both of his pass attempts to set up Ryan Stampler's 22-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining to win the game.

FIU coach Mario Cristobal. His team racked up 235 yards rushing to win its first game of the season 28-21 over Western Kentucky. A late defensive stand preserved the victory.

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 10, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

Shane Vereen: The California running back rushed for 151 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns and he caught three passes for 51 yards.

Cal's defense: The Bears defense, which was embarrassed by Nevada's pistol offense, held UCLA to just 144 total yards in a 35-7 win. The Bruins had ranked 10th in the nation in rushing with 262.4 yards per game, but they managed only 26 yards against Cal.

Ryan Katz: Oregon State's sophomore quarterback completed 30-of-42 for 393 yards and two touchdowns in the Beavers 29-27 upset of No. 9 Arizona. He did throw his first interception of the year, but that has been offset by his nine touchdowns.

Matt Barkley: The USC quarterback passed for 390 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Trojans 37-35 loss to Stanford. He also led a clutch drive for what looked like the game-winning touchdown. Until...

Andrew Luck: The Stanford quarterback completed 20-of-24 for 285 yards with three touchdowns in the win over USC. He answered Barkley's clutch drive with a seven-play, 62-yard drive for the game-winning field goal as time expired.

Robert Woods: USC's true freshman receiver caught 12 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns.

Steven Threet: The Arizona State quarterback bounced back from seven interceptions in the past two games to lead the Sun Devils to a 24-14 win at Washington. He completed 21-of-34 for 288 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 10, 2010
Chas Dodd, QB, Rutgers: Making his first career start, the true freshman completed 18 of 29 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 win over Connecticut on Friday.

Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse: The senior ran for 105 yards on 26 carries as the Orange beat South Florida 13-9.

Adam Froman, QB, Louisville: Froman threw four touchdown passes on just 16 attempts, all in the first half, in the Cardinals' 56-0 thrashing of Memphis.

Bradley Starks, WR, West Virginia: Starks had four catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns in the Mountaineers' 49-10 win over UNLV.

Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati: Pead ran 10 times for 197 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half, in a 45-3 win over Miami of Ohio

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 9, 2010
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest (from winning teams only) around the Big Ten in Week 6.

Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase: Scheelhaase grew up today in Happy Valley, and so did his Illinois team. The redshirt freshman took advantage of a banged-up Penn State defense and completed 15 of 19 passes for 151 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He added 61 rush yards on only eight carries. Illini running back Mikel Leshoure (119 rush yards) and linebacker Nate Bussey (INT return for TD) merit mentions.

Purdue QB Rob Henry: What a night for Henry and the Boilers in Evanston. A player who the coaches strongly considered moving to safety this spring led Purdue to a Big Ten road victory at night in his first career start at quarterback. Henry struggled to throw the ball (6-for-18) but had 132 rushing yards and a touchdown on only 16 carries. He led the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter and avoided major mistakes in the second half. Purdue's defense also deserves a ton of credit for the Northwestern win.

Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor: After suffering a strained quad muscle against Illinois, Pryor didn't need his legs to dissect Indiana's defense. The junior completed 24 of 30 passes for a career-high 334 yards, including 280 in the first half. He tossed three touchdown passes and no interceptions as Ohio State steamrolled Indiana.

Michigan State RB Edwin Baker: The sophomore definitely is in the discussion for the Big Ten's best running back after a very big day against archrival Michigan. Baker set the tone with a 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and finished the game with 147 rush yards on 22 carries. Quarterback Kirk Cousins also deserves some love after a very efficient performance (18-for-25 passing, 284 yards, 1 TD) in the Big House.

Wisconsin RBs John Clay and James White: What controversy? Wisconsin doesn't need to worry about who carries the ball because it has two excellent options in Clay and White. Clay bounced back from a mediocre performance at Michigan State with 111 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. White continued to impress with 118 rush yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Quarterback Scott Tolzien also deserves to be mentioned after a very efficient performance (17-for-23 passing, 223 yards, 1 TD) in the win against Minnesota.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 6

October, 9, 2010
Here are five guys who can slap a sticker on their helmet for a job well done.

Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska: He might even deserve two. Martinez rushed for 241 yards and threw for 128 more, accounting for five touchdowns in Nebraska's 48-13 beatdown of Kansas State.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Blackmon wasn't even open on a few of his big catches against Louisiana-Lafayette in the Cowboys' 54-28 win. Blackmon has obviously earned the trust of quarterback Brandon Weeden, who threw up jump balls to Blackmon several times on Friday night -- once for a 43-yard touchdown into double coverage and another touchdown on a fade route in the back of the end zone. Blackmon finished with 13 catches for 190 yards -- both career highs -- and the two touchdowns.

Missouri's defense: It's tough to pick out a single player from the unit, who used a big effort from all 11 guys to shut out Colorado in Missouri's 26-0 win. They limited Colorado to 311 yards -- just 61 on the ground -- and forced a turnover. Defensive tackle Terrell Resonno blocked a field goal, and the Tigers also forced a safety after a flag for intentional grounding on Colorado's Tyler Hansen. These guys are giving up just more than 11 points a game. It's time to start considering them one of the conference's best defenses.

Taylor Potts, QB, Texas Tech: He completed 42 of 59 passes for 462 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. His fourth touchdown helped give the Red Raiders a 17-point lead in its 45-38 win over Baylor at the Cotton Bowl.

Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State: He threw five touchdown passes and topped 350 yards. Three of his touchdowns were from longer than 20 yards in his first road start, earning the win over the Ragin' Cajuns.